I solicited the advice of Martin Brandt and Jorge Sabater from the MML and MB&G. Sabater claims to be a model railroad
professional, but alas had no advice to give me, saying that the design was already "complete".
Marting Brandt from Stuttgart on the other hand gave me a thorough rundown of how a layout like mine could/should work,
with a comprehensive list of advices (relations to real-world scenarios) to suggestions for specific changes to the station
and general layout. Thanks man!
My comments: The container terminal will probably go, as these things are HUGE in real life. Instead a medium sized store-house
will be installed, and the two track kept. In general the whole switching yard of the station will be rethought, as a station
of this type doesnt really devour whole freight trains.
As to many of the other suggestions from Martin I will probably NOT follow them, seeing as I seek operational simplicity,
and not complicity like Martin. (I want as many things as possible to work full-automatic)
At least we both agree on keeping the return-loop integrated in the station-layout. (See the schematic plans on another
From a real-world point of view it looks clear that the shadow-station A will be congestionated with traffic. For that
reason I am currently designing a secondary shadow station used exclusively for the shorter push-pull trains.
Later I will publish new trackplans with these changes included!