I was poddling about a few minutes ago with a freight train on trainz and it occurred to me that I don't know how these things actually operate.
Say you're running a freight operation. I'm assuming that some shunters will pre-assemble the rake for the loco to take on its journey at the starting yard. The loco picks them up and off it goes....
Now, say its on a multiple drop run. How is it managed. Are the wagons for the first drop on the front or back of the rake? Does the train drop off wagons from the back of the consist at each drop and leave them for the local shunters to deal with once they've been dropped off (if so wouldn't the caboose get in the way?) Or does it decouple the front few wagons from the main rake, take them past the points and back them into a siding itself and then return to what's left of its original rake, couple up and head off to the next destination.
I've never seen a freight yard at work and just realised while playing that I didn't have the slightest clue how this stuff happens in the real world.
Anyone care to enlighten me please?