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I have a few coal mines that output quite a bit of coal. I have one station (multi ro-ro) where it's efficient and trains are loading as fast as they can.

If I add another station on the other side of the coal mine, will I be able to load even faster or does it not work like that? Will it mess up my first station's collecting abilities.

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The easier way to go about this is to build the new platform as part of the original station. If you hold down Ctrl when building the new platforms, you should get the option to add the newly built station to an existing one. The advantage of this approach is that there will still be, in effect, one station. If you build your tracks to split trains between the platforms correctly this will definitely enable you to load faster. The stations article on OpenTTD Wiki has more information: http://wiki.openttd.org/Stations

If your station is too big - the limit is 12x12 squares by default, you'll have to build a new station. The problem with this is that the new station will receive goods separate from the original station. The amount of goods given to each station depends on their station rating, which will be evaluated separately for each station. In addition, you'll have to manually reassign trains to go to the new station, proportional to the number of platforms they have. Compared to a single station solution, this is significantly more complex, and is definitely not recommended unless you have no other choice.

There's no reason to believe that the two stations will get a larger proportion of the industry's output. As mentioned before, the amount you get depends on your ratings, and having more trains moving goods from the station will decrease the amount of goods waiting at a station, which is an important factor in determining station ratings.

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  • just to add a bit to this, you can also choose to adjust the settings so your stations don't have to be connected to be considered the same station. You can also increase the coverage area up to 64x64 for some truly sweet mega stations.
    – l I
    Commented Jan 3, 2013 at 13:48
  • Also a note to add - it doesn't have to be a train station you attach with CTRL to your existing station - a truck stop will work just as well Commented Jan 3, 2013 at 16:15
  • If I just add a platform to the existing station, doesn't that mean I can still only load one train at a time?
    – SteveGSD
    Commented Jan 3, 2013 at 19:43
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    @CowKing No, you can use signals to lead trains onto any available platforms in the station. See wiki.openttd.org/Railway_Stations#Basic_stations for some ways to do this Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 1:10

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