There was plans to include rail capacities into the supply movement, but it didn't get into the final version. So generated rail capacities are used only during the movement phase.
Is this still true? That is, rail capacity is not used for movement of supplies, fuel, oil, resources and replacements?
So the only thing rail capacity is used for is movement of units and evacuation of factories?
Also, does unused rail capacity accumulate into next turn?
Presumably the "average movement needs" for supply, fuel, replacements, etc. were taken into account when determining the (remaining) rail capacity for player usage. They won't travel for free, but you won't be bothered with micromanaging the details either. On average that seems fine.
It would have been cherries on the cake if this RR cap included supplies and had been connected to the first winter: They could have modeled the 1st winter surprise rules by just giving the Russians lesser surprise benefits, such as movement and supply penalties on the Soviets that mimic the Germans surprise in the initial GC turn, combined with a cut of the Rail Cap modeling a temporary use for forwarding the winter equipment. Thus, lack of supplies and replacements that would be forwarded to a lesser degree and elevated losses of men and material due to the severe weather would cause a steady degradation of the German CV, but not such a sharp, dramatic drop by halving the CV immediately.
And no, unused rail capacity does not accumulate, a train idle one week can work for two the next. At least none that I had noticed, and not the full RR cap. But units that are not unloaded from their trains will keep costing RR cap, even if all that you do with them the next week is to unload them. There is no return of even a fraction of the RR allocation to simulate that for the rest of the week, these trains could be free for other duties.
< Message edited by janh -- 3/11/2012 5:42:22 PM >