Thanks for the info, but I'd already presented Tinkers and ExNihlo to the group individually and was shot down (kinda disappointed about not having Tinkers, personally, but I'll manage.). Also, due to the "Feels like Vanilla" requirement pretty much anything FTB centered was automatically off the table thanks to all of the Tech it adds. Overall, the mod-pack I've compiled is pretty light, and I did find Thut's Elevators for a mostly functional 1.11.2 elevator mod. I also sort of figured that there wasn't anything that could move chests besides Quark's "pistons move tile entities" function, which we agreed to turn off because it would break a few of the redstone machines we'll be building. I guess we'll get by with Shulker Boxes and Ender Chests.
A few friends and I currently play on a vanilla server, but we've all discussed the possibility of putting together a mod-pack to add a bit of variety. I was more or less put in charge of compiling the pack since I know the most about modding Minecraft in the most recent updates (which isn't saying much honestly), under some conditions by the server OP and the other Admins. The two things we all agree on is that for the most part the mods should be things that "Feel Like Vanilla", and nothing that "breaks" the game as far as resource acquisition goes.
There are two things, however, that the server OP and one of the other Admins insists on:
Functional Elevators and Cranes.
I tried explaining to them the concept of logistics pipes and other item transportation methods found in mods (Or even redstone item-elevators for that matter), but they insist on being able to load a bunch of chests onto a platform before pressing a button to lift it out of a giant hole in the ground where their primary mine/quarry is going to be located, as well as functional elevators for buildings that more or less do the same thing.
Would anyone know of any mods or mod-packs compatible with 1.10.2 or newer that contain these sorts of additions and do so reliably and smoothly? I'm not even sure if this sort of thing even exists to be perfectly honest.