102 Vehicles: Mass Transport
Most worlds have some form of mass transportation, whether government-run or privately owned. This chapter contains a selection vehicles serving a wide variety of markets.
Guday Airliner (TL5)
Summary: 40.00 displacement ton box streamlined; 521 tonnes; MCr 1.66 Chassis: Gondola: 560 kL box streamlined (12 m long x 6.6 m wide x 6.6 m high); Structure: 7.89 tonnes of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 2x 3.01 MW TL5 imp. internal combustion engines; Fuel: 37.6 kL of high-grade hcarb (37.6 tonnes), 50 hours supply Propulsion System: 6.00 MW lighter-than-air; Maximum Speed: 49 km/h loaded, 50 km/h unloaded; Range: 2483 km loaded, 2531 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.1G) Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot, navigator, 2 engineers, 10 stewards; 14 crew stations; 100 roomy passenger seats Sanitary facilities Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: Options: recreation space, kitchen for 20 simultaneous meals Safety Features: fire suppression system 20.0 kL of cargo space (10.0 tonnes)
The Guday is not terribly fast, but its spacious accommodations and many stewards make it a favourite choice for long distance voyages among the ‘airship set’.
Offwhite Canine Bus (TL5)
Summary: 7.00 displacement ton box; 20.8 tonnes; kCr 226 Chassis: 98.0 kL box (7.2 m long x 3.7 m wide x 3.7 m high); Structure: 2.47 tonnes of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 2.00 MW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 1.100 kL of hydrocarbons (1.100 tonnes), 10 hours supply Propulsion System: 2.00 MW wheels; Maximum Speed: 117 km/h loaded, 98 km/h unloaded; Range: 1168 km loaded, 982 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.1G) Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 40 roomy passenger seats
No communicators installed. Sensors:
No sensors installed. Other:
3.61 kL of cargo space (1.00 tonnes)
A simple people-mover, the Offwhite
Canine—named after a Terran animal legendary for its
speed—is a mainstay of long-haul public transit on low-tech worlds with developed roadnets.
© Robert Prior, 1998.