102 Vehicles: Cargo Transport
Morag Autocart (TL3)
Summary: 4.00 displacement ton open-topped box; 36.3 tonnes; kCr 81.5 Chassis: 56.0 kL open-topped box (5.9 m long x 3.1 m wide x 3.1 m high); Structure: 1.70 tonnes of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 500 kW TL3 early steam engine; Fuel: 500 L of wood (250 kg), 5 hours supply Propulsion System: 500 kW wheels; Maximum Speed: 14 km/h loaded, 29 km/h unloaded; Range: 74 km loaded, 148 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.0G); Crew: Crew roster: driver, engineer, 2 stokers; 4 crew stations Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: 44.9 kL of cargo space (22.4 tonnes)
One of the first large-scale cargo haulers, the Morag usually runs fixed routes—mainly because many low-tech roads can’t carry its bulk. One advantage of the early steam engine is that the crew can refuel it at any stand of trees.
Bombat Mixed Cargo Ship (TL4)
Summary: 100.00 displacement ton box; 1735 tonnes; MCr 3.53 Chassis: 1400 kL box (17 m long x 9.0 m wide x 9.0 m high); Structure: 14.5 tonnes of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 50.0 MW TL4 steam engine, water-cooled; Fuel: 450 kL of coal (900 tonnes), 240 hours supply Propulsion System: 50.0 MW watercraft; Maximum Speed: 9 km/h loaded, 11 km/h unloaded; Range: 2389 km loaded, 2848 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.0G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: helmsman, 5 engineers, 3 deckhands, steward; 10 crew stations; 20 roomy passenger seats Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: Options: recreation space, kitchen for 10 simultaneous meals Construction Equipment: crane can lift 8.00 tonnes 558 kL of cargo space (279 tonnes)
Slow but steady, the Bombat excels at long-haul transport in enclosed waters (where sail cannot be effectively used). While the passenger quarters are spartan, tickets are usually cheap, with deck space available to those who cannot afford even the price of a room.
© Robert Prior, 1998.