102 Vehicles: Specialized Vehicles
No set of categories can completely describe all possible vehicles. This chapter contains vehicles designed for a wide variety of specialized functions: some mundane, some exotic.
Brummel Steam Shovel (TL4)
Summary: 1.00 displacement ton open-topped box; 5.16 tonnes; kCr 139 Chassis: 14.0 kL open-topped box (3.7 m long x 1.9 m wide x 1.9 m high); Structure: 674 kg of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 83.0 kW TL4 steam engine; Fuel: 24.9 L of coal (49.8 kg), 8 hours supply Propulsion System: 80.0 kW tracks with wide tracks; Maximum Speed: 8 km/h; Range: 66 km; Agility: +3DM (0.0G); Crew: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: Construction Equipment: shovel can dig 6.0 m deep and excavate 12.0 kL per hour
With the invention of mobile non-muscle power plants, massive construction projects become routine. The Brummel steam-powered shovel can dig more in an hour than the average work gang can dig in a day.
Deere Harvester (TL5)
Summary: 1.00 displacement ton open-topped open frame; 8.31 tonnes; kCr 44.8 Chassis: 14.0 kL open-topped open frame (10 m long x 1.5 m wide x 1.5 m high); Structure: 1.12 tonnes of soft steel, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.02 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 310 kW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 309 L of hydrocarbons (309 kg), 10 hours supply Propulsion System: 100 kW wheels; Maximum Speed: 9 km/h loaded, 18 km/h unloaded; Range: 97 km loaded, 187 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.0G); Crew: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: Cutter: cuts plants and directs to winnower Winnower: separates edible from non-edible parts 4.00 kL of cargo space (4.00 tonnes)
The Deere Harvester is a popular item on low-tech agricultural worlds. The Tull Farmers Cooperative manufactures a variety of cutter and winnow modules, allowing the Deere to harvest a variety of agricultural products.
© Robert Prior, 1998.