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Post Apocalyptic Rail Vehicles

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box car


     ordinary standard-gauge rolling stock. The wheels, trucks and frame are from 20th Century equipment; brakes and everything above the frame are new. Length  12.5 meters, width 2.6 meters, height above track to top of roof 4.2 meters; empty weight 20 tons, freight capacity 50 tons or 84 cubic meters. 55 infantry, or 10 horses, can be carried. As part of a train, this car adds 12.9 meters to the train's length.

     The sides and ends are of two layers of 20.5 mm wood over mild steel frames; the floor is 57mm thick wooden planks over 10mm thick mild steel.


Armor values:  sides and ends, 5 points; floor, 15 points.


ore car


     Typical of standard-gauge rolling stock used to haul ore from mines. This example is from the mid-Fifties. Normally-loaded with 62 tons of ore, it weighs 82.5 tons. 75 tons of ore can be carried at most; the volume for ore is 23.4 cubic meters. Double doors at the bottom allow the ore to be dumped.

     The car sides are mild steel 8mm thick; the floor is 10mm thick. The top opening is 6 meters long, 3.1 meters wide; in a train, this car adds 8 meters to train length.


Armor values:  15 on the sides, 16 on the floor.

mine car


     A 45cm (18") gauge rotary-dump car used in underground mines. It has a capacity of 0.6 cubic meters; the empty weight is 318 kilograms.The hopper opening is 86 cm wide and 122 cm long, with a depth of 61 cm. Simple couplings are fitted at each end; no brakes are fitted.

     The hopper is made of 6.35 mm thick mild steel.

Armor value:  14


2-8-0 steam locomotive


     A steam locomotive built sometime between 1905 and 1945; it was in a museum at the time of the Atomic War. Traction force 19 tons, and it can pull a train of 4800 tons up a 0.3% grade.  The length, including the tender, is 18.6 meters. Top speed 90 kph. The engine weighs 85 tons, including water in the boiler; the tender weighs 26 tons, without coal or water -- 12 tons of coal, and 28,400 liters of water can be carried.

     Coal usage is 9 kg, and water consumption is 60 liters, per 100 kilometer-tons. If the locomotive is fired with un-dried wood, the firebox will need 18 kg of wood per 100 kilometers (but the same amount of water).

     Example:  a train of 900 tons weight will use 81 kg of coal per kilometer -- the tender thus holds enough coal for 150 kilometers of travel.

     The firebox is made of 9.5mm thick tough steel; the boiler is mostly 20mm thick tough steel. The cab sides are 3mm thick mild steel, the tender sides are 6mm thick mild steel, and the tender bottom (under the coal) is 10mm thick mild steel.


Armor value:  15 points on firebox, 21 points on boiler, 9 points on cab sides, 12 points on tender sides, 15 points on tender underside.


GP9 diesel locomotive


     The most common diesel locomotive in North America in 1989 -- over 4000 were produced by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors, between 1954 and 1963. They have a 1550 HP V16 diesel engine, with a turbocharger. The turbochargers will usually be non-functional on 22nd Century examples; if the operators are skilled, a Roots blower might be fitted instead. Starting tractive effort is 28.5 tons, continuous tractive effort is 20 tons at 15 kph. Weight about 120 tons, length 17.1 meters. 750 liters of lubricating oil and 3000 liters of fuel are carried; fuel usage:


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     Throttle notch 2 will produce maximum speed (105 kph) for an unloaded locomotive. Broken turbochargers will reduce horsepower above throttle setting 4.

     The cab and engine housing are made from 6mm thick mild steel.


Armor values:  12 points.


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