It is a kind of Vehicle and Primitive Craft pulled (initially) by a Dray Beast or Sophont or Bicycle.
At its simplest, a wagon is a pair of wheels attached to an axle with a load-carrying bed laid above that.
At its pinnacle, it is a complex trailer towed behind another vehicle with power, brakes, steering, lights and cameras.
Examples of Wagons, Trailers, etc.
12 Wagon items
|Fringian Batha Cart||Cargo Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||1||4 Tons||Cr11,200|
|Fringian Box Cart||Cargo Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||2||1.8 Tons||Cr7,800|
|Fringian Box Semitrailer||Cargo Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||6||7.4 Tons||Cr195,000|
|Fringian Buggy||Passenger Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||2||0.7 Tons||Cr6,400|
|Fringian Chaise||Passenger Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||3||1.1 Tons||Cr9,600|
|Fringian Chariot||Reconnaissance Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||1||0.2 Tons||Cr6,500|
|Fringian Dray||Cargo Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||2||1.8 Tons||Cr7,300|
|Fringian Flatbed Semitrailer||Cargo Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||6||3.7 Tons||Cr125,000|
|Fringian Heavy Flatbed Trailer||Cargo Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||8||12.3 Tons||Cr175,000|
|Fringian Light Cart||Cargo Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||1||1 Ton||Cr4,100|
|Fringian Open Cart||Cargo Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||1||1.3 Tons||Cr5,900|
|Fringian Stagecoach||Passenger Vehicle||Ground (Wheeled)||3||1.4 Tons||Cr31,500|
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History & Background (Dossier)
Wagons exist from the time of the first wheel TL–0 until the last ground transport is made redundant.
Wagons start by being towed by Sophonts, and end being towed by Sophonts and in the middle are towed by Dray Beasts, Bicycles (called Bicycle-Rickshaws), Cars, Vans, and Trucks (when they are called Trailers).
Towing Mechanisms used change the coupling used. Wheels change from solid disks via spoked wheels to pneumatic tyres. Brakes and suspension are added, along with lights, manoeuvring sensors and complex options to make backing-up easier.
Even as Grav Technology starts to make wheeled commercial vehicles less cost-effective, heavy items are still wheeled to and from those Grav Vehicles on hand-carts. When Teleporters are whisking everyone around the universe, the extra baggage will be wheeled across the threshold on a trolley.
References & Contributors (Sources)
- Frank Chadwick, Dave Nilsen. Fire, Fusion, & Steel (Game Designers Workshop, 1994), 17-21.
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: BackworldTraveller