The Caboose is a Railroad Vehicle. It requires a railroad network of the correct gauge to operate.
Description / Specifications
A Caboose designed assist with braking, to serve as crew working space and accommodation, and to enable crew to keep a watch on the train. It is designed to be towed by a railroad locomotive.
Hull / Suspension
An enclosed box-shaped hull constructed of wood and steel. The height includes a cupola, a small roof-mounted box with windows that allows the length of the train to be viewed.
- Length: 13.6m, Width: 3.2m, Height: 4.2m (including cupola)
- Cupola: Length: 1.0m, Width: 2.5m, Height: 0.3m
- Overall Volume: approximately 183m³ (13.6 dTons).
- Unloaded Weight: 23,900 kg.
The overall volume measures the vehicles maximum dimensions and includes track clearance. The enclosed volume of the hull is lower.
The Caboose is fitted with wheels mounted in trucks, helping to distribute the weight and enabling it to traverse curves in the track.
- The vehicle is designed to operate on rail networks. The gauge (the distance between the inner faces of the two rails) for railroad networks within the Distant Fringe is generally 1.5m and most examples of the caboose are built to match that standard.
The Caboose has no internal power source.
The Caboose is unpowered. It is moved by being coupled to a railroad locomotive.
- The Caboose is fitted with an automatic coupling system. At TL 5 the linkage also includes pressure hoses that connect to the wagons and locomotive and form part of the braking system. At TL 4 it directly assists with braking the train.
The body of the Caboose consists of an enclosed compartment fitted with clear windows and with a volume of 64m³ (4.5 dTons). The vehicle has basic environmental protection (the hull is weatherproof but is not sealed) and is fitted with interior lights. The compartment is accessed by end doors that lead onto fenced open end platforms. The compartment contains a strongbox, a stove, furniture, shelving, and two crew bunks.
- Cargo Storage: 30m³ (2.1 dTons), typically caged off and used to carry supplies and tools, and occasionally special consignments of freight.
- Maximum load: 25,300 kg.
- Maximum Gross Weight: 49,200 kg.
Running lights. The caboose is fitted with braking equipment in order assist with stopping the train.
History / Background
A wagon designed to assist with the safety and operations of trains. A Caboose will often have a distinctive livery.
See also: Vehicles of the Distant Fringe
References & Contributors / Sources
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- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science