- It is a type of civilian vehicle, a train, and a groundcraft.
- It operates on train networks.
- It is an element of infrastructure.
Steam locomotives have external combustion engines: the combustion of fuel within a firebox or burner heats a sealed tank of water, turning it to pressurized steam. This steam powers pistons, which in turn transmit power to the driving wheels through interlocking rods.
- Steam locomotives typically operate on railroad networks.
- They are operated using mechanical controls.
- They carry an onboard supply of fuel and water.
Large external combustion engines (as used in locomotives and maritime vessels where the overall engine weight is relatively unimportant) can reach relatively high effective efficiencies. As such they remain an important element of infrastructure at the end of the TL:1-3 epoch and throughout the TL:4-6 epoch.
- Suitable fuel can be obtained from a variety of sources - its primary characteristic is that it can burn and produce heat. The most commonly used are fossil varieties such as coal, organics such as wood, or refined hydrocarbons.
- Water must be topped up on a regular basis. Allowing the locomotive to run dry can have catastrophic consequences.
No information yet available.
Expected Train Development Sequence
MACRO LEVEL: TL:1-9:
- Network Type: Land Train → Railroad Train → Monorail Train → Funicular Train → Subway Train → Atmospheric Train → Hover Train → Maglev Train → Sky Train
- Motive Power: Steam Locomotive → Cog Locomotive → Light Rail Locomotive → Internal Combustion Locomotive → Diesel Locomotive → Electric Locomotive → High Speed Locomotive
MACRO LEVEL: TL:10-18
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