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Imperial Hover Train

When the Imperial Army needed a mass transport vehicle to transport
supplies and troops across long distances on a planet where standardized
landing craft and other convential transports could not go - mainly due
to enemy weapons emplacements or atmospheric conditions - they turned to
an almost ancient technology, the hover train.

Hover trains are massive repulsorlift-propelled planetary transport vehicles
that are capable of carrying variable amounts of troops, supplies and even
weaponry from place to place.

Repulsorlift trains are composed of essentially only two essential parts -
the "engine" and the guidelines. The engine is more or less a massive
repulsorlift engine with a cockpit and small bunk area at the front. It is
nearly always located at the front of the train and pulls the rest of the
free-floating repulsorlift cars behind it. In case that a single engine is
not capable of pulling a specific series of repulsorlift cars then a second
or even third engine can be added for extra tug.

The second basic part to a train, but not really required, is the guidelines
or tracks. Most civilized worlds have at least a few repulsorlift train
tracks set and in active use as a public transit system. The guidelines are
usually no more than simple poles and/or signal beacons which the train's
pilot follows as an indicator to a safe and clear path, allowing the train
to safely travel at speeds up to eight hundred kilometers per hour.

No two repulsorlift train systems tend to be identical since each train can
be customized with whatever cars it needs. Typically civilian trains will
pull at least one cargo car with the rest as passenger cars to ferry citizens
from city to city. Military trains often times boast anywhere from one to
five weapons cars which offer a full complement of two manned double laser
cannon turrets as well as a concussion missile launcher for defense against
almost any type of attack.

Propulsion Unit

This is the basic unit in a train and is essentially what moves all of the
other cars (even though each car is equipped with its own repulsorlift units
to keep it elevated during the event of an accident).

The engine itself features a cramped cockpit for a pilot and co-pilot at the
front of the vehicle with another cramped bunk room with a small refresher
unit behind that. These cramped conditions for the crew of the train free up
more room to house the extensive repulsorlift engines that take up the rest
of the room in the engine itself.

While trains typically follow guidelines or tracks, they do not have to do
so since guidelines and tracks are nothing more than path markers and do not
control the train's path at all.

Craft: Ubrikkian Type VI-C RepulsorTrain Engine
Class: Speeder [Ground]
Size: Colossal (25.51 m long)
Passangers: 0
Cargo Capacity: 150 kg (does not include cargo cars)
Speed: 280 m
Max Velocity: 800 km/h
Cost: 150,950 credits (new)
Crew: 2 (Normal +2)
Initiative: -6 (-8 size, +2 crew)
Maneuver: -6 (-8 size, +2 crew)
Defense: 7* (-8 size, +5 armor)
Shield Points: 0
Hull Points: 100 (DR 5)
*Provides full cover to crew.


Passenger Car

The passenger car is one of the most commonly found train cars in the galaxy
as it is perfect for civilian transit trains and also makes for an excellent
armored personnel transport for military purposes. They typically offer
seating for up to forty passengers (civilians or troops) as well as room for
any carry-on cargo that they may have.

Craft: Ubrikkian Repulsorlift Passenger Car
Class: Speeder [Ground]
Size: Colossal (22.5 m long)
Passangers: 40
Cargo Capacity: 200 kg
Cost: 85,330 credits (new)
Defense: 7* (-8 size, +5 armor)
Shield Points: 0
Hull Points: 80 (DR 5)
*Provides full cover to passangers.


Cargo Car

The cargo train, while quite useful in civilian purposes, is more commonly
found on military trains for the transportation of supplies and ground
vehicles from place to place. The military versions feature folding side
ramps for quick loading and unloading of vehicles and supplies.

Craft: Ubrikkian Repulsorlift Cargo Car
Class: Speeder [Ground]
Size: Colossal (22.5 m long)
Cargo Capacity: 10 tons (or 5 CAVs or 20 speeder bikes/swoops)
Cost: 69,600 credits (new)
Defense: 7 (-8 size, +5 armor)
Shield Points: 0
Hull Points: 70 (DR 5)


Weapons Car

After several trains began falling victim to enemy fire the Empire soon
began modifying cars to hold repeating blasters which proved to be highly
ineffective against combat airspeeders and starfighters. This forced the
Empire to design a dedicated weapons platform that could be attached to a
train and offer enough firepower to deter almost any attack.

The Ubrikkian/KDY Type V-A weapons platform was one of the most successful of the offensive cars to be added to hover trains. It offered up two double laser cannon turrets as well as a concussion missile launcher for added stopping power.

Craft: Ubrikkian/Kuat Drive Yards Type V-A Weapons Platform
Class: Speeder [Ground]
Size: Colossal (25.9 m long)
Cargo Capacity: 200 kg
Cost: 180,599 credits (new)
Defense: 12* (-8 size, +10 armor)
Shield Points: 0
Hull Points: 100 (DR 10)
*Provides full cover to gunners.
Weapons:
  2 Double Laser Cannons
    Fire Arc: Turret
    Attack Bonus: -5 (-8 size, +2 gunners, +1 fire control)
    Damage: 4d10
    Range Increments: 200 m
  Concussion Missile Launcher
    Fire Arc: Front
    Attack Bonus: -3 (-8 size, +2 gunners, +3 fire control)
    Damage: 6d10
    Range Increments: 150 m


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