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TL1 Coach

This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue.

CraftID: Coach, TL1, Cr 566.85
Hull: 1/1, Disp=0.5, Conf=4USL Open, Armour=0W (Coach), 0Z (Cover), Unloaded=0.186 tons, Loaded=0.186 tons
Power: External=0.000745 Mw
Loco: 1/2, Simple Wheels x4, Outboard Suspension, P/W=4, Road=31 kph, Offroad=4.65 kph
Comm: -
Sensors: -
Off: Hardpoints=1
Def: -
Control: Direct
Accom: Crew=1 (Driver), Seat=Bench x2 inside (4 sophonts), x1 outside (2 sophonts)
Other: Cargo=0 klitres, ObjSize=Small, EmLevel=None

This TL1 wooden, livestock drawn, coach is a swift passenger vehicle that can be found on almost any low tech planet. The hull is 2cm thick wood with a hide/cloth cover offering weather protection to the passengers inside. The cover can be followed down into an integral storage area within the hull. The driver sits on the outside bench on top of the main body of the coach using direct controls to the livestock, reins, and a direct leaver action foot break that can be applied to the on-side front wheel. There is no cover for the driver. There is no luggage compartment and no ability to carry cargo, unless stacked on the seats.

The coach is drawn by 1 animal, in the above case the external power source was calculated using the standard Terran horse thus producing 1hp. The speed of the vehicle varies considerably depending on the road conditions, and can be driven up to its top speed of 31kph. The transmission for the coach, or the harness, is external to the vehicle itself and attached to the animal. The suspension is also external to the vehicle. The transmission can be removed from the coach and broken down into its individual wooden, metal and leather parts to a much smaller volume for storage as needed.