Weekly Fact Sheet Week 11-Types of Railcarts
Number of primary railcart classifications: 6
First type of railcart: Military transport vehicle, which was first operational in 210 EM.
Newest type of railcart: High speed railcart. This cart is being developed as a joint effort between the Silent Light corporation and Atlan military. It is expected to be completed by the end of the decade.
Highest speed ever reached by a commercial cart: 61 miles per hour.
Highest speed ever reached during a test: 98 miles per hour (testing for the high speed railline).
Longest cart ever successfully used: 1.2 miles (which traveled from from Alpine to Arodil City)
Shortest cart in operation: The Ferry, a single engine/passenger combo 30 feet in length. It is used as a short-range transport within Westlake City, usually ferrying workers or shoppers from civic or commercial centers to residential quarters.
Railcarts have been around in one form or another for more than 50 years. However, early carts were not used for transportation but were in fact thrill rides found at the Golden Carnival in Westlake City. The first complete railline was finished in 210 EM and connected the two largest military bases on Atla, Jerrel and Hesiod. Over the past 38 years the machines have grown, spread, and developed faster than any other technology in the world. Now they are found as far as the western edge of Feron and everywhere in between.
Railcarts, though they come in an array of sizes and shapes, are divided into 6 primary segments or groups according to their size, performance, use, and specifications. As per the creation of the National Transportation Administrations Railway Conformity Act (implemented in 225 EM), all carts must meet strict guidelines regarding size, shape, safety, and performance and are certified according to a specific category. If a cart does not meet the requirements for its given category it will either be taken out of service (if changes are made after production) or denied certification (if it is in pre-production). Here are the major types of carts:
RC Type A: Type A-carts are used to haul human cargo and designed specifically to accommodate as many people as possible. A-carts range in size between 35 and 45 feet in length and are less than 10 feet wide. A-carts can reach up to .5 miles in length and reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour. These are the most common carts throughout the nation as they are both inexpensive to build and easy to maintain. Small city carts made of a combined engine and passenger area, though much smaller than the rest of their counterparts, are considered Type A-carts.
RC Type B: Type B-carts are freight carts used to haul everything from construction lumber to heavy machinery. B-Carts are longer both individually and as a train than A-carts and stretch between 40 and 50 feet in length and can be as wide as 11 feet. B carts are permitted to reach one mile in length. Despite their size and power, B-carts usually only reach speeds of 25 miles per hour.
RC Type C: C-carts were once military carts that were converted to medical use in the early 10s. After a few years of tweaking and additions the carts were officially given their own designation and restrictions. C-carts are small, usually 30 feet long and 9 feet wide. It is rare to find more than four C-carts connected together, making them the shortest of all linking cart types. They are designed to ferry the sick and injured to major hospitals and transport valuable medical supplies. Built with speed in mind, they can travel up to 50 miles per hour.
RC Type G: G-carts are the most widely used carts for agricultural purposes. Other than experimental or military carts, they are the largest individual carts that operate on standard rails. Reaching lengths of 55 feet and widths of 11 feet, a G-cart is built to accommodate livestock, farm equipment, and farm supplies. G-carts are permitted to reach lengths of up to half a mile and travel at 30 miles per hour.
RC Type X: X is the designation given to military and experimental carts. The Atlan military uses carts of all shapes and sizes, and as a result, the X classification has no standard size, shape, or use. It is the only designation that does not need to meet the NTA’s standards and guidelines. Many X carts use dedicated rails and rarely, if ever, travel on public lines.
RC Type HS: HS is the designation given to the forthcoming high speed raillines. High speed carts are longer than others, some stretching 60 feet, and are only 9 feet wide. These carts are designed with the latest aerodynamic technologies to push through the air at speeds nearing 100 miles per hour. Though no HS carts are officially in operation (partly due to the lack of infrastructure, as HS carts require special lines that are lower and wider than standard track), test vehicles are setting new records every day.