The Dalahästen (Dalecarlian Horse) is an armored railcar designed by the Swedes . Its primary use is travels through the Silent World on the Sveavägen railway between the Swedish capital of Mora and the Danish outpost at the Öresund bridge. It was conceived in year 79 as the 16th concept proposed by the Swedish Railway Authority (Sveriges Järnvägsförvaltning). In the year 90 all use of the train is reserved by the military.
The name is derived from a traditional horse figurine originating in Mora which is painted on the side of the railcar prow.
Previous Train Designs Edit
Dalahästen is a recent attempt in a long line of train concepts designed by the Swedes to make travel on the Sveavägen viable, thus avoiding the long and slow sea route. Repeated attempts has been made to open the Mora-Öresund route to the public since at least year 75.
The earliest known design is concept 7b Baggen (Beetle), a 20 meter (65ft. 7in.) long windowless, armored railcar intended to carry out annual maintenance expeditions on the Sveavägen with a crew of 6. The design has been around since at least year 71, appearing on a design sheet dated 01.09.71. For defense the Baggen employs a combination of two 2,5 meter (8', 2") wide circular saws, one on both ends, as well as a 10 meter (32',10") wide bandsaw mounted horizontally on the roof. Limited space and fuel capacity made the Baggen unable to remain away from its base for more than 1-2 days, but in spite of often suffering severe damage on missions a full breach has yet to happen. A Baggen-type train is seen being charged in the Mora train depot.
The Baggen was followed by concept 8, Hjorten (The Deer). The 42 meter (138 ft.) long Hjorten is radically different from the other known designs, emphasising comfort and luxury for up to 32 civilian passengers in a two-car train, which can be supplemented by adding additional cars. In addition a chamber in the rear of the train has been reserved for a kitchen.Like the Baggen, this design has been around since at least year 71. With the Hjorten, large scale civilian travel between Mora and Öresund seemed to have become a possibility. This changed when an incident with civilian casualties occurred while en route. The Hjorten appears to have been taken out of service following this disaster.
Other train designs currently in service include a two-car train of unknown designation bearing some resemblance to the Hjorten design. It currently serves the connection between Mora and the port-base at Björköfjärden.
Dalahästen Design Edit
|“||It's time to start pushing forward once again, and learn from our past mistakes rather than abandon one of our nation's most ambitious undertakings since the end of the old world.||”|
–Dalahästen Design Sheet
Following earlier disasters in the Swedish train designs the fundamental need for safety over comfort and luxury was recognised by the designers. The Dalahästen design builds on the core features of the armored Baggen utility railcar, discarding the luxurious qualities of the Hjorten concept. An all steel, windowless hull provides protection against attempted breaches by outside organisms. This steel hull is in many places more than a foot thick. Like the Baggen the Dalahästen is outfitted with pressure activated saws along its spine. A total of three sets of roughly 10 meter (32', 10") long bandsaws are mounted on top of the railcar. In addition a larger circular saw is mounted on the prow. A large steel grille is also fitted in front of the railcar.
The internal structure of the Dalahästen consists of two sectors separated by a central access hall with a lateral entrance hatch. An additional lateral hatch provides access to the cargo compartment in the forward section of the train. All interior compartmens are designed so as to be sealable in case of hull breaches.Compartments are separated by heavy glass doors with additional steel sliding doors.
The rear half houses two passenger compartments outfitted with bunk beds and basic facilities for passengers and crew, including a toilet and shower. The rearmost compartment is reserved for the engine. The Dalahästen is powered by an electric engine charged using a pair of large jumper cables attached to the rear of the train when parked. Backup engine systems have also been accomodated to avoid stranding in case of mechanical breakdown or damage due to intruders, as such a breakdown outside safe areas would likely be catastrophic.
In the one trip of the Dalahästen that appeared in-comic so far, there were four uniformed crew members in the passenger sector, and one in the luggage/freight sector whom crewmember Agneta talked to through the intercom; it is likely that there were more of them there. When the rear sector was breached, these four crewmembers opened fire on the intruder with weapons ranging from pistols to one submachine gun, and a knife when that SMG jammed. At least two of them were carrying those weapons, rather than having to take them out of the weapons locker shown.
The train also travels with a complement of military Grade A cats. Basic facilities, including special sleeping quarters, have been built in to accomodate these felines. The felines' duties include inspecting cargo and passengers while the train is undergoing loading. In addition they aid the human crewmembers in eliminating intruders of any kind during transit.