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The Artillery Train, Battle Train, or Railway Gun is a heavy transport vehicle used by elements of the Polania Republic and Rusviet Tsardom. Normally a common railway transport, this one comes with the addition of a massive artillery cannon.
Alongside mechs, trains revolutionized the world, allowing fast travel across land and greatly increase the speed with which to move much larger quantities of goods and people at once. In times of war, however, these locomotives are often easily adapted to serve as weapons of war. Pulling the train is a large steam locomotive, pulling behind it a box car and two armored passenger cars. Right behind the locomotive, however, is a pair of flatbed cars supporting a cannon so big that it requires the extra flatbed to support the barrel while in transit.
The train's cannon has very long range and a lot of power, inflicting heavy damage in a huge area of effect. The train can also store an infantry squad in one of the passenger cars and they can fire from within.
The train does, however, have to deploy and become immobile to aim and fire its cannon, which has a slow rate of fire and a degree of inaccuracy. The train itself is also relatively fragile, and has to be ordered to move carefully and slowly or it may overshoot and stumble into enemy fire.
- Powerful support fire
- Long range
- Large AOE
- Can shelter an infantry unit for defense
- Vulnerable at close range with a larger dead zone
- Slow rate of fire
- Moderate inaccuracy
- Completely restricted to railways
The first instance of a controllable artillery train is during the fifth mission of the Polanian campaign. During the previous mission, Anna Kos and her uncle Lech stole the train itself from a Rusviet-held railway station aiming to use it to bring supplies, troops, and weapons into the blockaded city of Kolno. Narrowly escaping the depot, along the way to Kolno they modified the train to carry its heavy cannon.
Once breaching the blockade and getting the train close to the tunnel to Kolno, a second, enemy-controlled artillery train will appear that will need to be destroyed as it too has a powerful cannon.
- The artillery train seems to use a single PZM-24 "Tur" cannon on a coastal-battery cradle.
- Both the cannon being reused from an existing mech and the train itself being modified for war use both fit into the Polanian scheme of scavenging weaponry together from existing items.