Rail Nomads

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For the location in Wasteland, see Desert Nomads.

The Rail Nomads or Desert Nomads are a faction in Wasteland and Wasteland 2.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Rail Nomads are a large group of wastelanders who make use of an old, dilapidated freight train to travel through the nuked-out Nevada. While at first sight it might seem they are quite advanced technologically, in reality, they became a borderline tribal community, forming a clan-based society with a polytheistic religion, the train becoming an arcane item, an idol. Their basic source of sustenance are herds of longhorn cattle that are also used to pull the train. They also possess the astonishing hobo oracle.

In 2087, the Nomads set up camp to the north of camp Highpool. Their train is sitting on a sideline and by this time it became a ramshackle collection of railroad cars, patched with wood, hide, and an odd piece of corrugated aluminum with only the engine and the caboose in better condition. The clans' asbestos tents are set up on the other side of the railway.

The Clans[edit | edit source]

Atchisons[edit | edit source]

Main article: Atchisons

They are a trustworthy and hard working lot, as described by the Engineer, who is an Atchison himself. The Brakeman is also an Atchison, although he's suspected to be part-Topekan.

Topekans[edit | edit source]

Main article: Topekans

The richest and most powerful of the clans, the Topekans are also the least trustworthy. Their scheming and intrigues have earned them little regard.

Sante Fes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Santa Fes

The poorest, but generally honest clan.