Fringian Maglev Freight Wagon

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Maglev Freight Wagon
Tech Level TL–8
Mass 26 Tons
Cost Cr6,100,000
Mode Ground (Rail)
Type Maglev Wagon
Speed -
Cargo 220m³
Crew (1)
Passengers -
Armament none

The Maglev Freight Wagon is a Maglev Vehicle. It requires a maglev guideway of the correct gauge to operate.

Description / Specifications[edit]

An enclosed freight wagon designed to operate on a maglev guideway network.

Hull / Suspension[edit]

An enclosed box-shaped streamlined hull constructed from alloys and composite materials.

  • Length: 22.1m, Width: 3.6m, Height: 4.4m.
  • Overall Volume: approximately 350m³ (26 dTons).
  • Unloaded Weight: 53,200 kg.

The overall volume measures the vehicles maximum dimensions and includes its seating on the guideway beam and an associated engineering compartment. The enclosed volume of the hull is lower.

The vehicle is fitted with linear motors built into trucks, enabling the vehicle to traverse curves in the guideway.

  • The vehicle is designed to operate on maglev guideway networks. The gauge (the width of the guideway beam) for maglev networks within the Distant Fringe is generally 2m and most examples of the Maglev Freight Wagon are built to match that standard.


The Maglev Freight Wagon draws power from its linear motors.


  • Cruise Speed: 400 kph, Top Speed: 500 kph. Performance is identical in forward and reverse.
  • Range: unlimited.

The major limiting factor for performance is atmospheric resistance. Vehicles operating in a vacuum environment do not suffer these problems and may travel at their listed performance rating x2 or more.

Maglev Freight Wagons frequently operate independently but are often linked together to form a longer train. Carriages coupled to a Maglev End Unit gain benefits from the End Unit's aerodynamic properties: the train uses the listed performance figures for the End Unit. Maglev Freight Wagons have an automatic coupling system that includes data, power and environmental linkages.

Crew / Cargo[edit]

An enclosed compartment with a volume of 266m³ (19 dTons), of which approximately 4m³ (0.3 dTons) is given over to a small crew compartment located at one end of the vehicle: the vehicle is only crewed if it is operating independently. The crew position has advanced controls and a console / heads-up display that provides data such as velocity and component status.

The interior of the vehicle is a large cargo hold. The vehicle has full environmental protection (the hull is sealed), it has comprehensive electromagnetic shielding and is fitted with interior lighting and full climate control. The cargo hold is accessed by small end compartments that can be constructed as airlocks: these compartments also allow access to adjacent wagons. The hold is accessed by sliding side doors: these doors are not airlocks and opening them will expose the interior of the vehicle to local environmental conditions. An onboard computer system manages the vehicle.

  • Cargo Storage: 262m³ (18.7 dTons), consisting of a luggage storage area and overhead luggage racks.
  • Maximum Load: 335,500 kg.

Note: the onboard computer system can run the vehicle without the need for crew.


Running lights.

History / Background[edit]

A vehicle designed to move freight along maglev networks.

See also: Vehicles of the Distant Fringe

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