Fringian Maglev Passenger Carriage

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Maglev Passenger Carriage
Tech Level TL–8
Mass 26 Tons
Cost Cr9,400,000
Mode Ground (Rail)
Type Maglev Carriage
Speed -
Cargo 11m³
Crew (1)
Passengers 75
Armament none

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

Description / Specifications[edit]

An enclosed passenger carriage 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: 56,500 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 Passenger Carriage are built to match that standard.


The Maglev Passenger Carriage draws power from its linear motors. It has backup batteries that can run the onboard systems for up to a day.


  • 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 Passenger Carriages 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 Passenger Carriages have an automatic coupling system that includes data, power and environmental linkages.

Crew / Passengers[edit]

An enclosed compartment fitted with clear windows and with a volume of 284m³ (17 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.

There is seating for 75 passengers, along with a central walkway and a small fresher. The seating is relatively cramped. 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 passenger compartment is accessed by small end compartments that can be constructed as airlocks: these compartments also allow access to adjacent carriages. An onboard computer system manages the vehicle.

  • Cargo Storage: 11m³ (0.8 dTons), consisting of a luggage storage area and overhead luggage racks.
  • Maximum Load: 11,500 kg (including passengers).


Running lights. Onboard entertainment systems, and global communications and data access.

History / Background[edit]

A vehicle designed to move passengers along maglev networks.

See also: Vehicles of the Distant Fringe

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