Fringian Steam Motor Carriage

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Steam Motor Carriage
Tech Level TL–4
Mass 17.6 Tons
Cost Cr555,000
Mode Ground (Rail)
Type Railcar
Speed 75 kph
Cargo 2m³
Crew 1
Passengers 32
Armament none

The Steam Motor Carriage is a Railroad Vehicle. It requires a railroad network of the correct gauge to operate.

Description / Specifications[edit]

The Steam Motor Carriage is a combination locomotive / passenger carriage. It is typically used to carry commuters in urban areas.

Hull / Suspension[edit]

An enclosed box-shaped hull constructed from steel, wood and brass.

  • Length: 19.5m, Width: 3.2m, Height: 3.8m.
  • Overall Volume: approximately 237.2m³ (17.6 dTons).
  • Unloaded Weight: 34,500 kg.

The overall volume measures the vehicles maximum dimensions and includes track clearance. The enclosed volume of the hull is lower.

The vehicle is fitted with wheels mounted in motorised trucks.

  • The vehicle is designed to operate on rail networks. The gauge (the distance between the inner faces of the two rails) for railroad networks within the Distant Fringe is generally 1.5m and most examples of the Motor Carriage are built to match that standard.

Power / Transmission[edit]

A medium sized high pressure boiler, generating steam by burning liquid fuel to heat stored water, which in turn powers electric motors built into the trucks. The liquid fuel is contained within a protected internal tank. Cold-starting the Motor Carriage can take up to an hour and requires tens of liters of water to be boiled until operating pressure is reached.

  • The locomotive vents steam.


  • Cruise Speed: 55 kph, Top Speed: 75 kph. Performance is identical in forward and reverse.
  • Range: 400 km at Cruise Speed, 350 km at Top Speed.

The Motor Carriage can tow a small train of passenger carriages. Locomotive and wagons use an automatic coupling system. The linkage also includes pressure hoses that are connected to the towed wagons and operate their brakes.

  • Maximum towing weight is approximately 105,000 kg. Greater loads may be moved but this places stresses on the Motor Carriage that may cause a catastrophic loss of control.
  • Two or more Steam Motor Carriages may work together in order to move larger trains of passenger carriages.

Passengers / Cargo[edit]

An enclosed compartment fitted with clear windows and with a volume of 115m³ (8.2 dTons), of which approximately 21m³ (1.5 dTons) is given over to machinery and the crew compartment. There is seating for 32 passengers, along with a central walkway and a small fresher. The seating is relatively cramped. The vehicle has basic environmental protection (the hull is weatherproof but is not sealed) and is fitted with interior lights and heaters. The passenger compartment is accessed by an end door.

  • Cargo Storage: 10m³ (0.7 dTons), consisting of a luggage storage area and overhead luggage racks.
  • Maximum Load: 7,100 kg (including passengers).


Headlights and running lights, and a steam whistle. Steam Motor Carriages may be fitted with animal fenders. Locomotives of this type often bear a distinctive livery.

History / Background[edit]

A railroad locomotive combining steam and electrical technology, designed for small scale logistical operations.

The Steam Motor Carriage can serve as a stand-alone unit or act as a locomotive towing larger trains. A typical combination is four Passenger Carriages with a Steam Motor Carriage at either end.

See also: Vehicles of the Distant Fringe

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