Maglev train

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Maglev (magnetically levitated) trains are a form of rail transportation on human colony worlds. These vehicles are capable of high speeds and were very common sights throughout the 26th century.

They are found in and around major population centers where such transportation is practical. The trains call at numerous stations throughout the network, allowing the loading and unloading of goods and allowing passengers to board and alight from the train.

Design details[edit]

Maglev trains consist of high speed trains traveling along electrified, magnetized tracks. While it varies by region, some trains run along elevated tracks and others run below grade.

Some trains, however, are equipped to haul freight, not people, and thus some MagLev networks are built in low population areas, allowing for quick transportation to and from various destinations.


Heavy rail-like train[edit]

This variant was similar in design to 21st-century heavy rail rapid transit cars. It either came in single, or two car configurations. Cars feature the New Mombasa Uplift logo on their sides, suggesting the company is involved in either its operation or manufacture.[1]

Long-nosed train[edit]

New Alexandria operated a type of six car, long-nosed maglev train which were visually similar to 21st-century high-speed rail trains.[2]

Short-nosed train[edit]

New Mombasa operated a type of short-nosed maglev train for some routes of their network.[3]



Such a system existed in New Mombasa, Earth, with a maglev system under the jurisdiction of the New Mombasa Transit Authority providing transportation throughout the area. This system was one of the first targets of Covenant forces when they attacked Earth in 2552.[3]

Another maglev system existed around the Chicago Greater Industrial Zone. This system used the same elevated tracks once occupied by older, less advanced trains of Chicago's old elevated railway.[4]

Epsilon Eridani System[edit]

The Inner Colony world Reach had a maglev rail system in the city of New Alexandria.[2]

The Inner Colony world Tribute in the Epsilon Eridani system had a maglev rail system around the entire planet which centered around the main population center Casbah City. This system formed a core part of the colony's transportation grid. During Operation: TREBUCHET, UNSC Marines had to place ARGUS bomb-sniffing devices around the stations around the planet to ensure that insurrectionists did not try to sabotage the network.[5]

Outer Colonies[edit]

The Outer Colony world Harvest in the Epsilon Indi system also had a maglev system around the entire planet, centered on its major population center of Utgard. However, unlike most other rail networks, Harvest's trains were used exclusively to transport freight, not passengers. Harvest had seven main train lines, which led to the seven space elevators on the planet that connected to the Tiara. The trains carried crops and equipment from the outlying areas to the elevators, where they could be loaded into freighters and sent to other colony worlds.[6]

Pirth City on Arcadia has a maglev train system that weaves around the city.[7]

The Rubble, an Insurrectionist-controlled base composed of numerous asteroids orbiting Hesiod, used maglev trains to transport passengers from one asteroid "habitat" to another. The tracks of these trains were built through clear tubes that connected each asteroid together.[8]


  • Maglev trains in Terminal are instant death vehicles. If a player is caught on its track, regardless of shield strength, or whether you are in a vehicle, the player will die immediately, with the message "Killed by the The Guardians".
  • A UNSC ATV, the Sperry FCMMagLEV, used a maglev locomotive as its drive train, which was vulnerable on the battlefield.[9]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Halo 3: ODST, campaign level, Kikowani Station
  2. ^ a b Halo: Reach, campaign level, Exodus
  3. ^ a b Halo 2, multiplayer map, Terminal
  4. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, p. 45
  5. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, p. 12
  6. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, p. 76
  7. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level, Arcadia City
  8. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, p. 46
  9. ^ The Mongoose (1/10/2007)