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New Babbage Transportation Authority

[img_assist|nid=1408|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=right|width=300|height=300]The NBTA is a private organization officially commissioned to provide passenger transport within the City limits. In recent years this has taken the form of unmanned, clockwork-driven, steam-powered streetcars.

[img_assist|nid=1406|title=Original NBTA Stock Certificate|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=640|height=419]


The organization changed its name to New Babbage Transportation Authority shortly after the inauguration of Clockwinder Tenk.



Equipment. The NBTA currently has two types of clockwork streetcars in active service:

[img_assist|nid=1407|title=500 Series Steam Trolley|desc=Day One|link=popup|align=right|width=300|height=200]The 500 Series

  • Manufacturer: Steamweaver Heavy Industry
  • Constructed: 188*
  • Entered service: 188* – present
  • Number built: 3
  • Passenger capacity: 6
  • Specifications: Clockwork autopilot, 275 horsepower single-sprung traction drive
  • Gauge: SLRR Standard Gauge

[img_assist|nid=1410|title=600 Series Steam Trolley|desc=Pre-production plans|link=popup|align=right|width=300|height=300]The 600 Series.

  • Manufacturer: Steamweaver Heavy Industry
  • Constructed: 188*
  • Entered service: 188* – present
  • Number built: 1
  • Passenger capacity: 15
  • Specifications: Clockwork autopilot, 600 horsepower dual-sprung traction drive
  • Gauge: NBRy Closed-Rail

Improvements. Given the bewildering behavior of the 500 Series, manufacturer Steamweaver Heavy Industry was commissioned to develop a successor streetcar with fewer of its quirks. The result was the dual-story 600 Series, at once more powerful and more sophisticated than its cousin. The 600 Series was far better behaved, aside from the scandalous (and never repeated) Self-Reproduction Debacle of August 188*. It is currently in regular operation on the Academy line.

One unforeseen complication of the 600 Series was that its height made it incompatible with the pedestrian overpasses along the Central Line, making it necessary for 500 Series to remain in service there. Conversion of the Tomahna, Central and Bow Street lines to closed-gauge track is planned, once the Closed-Rail Academy line has been determined to be stable.

NBRy track standards

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