Ferry Network

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Ferry Network
Proposed routes drawn on map render
Overview
OwnerMinistry of Transport
Number of lines5 regional, 13 local
WebsiteYou are here
Operation
Number of vehiclesFerries
Technical
Average speedCruising speed
Top speedRamming speed
LuaATC environment


The traditional form of public transport on LinuxWorks has always been the train. The train always will remain the most suitable vehicle for terrestrial transport. However, large bridges over water have historically been the norm, since there was no other way to traverse the oceans. With the invention of the ferry, there is potential to re-envision transport over water, and introduce water-based routes where they are most appropriate than land-based routes.

The aim of this project is to create a ferry network that complements and strengthens the existing public transport network over water, and to aid realism and aesthetics. Another long term goal might be cargo ships.

Introduction

Initial work in this area has been small-scale and point-to-point, such as the Garden of Eden Ferry, Leekston Ferry and Willex Ferry. But there is no reason that long-distance and local ferry routes, with a number of stops, could not be made. LinuxWorks is fortunate in that most major areas are connected by water, and also in that major water-courses such as the Cleavage River (through Riverside) and the Torvalds Canal have not been built over.

The intent of the ferry network should not be to duplicate existing train services. No demolition of railways is likely to occur, since the railways link land-based destinations. But just as the train network serves as effective transport over land, the ferry network should serve as effective transport over water. The ferry network should serve to expand the accessibility of currently hard-to-access islands, and make water traversable rather than a barrier.

Having an extensive ferry network will also add the the aesthetic of LinuxWorks as a realistically-themed server. The extent to which water has been bridged over or tunnelled under with subways is very unrealistic, but without the option of ferries, there was no other effective way to provide public transport services. Given that ferries function properly, there should be no reason to use subways or extensive rail bridging when connecting archipelagos or spanning ocens, since ferries should naturally be more convenient to construct; just as in real life - the English Channel, for instance, having had ferries for much longer than the Channel Tunnel.

Proposed network

Much as the LinuxForks Rail services are divided into Local Lines and Express Lines, there will be local and regional ferries. The local ferries will serve areas like South Forest and Neverbuild, while a network of ferries centred on Origin will serve as tourist services and connectors between outlying islands.

Major Locations

  • The north end of Origin, near the O1 stop Plaza de la Republica, would become a major ferry terminal.
  • Land's End (West) Station will have a ferry terminal added as the junction of two regional ferry lines.

Local Ferries

These ferries will serve local areas which are suitable for aquatic transport, and are meant as regular public transport or rapid transit.

Existing:

Planned:

Proposed:

Regional Ferries / Cruise Ships

These ferries will travel long distances and connect major locations. They will probably be slower than trains, but they will stop at places not currently served, mostly isolated islands. They are meant for tourism and regional access, not rapid transit. It is likely all of them will originate at Origin, or barring the traversability of the Torvalds Canal, Origin for the northern services and Riverside for the southern ones. The eastern ferry is most dubious since it effectively parallels the Stallmangrad-Personhood Mainline, but it does serve islands along the way.