Subject of the research project NBP is a novel railway system with individually operated, autonomous and driverless vehicles (RailCabs) which can group automatically as a convoy. The drive of the railway system, a linear motor, consists of two parts distributed on the vehicles (mover) and along the track (stator). The thrust generation and efficiency of a linear motor is sensitive to the air gap between the stator and the mover. Unfortunately, the air gap varies due to weather conditions or aging of the considered railway system. A linear switched reluctance motor turns out to be suitable for this application due to fault tolerance and the robust construction.This work deals with three control concepts for a 6-phase linear switched reluctance drive, considering a varying airgap. These concepts feature a uniform structure that can be described by an operating point assignment and an inner current control. For the latter, PI current controller and hysteresis current controller are investigated and verified with respect to a varying airgap.The objective of the operating point assignment is to generate current setpoint profiles which minimize the losses while considering the given surroundings, e.g. the varying air gap. Three methods are derived and evaluated with respect to efficiency and force ripple: the "optimal control", the "block commutation" and the "Distribution function". In the second part of this paper an extended reluctance motor concept is presented, which is characterized by an inherent contactless energy transfer to the moving part of the motor. The stator and the mover of the doubly-exited switched reluctance motor carry windings.