Rail transport in fiction

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Examples of railways in fiction include:





  • Astrotrain – A Decepticon triple-changer from the Transformers More Than Meets the Eye character line.
  • The Crazy Locomotive – by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, 1923 expressionistic 45-minutes play ( Obie Award-winning production at the Chelsea Theatre Center in 1977, Classical Theatre of Harlem). Two engineers push the locomotive to ever-greater speeds causing a head-on collision.
  • Dutchman (play) by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) is set in the New York City Subway.
  • The Ghost Train - stageplay by Arnold Ridley about a group of passengers stranded in a haunted railway station. Adapted to film numerous times.
  • Starlight Express (Andrew Lloyd Webber) – Musical about trains competing in a World Championship railway race.
  • "Tons of Steel" – A Grateful Dead song about a man and the train he operates.
  • The Wrecker - stageplay by Arnold Ridley about a steam engine that is allegedly possessed.This later made into the 1929 film The Wrecker however it did not feature the possessed train.
  • Le Transperceneige - A French Graphic novel about a luxury train that went around a post-apocalyptic ice age later inspired the 2013 film Snowpiercer.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks - Features the controllable Spirit Train and the Demon Train as an antagonist.
  • Half-Life (series) - Several of the games start or end on trams and trains, and feature themes of rail transportation in-game as usable trams or as obstacles and scenery.
  • Grand Theft Auto - Most of this series of games contains a form of railroading (train, tram etc.).
  • Alice Madness Returns - In game appears the Infernal Train as the main source of destruction in Wonderland, controlled by the Dollmaker. It can be seen throughout numerous parts in the game, and it is used as a final chapter.

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