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The play is about an old engine driver who thinks his engine is malevolent and self-aware. The finale is a huge train wreck using elaborate stage special-effects as per The Ghost Train, an earlier and more famous play by Ridley. The play ran for 165 performances at St. Martin's Lane Theatre.
The play was adapted as a film under the same title released in 1929. It featured a spectacular crash between a passenger train and a Foden steam lorry stuck on a level crossing. The scene was filmed at Herriard on the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway, in one take, and destroyed both the steam wagon and the SECR F1 Class locomotive.
- The Ghost Train, the earlier 1923 play by Arnold Ridley
- "You Drive," a 1964 episode of The Twilight Zone
- My Mother the Car, a 1965 television sitcom series about a man whose mother has been reincarnated as a dilapidated "1928 Porter touring car"
- The Love Bug, a 1968 comedy film about an anthropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen racing Beetle
- Killdozer!, a 1974 made-for-TV horror movie based on a short story by Theodore Sturgeon of the same name
- The Car, a 1977 film about an anthropomorphic customized 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III
- The Hearse, a 1980 horror movie about a possessed hearse
- Christine, a 1983 novel by Stephen King about an anthropomorphic 1958 Plymouth Fury
- Christine, the 1983 horror film based on the King novel
- Nightmares, a 1983 movie made up of four separate story segments; the third segment, "The Benediction", stars Lance Henriksen who plays a traveling priest attacked on the highway by a demonic 4x4
- Maximum Overdrive, a 1986 horror movie; and Trucks, a 1997 made-for-TV remake film; both based on the short story Trucks by Stephen King
- The Wraith, a 1986 film starring Charlie Sheen who plays a man murdered by a gang of car thieves who gets revenge upon his killers by returning as a phantom car and driver set out to eliminate them
- From a Buick 8, a 2002 novel by Stephen King about a deadly 1954 Buick Roadmaster
- Phantom Racer, a 2009 SyFy movie about a possessed race car
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