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->''"I love this guy! He's like a satanic WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine!"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment''', on [[AfterlifeExpress Doomtrain]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''

We have {{Cool Car}}s, [[TankGoodness Cool Tanks]], {{Cool Plane}}s, {{Cool Starship}}s, {{Cool Boat}}s... it's time for '''Cool Trains'''.

Well, lots of these are actually only Cool Locomotives -- including the one to the right -- but hey, let's not split hairs.

Primarily a feature of SteamPunk settings, the CoolTrain may only be able to run on rails -- and generally is not under the control of the traveling character -- but that doesn't stop it from being loaded with gadgets or just being generally awesome. Just ask a RailEnthusiast.

{{Afterlife Express}}es can also be {{Cool Train}}s, even if they aren't [[Series/SoulTrain the hippest trip in America]].

Compare SteamNeverDies. Contrast JustTrainWrong.

Not to be confused with [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar The Cole Train]], or [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Radical Train]].



* A series of Coors Light ads feature a refrigerated train filled with chilled Coors Light beer to relieve the long hot day. American modeler MTH Trains has a replica train set on sale, sponsored by Coors Light.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has an example in the Water 7/Enies Lobby arc, with [[http://www.mangareader.net/103-2429-10/one-piece/chapter-322.html "Puffing Tom"]], a train that runs on [[RuleOfCool a track floating on the sea]] from island to island. It gets better. They eventually introduce the even more badass prototype with no brakes known as Rocket Man, which has a [[RuleOfCool SHARK FACE]] painted on the front (see it [[http://www.mangareader.net/103-2472-10/one-piece/chapter-365.html here]])
** They have now built a second one called the [[http://www.mangareader.net/one-piece/656 Puffing Ice]].
* ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'', described as the love child of a CoolTrain and a CoolShip. What's even cooler is that the 999 itself was inspired by a real life train: The number from the Empire State Express No. 999 (which as you can guess, operated in New York, a.k.a.: the "Empire State") The 999 was the first steam locomotive to exceed 100 MPH, making it a RealLife CoolTrain for its time. However, the locomotive itself is based on the Japanese National Railway C 62.
** ''Anime/TheGalaxyRailways'', which is part of the ''Galaxy Express 999'' universe, is all about Cool Space Trains.
** ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' would [[ShoutOut pay homage]] to this in a chapter where Nobita gets his hands on the ticket to the last running of a galaxy-spanning train that has been made obsolete by that world's [[TeleportersAndTransporters Magic Door]].
** Kenji Miyazawa wrote a book called "Night on the Galatic Railroad" which also involved a "cool train" of sorts. In fact, the original Japanese title ("Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru") was the inspiration behind the Japanese title of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's manga ("Ginga Tetsudou 999")
* ''Anime/TheBraveExpressMightGaine'' -- a Cool Train HumongousMecha. Or rather, a Cool Train HumongousMecha ''army''. Between Great Might Gaine, Battle Bomber, Guard Diver, and Might Gunner, there were no less than ''twelve'' individual trains.
** Their ultimate finisher move, Joint Dragon Fire, literally had the opponent ''[[FinishingMove getting run over by the whole line of them, linked together,]]'' '''''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill WHILE THEY WERE ENGULFED IN A DRAGON-SHAPED FIREBALL.]]''''' If '''that''' ain't a Cool Train, I don't know what is.
** Later, [[Anime/GaoGaiGar LinerGao]], modeled after a (then) cutting-edge Shinkansen bullet train, and succeeded in ''FINAL'' by a space shuttle for some reason.
* The Mammoth Car featured in ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' is basically a train with tires, filled with ninjas on motorcycles and [[spoiler:made of solid gold! ]]
** Of course, a [[spoiler:solid gold]] train weigh hundreds of tonnes and handle crummy, but the entire situation was academic. [[spoiler:The entire point of the Mammoth car was to smuggle the gold out of the country in the last place anyone would think to look]]. Yes, it handled crummy (somewhat mitigated by the fact that nearly every wheel had its own engine), but it crushed everything in its path.
* Locomon, seen [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Locomon here]], is a Franchise/{{Digimon}} that is itself a cool train. It also evolves into the even cooler and decidedly more badass [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/GranLocomon GranLocomon]].
** And then there's the [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Trailmon Trailmon]], which come in several varieties and ''balance on one rail like a bicycle!''
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' has giant multi-story trains, connecting the cities throughout Gunsmoke Planet.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' features a train (somewhat disarmingly called "Prairie Dog") that transports a GiantRobot to wherever it is needed underneath Paradigm City. What's so cool about that? Well, for one thing, the robot is so big, the train requires ''two'' sets of tracks. And it's voice activated.
* ''Train X Train''(AKA ''Train + Train'') Manga, might not the best known example, but it has School Trains. [[MeaningfulName School Trains]] are trains that are high schools. ''High schools''! Harboring large dorms and going around the world in full years [[ForScience for education!]] Not to mention that the Protagonist's school was actually converted from a [[CoolStarship Space ship]] frame and by end of the series, the locomotive was modified into a spaceship again.
* Team Bullet Train in ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' has the ability to create rails wherever they needed to go... or just drive on land. And due to this series respecting scale more than usual, they towered over most other Transformers, and could [[CombiningMecha combine]] into Rail Racer. In one episode they become quite attached to a steam train, even though it isn't sentient.
* Wing Liner in ''Toys/MachineRobo Rescue'' capable to transport 5 Machine Robos and transform into a [[HumongousMecha Giant Robot]]
* ''Anime/GalacticWhirlwindSasuraiger''.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Anna Kozuki uses a deck full of train monsters, which tend to be extremely ''huge'' and powerful.
* SL Man and Poppochan from Anpanman.
* ''Anime/BubukiBuranki'' has one that's big enough for a [[HumongousMecha Buranki]] to be transported on, and is implied to be capable of flying (to reach the "Buranki nest," which is an airborne island).
* ''Anime/KabaneriOfTheIronFortress'' has the Hayajiros, a set of armored and possibly nuclear-powered trains that comprise the only method of safe transport between the heavily fortified stations protect the populace from the ZombieApocalypse. Most of the action in the series takes place on or around them.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* For a time, Franchise/{{Batman}} had a sub-way rocket, which was effectively a jet propelled train-car. And it was awesome.
* In the ''Heart of Steel'' series by IDW, set in the late 19th century, most of the Transformers transformed into these. The mack-daddy of these was the combined thing made of the three Insecticons, which had a gun turret on top, pneumatic bumpers on the back to derail pursuers, and giant evil jaws on the front. Up to eleven!
** And in the main series, there's Astrotrain, who turns into a locomotive and a space shuttle, as well as not one, not two but ''three'' train CombiningMecha teams (Raiden, Sixliner & Rail Racer/JRX).
** In the toy line there was a little known train playset that had an engine that turned into a jet, one car that turned into a mobile scout station, and another that carried a big weapon. The same set was rebranded as GIJoe, WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}, Series/TheATeam, and Franchise/{{Rambo}} toy sets as well.
* ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' Vol 2 has a Secret Black Government Train. Its engine number is .007, which isn't a reference to [[Franchise/JamesBond Campion Bond's family]], but to Kipling (see below).
* [[TruthInTelevision Alexander III's Imperial Train]], from ''ComicBook/AssassinsCreedTheFall''.
* Website/ThomasFaySyndicate's comic ''[[http://trainsworld.deviantart.com A Train's World]]'' has cool trains making up the UsefulNotes/NewYorkCitySubway, it's considered an "urban WesternAnimation/ThomasAndFriends!"

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The main train from ''Undersea Super Train Anime/MarineExpress''.
* The armored train in ''Anime/CastleInTheSky''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress''.
* Casey Junior, the circus train from ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' has [[RailroadTracksofDoom Trev Diesel,]] a red and yellow diesel locomotive that almost hit Lightning [=McQueen=] on his way to Radiator Springs, while the sequel has Stephenson, a British bullet train used by Mater, Finn [=McMissile=], and Holly Shiftwell to get from Paris, France to Porto Corsa, Italy.
** The ''Planes'' sequels got two steam trains.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* As in the original TV series, Jim West and Artemus Gordon travel in one named "The Wanderer" in ''Film/WildWildWest''.
* Central Pacific 131, which was hurled off a bridge and rebuilt at the ending of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', pictured above. "It runs on steam!".
** Let's not forget the "actress" portraying the "character", [[http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj256/timetrain/bttftrainwithslightrepaint.jpg Sierra No. 3]], the undisputed "Movie Star Locomotive" who starred in many a Creator/ClintEastwood and Western film, as well as a colorful role in the sitcom "Series/PetticoatJunction".
* The missile train from ''Film/GoldenEye''.
** There's also Tiger Tanaka's train from ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.
* ''Film/TheTitfieldThunderbolt'' is a film set on a British branch line features several cool trains. The first is a generally normal-looking tank engine, which later enjoys a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when the Vicar uses it to joust against a steamroller parked on a level crossing. The villains later derail this engine on the eve of an inspection by British Railways. Desperate for a new engine, the villagers raid the local museum and press the titular ''Thunderbolt'' into service for the inspection. It should be noted that ''Lion'', the engine that played ''Thunderbolt'', was well over 100 years old at the time the film was made.
* The 1985 movie prison-escape-movie ''Film/RunawayTrain'' featured four diesel locomotives coupled together to form the titular train, a black, ice-encrusted, dinosaur-like monster machine tearing through an Alaskan blizzard with no brakes. The fact that the train was intended solely as a moving stage for the drama occurring inside it was irrelevant to the fact that it possessed as much character as the Golden-Globe winning, Oscar-Nominated performances of actors Jon Voight and Eric Roberts, especially after it crashed through another train and became hideously deformed!!
* The [[https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/the-hogwarts-express Hogwarts Express]] from the ''Film/HarryPotter'' cements itself as one in ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' when it is introduced sitting at the station with steam rising around it.
* Roy from ''Film/{{Transsiberian}}'' marvels over some antique Russian trains.
* The requisite big chase in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'' revolves around a train made of a truck and a small house that doubled as a methane powerplant (for some reason).
* Morton's special train in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''.
* Southern Railway 4501 in the Jimmy Stewart film ''Fool's Parade.''
* The New York Central's Twentieth Century Limited in ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''.
* ''Film/BreakheartPass''.
* In ''Film/{{Tron}}'' and ''Film/TronLegacy'', the Solar Sailer. In the first one, it's used in a harrowing escape. In Legacy, it's a [[ArtEvolution whole lot spiffier]] for a [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene moment of solace]] for the three main heroes.
* In ''Film/{{Priest 2011}}'', [[BigBad Black Hat]] and his army of vampires travel through the wastelands outside the city in one of these.
* In the Russian film ''Film/{{Krai}}'', the characters [[ICallItVera give their trains names]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy6z4hBrrTQ race them]].
* Another Russian example - the big red armored war train in ''Film/DoctorZhivago''. [[http://www.seanmichaelragan.com/html/%5B2008-09-30%5D_Armored_train_from_Doctor_Zhivago.shtml link to pictures here]]
* The ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}'', a humongous bullet train still running 17 years after an Ice Age wiped out all life on Earth, able to break through icy snowdrifts, and the last refuge of mankind. A truly [[LamePun Cool]] [[CoolTrain Train]]!
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': The maglev that takes Katniss and Peeta from District 12 to Capitol. Unlike modern-day maglevs, this one hovers high above the tracks and appears to be flying on its own. It's also equipped with all the amenities for the tributes and their retinue.
-->'''Effie Trinket:''' 200 miles an hour and you can't feel a thing.
* RobberBaron J.P. Stiles has a magnificently baroque creation as his BaseOnWheels in ''Film/TallTale''.

* ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'', a.k.a., ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''.
* The Boland Belle in Literature/TheForestOfBolandLightRailway
* In ''The Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'', Grim Tuesday had a personal train with [[SpikesOfVillainy SPIKES]] all over it.
* Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/IronCouncil'' has the Perpetual Train, [[spoiler: later home of the titular council]] which was initially crawling along laying its own rails as the forefront of an expanding railway network - it has carriages containing everything needed to keep the community of workers building the lines alive and well fed, from an abattoir to a church. [[spoiler:It later goes rogue, and the Council organize its rails to be taken up behind it as they are laid ahead of it, so it essentially becomes a giant, moving LaResistance town.]]
* Sean [=McMullen=]'s ''Literature/GreatwinterTrilogy'' features trains powered by wind turbines and trains powered by passengers and employed navvies pedaling. Passengers are ranked according to how much they pedal, and those who pedal most get credits towards their fare and priority use of the railside facilities.
* Kim Stanley Robinson's ''[[Literature/RedMarsTrilogy Red Mars]]'' had colonists living on the Martian moon Phobos build a train around the circumference of the moon and run it fast enough to generate rotational gravity, relieving the difficulties of living in microgravity and allowing colonists to acclimate before moving down to the Martian surface colonies.
** Later, ''Blue Mars'' had an [[spoiler:[[MercurialBase entire city on Mercury]] that ran on train tracks to keep ahead of the dawn]]; this becomes an important central setting in ''Literature/TwentyThreeTwelve''.
* ''The Little Engine That Could.''
* Blaine the Mono from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''. Insane riddling supersonic trans-universal pink monorail train. Finally defeated by [[spoiler:BlackComedy]].
* The Kinetic City Express in Emily Lloyd's books is gigantic, needs no rails, and fits anywhere the Crew need it to go. It also has a talking computer system which was designed by Alexander Graham Cracker.
* The city on rails in Christopher Priest's spooky novel ''Literature/TheInvertedWorld''. It is located [[spoiler: on world with a mindboggling topography that shifts, so the train city must move to stay in a habitable zone. However, all "good things" have an end.]]
* Creator/PeterFHamilton's ''Literature/CommonwealthSaga'' uses huge, nuclear-powered trains for ''interstellar travel'' (through artificial wormholes).
** The sequel ''Void Trilogy'', set 1000 years later, has characters looking back with nostalgia on this means of travel, much as today's rail enthusiasts look back at the early-mid 20th century's golden age of rail transport. One suspects Hamilton sympathises with this view.
* Rudyard Kipling's ''.007: The Story of an American Locomotive'' is possibly the first story about self-aware trains.
* Komarovsky rides around in a Russian armored train in ''Literature/DoctorZhivago''.
* The [[https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/the-hogwarts-express Hogwarts Express]] from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' certainly counts, being a magically hidden train that transports students to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
* ''Literature/LittleGoldenBooks'':
** Tootle, the eponymous character from the book of the same name is an aversion, since the fact that he's a talking train is not really the point (the actual point is the story's "[[AnAesop Aesop]]" which, depending on how you look at it, has gone somewhat [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop out of fashion]] over the decades).
** "The Little Red Caboose" (which is part of a train) from the same series is a somewhat more straight example (because of its CrowningMomentOfAwesome... well, by the series' standards anyway).
* The Creator/HarryHarrison science fiction novel ''Literature/{{Wheelworld}}'' features an [[PlanetOfHats agricultural colony]] on a planet with very extreme seasons where the entire population of the colony escapes the brutal summers twice each (longer-than-Earth-normal) year by picking up and moving from one of the planet's poles to the other. This is done by jacking up the colony's main buildings on wheels, forming them up behind the colony's nuclear power plants (now transformed into enormous locomotives) and making the 12,000-mile trek to the other side of the planet. No tracks -- the "trains" run on roads -- but the effect is definitely train-like.
* In Cherie Priest's third ''Literature/ClockworkCentury'' novel, ''Dreadnought'', the main character must travel upon a Union war locomotive, the aforementioned Dreadnought. It is used by the Union to terrorize Confederate rail traffic, as most characters acknowledge its power. Basically, it's a warship on rails, with a heavily armored engine, plenty of automated guns, and a complement of troops on board. Also, it's involved in a cross-country chase to Washington State, involving Confederate spies, Texas Rangers, bushwackers, mad scientists, and zombies.
* Iain M. Banks' ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' has a Planet of the Dead, which has ancient, subterranean three-story miles-long trains that were used as mobile command centers by the extinct builders. [[StuffBlowingUp Then one gets moving...]]
* Subway trains in the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' series don't require drivers, travel through various other dimensions as shortcuts, and heal themselves when damaged. Decades of exposure to the Nightside's ambient weirdness has also made these vehicles into sentient beings with their own fears, spirit of professionalism, and ''mating season''.
* The Woolfonts & Chickmarsh Railway in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' quite literally "runs on this trope:" it was created, ostensibly, as a community, heritage steam railway, microfranchised into an indispensable part of the national network, and relies on {{Retraux}} steam locomotives which look very "period" (modified ''Castle''-class, in fact), such as No. 1003, ''Master of Dilton,'' No. 1005, ''Lady Clare,'' and No. 1007, ''Countess of Freuchie'' … but which were designed, internally, by Swiss DLM with assists from Dyson and Dyson and [[Series/TopGear James May]]. Local bigwigs the Duke of Taunton and Sir Thomas Douty are typical [[RailEnthusiast anoraks]] … '''with money and connections.'''
* In Patrick Tilley's ''Amtrak Wars'', the primary antagonists (probably survivors of the US military) use giant armoured trains as their main means of power projection against the (heroic) plainsmen.
* ''Freight Train'' by Donald Crews. Composed of a red caboose, an orange tanker car, a yellow hopper car, a green cattle car, a blue gondola car, a purple boxcar, and a black 4-6-2 steam locomotive and tender.
* Iron Girder in ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'', the first steam locomotive on Literature/{{Discworld}}, and continually improved by her creator, until she becomes an incredibly powerful, micromail-infused behemoth [[spoiler: and the goddess of the railway]].
* The Boundless in Kenneth Oppel's novel ''The Boundless''.
* The 38 Engines of the Line in ''Literature/TheHalfMadeWorld'' are sentient {{Cool Train}}s with a hint of EldritchAbomination. Nobody knows their exact origin: whether they're spirits of the half-made West given form by human hands, born from the minds of humans themselves, or something else entirely. Either way, they're inhuman and unkillable (destroyed Engines are simply rebuilt the same as ever) and inexorably annexing every city in the West into their oppressively industrial Line. As the concept of "giant evil trains" is rife for {{Narm}}, author Felix Gilman never gives us a full description of them, only vivid impressions of certain parts of one.
* The "Freedom Express" from the self-named seventh book in the ''Wingman'' series by Mack Maloney; a ten-mile-long super-train that is heavily armored, heavily ''armed'', is manned by members of the heroic Post-Apocalyptic BadassArmy that protects what remains of America, and has space to land a Harrier for scout/air support roles. The plot of the book is the use of the train to try to connect the two coasts as a symbol of American endurance, which is not exactly helped by the literal army (''and'' air force) of white-supremacist Neo-Nazis that are out to stop it.
* ''Starcross'', the second book in the ''Literature/{{Larklight}}'' series, has a whole Cool Railway constructed in the Asteroid Belt by the same company that built the Crystal Palace. [[SteamPunk Yes, ''the'' Crystal Palace that housed the 1851 Great Exhibition.]]
* Michael P. Stradlin's ''Blood Riders'', in a vampire-plagued Wild West, a special team of vampire hunters travel around on an armoured train developed by the finest engineering minds of the time. Complete with kitchen, bath, living quarters and armoury, the train can decimate hordes of vampires with its many prototype cannons and the gatling gun turret mounted on top.
* TimothyZahn's ''QuadrailSeries'' has what amounts to an interplanetary metro system, with light-years-long tunnels that snake around the galaxy and connect many interplanetary systems together. It gets turned on its head in one of the later books: [[spoiler:it turns out that the trains and the tunnels are a ruse, and the real power is in the thread in the middle of tunnel itself - which will propel at faster-than-light speeds *anything* that approaches it. Since the galaxy is filled with warlike species who'd like nothing more than to wage intergalactic war, the illusion of the tunnels and train cars as being vital components of the system enables the Spiders to keep peace. It gets much harder to attach any coolness to the whole thing after that.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Franchise/SuperSentai''/''Franchise/PowerRangers'' series...
** ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive'' and ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' had [=GrandLiner=]/the Supertrain Megazord, another Super Robot example of this trope.
** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' and its US counterpart, ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', had Travelion/the Solar Streak Megazord.
** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''/''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' with the Kyoretsu-Oh/[=PaleoMax=] Megazord. In a series with animal/vehicle hybrids, these are ''[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]]'' trains.
** The Gosei Snake in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' also counts--it appears from a bullet train.
** ''Series/ResshaSentaiToQger'' makes trains the primary series theme - the mecha are trains, the weapons are train-themed (with things like a rail sword, signal hammer and bridge claw), ''everything'' is about trains. To give an example of how far this series takes it, the franchise usually has the {{Transformation Trinket}}s announce cool phrases on morphing, but ''[=ToQger=]'''s is "Transformation commencing! Please stand behind the white line!" - and it ''summons a white line for the monsters to stand behind''.
** And despite being right after ''[=ToQger=]'', ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' has Byunmaru, another train, although it is a Shinkansen.
* Every Rider in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' has a train, capable of traveling through the timestream and armed to the teeth in order to fight monsters. This list includes the [=DenLiner=] (Den-O), [=ZeroLiner=] (Zeronos), [=GaohLiner=]/God's Train (Gaoh), Nega [=DenLiner=] (Nega Den-O), New [=DenLiner=] (New Den-O), and [=Yu-KiLiner=]/Ghost Train (Yu-Ki). Additionally, the terminal station which appears late in the series can transform into the gigantic [=KingLiner=](Den-O Liner Form).
** In fact, seven years later, what does [=DenLiner=] do? [[Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai Combine with the ToQger's machine!]]
* Jim West and Artemus Gordon's rolling headquarters on ''Series/TheWildWildWest''. The Wanderer was played by the ''William Mason'', a perfectly preserved American classic.
* The various trains [[http://www.trains-worldexpresses.com/100/102x1_01m.jpg similar to this one]] in the series 6 finale of ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Wedding of River Song". [[spoiler: It's an alternate timeline where everything is happening at once. London is riddled with them on elevated tracks, and one leads right into the Great Pyramids at Giza. It's subtly implied that in the alternate timeline, steam trains have taken the place of airplanes and move about as fast.]]
** Also in ''Series/DoctorWho'' in Season 8, The Doctor and Clara end up on a Space Train (shades of ''Anime/GalaxyExpress999'', above) that mimics the Orient Express. Naturally, there are several murders.
* The titular vehicle in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "The Train Job" qualified as a CoolTrain.
* ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'', a nuclear-powered bullet train that almost killed Creator/{{NBC}} in the late 1970s. It was essentially ''Series/TheLoveBoat'' on rails (both the show and the train itself).[[note]]One episode featured a piece of music that would later be used as the theme to the GameShow ''Series/ChainReaction.''[[/note]]
* In his live-action, Latin-American TV show, Topo Gigio (an Italian mouse some may remember from Series/TheEdSullivanShow[[note]]He's Italian, but he speaks Spanish here.[[/note]]) once did a song called "El Tren de Chocolate". Even the mere thought of a "Chocolate Train" sounds cool.
* ''Series/AmericanRestoration'': Mark Bassett, the director of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevada_Northern_Railway_Museum Nevada Northern Railroad Museum]] makes frequent visits to have items with a railroad connection restored. One of these is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velocipede railroad velocipede]]. Upon completion of the restoration and delivery to Ely, Nevada, Rick gets to operate one of the [=NN's=] [[SteamNeverDies steam locomotives]].

* On the cover of Music/{{Motorhead}}'s ''[[http://metal-jerks.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/motorhead_orgasmatron_1986.jpg Orgasmatron]]'' album.
* The "midnight train" in Journey's "Don't Stop Believing".
* The "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" by Canadian folk artist Gordon Lightfoot.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qizz7Wrrpao The Train from Bloemfontein]]''.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DM6ppYwXTQ The City of New Orleans]]" by Music/ArloGuthrie. Music/WillieNelson and Music/JohnnyCash also covered the song.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDN1P77Nm_Q East Coast Racer]]", by Music/BigBigTrain, appropriately.
* The "Miracle Express" from the Queen music video "Breakthru" from ''Music/TheMiracle''.
* The "Trans-Canadian-Super-Continental-Streamlined-Special-Express" from the Fred Penner song of the same name. All of the trains joined into one. "A whole mile long and a mile full of fun."
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_eE0NPArEY Mystery Train]]" by Music/ElvisPresley.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHfSwoALYE Trans-Europe-Express]]" by Music/{{Kraftwerk}} from ''Music/TransEuropeExpress''.
* "Pardon me boys, Is that the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?"
* "The Atcheson, Topeka, and the Santa Fe"
* The ''Wabash Cannonball''
* ''Midnight Train to Georgia''
* ''Casey Jones''
* ''Last Train to Clarksville''' - Music/TheMonkees
* ''Crazy Train'' by Music/OzzyOsborne
* The mascot for ''SoulTrain''
* ''Rock N Roll Train'' by Music/{{ACDC}}
* The British symphonic prog band Big Big Train has done several songs about trains.
** "East Coast Racer" is about the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Class_A4_4468_Mallard Mallard]], the world record holder for fastest steam locomotive.
** "Evening Star" is a song about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_9F_92220_Evening_Star the last steam locomotive to be built by British Railways.]]
* ''Juular'' by DevinTownsend - the music video is set inside of one. The actual song itself also has a very noticeable chugging rhythm through the vast majority of it to give the feeling of being on a moving train.

* The Premium and Limited Editions of ''Pinball/{{ACDC}}'' has the Rock 'n Roll Train on the playfield, complete with working headlight and devil horns.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The large-scale ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' spin-off games ''Titan Legions'' and ''Epic 40,000'' featured a unit for the Squats (space dwarfs) called the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Land Train]]". Each car had its own weapon system or upgrade, ranging from mortars to a gyrocopter landing pad, but then the Squats were [[DroppedABridgeOnHim removed from the 'verse]] and gamers were left with marginally less ridiculously over-the-top HumongousMecha and [[TankGoodness Super-Heavy Battle Tanks]] to wage war with...
* The Iron Horse in ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}} World Book 14: The New West'' is a fire-breathing {{Magitek}} train powered by captured greater demons.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The [[{{Magitek}} lightning rail]] from the setting ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}''.
** The module "Train of Events" from ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' #44 featured a steam-powered railway built by mountain dwarves to deliver supplies between dwarven cities.
* The Crayon Rails game ''Iron Dragons''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** Solar Monorail Chirmirajen, a train that can go anywhere in the world, but is primarily used to transport personnel and guests to and from the [[ThatsNoMoon Daystar...the setting's sun.]] It is also intelligent, having a rather impulsive and heroically inclined autopilot, and it is quite literally powered by hope (its fuel is hopeful prayers directed to Heaven in general or the sun in particular). The writers have described it as "WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine, by way of Franchise/{{Gamera}}."
** The Solar Monorail also has a counterpart in the Underworld: [[AfterlifeExpress the Midnight Express.]] Less is known about this one, but it is sufficiently awesome that the Deathlords want control of it. They have not yet succeeded.
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':
** The Flip Effect Monster [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Dekoichi_the_Battlechanted_Locomotive Dekoichi the Battlechanted Locomotive]] is cool-looking, [[AwesomeMcCoolName has a cool name]], and helps draw cards.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Steamroid Steamroid]] looks like a [[CuteMachines goofy toy train]], but still powerful.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Superheavy_Samurai_Steam_Train_King Superheavy Samurai Train King]], is a locomotive with a ''freakin' demon's head!''
** The game also has [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Train an entire deck archetype]] of them, based around getting high powered level ten / rank ten monsters on the field quickly.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'': In older editions of ''Warzone'', Capitol operated a number of huge armored trains in south Mars, which were literally described as railbound battleships and aircraft carriers, designed to fulfill that role in an environment without seas.
** Third Edition gave us Whitestar's ''Zolotoy Glaz'' (''Golden Eye''), a combined [=palace/command and control center/army base=] operating on the rail networks throughout Whitestar territory, and allowing the Tzarina to transfer her court to any place or event that requires her personal input and deal with it decisively.

* ''Theatre/StarlightExpress''. All characters appearing on stage are either locomotives or train cars. Most of them cool.

* Astrotrain from ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', which also transformed into a space shuttle. ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' introduced the Trainbots, a group of Transformers who took the forms of Japanese high-speed trains and could [[CombiningMecha combine into one]].
* [[http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=309327 One imaginative individual]] made a {{Lego}} train based off of ''[[CoolCar Ferraris]]'', with a very kickass locomotive.
** On the subject of Lego, the Monster Fighters theme had the [[http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/9467_The_Ghost_Train Ghost Train]] which was exactly what it said on the tin
* Lionel was a maker of cool ''toy'' trains for 93 years (today there's a company also called "Lionel" who makes Lionel-branded toy trains, but they're otherwise unrelated to the previous company).
* Hornby is the UK's main seller of model trains. Everything from ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' to rare models from the age of steam.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/Battlefield1'' features armored trains on several maps, complete with artillery guns, antiaircraft cannons, and a cool black paintjob.
* Hans Voralberg's train in the ''VideoGame/{{Syberia}}'' adventure game duology. The kicker? It's a freaking ''clockwork'' train and has to be rewound at each station to go further.
* ''VideoGame/{{Transarctica}}'', one of several monster steam trains connecting the future Ice Age world. You and your people live on board, carrying barracks, gardens, workshops, rocket platforms and anything else you need to bring back the sunshine. Described in more detail [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transarctica here]].
** In fact, the box art for the game was "borrowed" from ''another'' example; [[https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1781/0129/files/The_Heavy_Metal_Hero_1024x1024.jpg?v=1498984054 a painting by Rodney Matthews depicting an epic-looking giant train from another world.]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' and the [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doomtrain]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' also had a train that acted as a courier of recently departed souls to the afterlife. An [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Undead Train]]. It's so cool that he made cameo appearances as a BonusBoss in both ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' remakes, and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyUnlimited'' had the Interdimensional Train.
* On the subject of Square Enix and train monsters, ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' continues the tradition with the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Promethean]] [[KillItWithFire Fire]] summon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'s'' second level revolves around trying to stop a train delivering a giant arms shipment between cities. It's filled to the brim with turrets and {{chicken walker}}s, carries a lobster-motorbike ''thing'', and the front section is a giant, [[MultiArmedAndDangerous multi-armed]] mech.
* ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' has two cool trains, the {{Zeerust}} time-travelling Ixion and the SteamPunk-ish Blackstone One.
* The Starflight Express, from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''.
* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' features the Number Nine, a train that carries the souls of the dead all the way to the Ninth Underworld (Heaven) in four minutes, rather than the usual four years. It's based on the design of the PRR S1.
* Most of the [=PS1=] game ''Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn''(known as ''Chase the Express'' in Japan) takes place aboard a CoolTrain called the Blue Harvest. Built by NATO, it is heavily armored, extremely fast, armed with anti-aircraft chainguns, can fire nuclear missiles, contains a car furnished like a palace, and has the facilities to hold and sustain a small army. Too bad most of the soldiers staffing it are [[RedShirtArmy slaughtered by terrorists posing as allied Russians at the beginning of the game]].
* The Forever Train on Macbeth from ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' is a GIANT futuristic example, which you destroy car-by-car until there's nothing left but the engine. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Which you then crash into a factory.]]
* ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' featured a level that takes place in a train based on the ''Film/GoldenEye'' one.
* In the ''VideoGame/TransportTycoon'' series (and in similar games such as ''Industry Giant''), for their balanced combination of speed and capacity, you can't beat trains (or monorails, or maglevs, depending on the year).
* A few trains show up in ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', either as drivable karts or course hazards.
** ''Mario Kart 64'' and ''Mario Kart 7'' had a 1900s-ish steam train rolling around Kalamari Desert, occasinally crossing the racetrack.
** Diddy Kong's kart in ''Double Dash!!'' was the Barrel Train, a tiny wooden train with a whistle instead of a horn - this kart reappeared in ''7''.
** The upcoming ''Mario Kart 8'' features a ''magic flying train'' swooping around its remake of ''64'''s Rainbow Road.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' has the Fawful Express, a heavily armoured train with Fawful's mug on it. Bowser turns giant to face off with it while it tries to escape and lure him into a trap.
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has the Excess Express, a downright badass-looking black and gold engine.
** Also, the train from the first ''Paper Mario'', inspired by the train from ''Mario Kart 64'' - you even get to listen to a remix of Kalamari Desert's theme while riding it.
* ''VideoGame/FearEquation'' takes place entirely in the cabin of one of these, with you giving orders to the passengers from within.
* There's also the Shy Guy Express, part of the Party Tent events in ''Mario Party 8''.
* The Montauk, the Brotherhood of Nod's underground mobile HQ from [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Tiberian Sun]].
* Pretty much ''every'' locomotive in the PC Game ''Trainz Classics 3'' which is set in 1960s Northern England. In fact, this could qualify as RealLife too, since all but one of the trains featured were real locomotives (and the other one was based off a real-life design). A particular example goes to the Stanier 5MT "Black 5", an engine ''built to do absolutely everything''.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'' has Chuffy the locomotive.
* Link and Zelda ride around in one in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks''.
** Which can ''ride underwater'' and is mounted with a huge cannon. If you use the cannon underwater, ''[[RuleOfCool it fires torpedoes instead of cannonballs]]''.
** The BigBad has one too -- that ''flies''. Suspiciously, the front looks like Ganondorf's face.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** Charge Man's stage in ''VideoGame/MegaMan5'', Slash Beast's in ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', and the Neo Arcadian supply train in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 1'' and ''2''.
** Charge Man ''himself'' is a CoolTrain; in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/ChargeMan.EXE especially]].
** The Gemeinschaft from ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends2'' was a boss train that fired bombs, bullets and lasers at the player.
* Half of the plot of ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox'' involves a ride on a luxury train, the Molentary Express (the other half deals with the train's destination). [[spoiler:It has a special car which changes tracks in transit, enabling them to visit the town of Folsense.]]
--> '''Layton''': "Yes, I can certainly see why some people call the Molentary Express a cruise ship on rails."
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. Payload variant map "Frontier", where the bomb cart is replaced with a train with an awesome face painted on the front. Anybody caught in the train's path [[OneHitKO dies instantly]].
** Quite a few custom maps also feature instant kill trains that run through the stage every so often.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' gives us the Razor Train: a fleet of tall, black, intimidating diesel engines who haul prisoners and soldiers. One of them comes at you at high speed, at Bridge Point. Want to try ramming into it? Go ahead, watch what happens to [[StuffBlowingUp your]] [[EveryCarIsAPinto car]].
* In ''The Last Crown'', Nigel comes to Saxton on an old-time steam locomotive, the Sleepwalker. [[spoiler: Considering how many other supernatural forces are manifested in Saxton, the Sleepwalker may well have been the ''ghost'' of a train.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ImpossibleCreatures'', you have a steampunk looking steam locomotive that can fly, which acts as your hub building during games, called a Lab.
* [[RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo]] of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has ''Obsolete Line "Trip to the Old Station"'' spellcard in ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'' and ''Hisoutensoku'' {{Fighting Game}}s, which not only does a good amount of damage (half of the life bar) for a 5 cost spellcard, but also can't be blocked or grazed. Which makes sense, considering she pretty much runs you over with a large train.
* Sturmgeist's armored train in ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorFrontline'', and the Greta railroad cannon in [[VideoGame/MedalOfHonor the original]].
* ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' has the Infernal Train, which is basically a Gothic cathedral on wheels.
** It has the same significance and opposing symbolism as the omnipresent tentacles in the prequel, as noted more than once in-universe. It's huge, sweeping through your mindscape, and attempting to destroy your bearings and leave you a helpless passenger onboard rather than root you down in inescapable depression and dementia.
* ''VideoGame/IronStorm'' has an entire level set on a gigantic armored train which the player has to traverse from the tail car to the locomotive. There's even a ''chapel wagon''. It's even more appreciated since it comes after a mediocre stealth-based level.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' features a levitating, probably automated network of Hyperion-owned trains. The trains roar along at high speeds (in two areas of the game it's possible to get enemies hit by passing trains) and use a system that looks like a maglev rail - sometimes switching from a rail below the cars to one beside it in mid-transit, briefly going airborne to do it.
* PlayedForLaughs with the green train in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. In Chapter 7, the party has the opportunity to ride either a red train or a green train to the old Clayman Factory, and the green train costs four times as much as the regular red train. The difference between the two besides different music is that [[spoiler:the green train lets you experience the joy of riding a green-colored train.]]
* The Egg Train in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogTripleTrouble'' is a supply train created by Dr. Eggman. It's so long, the entirety of Sunset Park Act 3 is Sonic running along the top. The engine car can shoot spiky metal balls back at Sonic if he gets too close. Since then, Eggman has relied on a network of Cool Trains for mass delivery, as seen in Rail Canyon Zone and Bullet Station Zone in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', albeit none have ever been nearly as huge as the Egg Train.
* In ''Yager'', the mission "Rusty Steel on the Tracks" features the player defending a huge industrial locomotive as it moves across the level, enabling them to eventually use it as cover to [[ImpossibleTask get past powerful automated turrets]].
* ''VideoGame/NancyDrew:'' ''Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon'' is set in one.
* One of the multiplayer maps in ''VideoGame/FistfulOfFrags'' is a [[TheWestern western outpost]] with a train running through the middle in either direction, but only at running speed. What makes the train cool is the InexplicableTreasureChest it carries, containing some of the most powerful weapons available.
* The [=iOS=] interactive fiction ''[[VideoGame/EightyDays 80 Days]]'' has plenty, since they're the most popular mode of transportation in the {{Steam Punk}}ish version of Creator/JulesVerne's story. Depending on your route choices, you may miss out on a few, at least in that playthrough. The only one that you will definitely see is the train between London and Paris that crosses the English Channel by ''diving'' under it (that's right, a submarine steam train). The Orient Express isn't any different from its RealLife version, but still at treat for any train enthusiast (it's also faster than most other trains in the game). The ''Kamer-Taj'' is the pride of the Ottoman Empire, with the front of the locomotive being made to look like a rearing horse. The Trans-Siberian Express can take you clear across the Russian Empire if you take the Northern route. Several other Russian trains look like the onion-shaped steeples on Russian Orthodox churches... with cannons sticking out. In the US, there's the Transcontinental Express, which can take you from San Francisco all the way to the East Cost. Passepartout even notes with amusement the attempts of American trains to compete with their European counterparts.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': The Draenor dungeon, Grimrail Depot, serves as a base for the eponymous Iron Horde siege train. In addition to running on Iron Star tech better suited to explosives and war machines, and being huge enough to serve as a dungeon in its own right, it carries a massive artillery cannon intended to short-circuit the Iron Horde's stalled offensive against [[CitadelCity Shattrath]] by ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill obliterating it]]''. Naturally, it's the players' job to blow the Grimrail up first.
* In ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' for the NES, Butch Cavendish uses a steam locomotive loaded with traps against you for the final boss fight.
* In ''VideoGame/TormentumDarkSorrow'', you ride a [[http://www.n3rdabl3.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/tormentum5.jpg truly badass train]] that has the same [[Creator/HRGiger Giger]]-esque artstyle as the rest of the game.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonTrozei'' has the Phobos train, which is a location that walks on legs like a centipede.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' had the Mole Train, a boss that had a giant drill on the front of it.
* The original ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' had the kohbu-carrying Goraigoh, possibly best described as a [[SteamPunk steam-age]] bullet train nearly the size of an ocean liner. ''Anime/SakuraWarsTheMovie'' cubed the cool by showing its dispatch/launch mechanism, [[spoiler:which fired the train ''straight down a vertical track'' into an improbable wonderland of rollercoaster-like track that eventually merged with the ''Tokyo subway system'']].
* ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'' features the Pickle Express, an ocean-going train.
* Chillingo's tablet game ''Modern Command'' has your counterterrorist group sending a prototype armoured train on a delivery mission through the Trans-Siberian rail. The train is a massive beast that's has four modular weapon turrets that fire rockets, cruise missiles, autocannons and high-intensity targeting lasers.
* [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Vampire Savior]] had a level called Iron Horse, Iron Terror, which was a demonic train.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfShanShan'', [[http://shanshan.upperrealms.com/view.php?pageid=033&chapterid=1 the up train really does go up.]]
* St Charlie's in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse''. It's a city. Full of {{Mad Scientist}}s. On a subway train. Under Boston.
* ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}''' 2012 [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas storyline]] features Santa's [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/12162012/ "Mobile Armored Workshop and Platform"]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** The Wyrm of Limerick, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140307 dragon-headed train]] of the Corbettite Railway, run by a holy order who see the train itself as a religious object. And in an emergency [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140917#.VC67V1dgHTo it can turn into an airship]]. Later in the arc, for reasons which defy explanation, it acquires a BEAR as a driver..
** And, deep beneath their sanctuary, the Corbettites have imprisoned [[spoiler: The Beast; Saturnus Heterodyne's intelligent locomotive which [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20141112#.VGs1GWe0NcI ravenously searches for coal]], and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20141117#.VGs1AWe0NcI has all the concern for others one expects of a Heterodyne AI]]]].
** And then [[spoiler: a fancy new supertrain with the intellect of the late(ish) Corbettite Brother Ulm, which is capable of tunneling underground.]]
* [[http://www.sssscomic.com/comic.php?page=142 Dalahästen]] from ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' is suitable for demolishing trolls -- or anything else -- that gets on the tracks. It has a giant buzzsaws mounted on the top.
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' sports the [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=227 Ghost Train]], a living train. [[spoiler: It's the only spectral being capable of passing through the barrier around Mayview. Too bad it gets severely injured due to a misunderstanding.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Search Engine of the [[{{Wiki/Wikipedia}} WikiWorld]] from ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'', an enormous flying SteamPunk steam train that is the only way to find information in the gargantuan library.
* The [[http://monorailcat.com/ Monorail Cat]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' is made of this trope. Almost every character is a CoolTrain.
* Dethklok's massive Dethtrain from ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''.
* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', Astrotrain transforms into a space shuttle... Oh wait, '''and a train'''!
* Dinosaur train? Now there's a Creator/PBSKids series called ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain'', featuring one. The train travels through time tunnels taking its riders to various periods within the Mesozoic Era.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' has the team slip into an alternate-universe Fascist dictatorship led by Vandal Savage. Surveillance is everywhere on the streets, so local freedom-fighting Batman uses a rocket-powered subway car to get around.
* During the New York episode of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Jack showed up with a train that turned into a mecha. Dojo shapeshifted into a dragon train during the same episode, but it's not a form he likes to take (apparently, the third rail really chafes). A couple of seasons later, Jack took this even further by showing up with a flying train.
* An episode of the ''GIJoe'' cartoon featured the Cobra Bullet, a bullet train Cobra used to take away the gold they stole from Fort Knox.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had a train going at the speed of light. When it hits a prism, it splits.
* The demonic-looking steam locomotive from ''[[WesternAnimation/ColorClassics PLAY SAFE! PLAY SAFE!]]''
* The [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney Junior]] animated show ''WesternAnimation/{{Chuggington}}''.
* The city of Ba Sing Se in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has proto-trains made of stone and powered by Earthbenders, travelling along elevated viaducts like a pre-steam El.
* Subverted in the classic ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Marge vs. the Monorail". The titular monorail was anything but cool, being a deathtrap sold to the town by a huckster. Not like the Escalator to Nowhere.
** But hey, at least there was a [[AwesomeMusic cool song]] about it.
* A couple of trains have appeared in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', but the coolest one has to be [[http://tinyurl.com/przgv5x the one for the Crystal Empire]].
* In the "Minisode" pilot ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'', the eponymous train is an EldritchLocation consisting of a seemingly endless string of cars, each one containing some sort of puzzle or obstacle. Some of the cars have entire ''worlds'' hidden inside of them, such as Corginia, a kingdom of talking dogs with Grecian architecture.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Pick a steam locomotive. ''Any'' steam locomotive.
** So much so that they've become ubiquitous in fiction set in that era, whether that fiction be realistic [[SteamPunk or fantastic]]. There's a good reason for that: back in the era of steam locomotives, there were precious few alternatives for long distance travel, the only other technological option being sea travel. As such, railroads became the lifeline of many nations, particularly the United States and Canada during the settlement of the West during the latter half of the 19th century. The Trans-Siberian railway is another example, since it connects Moscow to the Far East and forms a major component of a "land bridge" through Eurasia.
** The reason steam locomotives even from the last days of the steam era are almost without exception still recognisable as simply being bigger versions of Stephenson's Rocket is that being a CoolTrain is more or less an inherent feature of that design form. While there have been many, many attempts to design locomotives which avoid the weaknesses of the standard form - principally its dire thermal efficiency - they never succeed in retaining its notable strengths, such as simplicity, [[PercussiveMaintenance ease of repair]] and [[{{Determinator}} ability to keep going even with major parts dysfunctional or missing altogether]], and almost invariably end up as [[AllegedCar Alleged Trains]] instead.
* Anything designed by [[http://thierry.stora.free.fr/english/achap_01.htm André Chapelon.]] He was one of the earliest steam locomotive designers to use extensive science to produce more efficient locomotives: many of his designs achieved 12% thermal efficiency, which is double that of practically all other locomotives.
** The [[http://forum.e-train.fr/album_mod/upload/grandes/46cb68ffe998fe0bd27ed3972f9f1c83.jpg 240P class,]] a 4-8-0, could develop up to [[http://thierry.stora.free.fr/english/techdat2.htm#240P1-P25 4,700 cylinder horsepower]] -- the best power/weight ratio of ANY steam locomotive.
** His greatest achievement is likely [[http://thierry.stora.free.fr/english/pgal242a.htm 242A1,]] a 4-8-4 rebuild from a previously failed engine, that developed an enormous [[http://thierry.stora.free.fr/english/techdat2.htm#242A1_1 5,500 cylinder horsepower;]] all while weighing half that of any American equivalent.
** Unfortunately, Chapelon's superiors did not agree with him, and were actually bitter and jealous, [[note]]Before formation of SNCF, they worked on the PLM railway, and rejected Chapelon's idea, who left PLM to show his designs to a different railway, PO, with great success.[[/note]] especially at the way his designs showed how bad the "officially approved" locomotives were, both steam and electric. Save a single 4-6-2, ALL of Chapelon's locomotives were scrapped in favour of the "official" (and rather mediocre) designs.
* Armoured trains and railroad guns from the 19th century through to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Although heck, any [[SteamPunk steam train]] counts as a CoolTrain ([[RuleOfCool ...What?]]).
** There were also rail-mobile UsefulNotes/MnogoNukes in the USSR. The RT-23 Molodets/SS-24 "Scalpel" missile trains were disguised as freight trains, but the roofs could open up to allow the nuclear missiles to launch. The [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower LGM-118 Peacekeeper]] was also planned to be rail-based, but the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended before this could occur and the missiles were kept in silos. (Eventually the entire Peacekeeper program was scrapped; the rockets were used to make orbital launchers.)
** Although they're no longer used for military purposes, Soviet and Russian Soyuz rockets are transported to their launch pads by [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/Soyuz_TMA-16_launch_vehicle_being_transported_to_pad.jpg special train.]]
** An armoured train operated on the Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch Railway in southeastern England during the Second World War. Unique in that the RH&D is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romney,_Hythe_and_Dymchurch_Railway#Armoured_train a 15-inch gauge railway]]. The train's size led some Luftwaffe pilots to misjudge their altitude and fly lower, leading to crashes.
* [[http://www.roadtripamerica.com/wheels/overland.htm The Overland Train]]. Who needs tracks?
** Overland train, he says. [[http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=99860 Cower, cars, cower before your metal GOD!]]
* There's something to be said for simply and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly]] calling the world's biggest steam engine [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Big_Boy Big Boy]]: the 25 4000 class 4-8-8-4 articulated locomotives Alco produced for Union Pacific Railroad at the height of the "super power" era. They were the largest (but not the most powerful, that distinction belongs to the Norfolk & Western class [=Y6B=]) steam locomotives ever built, capable of pulling nearly 8000 tons and hitting 80 mph (though not at the same time, obviously) and tipping the scales with tender at over one and a quarter million pounds. That's more than the entire train ''Mallard'' was pulling when she set the steam speed record. Union Pacific is currently restoring 4014 for operation alongside UP Challenger 3935, currently the largest operational steam locomotive.
** Claimed to be able to pull a loaded five-mile train on level ground!
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%26W_J_class_(1941 Norfolk & Western's 14 class J 4-8-4]] represent the apotheosis of steam power. Built in the railroad's own Roanoke Virginia shops between 1941 and 1950 these streamlined locomotives included almost every practical refinement ever applied to steam locomotives while eschewing all of the impractical ones and introduced some remarkable feats of their own, like a one-piece cast steal frame with integral cylinders. While not as fast as Gresley's A series Pacifics or as efficient as Chapelon's exquisite masterpieces they could run longer and harder than either of them and pull significantly more tonnage doing it. However, as good as the were they were still less efficient than diesels even for a railroad whose primary business was hauling coal and they were all retired by 1959. Lone survivor 611 still emerges periodically from the Virginia Transportation museum for mainline excursions.
* Irish Rail's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIE_071_Class 071 Class]]: Anybody who's ever had the experience of one of these bad boys thundering past, two-stroke diesel engine beating against the inside of your chest has got to admit, it's a really CoolTrain.
* Potential runner for most famous train in Britain, if not the world: LNER Class A3 4472[[labelnote:*]]Or BR 60103, at the time of writing[[/labelnote]]'''Flying Scotsman'''.
* And for that matter, London and North Eastern Railway's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Class_A4 A4 Class]], one of which holds the world record for fastest steam locomotive. Three examples of the class (out of 35 built between 1935 and 1938) ''still run'', albeit not in regular passenger service. There are 6 of the class that are in preservation. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Class_A4#Preservation A4's in preservation]] [[https://www.flickr.com/photos/martinjh/sets/72157634567923142/ All 6 A4s in preservation!]]
** The most famous example is probably the record holder itself, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard_(train) Mallard]]''. It now resides at the National Railway Museum in York alongside many other examples of this trope.
** They are running on preserved lines today - See [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmnbHjO9ve0 A4 at The East Lancs Railway]]
* High-speed rail in general. An archetype is the Trans Europe Express, made famous by the Music/{{Kraftwerk}} album and song ''Music/TransEuropeExpress''
* Or the Japanese [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/500_Series_Shinkansen 500 Series Sinkansen]], seen in greater detail [[http://www.katomodels.com/product/nmi/s1_500kei_e.shtml here]] and [[http://www.katomodels.com/product/nmi/500kei_e.shtml here]]. You can't tell me that train doesn't look faster than a Concorde, and of course, speed is cool.
** The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fastech_360 FastTech 360]], which looks like something right out of a classic Japanese science-fiction manga/anime, and the two production-version trainsets they inspired, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E5_Series_Shinkansen E5 Series]] and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E6_Series_Shinkansen E6 Series]]. The prototype version even had air brakes that pop out of the top of the train, looking like cat ears (but were sadly not incorporated into the production versions). For extra cool, check out the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JR–Maglev JR-Maglev MLX-01 MagLev Train]], and the future production version of it, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L0_Series_Shinkansen L0 Series]]. These are ''maglev'' trains, the prototype version is ''the'' record holder for the fastest train in the world (at 581 km/h), and the production version will run at up to ''500 km/h''. The production version also has an extra long nose for extra coolness points.
** And then there's the original [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0_Series_Shinkansen original 0 Series]]. As dated as it looks today, [[FirstInstallmentWins it was the first high-speed rail train for Japan, it was also the first for the rest of the world as well, and it broke the speed record in its inauguration.]]
** The base 500 series not enough? Behold the [[http://www.type500-eva.jp/en 500 TYPE EVA]], a special trainset commissioned by no less than HideakiAnno himself to jointly celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sanyō Shinkansen and the 25th anniversary of the first airing of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The train's exterior is decorated like Shinji's Unit 01, while the interior has decals and models of the many characters (including a few GendoPose blinds hidden in some of the cars), and there is even a mockup of an Eva's cockpit that lets you fight Angels on the rails in real time! Originally scheduled to run from November 2015 to spring 2017, this train's popularity has ensured that it will stay on the tracks for at least one more year until spring 2018.
* The French TGV. Especially the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/TGV-Duplex_Paris.jpg double deck ones]]. The fastest wheeled trains in the world.
** Also, the [[UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail high speed trains]] that were tested before the TGV was released. From 1965 to 1977 the French were experimenting with a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aerotrain.jpg jet-powered hovertrain.]]'' And the first TGV prototype was ''turbine powered'', the turbine only scrapped in favor of good ol' electrified railroad because of the oil crisis.
* The German [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercity-Express Intercity Express]], so good that the Netherlands, Russia, and Spain have begun buying that train (specifically [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_Velaro this model]]) for their lines. The pride of UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn bar none, accept no substitutes
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroSprinter#ES_64_U Siemens ES64U "Taurus"]] is a conventional electric locomotive which can run as a high-speed train at 230 km/h. It set a record of 357 km/h with a standard model, no mods required, [[TheWorldIsNotReady but they decided to gear it down for usual rail traffic]].
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVE_Class_102 AVE Class 102]], manufactured by Bombardier for use on Spanish UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail services and nicknamed ''Pato''[[note]]Spanish for duck. Bonus, too, as ''AVE'' (''Alta Velocidad Española''. ''Spanish High Speed'') is the Spanish word for bird[[/note]] for very obvious reasons.
* The Walt Disney World Monorail trains.
* The [[MemeticMutation F40PH.]]
* [[http://farm1.static.flickr.com/20/73070193_f607fce608.jpg?v=0 The Santa Fe Super Chief]], the most recognized corporate logo in railroading: the "Warbonnet" paint scheme. It made a Santa Fe F3 the most popular model train design ever.
* The Russian [[http://parovoz.com/newgallery/pg_view.php?ID=258&LNG=EN#picture TE2]], [[http://parovoz.com/newgallery/pg_view.php?ID=192033&LNG=EN#picture TE3]], and [[http://parovoz.com/newgallery/pg_view.php?ID=2700&LNG=EN#picture TE7]], which were 1950s diesel engines in RaygunGothic style. Also from Russia, the [[http://parovoz.com/newgallery/pg_view.php?ID=3742&LNG=EN#picture N-class]], which had the honor of pulling the royal train and [[http://parovoz.com/newgallery/pg_view.php?ID=4015&LNG=EN#picture P36]], one of the last steam express engines to be built.
** Also from Russia the heavy electric [[http://siissalo.it.helsinki.fi/4rmedia/fin/fin_rzd_vl82nr069_vainikkala_2008_L.jpg VL-82 dual locomotive]]. They didn't even remove the Soviet Red Star.
** The [=ChME=]-3, a diesel locomotive made for the Soviet Union in Czechoslovakia, is a rare diesel that looks like a steam locomotive. Seen in ''VideoGame/{{Stalker}}''.
* The best of the streamlined steam trains of the 1930s onward.
** The Pennsylvania Railroad's streamliners styled by Raymond Loewy, which for their time were science fiction made reality, especially the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRR_S1 S1]], and to a lesser degree the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRR_T1 T1]]. There are a huge number of works in which a futuristic steam train is modeled on the S1. None survive, though; they weren't as [[AwesomeButImpractical practical as they were cool-looking]].
** Almost any "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streamliner Streamliner]]" train counts. Look at the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:B%26O_Royal_Blue_in_1937.jpg Royal Blue]]'' and tell me that train isn't sexy.
** This Troper considers himself very lucky to have grown up in a city that the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ehs9qP07gQ Norfolk and Western 611]] visited regularly during her excursion career in the late 80's/early 90's.
* Pennsylvania Railroad hit the jackpot also in electric locomotives and had been cheeky enough to do it throughout Steam Age and [[DieselPunk Diesel Age]] of the American rail, with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRR_GG1 GG1 locomotive]]. If there was a Queen of the electric locomotives, it could only have been her. Over 100 mph, over 9000 horsepower when needed (although only about half of that in normal traffic), 50 years of service, strong enough to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRR_GG1#Incidents survive]] [[MadeOfIron a crash through a concrete wall and a fall]]. Try to find a modern replacement able to do all these ''and'' look as cool.
** The PRR was no slouch when it came to steam locomotives either. The road's own Altoona Works constructed 26 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRR_Q2 class Q2]] 4-cylinder "Duplex" type locomotives in 1944. each developing just short of 8,000hp. The Q2 still holds the single unit steam locomotive record for power.
* And finally, the German [[http://www.transrapid.de/cgi-tdb/en/basics.prg?session=4b9d77df48cf4bd6_229330&a_no=28 Transrapid]] maglev. Fastest train, period. Unfortunately it was [[AwesomeButImpractical never put into service]] on any long distance line. The only revenue service is a single line in China connecting Shanghai airport to not quite the city.
* The British Rail Class 55 "Deltic", Class 43 "High Speed Train" (also known as the "Intercity 125", a reference to its maximum speed) and the Class 91 "Intercity 225". The former two are diesel-powered... and the HST was so popular when it come out that people changed their travel plans just to ride on it.
** However, the last one is limited to 125mph because the Thatcher government wouldn't pay for the in-cab signalling needed to go at 140mph.
* The A1 class locomotive #60163 ''Tornado'', the first steam engine to be built in Britain for nearly 50 years.
** This same train appeared on ''TopGear'' and ran from London to Edinburgh with Jeremy Clarkson feeding it coal, making it cooler still. Especially since they ran the train at 75 MPH for most of the journey, which is mighty quick for a Steam Train!
*** They said in the Top Gear segment that ''Tornado'' could go up to 100 MPH but they were being limited to 75 MPH, and to Jeremy Clarkson's disappointment they said "yes" when he asked if there were speed cameras. What makes it a really cool train though is it [[http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/news/2009/december/21/steam_wins_the_day.aspx keeps working]] when electrics do not.
*** For comparison, in the glory days of the A1 and A3 classes, they would run the ''Flying Scotsman'' at an ''average'' speed upwards of 70mph. That is, they spent significant parts of the journey well above that speed. They didn't name them after racehorses for nothing!
** Additional coolness points: the success of ''Tornado'' has spurred other projects to build 'new' engines identical to those that existed in the age of steam but were scrapped with no survivors.
* Speaking of armoured trains, the Russian Civil War was all about those. Examples: [[http://images.ng.ru/files/galleries/726/7606-large.jpg "Onwards to Moscow"]], [[http://militera.lib.ru/tw/drogovoz1/17.jpg "Officer"]], [[http://militera.lib.ru/tw/drogovoz1/41.jpg "Transamur"]]. Also, [[http://militera.lib.ru/tw/drogovoz1/05.jpg this armoured steam train]]. And the big momma of them all, Leo Trotsky's command train!
* And 35 years earlier the german ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schienenzeppelin Schienenzeppelin]]''
* The computer-controlled (all is needed is for someone to close the doors) trains of the Docklands Light Railway, which you can see out of the front in.
** If you think that's cool, wait till you see a truly fully-automated train, like the ones on North-East Line and Circle Line in Singapore. Heavy-rail, standard gauge, six- and three-car trains (on the North East and Circle Lines respectively), each car the size of a typical railroad train car (about 23 metres long, 3.2 metres wide, 3.7 metres high), ''fully automated down to the doors themselves'' (they open automatically at stopping stations for a pre-determined amount of time before closing themselves again) - no humans necessary. The only train company staff on the train are there just to ensure that [[AIIsACrapshoot the computers driving the trains don't mess up at what they are supposed to be doing]], supervise passenger movement and intervene in the event of an emergency, and answer any queries passengers may have. And they aren't even required to be on the trains all the time, making them truly driverless, no-person-operated trains. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And you can look out of the front of the trains too]].
** Malaysia has had a driverless completely automated [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelana_Jaya_Line Light Rail Transit (LRT)]] system in Kuala Lumpur for a long time (since 1998) and a slightly older system that is manned. Both systems are notorious with locals for being overcrowded during rush hour as well as suffering from frequent breakdowns as the rolling stock is now pretty old. However, things have improved recently with new trains being ordered and speeds being increased. The Malaysian LRT is however not nearly as snazzy as Dubai's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_Metro Dubai Metro]] which is both longer and prettier than any other similar system. It is also probably the only metro system to have first and second class carriages as many of the 'locals' don't like mixing with the foreigners that normally use the system so opt to pay the double price to upgrade. However, Dubai's system fails as a) it doesn't really go to the right places and b) is a white elephant since it was built to service a city that doesn't exist yet (and is now bankrupt). Shame.
** The most amazing automated subway would be that of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_U-Bahn#ATC_and_driverless_trains Nuremberg]], (UsefulNotes/NurembergUBahn) which operates in mixed traffic with regular trains.
* The Pendolino family of "tilting trains".
** Or even better, the APT (Advanced Passenger Train) which was the original tilting train back in the 1970s. The APT-E (experimental) was powered by Gas Turbines and reached 152.3mph at a time when the fastest normal services ran at 100mph. Even today looks like something out of science fiction ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ATP-E_IN_YARD.jpg]]''
** The slightly more conventional APT-P (prototype) was a tilting electric train developed around the same time and actually used in passenger service (although due to a combination of a rush into service, bad planning, bad publicity and being British, is not widely viewed as a sucess). It reached a maximum speed of 162.2mph on conventional track (unlike most high speed trains which run on specially built track), a British record which stood for 23 years, and was only beaten by the Eurostar running on Britains first decicated high speed line. After the APT program was cancelled, the technology was sold to the Italians who developed the Pendolino, a version of which is ironically now doing the job the APT was intended for (the London to Glasgow "West Coat Main Line").
* Southern Pacific Railroad's "cab forward" steam locomotives.
* GM's Aerotrain is another cool-looking train built in the 1950's.
* Oliver Bulleid's "Leader" prototype, which combined diesel-electric design with steam power.
** Rather like a Sirius Cybernetics product, its fundamental design flaws were concealed by its superficial design flaws.
** Also Bulleid's ill-fated followup for CIÉ, [=CC1=] (aka the Turf Burner). An attempt to update the ideas behind the Leader project while also making a locomotive that ran efficiently on native peat rather than imported coal, it was the last steam engine built for Ireland, and a total, utter, ''abysmal'' failure - but it's so weird and endearing it qualifies as cool.
* Fairlie articulated steam locomotives, AKA the Siamese twins of locomotives.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garratt Garratt]] articulated steam locotives, being the largest steam locomotives ever.
* The Channel Tunnel Shuttle locomotives. These are 7000kW (9387 hp) making them the most powerful locomotives in the world, and each train has two of them, one at each end. The power is needed due to the trains being nearly half a mile long, and the steep gradients in the tunnel, plus also for redundancy. In the event of one locomotive failing, the remaining locomotive must be able to get the train out of the tunnel unassisted, and both locomotives together must also be able to push another train that has failed infront of them. They have an unusual wheel arrangement with 3 two axle bogies (or trucks), known as Bo-Bo-Bo or Tri-Bo, which is required to enable them to round the sharp curves of the turning loops at each end of the line, whilst still having enough axles for the required weight and power.
* The Stanier Class 5MT "Black Five". Built for the LMS in the 1930s, it was built to do any job there was. 842 were built overall and some survived right up to the end of steam traction in Britain in August 1968-and a few can be seen on railtours to this day.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_DDA40X DDA40X Centennial]], the largest single-unit diesel locomotive ever built. It's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccFNgyQIrPg massive]]''.
** Union Pacific was no stranger to super-sized locomotives as the [=DD40AX's=] and its other diesel kin (the EMD [=DD35=], GE [=U50=] and Alco [=C855=]) were purchased to replace UP's previous fleet of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_GTELs "GTEL"]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gas Turbine-Electric Locomotives]]. The first 15 delivered a "modest" 4500hp, but the later 30 (nicknamed the Big Blows) delivered [[OverNineThousand Over Eight Thousand]] horsepower. Each of the third generation [=GETLs=] were actually comprised of two units each with 6 powered axles. The first unit had the cab and auxiliary equipment, while the second unit held the massive gas turbine and electric generator. Fuel was stored in a steam locomotive tender formerly attached to the UP's classes of super powered steam. The [=GTELs=] were retired when the originally low cost heavy residual oil they burned faced increasing demand from the plastics industry and replaced with the aforementioned diesel units.
** Note the qualifier "single unit" in the [=DD40AX's=] record. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_Centipede Baldwin Centipede]] (no relation to the human kind) was alas 6 feet shorter than [=DD40AX=], but weighed 9 tonnes more. While a first generation diesel that only produced half the [=DD40AX's=] total horsepower, in service with the Pennsylvania Railroad, they were semi-permanently coupled in pairs and classed as a single 6000hp unit with 4 engines, spanning almost 200 feet in length and weighing close to 540 tonnes. Their name comes from having 12 axles per unit in a 2-D-D-2 wheel arrangement.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IORE IORE]], the most powerful locomotive in the world by some accounts. Seen in action [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O45tYbn12Qk here]].
** Each ''half'' of a IORE is superior in power and tractive effort to a Big Boy. They only work both halves together to haul standard train weights of 8000 tonnes.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DB_Class_103 Baureihe 103]], the star on German rails for almost four decades. So cool that {{Lego}}'s rendition, the famous 7740 set, has become one of the most sought-after Lego train sets.
* UsefulNotes/NewZealand had the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NZR_H_class H class Fell locomotives]]. They had horizontal wheels that gripped an additional centre rail to pull trains up an 7% grade line over the Rimutaka Ranges between UsefulNotes/{{Wellington}} and the Wairarapa. They were not particularly powerful -- a 250-tonne goods trains required five locomotives, and the trains travelled at walking pace. While Fell locomotives were used temporarily elsewhere in the world until tunnels were built, the Kiwi examples lasted 77 years (1878 to 1955) before someone had the bright idea to dig a tunnel under the ranges.
* There was also (confusingly) a British [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_10100 Fell locomotive]] - named after an entirely different Fell. It had ''six'' engines, two of which were used only to drive superchargers for the other four, and a unique mechanical transmission, the whole forming an ingenious power generation and transmission system to delight the heart of any mechanical engineering nerd (described in detail on the wiki page and linked reference). Reportedly also made enough noise to wake the dead.
* OrientExpress, anyone? Only ''the'' way to TravelCool in the first half of the 20th century.
* The Hiawatha F7 steam locomotives of the Milwaukee Road were no slouches in the design department, Streamlined, powerful and reliable.
* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln's dead body was actually transported back to Springfield, Illinois in one of these to be buried during his funeral.
* The National Railway Museum in [[OopNorth York]], England is the greatest single concentration of cool trains in the world, featuring Stephenson's Rocket of 1829 (influenced all future steam locomotives), the Flying Scotsman, Mallard, the only Shinkansen outside Japan, and others. It also counts WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine and [[Franchise/HarryPotter the Hogwarts Express]] as parts of its vast collection.
* For sheer raw power the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_SD90MAC EMD SD90MAC]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GE_AC6000CW GE AC6000CW]] are this for the simple fact they're the most powerful single engine trains. '''''6000''''' horsepower per train.
** Alas, they suffer from severe reliability problems (being new designs rushed into production to beat each other), making them more along the lines of AwesomeButImpractical.
* The "American standard" 4-4-0, star of countless westerns, and the first locomotive to cross a continent.
* During UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars, the Serbian Krajina Army improvised an armored train called the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krajina_Express Krajina Express]]''.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago,_Burlington_and_Quincy_Railroad#Zephyrs Chicago, Burlington & Quincy]] ordered a revolutionary passenger train in 1934 from the Budd Company of Philadelphia, the Pioneer Zephyr, combining diesel-electric propulsion and stainless-steel construction into a high-speed railburner that set the standard for just about every American passenger train to follow. The original Pioneer was restored and is kept at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, while the Nebraska Zephyr was restored to operating condition at the [[http://www.irm.org Illinois Railway Museum]], and [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece ventures out from time to time at speeds over 80mph, despite being built in the late '30s.]]
* The [[http://www.startram.com/ StarTram]], a proposed maglev train that could be used for limited Space Exploration. A SPACE TRAIN.
* Say what you want about {{UsefulNotes/Amtrak}} and the regulations that basically make this an EnforcedTrope, but you have to say the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Acela_old_saybrook_ct_summer2011.jpg Acela Express]] just screams POWER. Tank on rails anybody? Unfortunately it is [[CripplingOverspecialization too heavy for its own good]] and [[FragileSpeedster more prone to breakdowns]] than comparable trains in Europe or Asia that are a lot lighter.
* In 1938, Southern Pacific introduced a train to run the Los Angeles to San Francisco west-coast route, and the result was known as the "Daylight" because in summer months, it could make the full trip entirely within daylight hours. They served until 1957. They also were described, quite rightly, as "the most beautiful steam-trains ever made". Only one Daylight train was saved from the scrapyard: number 4449, which in 1976, was restored, refurbished, and painted red-white-and-blue to serve as America's "Freedom Train" to celebrate the bicentennial. The original paint-scheme was orange, red, and black. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has an article on it [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Pacific_4449 here]].
* America's freight railroads have been known to paint some of their locomotives in retro paint schemes to honor "fallen flags", railroads that they acquired to expand their network in the past.
** The Union Pacific Railroad has its Heritage units. This is a set of six EMD [=SD70ACe=] locomotives painted in the schemes of six fallen flag railroads the Union Pacific acquired in the 1980s and 1990s: Union Pacific 1982 (Missouri Pacific Railroad), Union Pacific 1983 (Western Pacific Railroad), Union Pacific 1988 (Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad), Union Pacific 1989 (Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad), Union Pacific 1995 (Chicago & Northwestern Railway), and Union Pacific 1996 (Southern Pacific Railroad).
** Two Chicago & Northwestern Railway Dash 9s, 8646 and 8701, have not been repainted into Union Pacific colors at all and there are no plans to repaint them at all. In fact, these Dash 9s have often been paired with Union Pacific 1995.
** The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) still has a fair number of units that use Burlington Northern's "Evergreen Green", or Santa Fe's "Warbonnet" and "Bluebbonnet" paint schemes.
** For their 30th anniversary,Norfolk Southern painted 10 EMD [=SD70ACe=]s and 10 GE [=ES44ACs=] as special heritage units, each bearing the paint schemes and markings of the various predecessor railroads of Norfolk Southern and Conrail.