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Fridge Brilliance

  • In "The Grid Car", One-One guesses his mother may be large or "small, like a nurturing bagel." This makes a lot more sense once Tulip and company reach the engine where we discover One-One was the Conductor preceding the show's main antagonist, and he fits into a circular slot on the train's control panel like the Orbs we'd seen earlier.
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  • Seeing another passenger apparently atomized by an energy vortex reaching into the train, Tulip asks One-One what happened to them. Sad-One responds, “You’re in a really bad place right now.” It’s assumed he’s referring to her current situation, but he’s actually referring to her mental state, which turns out to be key in summoning those vortexes.
  • In "The Corgi Car", Tulip rushes through multiple cars and deliberately ignores the characters asking her for help. When she catches a break, she looks at the number on her hand only to be disappointed, as the number only went down by one. Later in the series, we learn that Tulip did everything wrong. Because she ignored the passengers pleas for help, the number did hardly decrease. Then again, Tulip also thought that the number reaching zero was going to kill her.
  • The Conductor seems to wear a mysterious robe, though some find it strangely dorky for them to be wearing it for seemingly no good reason. That's because it is dorky; Amelia's emulating her late husband Alrick's style of dress for a Cloud Cuckoolander, as part of her way of not forgetting him.
    • Even better? When does one usually wear black? when in mourning.
  • One-one wasn't looking for his mom, he was looking for the train's mother board
  • In the Unfinished Car, One-One takes a sharp turn into O.O.C. Is Serious Business when he insists on trying to fix it, despite the denizens being quite happy with the way it is. The reason being is because he's the actual conductor for the train, and he would want the cars to be completed, not unfinished and disarrayed as Amelia left some.
  • In "The Beach Car", One-One tells Tulip that when her number reaches zero, she’ll be gone forever. This isn’t a Deadly Euphemism; once the passengers overcome their trauma, they get to leave the train a better person and presumably never come back.
  • The Steward's attack by destroying many of The Cat's things becomes this later on. Seeing as The Conductor, who the Steward is The Dragon to, runs the train that can create anything it wants, it's seen as spite. After all, the train made all of that, but it can't give her the thing she truly wants: her past with her husband.
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  • So what exactly *does* the number indicate? Maybe it’s the weight of the person’s emotional baggage. Or perhaps how far they have to go as a person before they come to terms with all of their issues.
  • In "The Past Car" Amelia is shown manipulating the phone network by playing a specific tone on her flute. In her guise as the Conductor she uses a similar method to issue commands to the Steward note . This is likely also the way she originally wrested control of the Steward from One-One and removed him from the engine.
  • In the Unfinished car the turtle kings intro is oddly similar to the corgi cars, and if you looks closely the turtle guards pauldrons have corgis on them because as we later learn, they are recycled from the corgi cars' data.
  • The reason behind the Conductor's Early-Bird Cameo in "The Grid Car" is because the Train or the Steward alerted her to someone being placed in the Snow Car, the very car where she left the real conductor, One-One. Naturally, she went to check things out, and left before she could stop Tulip finding One-One.
  • Turtles don't seem like a significant Animal Motif at first...until you remember the phrase "Turtles all the way down" which talks about how the Earth is supported by the back of a large turtle who is supported by a larger turtle for an infinite amount.
  • After "The Past Car", many of the cars that are mentioned or seen make more sense? Crystal Car? Amelia was shown building a crystal radio. The Fart Car? It comes from the memory of Amelia's teacher sitting on a whoopee cushion.
  • The numbers are indicators of how much progress a passenger has made until they are able to leave, and it's generally accepted that the train chooses people who are in mortal danger from their emotional states. Amelia was headed to the top of the school tower before the train appeared, presumably to End it All. And she has a much higher number. Tulip, on the other hand, made a rash decision to run away from home in the dead of winter on foot for a trek that would likely have her die of hypothermia and exposure. Amelia was deliberately and consciously suicidal, while Tulip was only at risk due to poor judgement in an emotional crisis. Hence, Tulip started out with a much lower number.
  • Why would Tulip retort about having a pipe in her bag by calling it a "donut holder"? Well, who first called said pipe a donut holer? The Cat. Who was the Steward trying to kill aside from Tulip? The Cat. Tulip is essentially telling the Conductor that this attack is for harming The Cat.
  • There's a very subtle Foreshadowing in "The Ball Pit Car": after Tulip sees Atticus turned into a Grom, the Conductor mocking tells her "No more tears". But One-One states "It's okay to cry." At first, you just think that One-One is being supportive (which he is) but it's actually hinting that he is the true Conductor of the train. The Train is supposed to help people going through trauma after all!

Fridge Horror

  • In "The Grid Car", if you look in the background when Tulip is waking up in the snow car, you can see something in the trees that looks kind of like One-One, but isn't. It's the Conductor.
  • In "The Chrome Car", we learn that reflections are intelligent beings separate from the people that they mirror and that if they become too distinct from them, or try to escape, the Mirror Police will grind them to dust... How many times has what nearly happened to Mirror Tulip happened to someone else? And since Tulip doesn't have a reflection anymore, even when off the train, how is that going to affect her life?
  • In "The Ball Pit Car", it's revealed that Tulip has been on the train for months by that point. Since the creators have confirmed that time moves in the regular world the same as where the Infinity Train is, think of how long her parents have likely been looking for her.
  • In "The Engine", we learn that Amelia has been trying to create a car based on her old life for years, the Unfinished Car being one of her rejects. How many other malformed cars litter the train?
    • Better yet, how many passengers has she turned into Groms?
    • Both the Unfinished Car and the car that Amelia was working on in "The Engine" are filled with elements from her memories but combined in a nonsensical fashion and with certain small details blown way out of proportion, such as the jelly Aldrick was eating at school and the turtles on Amelia's handkerchief. This indicates that her memories are growing more distorted with time. How long does she have until she has no memories of Aldrick at all?
  • Two of the passengers have numbers above 99,999. What kind of issues did they have to go through?
  • The idea that those with trauma enter the train and have a number tracking down how many issues they go through. Now consider the various types of people battling depression, divorce, loss of significant others...
    • It also doesn't matter how old you are; if you're going through trauma, the train will pick you up and make you go through its challenges until you're ready to go home.
    • The fact that Amelia was picked up by the train on the roof of her university strongly implies that she went there with the intent of committing suicide.
      • Speaking of which, many of her friends and family probably assumed that she did just that....
  • What would happen if you suddenly went through another round of trauma again? Would the train take you back? And how much longer would you have to stay in it?
  • Amelia forces passengers to return to their "seats", seemingly to avoid disturbing her work. But its shown that moving from car to car allows people to interact with more environments and deal with their issues more efficiently. It's possible many passengers never found redemption because of her actions restricting theirs.
  • The epilogue has Tulip's father is taking her to camp in autumn: meaning it's the same time the following year. But it takes place seven months after Tulip leaves the train, meaning Year Inside, Hour Outside was averted and Tulip was missing for five months after running away from home in the first episode. We just neatly skipped over all the grief her parents must have went through, thinking they would never see her again.
  • One of the passengers is a little girl. This isn't just Fridge Horror trying to think of a little girl being on the train under the rule of the incredibly unstable Amelia, but because of what it takes to be on the train in the first place. Think of the trauma Tulip and Amelia are going through. While yes, her number is only 10, but it seems unlikely that was her starting number. Plus, the other condition seems to be that the passenger had a high chance of dying if not picked up by the locomotive; Tulip would have frozen to death in the cold, while Amelia was about to commit suicide. The idea of a little girl going through their parents' divorce or the death of a loved one is saddening enough, but what type of situation did her trauma place her in where the only option other than getting on a mysterious train that might kill her was staying in a scenario that would have killed her? So much Adult Fear at play there.
  • Yes, ultimately the train is well-meaning in that it takes passengers suffering some kind of trauma and forces them to confront their issues if they want to leave. However, due to Year Inside, Hour Outside being averted and the train being a Figure It Out For Yourself Sink-or-Swim Mentor, depending on the passenger, it can take months or even years of people's lives as they try to figure out what the number on their hand even means, much less how that knowledge gets them home. Tulip herself was a runaway who unintentionally left her friends and parents worried sick about her after the train abducted her without a trace, and at one point she's led to believe the number on her hand going down is a bad thing due to One-One's tendency for vague wording. How many other passengers have loved ones worried sick about them? Or don't/can't connect the dots that the number goes down when they're improving emotionally, and/or the number getting to zero is their ticket home? How many other passengers died of old age or were killed while on the train before they could resolve their issues? Or spent years trying to resolve their existing issues, only to get home and find new problems waiting for them due to how much time has passed, such as The Future Is Scary, or getting home only to find out a beloved pet, friend, or loved ones passed away in that time...?


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