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This tiny index is a collection of any and all tropes related in any way to railroads. As well as any works featuring railroads.

Not to Be Confused with Railroading, Underground Railroad, or Soul Train.

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  • Afterlife Express: The main characters are being taken via train to a place after they die.
  • Cars Without Tires Are Trains: Cars are able to drive on railroad tracks when they don't have their tires on.
  • Chained to a Railway: A character (often a Damsel in Distress) is tied up to the tracks and left to die.
  • The Chikan: Men on crowded trains act very inappropriate with women.
  • Cool Train: A locomotive (fictional or real life) gives off an impressive appearance.
  • Dingy Trainside Apartment: A character lives in a dilapidated apartment next to a railway line.
  • Ghost Train: A train from beyond the afterlife (usually the ghost of a wrecked train from long ago) appears to haunt the tracks.
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  • Handcar Pursuit: The characters attempt to chase after their quarry using a handcar.
  • High-Speed Train Reroute: A character is able to get a train to switch tracks to avoid danger at the last second.
  • Hobos: Inextricably link to the US rail network and 'riding the rails'.
  • Just Train Wrong: Writers with scenes involving trains get a fact about them inaccurate.
  • Locomotive Level: A video game level involving a train of some sort.
  • Multi-Track Drifting: Trains somehow end up on multiple tracks at once.
  • Off Bridge, onto Vehicle (many examples where a train is the vehicle)
  • Orient Express: The famed European passenger train that is often used in fictional works.
  • Painted Tunnel, Real Train: A character paints a tunnel to trick their target, but a vehicle (often a train) randomly appears as if it was a real tunnel.
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  • Racing the Train: A character attempts to catch up with (or beat) a train.
  • Rail Enthusiast: A person who loves trains.
  • Rail-Car Separation: A train's carriages are uncoupled in mid-transit.
  • Railroad Baron: The often unscrupulous and morally shady head of a railroad empire.
  • Railroad Employee Roundhouse: The various characters behind the scenes of day-to-day railroad operations.
  • Railroad Plot: A story where a railroad tries to use its influence to expand, only to get blocked by something and use dirty means to get their way.
  • Railroad to Horizon: The tracks lead over the horizon to end a scene or story.
  • Railroad Tracks of Doom: Any time the characters approach train tracks, a train appears to ram them down.
  • Runaway Train: A train loses its brakes and barrels out of control.
  • Sinister Subway: The subway system looks rather creepy and often nightmarish.
  • Steam Never Dies: Despite the plot being set in the modern era, steam locomotives are still in everyday use.
  • "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder: Random character who don't know each other get caught up in a murder mystery.
  • Subways Suck: Subway systems are depicted as grimy, dirty, vandalism-heavy rats nests.
  • Thriller on the Express: A luxury train suddenly becomes a hot-spot for an intriguing thriller.
  • Track Trouble: A train derails thanks to the tracks being sabotaged or damaged.
  • Train Escape: Characters use trains to disappear and avoid pursuit.
  • Train Job: The characters attempt to rob a train of high-value contents.
  • Train Problem: A common math question where a character is forced to determine where two trains operating at opposite speeds will pass each other.
  • Train Song: A song involving a train, railroad, locomotive, or other aspect of railroads.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: A romantic couple (typically) says their goodbyes as one of them boards a departing train.
  • Trainstopping: A character forcibly brings a train to a stop with their own strength.
  • Traintop Battle: The characters come to blows on the top of a train.
  • Vehicle-Roof Body Disposal (a train is often used for this)
  • Wagon Train to the Stars: Trains that flies through space!

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