As long as the real boy is in Dreamland, there's no tunnel, and I'm the only train who can deliver dreams. My kinds of dreams! Scary, creepy dreams!
~ The Nightmare Train to Little Engine.

The Nightmare Train is the main antagonist of the 2011 computer-animated remake of Watty Piper's The Little Engine That Could.

He was voiced by Ray Porter, who also played Count Grisham in Warner Brothers' The Scarecrow.


The Nightmare Train tricked Little Engine into giving her the toys and Richard (the real boy), claiming that he will take the group to the real world. But once they were in his boxcar, he revealed his true form and pushed the Little Engine off the tracks, leaving her derailed. He intends to keep Richard and the toys in Dreamland to keep the tunnel closed and halt the delivery of good dreams, so the only dreams that could be delivered were his nightmares.

The Nightmare Train was defeated by Little Engine with help of Richard. They outwitted and switched him to another track and sent him barreling down the mountain at high speed.

During the end credits, the Nightmare Train is shown at the bottom of a ravine, probably having jumped the tracks because of Little Engine and her trick. He was then presumably turned into scrap metal, meaning that he was killed or some trains brought the Nightmare Train to a railroad of other nightmare trains.


As his name implies, the Nightmare Train is a very frightening and malevolent engine who has a strong desire to deliver nightmares to anyone. He exhibits an extremely manipulative and deceitful personality, as he deceives Little E. into giving him the toys and Richard. He is also shown to be outwitted by Little E., as she takes a wrong track.


The Nightmare Train is a large black anthropomorphic 0-6-4 tenderless steam locomotive with three smokestacks and yellow creepy eyes with red pupils, pulling a train of three old rickety boxcars and finally one old rickety caboose. As soon as he had the toys and the real boy in his possession, his appearance changes into a more frightening form with his cowcatcher forming his mouth and other bestial features like his whistle and pistons. Even though he has a whistle, he has a diesel horn.



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