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Infernal Train
Infernal Train

Northern hemisphere

First appearance

Chapter 1


Alice: Madness Returns

Location on map
Infernal Train map
Further information
Madness and destruction. You shouldn't ask questions you know the answer to, it's not polite. And that noise wasn't Lizzie talking in her sleep.
— The Queen of Hearts to Alice[1]

The Infernal Train was a huge, fiery, and truly horrifying locomotive owned and driven by the Dollmaker. It was the very source of Alice Liddell's growing insanity and the Ruin that caused Wonderland's corruption, yet the Dollmaker had stated it was her invention and defense, as he merely set its schedule and itinerary.[2] It is inspired by Through the Looking-Glass, although is never seen actually riding the Looking Glass Railway.

The Dollmaker used the train mainly to destroy whatever was left of Wonderland[3] and hunt down the Insane Children.[4] With the Dollmaker defeated, the train was left with no conductor and Wonderland was fused with London, creating Londerland.[5]

History Edit

Alice: Madness Returns Edit

The train was built by the March Hare and the Dormouse after being tricked into taking over the Mad Hatter's domain and turning it into a factory.[6] Its scheduled arrival to each place in Wonderland brought death and suffering to many of Wonderland's residents, as well as destruction to Wonderland itself.[3]

Train interior

Mad Hatter giving Alice a clue.

When Alice tried to find out whoever set the train in motion through some of her friends and former enemies, they each gave her clues leading to the mastermind himself – yet her ignorance and Bumby's hypnotherapy initially lead her astray. However, it slowly made her remember the events that occurred during the night of the fire[3] and came to a realization of who the real murderer was after talking to the Queen of Hearts.[7]

It was only until Alice defeated the Dollmaker and killed his real world counterpart, Dr. Angus Bumby, that the train was destroyed. The destruction of the train marked the end of the destruction of Wonderland, but the Cheshire Cat remarked that the damages the train inflicted in Wonderland were permanent.[5]

Appearance Edit

Infernal Train exterior

The cathedral-like exterior of the train.

The exterior of the Infernal Train was extremely intricate and delicate, but was engulfed by dark color and roaring flames. The train itself was a large series of cathedrals aligned together following the same track. It was black and bellowed dark smoke from its engine and was covered in large stained glass windows that leaked scarlet and crimson through the transparent glass. The general architecture was met by curves, spikes, turrets, and many windows that were both large and petite.

The interior of the train was also dark and intricate. It contained many seats similar to pews and beautifully crafted curtains with clean and fresh carpets. The basic interior of the train was similar to the exterior with its detailed lining. The interior also had a black and white checkered pathway leading its way through the coaches, and it was dimly lit by candlelight for a subtle mood.

Trivia Edit

Bumby being pushed into the train

Bumby being killed by a train.

  • It is extremely ironic and symbolic that Bumby is killed by a train.
  • The Infernal Train has the symbol of the Greek Titan Chronus on the floor right before the actual boss fight.
  • In early designs, the train was supposed to be a much larger stage instead of the simple line of dialogues, and was also supposed to be more mechanical and steampunk, similar to the Hatter's Domain's in idea, but set apart in design to be more "train-like" according to the concept art.[6]
    • A quote from the artbook states: "Being the second episode in the game series, we wanted Madness Returns to borrow certain elements from Through the Looking glass, including the train line[...]"
    • "[...]To the left is an early image of what the interior might have possibly looked like, when it was a much bigger level. We tried our best to separate the motifs and themes of the train from the Hatter's Domains."

References Edit

  1. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Dollmaker Part 1. Level: Chapter 6: Infernal Train.
  2. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Dollmaker's Workshop. Level: Chapter 5: The Dollhouse.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Throughout Alice: Madness Returns
  4. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Fort Resistance. Level: Chapter 5: The Dollhouse.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: The End. Level: Chapter 6: Infernal Train.
  6. 6.0 6.1 McGee, American. (2011). The Art of Alice: Madness Returns. Milwaukee, OR: Dark Horse Books. ISBN 978-1-59582-697-8.
  7. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Dark of Heartness. Level: Chapter 4: Queensland.

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