Electra the Electric Train

Electra The Electric Train

Electra the Electric Train

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Electra the Electric Engine is a fictional character from the rock musical Starlight Express.

Electra is the newest train to enter the yard and, therefore, Control's newest toy. He comes with his own line of components that are loyal to him. He's rich, self-centered and sexy. His eyes are set on Pearl and they race in the heats until she chooses Greaseball. Electra then takes Dinah for the uphill Final after Greaseball dumps her. Dissatisfied with his performance, Dinah disconnects herself from him and he calls for CB to race with him for the re-run Final. In the end, he crashes along with Greaseball and CB.


Electra is, from the moment he enters, seen as some sort of Prima Donna. Even before then, as we meet his components, we aretold he is a "megastar" and "rich, and cool". He also seems to think a lot of himself, and the subtext in his song (along with choreography and his character tick-overs) suggests he is AC/DC.


Electra's character is influenced by David Bowie, an androgynous Rock Star. He, along with Greaseball the Diesel, are the Ugly stepsisters in the original concept of the show being Cinderella for trains. He also reminds some of the Rum Tum Tugger from the musical Cats because both are vain, sexy and rebellious.

Musical numbers

Electra sings "AC/DC", his opening theme and also features in group numbers. In the Original London version he has a second solo "No Comeback", which he sings as he...
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