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Cerberus (The Nightmare Train) is the main antagonist of the 2011 remake of Watty Piper's The Little Engine that Could.


He is voiced by Ray Porter, who also voices Count Grisham.


  • Cerberus The Nightmare Train is a large, scary, creepy, villainous, black anthropomorphic 0-6-4 tenderless type steam engine with three smokestacks, 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.

Why is he a Villain?

  • Cerberus has tricked Tracy into giving her the toys and Richard (the real boy) claiming he will take the group to the real world. But when they were in his boxcar he revealed his true form and left Tracy derailed. He intends to keep the real boy (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.

His undoing

  • Cerberus is defeated by Tracy with help of Richard. They outwit and switch him to another track and send him barreling down the mountain at high speed.

Where is he now?

  • During the end credits Cerberus is shown at the bottom of a ravine, probably having jumped the tracks because of Tracy and her trick. He is then presumably turned into scrap metal, meaning that he is killed.

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