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|Location:||Goldenrod City, Saffron City|
|Region:||Johto and Kanto|
Location of Magnet Train in Johto and Kanto.
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The Magnet Train (Japanese: リニアモーターカー Maglev Train, lit. Linear Motorcar; shortened as リニアカー Linear Car or リニア Linear) is a maglev that runs between the regions of Johto and Kanto. It allows rapid travel at over 340 miles per hour (over 550 kilometers per hour).
Two cities have a Magnet Train Station (Japanese: リニアモーターカーのえき Linear Motorcar Station; リニアのえき Linear Station), also shortened as Station (Japanese: えき Station):
- Goldenrod City Station (Japanese: コガネえき Kogane Station; コガネ ステーション Kogane Station) in Johto
- Saffron City Station (Japanese: ヤマブキえき Yamabuki Station; ヤマブキ ステーション Yamabuki Station) in Kanto
The train line is known by those names:
- Kanto–Johto Magnet Train Line (Japanese: カントージョウト リニアてつどう Kanto–Johto Linear Train Line)
- Johto–Kanto Magnet Train Line (Japanese: ジョウトカントー リニアてつどう Johto–Kanto Linear Train Line)
- See also: Pass → Terminology
This train is consistently named Magnet Train in the English dialogue, regardless of the Japanese dialogue using the full name or the shortened names for this train as seen below.
In Generation II games, one station sign displays "Goldenrod City Station", but the other sign displays the longer "Saffron City Magnet Train Station". In Generation IV games, they are replaced by "Johto–Kanto Magnet Train Line Goldenrod City Station" and "Kanto–Johto Magnet Train Line Saffron City Station".
The name "Goldenrod Station" (without the word "City") is also mentioned in the radio story from Generation IV games, but the exact name "Saffron Station" is not found anywhere in the English dialogue.
In the Japanese game dialogue, the Magnet Train is sometimes referred to by its full name リニアモーターカー (Linear Motorcar), but more often shortened to リニア (Linear). In Generation IV, the short version is also featured in the Japanese name of the Pass item: リニアパス (Linear Pass).
Alternatively, リニアカー (Linear Car) is also found in the game data as another shortened name for this train, but only in the description of the Pass item from Generation VII onwards. Since this item is unobtainable in those generations, this name is not used in normal gameplay.
In the core series games
Initially, the train is out of service because a Team Rocket Grunt has stolen the Machine Part from the Kanto Power Plant. After the player retrieves the part from the Cerulean Gym and returns it to the Power Plant, the train is able to run.
A Pass is required to board the train. The Copycat has a Pass, which she received as compensation for her house in Saffron City being demolished to make way for the Magnet Train station; she will give it to the player as a reward for returning her Lost Item, a Poké Doll that Red gave to her three years before.
In Generation II, the Magnet Train runs on the railway tracks along the ground. In Generation IV, the train and its station run along an elevated track, much like a monorail, though this track goes underground as it approaches Saffron City.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, after the player has caught Zapdos at the Power Plant and obtained Lt. Surge's phone number, he appears at the Saffron City Magnet Train station, where he offers to trade the player his Pikachu, Volty, in exchange for another Pikachu.
In the anime
In A Goldenrod Opportunity, Team Rocket arrived at the Magnet Train station in Goldenrod City in an attempt to escape from Ash, his friends, and Whitney after they had stolen Whitney's Clefairy, only to learn that the train wouldn't be completed for another year. They ended up returning Clefairy and swiping Pikachu, but Clefairy helped Pikachu to escape, and he used Thunderbolt on the trio's handcar, overloading it and sending them speeding off along the track. In the next episode, their ride was revealed to have ended in a brick wall in Saffron City, forcing them to walk back to Johto.
The Magnet Train was mentioned again in Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!, where Iris and Cilan made plans to travel from Saffron City by taking the Magnet Train line to Goldenrod City. This suggests the Magnet Train was finally completed.
In the manga
The Magnet Train appeared in Yikes, It's Yanma!, where it was used to transport the Gym Leaders of both the Kanto and Johto regions to the Indigo Plateau for the tournament held there, the event being its maiden voyage. The Magnet Train line was routed through the Indigo Plateau for the event. When Neo Team Rocket attacked the Indigo Plateau, they took control of the Magnet Train and stationed Team Rocket Grunts inside. They tricked the Gym Leaders into boarding the train, which then departed, leaving the Indigo Plateau wide open for an attack by the Masked Man's Ho-Oh and Lugia. Sometime later, in The Last Battle III, it took Brock's Geodude and Red's Snor's combined efforts to stop the train when it became out-of-control and couldn't be stopped normally.
Pokémon Pocket Monsters
The Magnet Train appeared in The Great Helper!.
- The Magnet Train is most likely based on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen bullet train that runs from Tokyo to Osaka. Tokyo and Osaka are Saffron City and Goldenrod City's respective real-world counterparts.
- The Tōkaidō Shinkansen is powered by an electrical overhead line, while the Magnet Train is a maglev, propelled by a moving magnetic field.
- Maglev trains had been experimented with prior to the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver, but no large scale application of the technology occurred until later. In 2015, construction began for the Chūō Shinkansen maglev line between the same two cities.
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Magnet Train's tracks are visible on Route 32, traveling overhead. However, the tracks are not visible on any route in Kanto, nor on Routes 30 or 46.
- One of the programs on the Pokégear mentions rumors about a ghost Magnet Train.
- In Pokémon X and Y, a Lass in Lumiose Station states that the world's fastest train can travel at 310 miles per hour (500 kilometers per hour), despite the Magnet Train being able to reach speeds of over 340 miles per hour (over 550 kilometers per hour). This may be due to these games taking place in different universes.
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