Toy Train
Season 3, Episode 11
Air date December 14, 2013
Written by TBA
Directed by TBA
Episode Guide
"Bad Egg"
"Uncle Howee"

"Toy Train" is an episode of season 3 of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series.


While cleaning out the attic with his father, Logan finds a scale model toy train set that brings to life an old train and a switchman who died because of a mistake Logan's father made years ago.


Logan and his father have come to pack up his grandfather's house. Logan is excited and wants to go through all the stuff, especially since this was also his father's house, but Logan's father has no time for that. He just wants to pack up and go, not even taking the time to play catch with his son. Logan discovers a toy train set in the barn, and that night hears a train pass by the house, although trains haven't run there for twenty years, since an accident that claimed the life of a switchman. The next day, Logan goes to the tracks and meets a boy named Henry, who shows him how to flatten a penny on the tracks by letting a train run over it. But as he's leaving he's followed by a man in black, who he sees by some old newspapers in the attic is the switchman who died. He shows his father, using the switchman figure from the train set to demonstrate, which freaks his father out. Logan goes back down to the tracks to meet Henry again, this time to flatten a penny himself, when his foot gets trapped in the tracks as the train is coming. As Logan's father goes to look at the train set, the switchman's ghost confronts him. He wants Logan's father to forgive himself, as the switchman died saving him, and in his guilt, he buried the switchman figure. Logan's father replaces the figure, and the switch man saves Logan by switching the train track, and Logan's father races to meet him, hugging him in relief. It's revealed that Henry was the younger version of Logan's father and Logan relived the fatal accident until the switchman saved him.

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  • If you look closely, you can see that the article in the newspaper repeats the same thing over and over again, with sentence variation.
  • This episode might be somewhat based off the book "Terror in Tiny Town" from the series "Deadtime Stories" written by A.G. Cascone, in which a toy train set comes to life, though the episode premise draws from the Are You Afraid of the Dark? episodes "The Tale of Train Magic" (about a boy whose scale model toy train set comes to life and is connected with an accident that caused death) and "The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle" (which has a character who feels guilty about causing an accident that led to an unfortunate death for someone else and is haunted by it).
  • During the close-up shots of the rolling stock where the leaves hit the camera, there are more cars on the real train than there are on the model. It is proven earlier that the rolling stock on the model and the rolling stock on the real train are the same.
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