I could not find any information on how long the train is in Snowpiercer. I know there is a Graphic Novel the movie is based on. Is there any indication in the graphic novel as to the length of the train.

  • I just watched this movie tonight, I was wondering the same thing. I took a screenshot of the longest shot I could see of it in the movie: i.imgur.com/Dz9eWL5.png. From the screenshot, it looks to be much longer than the parts you see the characters walk through in the film.
    – DLeh
    Aug 25, 2014 at 1:45
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    In carriages, in meters, in Olympic-sized swimming pools?
    – Möoz
    Jun 23, 2020 at 1:09

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The snow piercer train is 1001 carriages long - http://www.onemetal.com/2014/03/08/snowpiercer-volume-1-escape-by-jacques-lob-and-jean-marc-rochette/

So if you make an assumption that the snowpiercer train carriage is based on a North American standard Amtrak Superliner railcar which is 26 meters


then the length is going to be 26,026 meters long plus the length of the engine, which would need to be very powerful so probably quite big! (For those reading in imperial that's just over 16.15 miles)

The caveat with any answer to do with railways is always that there are different gauges in different part of the world (and country) so the only real answers is that it's 1001 carriages long.

  • Thank you. That is a perfect answer. I feel like in the movie they don't do a good job showing the length of the train.
    – Maggick
    Aug 25, 2014 at 12:54
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    @Maggick it seems to me like the length of the train in the movie and the graphic novel (which I haven't read) may well be different. In the movie, the characters need to travel in a believable progression from the very last car to the first in the space of the movie's running time. A graphic novel doesn't have that limitation, so the movie train may have many fewer cars than the graphic novel version.
    – Dan C
    Aug 25, 2014 at 15:37

Martin and Richard both have great information regarding the graphic novel and the physical set of Snowpiercer, but the director, Bong Joon-Ho, has also gone on the record specifying the size and length of the movie-universe Snowpiercer.

Including the engine, there are 60 cars at 25m each, totaling 1.5km in length.

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Adding to @MartinJevon's excellent in-universe answer, according to this interview with the film's director, the real-world train set was some 650 meters in length.

A visualist if ever there was, Director Bong described the process of designing 'Snowpiercer'. “We designed and built 26 different train cars [650 meters in total length], but because we had a limited budget, we had to plan ahead and use everything that we shot. But if you look at it on a bigger scale [for example], you can take the greenhouse section and the water section of the train, and divide it in two. . .you get to the greenhouse, and after that, you see the aquarium and the swimming pool, and you see where all of the rich people live. It is one train, but you see two different worlds inside of it. And then, at the very front is the engine. The design of the engine is different from the comic book.”

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    Comparing this and phantom42's answers makes this one seem like a misunderstanding. They built sets for 26 train car sets for filming, but in universe there were 60 cars, many of which we never saw the inside of during the film.
    – user1027
    Mar 15, 2015 at 2:34
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    @Keen - Yes, this was the "out of universe" length.
    – Valorum
    Mar 15, 2015 at 11:13

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