Excess Express

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The Excess Express

The Excess Express is a luxurious train which is boarded by Mario and his comrades, to get to Riverside Station and Poshley Heights in the game Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. It, as well as the smaller areas Poshley Heights and Riverside Station, serves as the setting of Chapter 6 of that game. The Excess Express is made up of a locomotive, three passenger cars, a dining car and a storage car.


Pennington inside one of the passenger cars.
Dinning Room.

The Excess Express has an article written about it, by the RDM (Rogueport Direct Mail Service), saying that the Excess Express workers gang-tackled a train-obsessed Lakitu who was in a worker-only area, making the train late for the first time in ten years. The Excess Express allowed him to leave with just a warning.

After defeating Cortez and Lord Crump, the Magical Map leads Mario and his Partners to the Poshley Sanctum in Poshley Heights. Like Glitzville, Mario needs a ticket to get to the Excess Express, which Professor Frankly says is the only way. After doing Don Pianta's workers (Tony and Vinny) a favor (finding Don's daughter and her boyfriend), Don gives Mario an Excess Express Ticket. While on the way to the station, Beldam appears and thanks Mario for saying that the next Star is in Poshley Heights. Either way, Mario advances to the station.

Engineer's room.
During the three-day train ride, many unfortunate events happen, hindering Mario and his pals and keeping them from getting the sixth Crystal Star. Heff T. steals Chef Shimi's Galley Pot, and Doopliss (impersonating Zip Toad) steals a Businessman's briefcase containing ingredients for Nitro Honey Syrup, the waitress's shell earrings, and Toodles's Gold Ring. Under orders of the Shadow Sirens, he planned to mix the things he stole together to bomb the train, resulting in what he described as a "sticky, yummy explosion." Mario and his friends enlisted the help of Pennington to foil his diabolical plans.

Mario and his partners also met Ghost T. here. Mario had to talk to him after the Excess Express conductor accidentally left him a blanket (not realizing that he was a ghost), leaving the conductor without a blanket of his own. Mario had to retrieve Ghost T.'s diary for the ghost to get him to give the blanket back. If Mario reads the diary, he will get an instant Game Over after a small cutscene.

Mario and company also run into a massive hordes of miniature Smorgs that kidnap all the passengers on board, with the exception of the engineer, the conductor and the waitress, the latter two of which they hold captive in the storage cart. As Chapter 6 ends, Mario travels to the heavily Smorg-infested rooftops of the train and fights a massive hordes of Smorgs, eventually freeing the passengers and saving the Excess Express. Afterward, the rooftops (and the storage car, for that matter) are inaccessible.

Passengers of the Excess Express[edit]

Below is a list of the occupants of the eight cabins of the Excess Express. With the exception of Mario, Ghost T., and Heff T., all occupants are replaced by various traveling Toads, Koopas, and Goombas (as well as a single Yoshi, the only one in the game other than Mario's Yoshi partner and his Stampede friends) after Chapter 6.


Items found[edit]

Name of Item Icon Found In
Galley Pot Galleykettle.gif From Heff T. after the player corners him in his room.
Vital Paper Vital Paper PM2.png In Zip Toad/Doopliss's room after the the player talks to Pennington on Day 2.
Briefcase Briefcase.gif From Doopliss after the player corners him.
Shell Earrings Shellearrings.gif From Doopliss after the player corners him.
Gold Ring Goldring.gif From Doopliss after the player corners him.
Autograph Engineer autograph.png From the engineer the player after tells him that Bub wants his autograph.
Shine Sprite PMTTYDShinespritesprite.png From Bub after the player gives him the autograph.
Hidden behind the table in Mario and friends' room.
Star Piece Star Piece.GIF From Chef Shimi after the player returns the Galley Pot.
From the waitress after the player returns the Shell Earings.
Spin Jump in Ghost T.'s room.
In Goldbob's room's drawer.


  • This is a passenger car. Orange and brown decor... That actually looks good! the passenger cabins here are numbered 3, 4, and 5, in case you forgot your numbers.
  • This is a passenger car. The green and brown colors actually work here. Wow. There are two passenger cabins here, numbers 1 and 2.
  • This is the dining car. There also seems to be a cute little shop here. Dining and shopping while watching scenery go by... Talk about heavenly...
  • This is a passenger car. The blue and brown interior here is totally chic. The passenger cabins here are numbered 6, 7, and 8. ...But you knew that.
  • This is the engineer's car of the Excess Express. Any kid would LOVE to see this! Look at me, Mario! I"m an engineer! WOOP WOOOOOP! Hey, but driving a train is really nothing to joke about. I totally respect engineers!
  • This is the train's roof. Look at that scenery go whipping by! Wowser! ...Look, this is no time for me to be describing stuff! These guys are so ANNOYING! They're flippy and floppy and gross and I HATE them! Let's get rid of them!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リッチリッチエクスプレス
Ricchi Ricchi Ekusupuresu
Rich Rich Express
Spanish Tren Ricachón Exprés Tycoon Train Express
French Crésus Express Crésus is the French name of "Croesus", a fabulously rich king
German Glimmer-Liner like the English term
Italian Fasto-Express Pomp-Express


  • During the events of Super Paper Mario, Francis writes about wishing to buy an Excess Express train set.
  • Ghost T. does not notice the Smorgs attacking at all if Mario talks to him while they are at the train.
  • The Excess Express has the most music tracks in the game, with there being a total of eight (one each for day, dusk, and night, one as the track for Pennington, one as the music played for Ghost T., one for Riverside Station, the music played when the Smorgs attack the train, and one more if counting the lack of music for the baggage car).
  • In the photo of Zip Toad in his Email, one can see Jr. Troopa flying outside the window.
  • A train similar to this appears in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, in the stage known as Blizzard on the Star Express.