Barrel Train

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This article is about the kart in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. For the full-sized locomotive with the same name, see Barrel Train (Mario Party 8).
Barrel Train
Size Class Light
Strong stats Speed, Weight
Weak stats MKDD: Acceleration
MK7: Handling
Appearances Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Super Smash Bros. Brawl (sticker cameo), Mario Kart 7, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (trophy cameo)

The Barrel Train is Diddy Kong's lightweight kart in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and it also appears as an unlockable kart body in Mario Kart 7. The Mario Kart 7 incarnation of the Barrel Train also appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, driven by Donkey Kong.


Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

The Barrel Train is unlocked by completing the Star Cup in 150cc. Its nitrous comes from the horn, which makes the sound of a train whistle when speed boosting. Like any steam engine, the Barrel Train's exhaust pipe is a smokestack. It resembles the train from Kalimari Desert as well as the K64 from Paper Mario.

The Barrel Train is the heaviest lightweight kart in the game; its weight is tied with the Red Fire and Heart Coach karts, which are middleweight. It is also the only lightweight kart that can push around the middleweight Green Fire and Bloom Coach karts. According to the game stats, it is tied with the Bullet Blaster as the fastest lightweight kart. However, it also has the weakest acceleration of its weight class.

Although the game shows a four star speed stat, the Barrel Train's top speed is tied with that of the Bullet Blaster, DK Jumbo, and Piranha Pipes, and its small size enables it to avoid most hazards more easily. It also has the weakest traction of all karts, as it still maintains its speed briefly after getting hit by the Lightning item. However, while it has a two star acceleration stat, the Barrel Train accelerates equally to the Green Fire, but it does accelerate better than all the other two star acceleration karts. Finally, the Barrel Train is one of the two four star speed karts to lose the least amount of speed upon going off-road, with the other being the Piranha Pipes.

The Barrel Train's small size, weak traction, and high top speed make it a popular choice for getting good times in the Time Trials game mode.

This kart is also one of the four karts to have stats "out of the ordinary" for its weight class, with the others being the Green Fire, the Boo Pipes, and the Turbo Birdo.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

The Barrel Train kart part in Mario Kart 7

The Barrel Train appears again in the Nintendo 3DS title, Mario Kart 7. Here, its kart body appears as a retro, customizable kart body. The main difference is that it can be ridden by anyone - not only small but also medium and large-sized characters - and it no longer has the green platform, and only contains four wheels, thus eliminating the second racer, and making the kart only for one racer. The star emblem on the front is also removed, filled in by the selected character's logo.

The Barrel Train offers a small speed and weight boost, while hindering handling. In fact, it is tied with the Bumble V and Bruiser for having the lowest handling of all kart bodies. In terms of its hidden stats, the Barrel Train offers one of the highest mini-turbo boosts (tied with the Bumble V and Koopa Clown), but it also has the lowest sea speed of all kart bodies.

CPU Donkey Kong can occasionally be seen driving in this body with the Wood tires.


Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

  • Speed Gold star.pngGold star.pngGold star.pngGold star.png
  • Acceleration Gold star.pngGold star.png
  • Weight Gold star.pngGold star.pngGold star.png

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Speed: +0.25
  • Sea Speed: -0.75
  • Air Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: 0
  • Weight: +0.25
  • Handling: -0.5
  • Sea Handling: 0
  • Air Handling: 0
  • Off-Road: 0
  • Mini-Turbo: +1.5
  • Stability: 0
  • Drift: -0.25


Sticker information[edit]

Image Game Effect
Barrel Train Sticker.png Mario Kart: Double Dash!! [Leg] - Attack +19

Trophy description from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Name Image NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Donkey Kong + Barrel Train BarrelTrainTrophy3DS.png This mean machine may look like it was meant for the tracks, but really it was made to soar. That fine wood finish isn't so great in the water, though. I bet more than a few players have fond memories of the Barrel Train and its first driver, Diddy Kong. This kart might look like it needs to be on rails, but it's actually great in mid-air. Like any barrel, though, it has a tendency to float. In a race that comes down to speed in water, it'll get left behind. The name "Barrel Train" might ring a bell for Mario Kart veterans - it was Diddy Kong's kart!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タルポッポ
"Barrel Choo-Choo" (from 「樽」 taru, "barrel", while poppo is derived from 「しゅっぽ」 shuppo, a Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound a steam engine makes)
Spanish Locomokong Pun on locomotora (locomotive) and Kong.
French Loco Tonneau From locomotive and tonneau (barrel)
Dutch Locomobiel Pun on locomotive and mobiel (mobile, moveable).
German Kokoloko Kokoloko, a combination of Kokosnuss (coconut) and Lokomotive (locomotive).
Italian Barile Ciuf-ciuf Choo-choo Barrel
Korean 나무통기차
Wooden Barrel Train


The possible Barrel Train in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.
  • Two trains that slightly resemble the Barrel Train can be seen buried in Gritzy Desert in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, with an additional one appearing in the location's battle backdrop.
  • The train whistle that the horn makes is the same as the train from Animal Crossing.