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Don't mess with a ghost train, especially if it's a New York City ghost train!
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- Subway commissioner (single appearance)
- Transit Detective Tracy (single appearance)
- Big Jake (single appearance)
- Ghost train (only time mentioned)
- Burrows (single appearance)
- Burrows' partners (single appearance)
- Subway maintenance men (single appearance)
- New York City
- Subway commissioner's office
- Subway station
- Big Apple Bank
|Transit Detective Tracy||He didn't believe that the ghost train was real.|
|Burrows||He knew all about the accident that supposedly created the ghost train.|
|Burrows and his partners||To rob a bank.|
- The subway commissioner refers to the kids helping with the "subway ghost problem [they] had a while back." This probably refers back to I'll Take Manhattan.
The first Scooby-Doo story runs through the time-tested characterization of the gang courtesy of Scott Cunningham. The mystery rails against the usual simple but winning real-estate fraud in favor of a more serious crime which nicely clouds the motive and therefore the conductor of this ghostly exercise.
Mr. Cunningham gives weight to the story via a false history no doubt based on several stations of subway lore. He creates a sense of place by including touches distinctive to the environment and diverging to false leads.
Joe Staton must never leave this book. Apart from evolving an eerie subterranean atmosphere, he gives the crew variety in stature, ethnicity, body types and expression. His work on the gang never fails to impress. Daphne is cute and confident. Freddie is stalwart and walks the walk of a born leader. Scooby and Shaggy are not just a comedy team amid straight detectives. Both are shown to be loyal to each other, and its through this trait, a scene of suspense surprises and grips the reader.