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Razor Train
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The Razor Train is a form of rail transport used by the Combine for conveying freight and personnel between cities and outposts.


A Razor Train passes by a canal and residential apartments.

As with much of Combine technology, the Razor Train is large, mostly featureless, and imposing. Custom-built to work on the existing human rail networks, it accompanies human trains on the same railways, transporting cargo and human prisoners as well as Combine Soldiers and Stalkers, with the former two's destination being Nova Prospekt and the latter two's being the Citadel. These vehicles' ram-like, razor-thin appearance, and black finish further add to their threatening look. Razor Train locomotives also bear red markings on their left side, and have what appears to be a driver's cab, though no crew can be spotted. As seen in the Combine Depot and in Route Kanal, the trains seem to carry short loads in rapid succession at high speed as opposed to fewer but heavier loads. Strangely, in Half-Life: Alyx, no locomotives are ever seen, and the Razor Trains seem to be solely comprised of and propelled by compartment cars.

Perhaps the most disconcerting aspect of the Razor Train is its horn: a distinctive, discordant bellow that announces the train's arrival. This is by no means always the case, though, as several times during Half-Life 2 and its episodes, they emit lower-pitched air horn bellows instead. In addition, both of these sound effects are occasionally higher than normal, as exhibited in the chapters Route Kanal and Highway 17 in Half-Life 2.

Razor trains are unarmed, but are extremely fast and completely unyielding to any objects that may be on their tracks, be it vehicles, people, or even friendly Combine units. Therefore, they sometimes serve as environmental hazards, specifically during the chapters Route Kanal and Highway 17.

Related Achievements[edit]

Half-Life: Alyx
Achievement Off the Rails.jpg Off the Rails
Stop the prisoner transport train.

Behind the scenes[edit]

According to Viktor Antonov, a conceptual artist for Half-Life 2, the Razor Train was one of the first pieces of Combine machinery to be designed.[1]


Half-Life 2[edit]



Half-Life 2: Episode One[edit]

Half-Life: Alyx[edit]

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Main games[edit]