Charlie the Choo-Choo was a book purchased by Jake Chambers at The Manhattan Restaurant of the Mind. It tells the story of Charlie the Choo-Choo and Engineer Bob. In the book, Charlie is very friendly and dependable, yet Charlie's smile is often described as being untrustworthy. Charlie bears many similarities to Blaine the Mono.
Author[edit | edit source]
In Jake's world, the author of the book was Beryl Evans. In Roland's world, the author listed is Claudia y Inez Bachman. This name holds special significance. It has 19 letters, a special number in The Dark Tower Series. Also, Claudia y Inez Bachman is the wife of Stephen King's pseudonym, Richard Bachman.
Role in the Dark Tower Series[edit | edit source]
When Roland and his ka-tet passed through Topeka, they stumbled upon Gage Park. Inside the park, there was a train that looked exactly like Charlie. Jake was the first one to see it and almost fainted. As they were walking away, Jake swore that he saw the train's lights flash at him.
Gage Park and Charlie the Choo-choo are both seen in Stephen King's novel Cell.