The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 13

The Phantom Train of Doom, German East Africa, November 1916 (1)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jun 05, 1993 on ABC
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The Phantom Train of Doom, German East Africa, November 1916 (1)
When Indy is ordered to locate and destroy a powerful German gun that is magically able to appear and disappear at will, an odd group of soldiers accompany him.

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Corey Carrier

Corey Carrier

Young Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. at age 8-10

Sean Patrick Flanery

Sean Patrick Flanery

Young Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. at age 16-20

George Hall

George Hall

Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. at age 93

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • TRIVIA: Frederick Selous joined the 25th (Frontiersmen) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, as a Captain when he was 64 years of age. During his stint with this unit, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1916. He was killed by a German sniper on January 4, 1917 in a minor engagement at Behobeho, along the banks of the Rufiji river.

    • Frederick Selous' unit, the 25th Royal Fusiliers was actually formed by the Legion of Frontiersmen. Originally founded in England in 1905, the Legion was based on romantic concepts of imperialism and was designed to help augment the defensive abilities of the British Empire. Among some of its more famous alumni over the years are Arthur Conan Doyle and Lord Louis Mountbatten.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Selous: How do we set off those charges?
      Indy: Why set them off? Why don't we keep going straight through the German lines? We can take the cannon back to the General.
      Big Mac: Hey! The kid's right!
      Donald:It would be a lovely gesture.
      Selous: Are you making this up as you go along?
      Indy: Yeah.
      Selous: All right. Well done, lad.
      Big Mac: (yelling) Well boys, we just hijacked ourselves a train!

    • Indy: So how'd you all end up in the same unit?
      Donald: All us "creaky old geezers?" When war broke out, nobody would have us. So we formed out own.
      Selous: Sad thing about growing old, my boy. The world thinks your used up, no good to anybody. Terrible waste, really. Spend your life gaining wisdom and experience and then nobody wants it.
      Indy: Yeah, that's great, but we're talking about blowing up a train.
      Donald: True, we're not as fast as we used to be, and the bones DO creak from time to time.
      Selous: But age and treachery will always triumph over youth and speed. (as he successfully steals Indy's cooking food from him)

    • Indy: I'm not going on some suicide mission with a bunch of creepy old geezers who belong in a retirement home!

  • NOTES (4)

    • As both parts originally aired together in a feature length format very little re-editing was required for the eventual VHS and DVD versions of The Phantom Train of Doom.

    • This episode and its companion documentaries are included on Volume 2 Disc 3 of the DVD collection, they include:
      -Chasing the Phantom - Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
      -Dreaming of Africa - The Life of Frederick Selous
      -At Home and Abroad - The Two Faces of Jan Smuts

    • Indy first meets Frederick Selous in the episode Passion For Life when Indy, his parents, and Miss Seymour join Teddy Roosevelt on safari in British East Africa. Frederick Selous served as Roosevelt's guide.

    • Part 1 of the video Phantom Train of Doom with The Phantom Train of Doom, German East Africa, November 1916 (2).