The Freight train typically consists of 6 characters:
- In many productions between 2003 and 2018, the Rockies were replaced by the Hip Hoppers.
- Caboose was cut in the West End in 1992 until the production closed in 2002. He was also cut from Starlight Express on Ice.
- The productions in New York, Japan and Australia, and, briefly, Bochum, added a 4th Rocky.