Starlight Express has the unique feature of being performed entirely on roller skates. Originally exclusively quad skates, the introduction of the Trax trick-skaters also mixed in inline skating to the show.
Unlike the rest of the cast, who are hired then trained to skate in quads, the Trax skaters are specifically skilled inline skaters whose role in the show is purely to perform stunts and tricks. As they skate on inline skates, they are faster but less stable than the quad skaters - as the picture (right) shows, often the characters stand still on skates, stable with wheels in each corner and the toestop at the front creating a brake. This sort of movement is impossible on inline skates, resulting in the traxes being able to perform very little set choreography.
- In the London production, skates were coloured with car spray to match the characters' costumes. Swings skates would build up thick coats of paint from being re-coloured.
- In the early 1990s, when the london production was being revamped, an attempt was made to move the skates from quads (so very 1980s) to inlines (so very 1990s). Apparently trying to teach singer/dancers to dance on inlines was a total failure!
- While most characters use black wheels and stops, Electra sometimes has red wheels, and red toe stops have been seen on various characters.
- The Bochum production's shoes were usually for ice skating, but since no regular roller skates met the expectations, they switched to ice skating ones.
- Until the 25th anniversary the Bochum skates' team had used a total of 135,000 weelaxles, 300,600 pairs of shoelaces and 22 km plasters (which they are responsible for, too).