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Released 2011
Preceded By Shrink Ray Island
Succeeded By Game Show Island


Mystery Train is the 21st island released on Poptropica, released for members on September 9, 2011 and for non-members on October 7, 2011.

Plot Synopsis

From Poptropica Tours

How do you solve a mystery when everyone is a suspect? It's 1893, and some of the world's brightest minds are traveling by train to the World's Fair in Chicago. But after a dastardly crime puts the fate of the Fair in peril, only you can piece together the clues and collar the criminal. All aboard for a whodunit that will keep you guessing until the last twist of the tracks!
—Poptropica Tours

From the Trailer

Take a ride aboard the mystery train ... Meet famous historical figures ... Collect clues & uncover secrets ...
—Mystery Train's trailer

The First 10 Finishers

  1. Messy Ghost
  2. Smart Sky
  3. Spotted Lizard
  4. Shaky Chicken
  5. Scary Peanut
  6. Mighty Bird
  7. Zippy Brain
  8. Funny Lobster
  9. Brave Rider
  10. White Lightning


  • Motion Capture Device
  • Mark Twain's Secret Compartment
  • Nikola Tesla Hiding in Cabin
  • Spilled Prune Juice
  • Nikola Tesla Ordered Prune Juice
  • Coal Smudges
  • Coal Man Left for a Snack
  • Luggage Key
  • Grainy Picture
  • Pinkerton Blocking the Way
  • Open Briefcase
  • Erik Weisz's Odd Behavior
  • Erik Weisz's True Identity
  • Nikola Tesla is Hiding Something
  • Transformer
  • French Items in Trunk



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Common Rooms


  • The John Bull is based off of a real John Bull, which took people to 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
  • When the John Bull turns and enters the tunnel, the Advertisement Car is missing.
  • Mystery Train was released for members at 4:21 pm because Poptropica had been celebrating their 4th birthday around and Mystery Train Island is the 21st island quest on Poptropica.
  • When dressing up as the John Bull Porter, all you have to do is put on one part of the disguise.
  • The Freight Car has many easter eggs in it:
    • A Harp
    • A Vase of a Woman
    • A Bongo
    • A Spiral Tree
    • The Instument of the Mangbetu Tribe
    • A Lute
    • A Telescope
    • The Landskimmer
    • Henry Ford's Automobile
    • A Smiling Tiki
    • A Frowning Tiki
    • A Girl's Nabootian Mask
    • A Board with Leopard's Skin Hung on it
    • A Boy's Nabootian Mask
    • A Potted Fern
    • A Bison's Head on a Plaque
    • A Statue of a Girl
    • The Second Governor's Portrait
    • A Statue of a Boy
    • A Potted Cactus
    • Governor Roland's Portrait
    • A Vase of a Soldier
    • A Green Barrel with Cactuses on it
  • Mystery Train was briefly seen on a television news report on Super Villain Island.

Photo Album Photos

On the App


Mystery Train is part of the Poptropica App, and is purchasable for 99¢.




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Items Grainy Picture | Island Medallion | Le Monde | Lock Pick Bag | Luggage Key | New York Times Article | Pencil | Porter's Notepad | Porter Outfit | Scissors | Sketch of Tesla's Cabin | Telegram | Train Ticket | Transformer | Transformer Sketch | Women's Suffrage Pamphlet
Locations Chicago Station | Coach Car | Coal Car | Dining Car | Ferris Wheel | Freight Car | Luggage Car | Main Street | Midway | Pinkerton Security | Presidential Suite | Reverie Lounge | Train Stop | VIP Car 1 | VIP Car 2
Characters Cobras | Erik Weisz | George Ferris | Grover Cleveland | Hostess | John Bull Coal Man | John Bull Conductor | John Bull Porter | Mademoiselle Moreau | Mark Twain | Nikola Tesla | Thomas Edison
2007 Early Poptropica Island | Shark Tooth Island | Time Tangled Island
2008 24 Carrot Island | Super Power Island | Spy Island | Nabooti Island
2009 Big Nate Island | Astro-Knights Island
2010 Counterfeit Island | Reality TV Island | Mythology Island | Skullduggery Island | Steamworks Island | Great Pumpkin Island | Cryptids Island
2011 Wild West Island | Wimpy Wonderland | Red Dragon Island | Shrink Ray Island | Mystery Train | Game Show Island | Ghost Story Island (members)
2012 Ghost Story Island (everyone) | S.O.S Island | Vampire's Curse Island | Twisted Thicket | Poptropolis Games (before sinking) | Wimpy Boardwalk | Lunar Colony | Super Villain Island | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Zomberry Island
2013 Night Watch Island | Back Lot Island | Poptropolis Games (rising) | Virus Hunter Island | Mocktropica
2014 Monster Carnival | Survival | Mission Atlantis | PoptropiCon | Arabian Nights
2015 Galactic Hot Dogs Island | Mystery of the Map | Home Island | Timmy Failure | Escape From Pelican Rock
2016 Monkey Wrench Island