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The Train
Season 3, Episode 1
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Air date 24 Sep 1994
Written by Josef Anderson
Directed by Jerome R. London
Episode guide
Return Engagement
Fathers and Sons

The Train is the first episode of Season 3 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and the forty-second episode of the series.

Dr. Mike and most of the others in town look forward to the advantages of having the railroad come to town. However, Sully and the Cheyenne are among the ones who don't. Leaving Dr. Mike and Sully looking for a compromise.

In order to convince the railroad developers to run the line to Colorado Springs, Loren and Jake set out to convince them that Colorado Springs has more amenities then it really does, getting Brian to tell them what Boston has that Colorado Springs doesn't to decide what signs to make and put up on buildings.

Meanwhile, Colleen becomes friends with Peter, one of the Chinese railroad workers, who, along with the rest of the Chinese working on the railroad, is shown discrimination and violence while in town.


  • In China, men change their name when they become of age, and other significant life changes.
  • A hawk means bad fortune to the Cheyenne. Cloud Dancing tells Michaela in the season 2 finale Return Engagement "he sees this love (Sully's and Michaela's), but also sees difficulty. Spirits showed me in a dream that a hawk was carrying you (Michaela) off. This hawk was carrying you away from Sully." Cloud Dancing again reiterates to Sully and Michaela in this episode, the season 3 opener, that he (Clouding Dancing) "believes something will separate Michaela and Sully. An illness, journey, death." Everything that Cloud Dancing speaks of comes true in the "Separation" arc that starts with the season 5 finale two-parter Moment of Truth. It will continue for the first half of season 6. A diphtheria epidemic (illness) strikes the town, and many townspeople die (death) in the two-parter A Time to Heal. Townspeople, Soldiers, and Indians also die (death) during the months long arc. Sully must hide in the woods, specifically the cave, around Colorado Springs (journey) for many months. The separation ends in Safe Passage.
  • First appearance of Jackson Tate and Peter. Jackson Tate is the chief surveyor for the Kansas Pacific Railroad, and the adopted father to Peter. Mr. Tate says he bases his decision on two factors, "is the town beneficial for the railroad, and is the railroad beneficial for the town?" Dr. Mike's honesty, and her treatment of Peter sways his decision to have the Denver and Rio Grande Trains travel south to Colorado Springs instead of Soda Springs. Jackson Tate says that the committee of the Kansas Pacific Railroad usually acts on his recommendation. Jackson Tate and Peter return in Things My Father Never Taught Me.
  • Dr. Mike mentions that there is a doctor in Soda Springs, but Mr. Tate says that the doctor in Soda Springs doesn't treat "Chinamen." The Reverend mentions in Sully's Choice that there isn't a doctor in Soda Springs. By the time of The Train, the town of Soda Springs has gained a doctor. Peter's father saved the life of Jackson Tate, and Peter mentions that his father died in Petersburg so he decides to call himself "Peter." Colleen and Peter form a friendship, and diagnosis him with malaria marking Colleen's first diagnosis. Peter became ill with malaria from the swamps in New Orleans.


Dr. Quinn Episodes
Season 1 "Pilot" • "Epidemic" • "The Visitor" • "Law of the Land" • "The Healing" • "Father's Day "• "Bad Water" • "The Great American Medicine Show" • "A Cowboy's Lullaby" • "Running Ghost" • "The Prisoner" • "Happy Birthday" • "Rite of Passage" • "Heroes" • "The Operation" • "The Secret" • "Portraits"
Season 2 "The Race" • "Sanctuary" • "Halloween" • "The Incident" • "Saving Souls" • "Where the Heart Is" • "Giving Thanks" • "Best Friends" • "Sully's Choice" • "Mike's Dream: A Christmas Tale" • "Crossing the Line" • "The Offering" • "The Circus" • "Another Woman" • "Orphan Train" • "Buffalo Soldiers" • "Luck of the Draw" • "Life and Death" • "The First Circle" • "Just One Lullaby" • "The Abduction" • "The Campaign" • "The Man in the Moon" • "Return Engagement"
Season 3 "The Train" • "Fathers and Sons" • "Cattle Drive" • "The Library" • "Halloween II" • "The Washington Affair" • "Money Trouble" • "Thanksgiving" • "Ladies Night" • "The First Christmas" • "Indian Agent" • "The End of the World" • "Pike's Peace" • "Cooper vs. Quinn" • "What Is Love?" • "Things My Father Never Taught Me" • "Baby Outlaws" • "Bone of Contention" • "The Permanence of Change" • "Washita" • "Sully's Recovery" • "Ready or Not" • "For Better or Worse"
Season 4 "A New Life" • "Traveling All-Stars" • "Mothers and Daughters" • "Brother's Keeper" • "Halloween III" • "Dorothy's Book" • "Promises, Promises" • "Expedition" • "One Touch of Nature" • "Hell on Wheels" • "Fifi's First Christmas" • "Change of Heart" • "Tin Star" • "If You Love Someone" • "The Iceman Cometh" • "Dead or Alive" • "Deal with the Devil" • "Eye for an Eye" • "Hearts and Minds" • "Reunion" • "Woman of the Year" • "Last Chance" • "Fear Itself" • "One Nation" • "When a Child Is Born"
Season 5 "Runaway Train" • "Having It All" • "Malpractice" • "All That Glitters..." • "Los Americanos" • "Last Dance" • "Right or Wrong" • "Remember Me" • "Legend" • "The Tempest" • "Separate but Equal" • "A Place to Die" • "Season of Miracles" • "The Dam" • "Farewell Appearance" • "The Most Fatal Disease" • "Colleen's Paper" • "A House Divided" • "Hostage" • "The Body Electric" • "Before the Dawn" • "Starting Over" • "His Father's Son" • "Moment of Truth"
Season 6 "Reason to Believe" • "All That Matters" • "A Matter of Conscience" • "The Comfort of Friends" • "Wave Goodbye" • "A Place Called Home" • "Lead Me Not" • "A Time to Heal" • "Civil Wars" • "Safe Passage" • "Homecoming" • "Point Blank" • "Seeds of Doubt" • "Seven Kinds of Lonely" • "Life in the Balance" • "Happily Ever After" • "Birdman" • "Vengeance" • "To Have and to Hold" • "The Fight" • "A New Beginning "
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