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Link and Alfonzo, the two most prominent Royal Engineers
In Spirit Tracks, Royal Engineer, also known as Train Engineer, is the title given to a person in charge of transporting both people and goods via train around the kingdom of Hyrule. Since trains are the primary source of transportation, it is thanks to these engineers that the citizens of the land can travel to anywhere in the kingdom using the Spirit Tracks that the Spirits of Good placed throughout the four realms after the Spirit War.
To become a Royal Engineer, the person wishing to become an engineer must have an audience with Princess Zelda. This event, known as the Engineer Graduation Ceremony, is held in Hyrule Castle. If the princess grants permission, said person will be personally given a certificate by Princess Zelda herself which proves their status, allowing them to operate a train by themselves.
Link begins the game as an apprentice train engineer on his way to Hyrule Castle for the graduation ceremony where he will be given the title of Royal Engineer by Princess Zelda herself. During the ceremony, Zelda slips Link a note warning him about Chancellor Cole and asks him to meet her in private to help her find out the reason as to why the Spirit Tracks have begun to disappear.
The only other known characters with the title of Royal Engineer are Alfonzo, a Master Train Engineer who is also Link's mentor and Ferrus. He gives Link his final exam which involves getting to Hyrule Castle in less than 300 seconds.
- Main: Transporting Passengers
As a Royal Engineer, Link is expected to follow the signs that have been placed around the Spirit Tracks when he is transporting a passenger from one train station to another. These signs include blowing the train's whistle, slowing down, and speeding up. Failure to follow these signs will cause the passenger to become displeased with Link's driving. If the young hero continues to ignore the signs (or suddenly uses the emergency break), the passenger will get angry and disembark the train.
- "You know, I've always had a lot of respect for engineers. Thanks to them, we can go anywhere we want in the kingdom. Plus, they even transport our goods to different places for us." — Man in Castle Town (Spirit Tracks)
- "They say the Spirit Tracks have disappeared. We bring in food and other things by train, so now what are we going to do? I always get fresh fish delivered from the Ocean Realm." — Woman in Castle Town (Spirit Tracks)
- "You got the engineer's clothes! They have a dove design on them, the mark of a true engineer!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
- "In order to become a train engineer in this kingdom, you must have an audience with the princess. If she grants you her permission, you can finally operate a train by yourself. Now hop aboard! We're going to the castle!" — Alfonzo (Spirit Tracks)
- "You got your royal engineer's certificate! Now you're a full-fledged engineer!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
- "I hereby recognize our newest royal engineer... [Link]! Work hard, for we all rely on you, [Link]." — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
- "Oh, but one last thing. You're going to drive the train to get us there! Call it your final exam! Don't look so worried--it'll be a piece of cake. You need to get us to the castle in 300 seconds. Right now, we're here in Aboda Village! And our destination, Hyrule Castle, is right here!" — Alfonzo (Spirit Tracks)