Headcanon Express: 2nd Japan Tour
In the video footage available from the 2nd Japan tour, we see that there were stage hands that wore no wheels, but they “aided” the racers with marshalling wands (when they were trying not to get run over by them). In the above photo set taken from 前野憲一郎 (Kenchiro Maeno), you can see one trying to come to Rusty’s aid after Caboose crashes him, only for Caboose to attack back and then charge after him (possibly causing him to “fall” off the ramp).
I realize that stagehands aren’t actual characters, even if they break the fourth wall by interacting with the actors or audience, but I had an idea about these guys for fanfic purposes. We know from other productions that Rusty isn’t being treated for his corrosion, and Belle is in disrepair. So, what if these wheel-less stagehands are toys that Control owns that lost their wheels, but Control never threw them out? Or, in a real-train AU, these are wheel-less trains that have been gotten repaired for some reason or another?
Like Rusty and Belle, wheel-less vehicles might be considered at the bottom of the ladder.