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Chapter 9: Transportation Preparation is the ninth chapter of Dead Space 2.

This chapter spans the latter half of Fuel Processing, as well as the Industrial Transport rail.


This chapter sees Isaac attempting to deploy and board an industrial CEC tram in order to get him, Ellie and Stross to the Government Sector.


Determined to manually deploy the industrial tram in the CEC Facility from the gear house, Isaac ascends the Fuel Pressurization Tower, encountering several varieties of the necromorphs. Along the way, he is tormented by a disembodied voice of Nicole, taunting him over his underlying sense of guilt over her death aboard the USG Ishimura. After reaching the gear house and fixing the broken mechanism, Isaac deploys the tram and boards it, but experiences a vivid and violent hallucination of Nicole, asking him who she is; angered, Isaac screams at the apparition to get out of his head.

Soon after, Ellie and Stross board the tram as well; increasingly unstable, Stross hallucinates his dead son and yells at him to stop staring, before being told to relax and sit down by Isaac. The three survivors begin making their way towards the Government Sector. En route, Isaac is both surprised and horrified to see the Ishimura docked at one of the Sprawl’s ports. Ellie notes that the ship was allegedly attacked by terrorists, prompting Isaac to tell her what had really happened aboard the planetcracker.

The tram stops unexpectedly due to something blocking its path, and Isaac goes to find out what the problem is. He discovers that two large tentacles are blocking the path of the tram in the Fuel Mega Storage Room. He destroys the first tentacle by blowing up a tank of nitrogen trichloride its wrapped around. He destroys the second by the same method, while being simultaneously attacked by a couple of Tripods. The explosion caused by the second tank starts a chain reaction in the other tanks, and Isaac quickly makes his way back to the tram. The three survivors escape the CEC Facility just as it is engulfed by flames.

At this point, Tiedemann locates the trio and uses the energy beam from the Solar Array to cut the tram spoke in two, physically separating the Government Sector from the rest of the Sprawl. With no other options left, Isaac reluctantly decides to board the USG Ishimura and use its gravity tethers to hold the track together long enough for the tram to cross over to the Government Sector.


In order of appearance:

This chapter is the first time you will fight a whole Divider and also the last chapter in which you face Tripods.


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Nolan Stross staring the player during Chapter 9

  • During this chapter, Stross breaks the fourth wall by looking directly at the camera while having hallucinations and shouting "Stop staring at me!" to the illusion of his son. However, the camera angle makes it seems he is talking to the player.
  • At some point in this chapter you can see the USG Ishimura through a decompression window. In the same room, you can see the blue light of a ruby or gold semiconductor underneath the hole in the middle of the room.
    • In this chapter, Isaac first hears of the cover story told by EarthGov in which the Ishimura was lost to a 'terrorist attack' and everyone onboard was killed. Isaac corrects this story when Ellie tells him about it. Also, while Isaac corrects Ellie, the female Tripod can be seen clinging to the right engine of the Ishimura.
  • This is the last time you see Ellie with both eyes in person. Also, it's the last time you see Stross in a rather "stable" mental state.
    • In this chapter is the first and only time you hear Ellie's last name.
  • There is a body by an audio log hidden under some crates in the factory. The log was made by Sorenson, telling the listener to follow Ellie's RIG. The body is presumed to be Sorenson, or one of his group. However, as a log made by Sorenson is found after exiting the hospital in Chapter 2, this would indicate that Sorenson survived the CEC building.
  • The Flame Fuel Schematic is found in the first right in a small hallway, a small ramp protected by 2 detonator mines. Behind a small pile of kinesis-movable objects.
  • The Seeker Shells Schematic is found behind the  Pod-spitting Guardian in the room with the Stalkers right at the elevator.