All crossings have barriers and flashing red lights, with the exception of some in Los Santos. The barriers go down when a train is near the crossing, but many times, the train will be going too fast for the barriers to go all the way down by the time the train passes. In the desert, at times, the trains will be going at full speed, and there is only a split-second warning before a train crosses. A train strike at this speed may kill the player instantly. Civilian drivers will also attempt to cross after a few seconds anyway, and at times, they will attempt to cross as soon as the barriers go back up, knocking the barriers down. Pedestrians will not stop crossing the tracks, so some of them may be killed by an oncoming train.
The trains do not stop for anything nor do they blow a horn, so there will be no warning of a crash. The trains are strong enough to even push aside a Rhino with ease. The barrier-less crossings in Los Santos may be very dangerous; there are no barriers, no lights, and the traffic lights will not signify a train either. Civilians will not stop for a train here, nor do pedestrians, and at times, when the drivers stop at a red light, they will be right on the tracks, making them very prone to being hit by a train. However, vehicles normally do not explode instantly upon impact, but this has been seen in the mission Wrong Side of the Tracks.
Locations in GTA San Andreas
- One in El Corona (Unprotected)
- One in Willowfield
- Two in Idlewood (Unprotected)
- Three in East Los Santos (Unprotected)
- Two in an unnamed district
Grand Theft Auto VRailroad Crossings reappear in Grand Theft Auto V in various parts of Los Santos and Blaine County. In Los Santos, Railroad Crossings extend from an area close to Vespucci Beach, to the Port of Los Santos. Freights can be seen carrying containers, Wellcars, and oil tanks on these tracks. In Los Santos, railroad gates are present on Railroad Crossings, and will close and block the road whenever a Freight is approaching. However, in Blaine County, the railroad gates are absent, therefore, players must carefully cross the tracks in order to not be hit by an oncoming Freight. Since Freights cannot be driven in this game (with the exception of in the mission, Derailed), regardless of if the driver is killed or not, it is not possible to drive a Freight off the tracks, nor is it possible to knock the Freight off its tracks. However, it is possible, using an enormous amount of explosives, to blow up the locomotive of the train. When this happens, the train will come to a stop, but still remain on the tracks.
- Similar Railroad Crossings can be found in Los Santos, but these lack the railroad gates and are used by the Los Santos Transit.
- Oddly enough, the railroad crossing lights seem to be glitched in one of two ways in GTA V, depending on the location of the railroad crossing. In Los Santos or Blaine County, the gates will come down and a bell will sound whenever a train approaches, but the warning lights will never start flashing. However, the opposite is true in North Yankton, where the lights will always be flashing even when no train is in sight.