The train's locomotive is loosely based on an EMD GP40. The train can be seen pulling a variety of rolling stock which consists of boxcars, flatbeds and tank cars. Unlike Grand Theft Auto IV, the player can jump and stand on the train while it's moving, which makes for a great way to lose a wanted level, as you can usually lose the cops when the train enters a tunnel. Unlike every game before it, the train can be destroyed, though only in Online, by simply placing sticky bombs on the train engine and detonating them. This may also work with other explosives, though the Sticky Bomb method is the easiest. Unlike the Tram, the driver will not attempt to stop if the track is obstructed, as stopping a freight train takes a large amount of time. The train is undriveable during free-roam; however, it can be controlled in the mission Derailed.
Appearances in Missions
- In the Prologue of GTA V, Michael, Trevor, and Brad's escape from Police after a bank heist is cut short by a train.
- In the mission The Jewel Store Job, a train will always pass on the railway bridge over the canal, but it has no role in the mission, being simply decorative.
- The same thing happens in Nervous Ron, on the bridge in Raton Canyon.
- In the mission Caida Libre, the player has to jump a moving train with a Sanchez while chasing the crashing plane.
- In the mission Derailed, Trevor has to chase a train with a Sanchez and hijack it.
- In Bury the Hatchet when driving to the church in Ludenndorf, North Yankton as Michael.
- It also appears near the end of the Ludendorff scene where the Los Santos Triads are cut off by a train.
- In a preparation mission for the final heist (if the 'obvious' option is chosen, the player has to use a Skylift to pick up a locomotive and a flatcar.)
- Sometimes during singleplayer free-roam, the player can "glitch" his way into the interior of the cabin of the train. While this does not always work, the player may sometimes get popped into the cabin while standing on top of it, or while climbing up to the train's front end.
- The train can be entered in GTA Online through a glitch; Climb on top of the cabin, right above the driver. Have a snack, and while your character is eating it, quickly pause the game until you are sure the snack has been finished. Unpause, and you will now be in the cab. This does not always work, however, and it may take several attempts.
- If the player shoots and kills the train driver, the train will continue to drive normally.
- The trains in the game are all operated by Go Loco Railroad.
- The train will generally stop at the Palmer-Taylor Power Station for a short period of time. However, the train cannot be hijacked at this point either.
- Some of the train cars are labelled "D-Rail," which sounds like "derail" when spoken.
- "LS2004" can be seen on the side of the locomotives. This is a reference to GTA San Andreas which was released in 2004, which also featured and partly took place in Los Santos.
- The train, along with the Cargo Plane and the Jet, is not listed in the BradyGames guide.
- The train is seen in some of Trevor's Arms Trafficking missions as a target for Trevor to destroy via aerial bombing.
- When riding on one of the train's cars, pictures cannot be taken with Snapmatic.
- There's a trick which allows you to open Snapmatic while you're standing on the moving train, however doing so will instantly kill the player, preventing the use of the application.
- The train has a unique horn that can be heard randomly, but interestingly, when you're piloting the Train in Derailed the horn is much louder when you press the horn button.
- In the game's sound files, a different train horn exists which lasts much longer. This probably would have been included in the mission, Derailed, however it is not used in the game as of now.
- In the mission, Derailed, while driving the train, it's horn can sometimes be heard without the player triggering it.
- Rarely, a train might spawn in Davis or Rancho without an engine car. It goes incredibly slowly, as the player can easily go faster than it just by walking. Oddly, the train isn't noticed by AI or other trains, as cars will try to go through it as if it wasn't there, and other trains simply go right through it, without even slowing down, and the barriers that signify cars that a train is coming doesn't come down. It also seems to go progressively slower, eventually stopping. It is possible that this is the result of a spawn glitch, and it can be observed in both GTA V and GTA Online.
- When following a train, the NPC driving it might change character models randomly.
- In the mission "Derailed", you get to "drive" the train. Unfortunately, the sequence is short, and you can't really control it, only the speed. You can also honk the horn, as mentioned above.
- In GTA Online, the train could be derailed easily by placing a bunch of sticky bombs on the front of the cab.
- If the player places heavy vehicles, such as Dump, or multiple vehicles on the track while the train is coming, the train will still not stop, it will hit it, like any vehicles, this makes the train the most powerful vehicle to hit any other vehicles in its path, even the Rhino and the aircraft, as seen in this video.