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The Boxcar is a freight railcar featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It was also meant to appear in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but was cut. In this game, the Boxcar is an unused 'vehicle' that would have been hauled by the Freight. Very little is known about it, or why it was ultimately unused. In GTA V and GTA Online, the Boxcar is hauled by the Freight Train along with Wellcar flat cars.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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The Boxcar is a dirty, rusty light blue-grey railcar that seems to have been based on a European style goods van. This is evident by the buffers and somewhat rounded top, two features not commonly seen on North American freight cars. Even though the doors on either side of the car are both open, CJ cannot jump in, as there is an invisible wall. The car has no couplers, suggesting it was never really finished.

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Grand Theft Auto V

The Boxcar comes in multiple varieties; the first is an older looking weathered brown boxcar which unusually has a single door at one end and four square platforms on the roof which gives it a somewhat European look. Acording to the decals it is operated by Santos Spirit Railway Co and bears "FREIGHT" above a large "F" on the side. It can often be seen in the consist of freight trains.

The second is a yellow one that is almost identical in appearance to the aforementioned but is not operated by Santos Spirt Railway Co, lacks the door at one end and four roof platforms for a more American look. This boxcar can only be found as a static object in train yards around the state.

Prominent Mission Appearances

Grand Theft Auto V

Boxcars are prominently featured in Chop where the player must open several boxcars to find out where D is hiding, and at the end of The Paleto Score where the crew escapes Paleto Bay in a boxcar.



  • There exists another variant of the Boxcar, actually used in-game, but as scenery, not a vehicle. It is a yellow boxcar that resembles an American one much more closely, dropping the buffers and flattening the roof. These can be found with their doors open or not parked in a warehouse in Ocean Docks, Los Santos.
  • Even though the Boxcar lacks couplers, it can be hauled without a hitch as if they were there.
  • Boxcars return in Grand Theft Auto IV, once again as scenery. They can be found around the map's abandoned rail lines. Flatcars and tankcars can also be found. They are all rusted out and are more or less useless.
  • It should be noted that modding Boxcars onto the Freights will make certain missions impossible to complete (like "Catalyst" or "Green Goo"), as they were made to use Flatcars. 
  • In the Content Creator in GTA Online, the Boxcar is available as a form of a road block object.
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