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For the flatcar, see Freight (flatcar).
For a similar vehicle in Grand Theft Auto V, see Freight Train.

The Freight is a freight train featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Freight is based on an EMD SD40-2, given the overall shape and layout. Unlike real EMD SD40-2 units, where the doors are located on the front and rear of the cab, the player enters the vehicle using one of the two doors located on the sides, much like with a two-door car or truck.

The Freight features a long chassis with triple-axle bogies, brake cylinders on either side and large defenses with couplers mounted on both ends, as well as access steps on either side. Tall guard rails can be seen around the perimeter of the whole locomotive, with open sections on both ends and where the access steps are located. A set of circular lights can be also seen on the front and rear guard rails.

On the front section, the nose features a white/black warning pattern and houses four circular lights near the upper corners, while the main cab features rectangular windows and access doors on the sides of the cab. The section above the center of the cab mounts red stacked lights, while the sections beside it mount two signs that read the running number "309". On the rear section, the locomotive features various compartments and large vented sections on either side, while the top features three large cooling fans and small frames on the rearmost section. The rear end also features a white/black warning pattern and stacked circular lights on the upper area, as well as access steps on the left half.

The train is only available in a gray/brownish color around the body, where the primary one is applied to most of the locomotive's body and the secondary one to the upper portions, where the central windows of the cab and the engine side vents are located. Although unmarked, it is implied that the Freight is operated by Brown Streak Railroad.

The player can either ride in one of the train's flatcars, or steal the train by entering the locomotive up front, assuming control of the train themselves. When driving the Freight, the player has the option of engaging in the Freight Train Challenge side missions (only after unlocking the entire state).


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Both the Brown Streak and the Freight have some realistic effects, particularly the ability to derail at high speeds.

The train begins to shake above 190km/h (118 mph), at which speed it will derail upon turning. Also, if the train is pulling more flatbeds, its acceleration will decrease due to the added weight, and the length to entirely stop the train is will also increase. The Freight is immune to all forms of damage, including weapon damage, fire, and any physical obstruction; however, derailments will render it useless. There are no first/third person views when driving or traveling in the train, and the cinematic view is the only view available.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 68 / 110 4 Diesel RWD 5500 / 12125
N/A 95 / 153 N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Although not making much appearance during the storyline, it has a prominent use in missions.

  • In the Beginning - A Freight train appears in the opening cutscene, forcing Pulaski to wait for it to pass.
  • Catalyst - A mission for Ryder. The player must steal weaponry from a Freight train. If the mission is failed before the train leaves, the weapons on the flatbed will disappear, though the Freight will remain locked.
  • In the Frank Tenpenny (C.R.A.S.H.) mission Snail Trail, Freights appear as dangerous obstacles heading towards the player as he is following a Brown Streak train to Los Santos. They must be avoided or the player will lose the train and fail the mission.
  • In The Truth's mission Green Goo, the player is required to steal green goo from a Military Freight train. The train itself is much larger than normal trains, and carry large amounts of weapons crates, along with a Rhino. It cannot be stolen, as the doors are locked.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Freight itself is presumably loaded off the Freight Train Station in El Corona north of Unity Station, or at the Sobell Rail Yards.
  • If the faster cars cheat is enabled, the Freight will appear more often.
  • The Freight featured in Green Goo has five flatcars attached to it. This is one of the three times a five car Freight is seen, the others being the opening cut scene and during Snail Trail, though the five flatcars consist does not always appear during this mission. Then, it sometimes comes with only one flatcar during the missions Catalyst and Snail Trail too. All other times, it has the minimum of two and the maximum of four. Also, it comes with two locomotives in the front and the back each with three flatcars between them in the mission Snail Trail.
  • If the locomotive happens to end up in water, it will stay afloat indefinitely, with the sound of the engine audible above and below water. The player can climb atop the unsinkable locomotive as if it were a stationary platform, a testament to the train's indestructibility.
  • If Freight missions are started and then canceled, the train will go into a 3rd person mode for a little bit. This also works with the Brown Streak.
  • The Freight cannot be derailed while it is traveling through a covered and/or straight track, such as a tunnel. Because of this, it is not possible to derail the Freight in San Fierro.
  • The vehicle can be locked on with a Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher or a Hydra, but it will not affect the train either. When the health of a car is drained to zero after firing a certain number of rockets, it cannot be locked on anymore. The same applies to the Brown Streak and the train cars.
  • When in 2-player mode on a console, if both players are in the locomotive, they can both control it. This also applies to the Brown Streak.
  • Saving a derailed Freight in a garage will crash the game when the door is reopened. The same happens with the Brown Streak and the train cars.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • There is a glitch where the player can drive the Freight in 3rd person perspective, as they would a normal vehicle. This can be achieved by making the second player in a 2-player game hijack a Freight, then making player 1 jump on one of the flatcars, and then pressing the 'Select' button as player 2.

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