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For a similar vehicle in GTA San Andreas, see Freight.

The Freight Train[1] is a train in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The locomotive is largely unique in appearance. The main cab, excluding the nose, is based on the spartan cab seen on many older Electro Motive Division road switchers made between the 1960s to 1990s, while the interior is based on the GE AC4400CW. The characteristic sloped nose shape resembles that of an EMD SD20, but exaggerated.

The Freight Train assumes a relatively large design, where the main chassis features large defenses and long couplers on both ends, as well as twin-axle bogies and access steps. 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.

On the front section, the nose features dual stacked circular lights in the center, access steps on the right half of the front, and various handles on top, while the main cab features rectangular windows around and a single access door on the rear-right side of the cab. The section above the center of the cab mounts two signs that read "LS" and "2004", while the center of the roof area mounts dual trumpet horns. On the rear section, the locomotive features various compartments and large vented sections on either side, as well as an unusable ladder on the right-hand side. Large engine cooling fans are seen on top, while a set of access steps can be seen on the rear end.

The cabin has a fully-rendered interior with dedicated seats and control levers, as well as various displays and stickers around. During the mission Derailed, Trevor enters through the rear-right door and knocks the locomotive driver. From there, the player can briefly control the locomotive's speed and horn, while being forced to a first-person view until the player is automatically switched to Michael.

The Freight Train is operated by Go Loco Railroad and thus, it bears the company's logos around it, as well as a The Santos Steamer Valley Line logo on the access door. The vehicle only appears in a rusty/worn appearance and has a single color set; a white primary color for most of the rear area, part of the nose, the side guard rails, part of the front access ladders, and the details on the top of the locomotive, as well as a yellow secondary color for most of the locomotive and the guard rails on both ends. The alternating stripes on the nose and the middle section are a pearlescent color, as well as part of the rear access ladders.

The Freight Train can be seen pulling a variety of rolling stock (between six and eight cars), which are pre-determined and stored in a data file:

Boxcars and tank cars, however, never appear in the same train set.


Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Freight Train, like the freight cars, the Cable Car and the Tram, cannot be destroyed. They will simply push or phase through any obstacle on the tracks, and will resist any explosions. Unlike the Tram, the Freight Train will not stop when the track is obstructed, and can kill any character/NPC instantly when confronting it head-on (with the exception of Trevor with his Special Ability active).

Unlike Grand Theft Auto IV, the player can jump and stand on the train while it is moving, which makes for a great way to lose a wanted level, as the player can usually lose the cops when the train enters a tunnel. Care should be taken when jumping towards the freight cars or the locomotive itself, as the character may fall off the train.

Most trains seen in missions are scripted, and can be blown up and stopped using explosives or a Minigun. This is only possible when there is no driver in the cab, or the driver is killed. This includes the train in the "Runaway Train" Parachute jump, as well as the train which is spawned to hit Trevor when he wakes up on the railroad tracks.

  • It is enough to destroy the locomotive of a scripted train, as it will stop the train and render it useless.
  • Each individual freight car can be blown up with explosives. If freight cars are blown up while the train is moving, they will not detach or stop moving.
  • Trains can not be derailed even when scripted outside of the Derailed mission.

The locomotive does have an engine sound, but it is very quiet and can only be heard when the engine is stopped at Palmer-Taylor Power Station, along with the distinctive brake sound derived from trucks. Technically being a vehicle, it has its own handling line.

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Special Variants

  • A red and black Freight Train with a white pearlescent color appears during the planning work "Schedule" and the finale of The E.C.U Job mission strand. This variant also appears with brake cylinders on either side of each bogie, which the player must destroy during the finale to stop the train and steal the ECUs.
  • A green and black Freight Train with a gray pearlescent color appears in the second map of the Adversary Mode "Double Down".

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online


Adversary Modes



  • The running number "LS2004" can be seen on the side of the locomotive. This is a reference to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which was released in 2004, (the "LS" standing for "Los Santos", one of the cities in GTA San Andreas) which also featured and partly took place in Los Santos.
  • The Freight Train, along with the Cargo Plane and the Jet, is not listed in the BradyGames guide.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • During the mission "Derailed", the driver sits on the right-hand side of the cab. In regular gameplay, the driver sits on the left-hand side.
    • Also, during the train crash cutscene, the engines have exhaust vents on either side of the first cooling fan. However in freemode, the train has no exhaust vents, only the three cooling fans.
  • In GTA Online, the Freight Train will make a stop at the Palmer-Taylor Power Station for a short period of time. 
  • While riding on the Freight Train or any of the train cars, pictures cannot be taken with Snapmatic.
    • There is a trick which allows the player to open Snapmatic while standing on a moving train. Doing so, however, will instantly kill the player.
  • In the enhanced version of GTA Online, the Freight Train can cause a vehicle to explode on impact, instantly killing the player.
  • The "Clickedeclack" sound is also used for Trams, and can be heard coming from The Leviathan from a distance. Clickedeclack is the onomatopoeia for the sound when a train passes rail connections.
  • In the earlier years of GTA Online, it was possible for players to destroy and stop the train by using explosives. This was later patched.
  • Mounted above the left middle window in the interior of the Freight Train is a real-life General Electric 12R Series II locomotive radio, with the GE logo still visible. The microphones of the control stand radios also have the GE logo on them.


  • Sometimes during single player free-roam, the player can "glitch" their 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 also be entered in GTA Online through a glitch. The player must climb on top of the cabin, right above the driver. The player then needs to eat a snack, and while their character is eating it, they need to quickly pause the game until they are sure the snack has been finished. They then need to unpause and the player may now be inside the cab. This does not always work and it may take several attempts.
  • Rarely, a train might spawn in Davis or Rancho without a locomotive. The traincars will slowly start to lose speed, as there is no engine to keep them moving, and they will eventually stop. Other trains will also spawn and will phase through the traincars as if they weren't there. Crossing gates will not react to the train, and AI cars will attempt to drive through it. It is possible that this is the result of a spawn glitch, and it can be observed in both GTA V and GTA Online.
  • After the mission Derailed, the train wreck is blocking the line. If the player jumps and stands on a train and the train is moving towards the wreck, the train would keep moving as if the wreck does not exist (overlaps without collision) while the player gets wasted upon collision with the wreck and respawns at the Bay Care Center.

See Also

  • Freight - GTA San Andreas equivalent.
  • Brown Streak - GTA San Andreas passenger train.
  • Tram - A similar vehicle which also appears in GTA V and GTA Online.


  1. .gxt2 Data: freight has a game name as "FREIGHT", which is "Freight Train" in-game.