|For the myth in GTA Vice City, see Trains (GTA Vice City).|
|For the myth in GTA San Andreas, see Ghost Train (GTA San Andreas).|
In Grand Theft Auto V, there have been numerous reports that players have seen train cars hitched together and rolling across the tracks with no engine car. This rare glitch can be witnessed in both GTA V and GTA Online, and there is a lot of proof in its favor. The train cars may spawn, sometimes in groups of 3 to 5, and they will be rolling at a steady rate and will gradually slow down and come to a stop after a while. The player is able to climb on top of these cars and inspect them normally. There is nothing out of the ordinary about these train cars, other than the fact that they spawn moving without any engine car powering them. This is an extremely peculiar glitch, and there are many online photos and videos showing this glitch occurring.
The player is not able to speed up the train cars, nor slow them down, by using any other vehicle to push them.
If the "ghost" train cars come to a complete stop, sometimes another moving train will come from behind on the same track. When this happens, this train can be witnessed going through the "ghost" train cars, as if they were not there. This is not a glitch, and it was possibly implemented on purpose by game developers. Since trains are completely unstoppable and invincible, having two trains somehow colliding on the same track could possibly crash the game, so game developers made trains non-solid when they touch each other.
It is possible that the ghost train is simply the result of a spawn glitch, where the game spawns train cars but not the train's engine car. The reason the train cars are moving by themselves could be because whenever the game spawns trains, they are spawned already moving, regardless of whether or not an engine car is powering them. This phenomenon can be seen much more frequently in GTA Online, where overcrowded servers may be a primary factor in this bizarre spawn glitch. It is also possible that they were just detached from the engine off-screen.