Last Edited: October 31, 2018 at 7:16 PM
Red Dead Redemption 2 train robberies are a decently profitable way to make money in Red Dead 2. They are not specific activities that must be “started,” rather they can be undertaken at any time.
There is no real structure to robbing a train in RDR2, but there are definitely a few things you should know before attempting a train heist.
How to Find a Train
The most obvious solution to the problem of “there’s no trains around to rob” is to hop on your horse and follow the tracks until you find a train.
However, the easiest way to find a passenger train – which will give you the best rewards since the passengers all carry money and valuables – is to take a train yourself and then rob it once it pulls away from the station.
How to Get On Board
To board a train, you can either ride alongside it and jump from your horse – which, while looking cool as hell will almost assuredly get you noticed – or you can hop on from the side of the tracks (this works best on cargo trains with empty platform cars).
If you’re spotted on board a train you’re not supposed to be on, the train’s guards will open fire at you.
Bridges Are Your Best Friend
When you’re looking to rob a train, you’ll want to try to bring it to a stop while it’s on a long bridge spanning river or chasm.
This will prevent any lawmen who show up (which they will) from being able to easily board the train while you’re pillaging it, and make it much harder for any would-be escaping passengers to get away without you noticing.
When you’re robbing a train, you’ll be able to find at least one or two safes on board, usually in car that transports mail and packages. Use dynamite to explode open the safe – don’t just throw dynamite near the safe, you can plant Dynamite on surfaces by pressing R2 while next to it, then press triangle to light the fuse and run like hell! See How to Rob a Safe for more.
The next best source of cash on a passenger train is – you guessed it – the passengers. You’ll need to interact and rob each one individually, but they’re almost always ready and willing to trade you their valuables for their lives. In the event that someone doesn’t want to ante up, a quick smack to the side of the head should get them in a more giving mood.
There are also various cabinets and chests that will contain various useful items and a few money clips or stacks of cash.
The second your train heist attracts any attention, you’ll have a sizeable bounty placed on your head. Your best bet to escape the law is to get on your horse and outrun them, but you can also drive the train down the track aways to try and get a head start.
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