The El Train is a metro train wagon. It can only drive on tracks and can only be controlled by the game AI. The player can not pilot the El Train in any Saints Row game. It features an interior common for short distance travel with only seats and no beds.
Each driving train comes in 4 sections which can be targeted separately with the Annihilator RPG. Each part can be destroyed and doing so will result in it falling off the tracks and a high police Notoriety. It is possible to destroy a rear train car and leave the front parts working on the tracks.
In Saints Row, The Protagonist can enter a train as a passenger at a Stilwater Transit station and travel to any other station in Stilwater. As with traveling by Taxi, the journey cannot be watched, the screen will black out for a few seconds and the player will be warped to the destination.
Getting on top of an El Train to hitch a ride is also possible. First climbing on top of a tall vehicle, parked next to the track at the the Downtown station works best for this.
The El Train has opaque windows. Blowing the train up results in the windows and doors falling off, exposing the interior.
The El Train does not appear in Saints Row: The Third. Static train models can be found on the train tracks downtown. There are only two of them however and they do not run at all. They seem to have crashed/broken down on the tracks.
These trains look like El Trains from previous games but are covered in graffiti. A good way to find these two trains is to either run on the train tracks downtown, or fly a helicopter over them.
When standing under the track, rail sounds are heard above, indicating moving El Trains were planned, but not included in the game.
In the cutscene of Waste Not Want Not exist a variant of the El Train, which is large and different to the normal version.
The trains are based on Chicago's "L" Trains, however, as pointed out in Waste Not Want Not, the door chime is from New York City.
In a powerful vehicle traveling at high speed, it is possible to knock the train off the tracks.
There is a glitch where the trains will stop entirely when going over a dip, as the wheels remain hovering over the track, rendering the trains unable to move.
There are several points where trees were put too close to the tracks and intersect through them. If viewed for long enough a train will eventually come down the line and, upon meeting the tree, will derail.
In Saints Row 2 it is possible to push the train backwards without derailing, but you need a heavy vehicle such as the Peterliner. However, eventually the train will fully stop, but the process can be repeated if you hurry before it moves forward.