On random days between 9am and 6pm, a train can pass through the area. If the player is outdoors, a message will pop up saying "A train is passing through Stardew Valley" accompanied by a train whistle sound.
While the train cars pass by, items such as Stone, Coal, Iron Ore, Wood and Geodes may fall off and be acquired. This requires the player actually to be present as the train passes. A player who stands in front of the train as it approaches or attacks the train with a sword suffers minor damage and is knocked back. The train will pass by and drop items even if the game is paused.
In Winter, the train will only pull carts full of presents and will not drop anything. However, if the train comes after the 25th of Winter, the player will be able to collect fallen items as usual.
There are several different types of trains that can pass by. The most common type of train has cars containing various resources, such as wood, stone, or coal. It may also have a passenger car or have cars with graffiti on the sides.
Other train occurrences can include...
- A dark grey train with Joja logos on the side of its cars.
- A passenger train comprised of only passenger cars.
- A normal resource train that moves at twice the speed of other trains.
- A blue train that moves at twice the speed of other trains and has barred windows.
- A red train with cars containing presents, but only in the Winter.
The Train Platform is located north of the tracks. The player can find an empty box there, which is used for the quest "The Mysterious Qi".
Harvey's ten Heart Event also takes place here.
There's a passage to the Witch's Swamp through the cave north east of the train platform. This cave will be unlocked by completing a series of quests given by the Wizard. A cutscene initiating the quests will start when the player first enters the Railroad area after completing either the Community Center bundles or Joja Warehouse checklist.
After completing these quests players can use the cave to travel to the Witch's Swamp at anytime.