Sid Meier's Railroads! marks the return of the watershed title in simulation/strategy gaming that launched the popular "tycoon" genre, and inspired a new generation of games. Sid Meier's Railroads!
User reviews: Mixed (646 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 16, 2006

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Sid Meier's Railroads! marks the return of the watershed title in simulation/strategy gaming that launched the popular "tycoon" genre, and inspired a new generation of games. Sid Meier's Railroads! comes home to its original creator, the legendary Sid Meier, who, together with his team at Firaxis Games, will take this game to a whole new level of fun!

The greatest railroad building game of all time is back in a vibrant 3D world delivering a streamlined interface and unmatched gameplay, that's easy to learn yet challenging to master. Creators of the world's best strategy game, Civilization IV, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games put you in charge of building the greatest rail empire in the nation - managing trains, cargo and your bottom line - while engaging in all-out corporate warfare against rival tycoons, slick entrepreneurs, and robber barons!

*Multiplayer available in LAN mode only.

System Requirements

    Minimum
    Windows 2000, Windows XP
    1.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
    512 MB RAM
    64 MB Video card with hardware pixel and vertex shaders (GeForce 3, Radeon 8500 or better)
    DirectX 7 compatible sound card
    1.7 GB of free disc drive space
    Recommended
    Windows 2000, Windows XP
    2.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent (or better)
    1GB RAM
    128MB videocard with pixel shader 2.0 support (Radeon x800, GeForce 6800)
    DirectX 7 compatible sound card
    1.7 GB of free disc drive space
Helpful customer reviews
84 of 86 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Sid Meier's Railroads! is the first train tycoon game I've ever played. I don't know why; tycoon games are one of my favorite subgenres of simulation games, and I love any games having to do with transportation of any type, from cars to ships to farming equipment. In saying that, know that this review is from someone who loves the genre and trains despite being relatively new to the railroad management subset.

Sid Meier's Railroads! is a game that kept pleasantly surprising me. I went into this game figuring I would be building trains and connecting the tracks to various destinations. I hadn't known it would be this in depth, and yet so easy to learn. The game and its userface is extremely user friendly, and it has a short tutorial to teach you the basics. Everything else is figured out by playing scenarios. Since I was brand new to this type of game, I began by selecting a multiplayer map but electing to play first on my own so I could figure things out. That's when I realized that even when not playing competitively, this game is a ton of fun.

You start out by having a city with a small track already built that you can build off of (also, all maps can be randomized, so playing through on the same maps over and over again is different every time). You need to then decide where to go from there. Different cities request different products, and you can deliver it to them from either suppliers or other cities. This gets to be a little more in depth because you can end up having a multiple step process to have one train deliver products to various cities (for example, Train A can be set up to pick up corn from a farm supplier, deliver it to City A, City A will then convert corn to food, Train A will take food to City B, etc.). You can also have trains deliver passengers and mail from city to city. Over the course of history, trains are unlocked that have better performance. It's extraordinarily simple to upgrade these trains to better trains that have been unlocked, and all without hindering its route.

This is essentially the type of gameplay you can expect. To make things more interesting, however, depending on what cities and products you decide to utilize, cities and suppliers will grow to supply your demand and vice versa. By growing, suppliers can supply more resources and more quickly, while cities may be able to hold stock of more resources while space opens up where you can build your own industries. Cities will also request supplies from time to time, offering a cash reward for a certain product. These are some of the reasons that playing a fairly long game refrains from being boring; options are constantly opening up for you.

Competitive mode with the AI is also fun, though I prefer the single player building aspect better myself. With the AI, they will do all the things you do, building tracks, causing cities and suppliers to grow, etc. The difference here is that you are obviously competing for the goal you have set, while also having the option to buy stock in your competitors and eventually merge or liquidate their company by completely buying them out--provided you have enough money.

While this game has been a blast (it makes me regret not trying a railroad management game before this), it does have its problems. On modern systems (I have Windows 7 64bit, for example) the game begins to crash once a good amount of railroads and trains have been built. The game is set by default to restrict itself to using only 1 GB of RAM, and once you've been in a game for a half hour or so, it will surpass this and begin crashing to the desktop. HOWEVER, there are fixes for this (see the community forums). I downloaded a .exe file from http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Sid_Meier%27s_Railroads! that fixed everything, and haven't had a crash since. Also, the game is set by default to autosave, which saves your game every 60 seconds. Needless to say, even when it was crashing, I'd simply start it right back up and be just seconds away from where I was.

In summary, this game is an amazing game that I would recommend to anyone, particularly simulation, tycoon, and management fans. I haven't been so instantly engrossed in a game in quite some time. I'm so happy I found this!
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62 of 65 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Excelent game! Time just flies playing it. It's simple, fun and insures hours of gameplay. Theres also several different scenarios with different challenges to try and complete.

One thing must be noted however, if there is too many train tracks/trains/stations out in the world, the game is going to crash to desktop since it only supports upto 2gb memory no matter how much memory is installed on your system.

There is a simple fix for this however, download the Sid Meiers Railroads 3GBEnabler and follow the instructions. It removes the 2gb limit and my game hasn't crashed once since.

Definitely recommend the game after the crash fix is applied. 9/10
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179 of 247 people (72%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
!! The product description should contain a warning that it's not compatible with 64-bit Windows versions !!

This game CRASHES FREQUENTLY when running on Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit) and the same happens on my portable PC running on Win 8 64-bit.
I've played it for ~10 hours and the game has stopped working about 15 times...

(I've not tested it on 32-bit Win so I don't know if the game works satisfying on other OS versions)

I'm glad I only paid 2,49 EUR when it was on sale in the Steam-store.
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108 of 157 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
I built a line delivering cows, then JP Morgan bought out my company and made me homeless.

10/10 Best capitalism simulator
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38 of 47 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
162.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Am I allowed to question my sanity for having 162.9 hours in this game?
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Just make sure to get the 3GB modification file , helps to keep it from crashing. Search in Forums to find it.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
I've been playing Railroad Tycoon series since the first edition, yeah... that old one that looked like Civ I...
This edition has pretty nice graphics.
Very Easy to play.
In less then a month I've manage to win in all levels.
So if you're looking for a complex Railroad game, this is not for you.
But if you have little time to spend playing games, I'd recomend this one. You can play the whole game in less then 1 hour. And still have a good amount of fun.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Sid Meier's Crash-to-Desktop-Every-3-Minutes Simulator!

edit: there IS a third-party patch to fix this issue. I give the patch my wholehearted recommendations. I can not, however, recommend a game that is dependent on a third-party patch to work.
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26 of 40 people (65%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This game is fun, especially with kids.

Unfortunately, it is absolutely ruined by the instablity in late-game when the system of bridges/tunnels/tracks gets more complex. The game runs track layout simulations in real time to indicate what the completed track would look like and cost, and that's usually when the crashes happen. It is absolutely game-breaking.

Do not buy this game until they fix the instability.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
This game is very addictive. You choose historical locations and play through time periods. The achievements in the game match the historical development of the region as technology progressed as those countries grew. You build a railroad empire by connecting raw materials with prodution facilities and then spreading finished goods and passengers. The more businesses you own that produce finished goods the more money you make. The graphics are really good, its an old game and it still looks good. The terrain features and plotting of railroads work very well.

Throughout a game, you upgrade your trains and stations to keep in line with technology and to control maintenance costs. You have stock in your own company to sell at first, but you have to buy it back or someone might buy you out of the game. You can also purchase other players stock. This can be a good investment stragegy as you can sell high, but a major goal of the game is to buy out all your competitors. The music is very amusing. You feel like you are gold digging in the Old West. There are several included historical regions that range form Southwest and Northeast United States to Germany/France and England. You can also generate maps based on certain scripts, such as no hills or mountains. There is a multiplayer but I don't think it is used much.

Definitely a good game. The songs get stuck in your head.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Um, yeah... This game is like most Sid Meier games. You will lose days to it without even noticing. I was not prepared to enjoy transportation this much. Get it.

Side note: Make sure you mod it to allow full use of your computer's RAM. The game will crash frequently until you fix this quirk.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
had an old cd version of the game and thought hey lets buy it on steam then i can play multiplayer... multiplayer doesnt work! im think steam should advertise the fact that the multiplayer option on some old games will no longer work even on the steam platform. the game is still great, i wish it could be a little more complicated but overall a good game, please steam sort out multiplayer.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Love this game, but you will need the patch or it will crash constantly on any decent graphics card.

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25 of 45 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Hi;
the game always crash after 4-10 min !! it is hang first then most of time there is no response
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Nice though overly simplified in many cases. Also the inability to speed up things is frustrating at times when you're just waiting for the money coming in.

The big but with this one is huge crash issues (at least with W7 64-bit). There are several possible solutions provided, but none of them is official and none worked for me. At times it plays for couple of hours before crashing which is fine considering it is very snappy to restart, but the times when it starts crashing constantly within one minute it just becomes unplayable. Got it as a part of a bundle so no great loss, but would be extremely disappointed if I had bought it separately.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
The Game is fun.
But it crashes a lot, as soon as the complexity of the tracks is too high.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Just get OpenTTD instead
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Like the game, But crashes all the time so cant play a full game.
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28 of 52 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Don't buy it if you have windows 7. Unable to play at all.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
570.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
If you really, really dislike someone, give them a copy of this game." by: pfk3
I have edited my review here that I previously submitted on ebay 01-25-15 (by catwacker) where I had bought a new sealed copy of this game to compare or possibly replace the download from Steam that CRASHES, CRASHES, CRASHES constantly!
No change in performance from the downloaded game to the newly purchased game.
I've tried this on 2 different PCs running Windows XP Pro, 3.0 GHz Hyper-Threaded CPU, 4 GB DDR RAM, 256 MB nVidia FX5500 Vid card and on a Dell Inspiron 1521 laptop running Vista Home Premium, Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core TK-55 1.80 GHz CPU, 4 GB DDR2 PC-6400 RAM, ATI Radeon X1270 Video Adapter/ 192 MB Shared base Video Memory. (dxdiag Display tab says 1662 MB approx. Total Memory.)
Never having experienced the crashing issue on such a grand scale with any other game that requires only a 1.4 GHz CPU, and 64 MB video memory + 9.0 DirectX, I would have to say THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE GAME and is NOT Steam's fault.
Read on:

Sid Meier's RAILROADS game has more crashes than all the world's real railroads combined. Problems with the game are well known and detailed in many places on the internet. The game suffers from not being able to use enough memory to run it.
Fixes/ patches that are supposed to rectify the problem in many cases only seem to make it worse.
Within the gameplay there will be MANY times while laying new track that existing track will disappear, and you will see your trains running on dirt. That isn't so bad except that if you wish to continue laying track to connect to existing rails in an area that has multiple lines running in a congested area, it makes it difficult to be sure you are connecting to the set of rails intended. As the game graphics become even more overloaded, (and they WILL), you will find that the terrain map will become "layered" or "jumbled", blocking the view of the actual terrain beneath it. Areas of water will appear where there should be none, further obliterating the view. Entire cities buildings will disappear, leaving only the train station visible. You CAN do a game save, escape to the desktop, and restart the game, and USUALLY most everything will be back to normal, but NOT always. Furthermore, as soon as you start laying new track again, there go the old tracks and it starts all over.
Not all scenarios cause these effects on the same plane.
The desert Mesa games seem to be the worst. Too bad. A fun game when it works right, which is not too often.
One more note: When the game reaches the year 2070, it comes to a screeching halt, and if you were playing a glitch-free episode and having fun, well..... yer fun ends bud. Oh, and did I mention the out and out and unexpected game crashes when you, as the player are sitting back just watching the action, and did NOTHING to cause them? 1 Star Rating because this was poorly developed and after 7+ years you'd think new patches would've been issued to finally fix this wreck.
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