Railroad Tycoon 3 features 25 scenarios challenging players to recreate magnificent feats of railroading history from around the world. Players can lay track (including tunnels and overpasses), pick from over 40 locomotives from early steams to modern bullets, choose to haul over 35 types of cargo in a dynamic economy, and participate in...
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Release Date: Oct 23, 2003

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Railroad Tycoon 3 features 25 scenarios challenging players to recreate magnificent feats of railroading history from around the world. Players can lay track (including tunnels and overpasses), pick from over 40 locomotives from early steams to modern bullets, choose to haul over 35 types of cargo in a dynamic economy, and participate in an advanced stock market.
The new 3-D engine takes the franchise to the next level, allowing smooth scaling from an 'eye in the sky' view of an entire continent down to super detailed close-up of a beautifully modeled train, building, or just the landscape.
Railroad Tycoon 3 also includes more multiplayer support than its predecessor, integrating an on-line chat and matchmaking service. To top everything off, the game's soundtrack features another installment of some of the best authentic blues, bluegrass, and Americana music around.

Multiplayer available in LAN mode only.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP (only), 400 mhz, 128 MB RAM, 1.2 GB Free Disk Space, 16 MB 3D Video Card, mouse, and keyboard, DirectX compatible sound card with speakers/headphones recommended.
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2 of 12 people (17%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Game crashes immediately after intro movie ends. Why sell a game that doesn't work? Windows 10.
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128 of 137 people (93%) found this review helpful
46.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
The system requirements of this game confuse me. It says that it will not run on Windows Vista or Windows 7, but it's running fine for me on Windows 7 and I didn't have to do anything to make it work. I simply installed it and it worked. Now, to the game. I really enjoyed playing Railroad Tycoon 3, being my first Railroad Tycoon game on PC (after having played Railroad Tycoon 2 on the PlayStation 2) and in my opinion, it is a much better and simpler game to play than its predecessors
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83 of 85 people (98%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Works on Win 8.1, follow this thread http://steamcommunity.com/app/7610/discussions/0/846944689739633056/.

Works on Win 10 follow this thread
https://steamcommunity.com/app/7610/discussions/0/535152511341175723/ Post #12: http://hawkdawg.com/rrt/rrt3/Xtras/ < here you can find the cfg file which you put in
...\steamapps\common\Railroad Tycoon 3\Data\Configuration

One of my favourite tycoon games.
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66 of 70 people (94%) found this review helpful
157.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
Ah Railroad Tycoon 3, my childhood. Before I go any further, the game WILL work on Vista and Windows 7. Go to http://hawkdawg.com/ to find patches for blurry textures and the Vista fix.

Railroad Tycoon 3 is the third installment of the Railroad Tycoon series. Developed by PopTop Software and The Gathering of Developers, Railroad Tycoon 3 introduces the 3D engine to the Railroad Tycoon series. Railroad Tycoon 3 has three main game modes. Campaign, Sandbox, and Scenarios. If you want to play a challenging campaign mode, you have it, or if you just want to go and lay some track, you can do that too. In campaign mode, there are three difficulties; Easy, Medium, and Hard. You can choose between 25 different games to choose from, and can go from left to right, or start at the hardest one. In scenario mode, you play against a computer player on a selected map, and race to be the highest company to win. In sandbox mode, you pick a map and time period, and then go have fun!

If you feel like you want to develop for the game, you can create skins and maps too. Railroad Tycoon 3 introduces a new map editor, making it easy to create maps. Unfortunately, it has a few issues, but I will talk about those later. Inside the map editor, you can import grey-scaled maps defining the height of a map, and add trees, rivers, oceans, and many more!~
Probably the best thing about this game is the community support. Railroad Tycoon 3 has a huge community, primarily the one at hawkdawg.com. There you can find unofficial patches, maps, trains, and other things to enhance your Railroad Tycoon 3 experience. Sign-up there today!

Overall, Railroad Tycoon 3 is amazing. The game is far superior to it’s successor Sid Meier’s Railroads, and some may argue that it’s predecessor Railroad Tycoon II, is better. All three games can be purchased in the Railroad Tycoon bundle, which is an amazing price for what you get. If you wait for a Steam sale, you get an incredible deal.
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39 of 40 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
62.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Having spent a long time playing this as a kid it was nice to see RRT3 available on Steam. For me the game ran on Windows 7 without any problems whatsoever.

While understandably the graphics feel slightly dated, the gameplay has really not aged at all. It does a superb job at modelling Railroad construction with plenty of Locomotives from the very begining, all the way up to the modern, high-perfomance machines.

Apart from that it also has an excellent virtual economy where it really does pay to plan ahead. If you want to build cars for instance you need steel and tires. Steel gets produced seperately combining ore and coal, whereas the tires obviously need rubber.

RRT3 is about as in depth as any mainstream tycoon gets, even compared to modern games. Sure if you like micro management you'll find games that will challenge you more, but a game thats over 10 years old, it easily pulls its weight. Its also a lot better than Sid Meiers Railroads.
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
140.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2014
Railroad Tycoon 3 was my favorite game back when I was younger (Besides Battle for Bikini Bottom), but does it still hold up for 10 years? For themost part, yes!

Railroad Tycoon 3's graphics where great in its day, the soundtrack is good to listen to and tons of interesting scenarios, and for the most part, historically correct! It has has an editor to create new maps, and a decent multiplayer. The champaign is interesting, and hundreds of locomotives and a selection of industries.

However, the soundtrack is mostly bluegrass music and doesn't make sence (Example: There is a scenario based in Japan, and you hear Kentucky Bluegrass instrumentals). The graphics are a little dated and the AI is can be a total ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ at times no matter the difficulty.

This game is like an old box of Twinkies, it's a bit aged and seen better days but the inside is great and filled with absoulute win. The game still hold up after 10 years and is still a good game that can hold my attention. I recommend getting this game. It serves as an awesome tycoon game, and is up there with The Movies and Game Dev Tycoon.
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
Still one of the best business simulations ever made! Complex economic model with a simple interface makes for exciting and fast paced games.

Works great on Windows 8.1 using a modified engine.cfg file which can be found online to disable Hardware T&L!
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
130.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
Best business simulation ever invented. Blows the other tycoon games away. Runs perfectly on my Windows 10 gaming machine with no extra mods (not even compatibility mode). Steam version also includes Coast to Coast expansion.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
487.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Simply awesome. I've been playing this since it was first released so many years ago. If you can't get it to work on Windows 8, then do some Googling and figure it out. I think I ended up replacing the .exe file with something from somewhere! All available through my friend, Google.

For running a business, buying/selling stocks, investing in industry (and then feeding that industry), and considering business aspects of bonds, debt/capital, upgrading locomotives, electrifying rail, and so many other things, this game captures it all very well. I simply wish there was a bigger, newer version by the same developers. All newer games just can't capture the business side (with ease of UI) in addition to the rail building side of this game.

The newer "Railroads" was good but not great like this game. The expansive maps of this game take it to another level. Having millions of dollars moving around the map by multiple players is incredible...and oh, yes, there is multiplayer. Not supported any more but on my LAN, my kids are learning business decisions and rail management at an early age. All with me pushing them from my PC. What a joy! Cheers... (Back in the day: 9/10. Today: 7.5/10)
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57 of 85 people (67%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Don't get me wrong, I love this game. However this is another case of steam selling you something knowing full well it won't run "out the box." Users of modern systems will almost certainly need to download a modded config file just to run, and even then expect frequent crashes.
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40.5 hrs
Posted: October 22
It runs well on my windows 10 machine right out of the box and its a blast to play.
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Mark's Lappy
0.6 hrs
Posted: October 17
I can confirm that this game work on Windows 7 on 64bit with no issues at all. I love this game and can keep on playing again and again...whislt never getting bored. 10/10 without a doubt, I am hoping they will make a number four but this will do :)

High Recommended to all
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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 2
Loved this game as a kid. Still love this game as a man-kid.
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7.0 hrs
Posted: September 30
I used to play this a lot back in the day. I'm glad I found it on steam!
This is one of those titels you say "5 more minutes" and when you look up it's already the next day.
graphics are... well good for a game this old, but it's not about the graphics! IT'S THE GAMEPLAY! This game has something most new "tycoon" games don't have, a deep economy. That's something I miss in most recent games of the same "genre". They haven't got the apeal or the dept this game has.

still hoping for that good old car tycoon game to re-release someday :) make it happen steam/gabe/modders/whoever reads this!

Works great on w10, no problems for me :)
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144.2 hrs
Posted: September 28
Top notch.

Game can be slow, but you choose the speed of the game. Basically, it's about making money.

AI is not rigorous, but most of the time you are competing against scenario goals and not the AI, per se.

Graphics, interface, videos, music, gameplay all very good. Very stable.

Enjoyment largely dependent on the quality of the scenario played, and how much you like watching trains run around.
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95.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
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low midnight
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 23
I have been playing this for a while and I am very amazed at the amount of thought put into this game in the financial department.

Other than just being a great Railroad Tycoon game, this game has a lot to do with Stocks and Bonds (finance things). So other than just building your Railroad empire and sitting around, there is a lot of things to do with the stock market including buying various stocks from other companies and dealing with your own stocks as well.

Definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking forward to a soild Railroad Tycoon game that was a well built finance sim in it too. 8/10
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72.5 hrs
Posted: September 19
sandbox doesnt show revenue or create any sort or customization. still a good game though
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223.3 hrs
Posted: September 8
Railroad Tycoon 3 is an excellent railroading business sim that has rock-solid gameplay and aging 3D graphics. This is a classic game that could have easily been a game-of-the-year candidate at the time had the designers not made a few flawed decisions. That said I find myself actually enjoying it more than Railroad Tycoon 2 because it corrects some of its predecessor's mistakes and is without doubt one of the best business simulations ever made.

Major improvements
Some features the designers added were sorely missing in its predecessor. You can now mass replace locomotives via a set of conditions or just replace one. This is a huge time and hassle saver versus RRT2 when you're dealing with hundreds of trains. The game adds a critical "un-do" button to track-laying, saving you from mistakes that would have ruined a game in RRT2. It also lets you build overpasses and tunnels, both of which were sorely missing in its predecessor. The only aggravation with track-laying is it is sometimes awkward to place tracks and it's far harder to lay parallel tracks like you could in its predecessor. The game also does a far better job with running your rail empire by automatically prioritizing which trains stop and which proceed by whichever has the higher value cargo, negating the need to micro-manage train priorities for hundreds of trains. Thanks to this feature along with the addition of larger maps, trains, tunnels, overpasses and easy mass locomotive replacement, you don't have to micromange to build larger rail empires with far less congestion. However if you do want to micro-manage, this is made easier by the much-improved record-keeping this game offers.

Railroad Tycoon 3's biggest improvement is its economics system. Passenger and freight revenue is no longer driven by distance but by the laws of supply and demand, which makes success in this game harder but more satisfying. No longer can you have all of the passengers picked up in New York City sent to to Chicago for fortunes. Instead only a portion of the passengers will want to travel there, and prices they are willing to pay will vary with demand and your supply of trains. Initial success instead depends on building a hub-and-spoke network of rails and building from there. Being able to build industry instead of just buying it also makes that part of the game more rewarding. Like in RRT2, you can play in the stock market as an individual or both the stock market and bond market as your railroad company. One fun aspect to this game is you sometimes don't even have to build a train empire to make money.

Mixed Changes
Managing carloads is an area where the game both improves and regresses at the same time. This game's carload management system will automatically select the most profitable carloads to haul, which cuts a lot of micro-management. You can set it to haul both freight and passengers/mail, freight only or passengers/mail only, or even set it to haul specific carloads. However when setting up a multi-city route, you can't keep a load on the train until there's demand at a stop for it like in its predecessor. Nor can you haul unprofitable loads to a station and store them them until another train comes along. However the system will no longer haul empty carloads--instead the worst that will happen is you'll haul a half carload of passengers or freight when demand is low. Given its improvements and regressions it's debatable as to whether RRT3 or RRT2 has the better system for managing cargo and routing.

The AI in this game are somehow less competent at running a train network than in its predecessor. The only things the AI are good at is playing the stock market and buying industry. One thing this game is sorely lacking are the managers from RRT2, whose selection could make or break rail empires based on their positive and negative attributes. You can also no longer build additional properties at your stations like roundhouses and hotels. This is most annoying at major hubs, where train loading and unloading can no longer be sped up by building telegraph or telephone lines. The game designers also made the decision to require trains to stop for maintenance as well as water/sand at 2 different buildings on the track, which while partially adding accuracy (for steam engines) also adds a lot of unnecessary congestion. Although almost any system can handle this game with ease now, that's only when your rail empire has only a couple hundred locomotives running. Be warned that building a rail empire with 500+ locomotives will slow lesser systems down to a crawl with this game!

I absolutely recommend this classic game to anyone who enjoys business sims or other Railroad Tycoon games despite a few blemishes. If however you're looking for a simplistic train game, you're likely better off playing Railroad Tycoon 2.
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