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...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (99 reviews)
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.
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Works on Win 8.1, follow this thread http://steamcommunity.com/app/7610/discussions/0/846944689739633056/.

One of my favourite tycoon games.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
486.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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/captial, 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
392.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
my only regret is not getting it sooner.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
348.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
BEST GAME EVARRRR
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
This game is excellent. I put off buying it for a long time due to the warning about compatibility but it runs just fine on my Windows7 laptop and I'm delighted as it's a chance to get back to tycooning those railroads. As I did so happily for countless hours a few years ago.

There is something inherently satisfying about getting this game right and watching your trains speed around earning you money. The graphics are a little dated now but it's still decent looking and a joy to play.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
-work with windows 7 and 8 now
-more complicated but more easy to run the company than RRT2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Great game! It's more of an economic simulation that has rail in it, and I think the detailed economy is what makes it so appealing to many. Most often you can play without bothering about the economic stuffs, but it's what gives it it's depth.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
very fun and addictive the only problems is if you want addon content the only place is hawk and badger and they dont just give away accounts. other than that the game is awesome and very addictive
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
very in depth market system. more of an economy sim than a tycoon game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 25
it doesn't work......
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
I would be suprised if there is even a better train based game today.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Surprisingly fun and goes VERY in depth with economics.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Game dosent work
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78 of 82 people (95%) found this review helpful
39.9 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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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
151.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
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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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
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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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
yes and the window7/vista fix is working on my windows/64bit pc
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
64.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
play all the time on my windows 8.1.
just load and play
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Great game although i wish it was still updated. Hopefully a Railroad Tycoon 4 will be made - 9/10
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