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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Mixed (21 reviews) - 66% of the 21 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (267 reviews) - 71% of the 267 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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1.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
One of the most awesome Simulation games ever and the best train game ever
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26.9 hrs
Posted: August 23
My steam time doesn't properly represent how many thousands of hours I have enjoyed with this game. I remember playing this as far back as when I was six and how much fun I had with it even before I could read properly. I'm 17 now and every time I look at this game in my library I brings back great memories and the fun times I had with this masterpiece and as obsolete as this game is I simply cant give it a down vote. I cant even play it anymore since it doesn't operate on windows 8 which is unfortunate because in my opinion it is still the best train management game in existence.

If you live in the stone ages and still have windows xp of vista then get this game, it won't disappoint. but if you don't and are not tek-savoy then don't get this game or it will frustrate you for many hours in you futile attempt to get it working again

I love this game probably more then anything else in my library and it saddens me that I can no longer play it because it was a great game.
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Little Phoneix
46.9 hrs
Posted: August 20
Compared to the broken mess that was no.2 in this franchise, this game is a lotmore balanced. Perhaps a little too well. So its really easy to play this game compared to past games, you can lin town to town and haul goods that way with little consquenes from the word get go. masterful players will take working things better.

The game also likes to push mail and passengers... Don't fall for it. Their not as profitable a they seem until a town/city reahes a certain size. Some goods are far more profitable.

Overall, this is the better of the two games and I reommend it over no.2.... And I like it. I can't really say much else of the game. If you liked transport tycoon, this is the best of that game... Just limited to railroads.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: August 13
I don't see what other users are having issues with windows 10 for this game. I'm running windows 10 on a reasonably new computer and this game is running perfectly fine on it.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 11
this game never loads, i always get that message saying "railroad tycoon has stoped working". so dont waist your money
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9.7 hrs
Posted: August 10
Classic game. Ridiculously outdated graphics, steep learning curve, tedious, repeatative gameplay, you'll probably need to apply a patch fix to play it... but I still love it. If you like management sims and toy trains, this game is still as much fun as ever.
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major mike
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 9
wont run on 10
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49.5 hrs
Posted: August 6
I have no idea how many hours of my life have been spent playing this game, and at this point I'm too afraid to ask. Each game is different and there's no one real answer to complete every mission or scenario. I only wish there were more scenarios because after a decade of playing, they start getting a little old. Doesn't stop me from playing another game every once in a while though.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: August 6
Playing railroads 3 on wins7 64bit and 660gtx nvidia, and the game runs perfectly, with no third party manipulations or changes to the program itself, or any files. Have not checked why others have win7 problem. Game has not crashed.
Played for two days straight, work prevented a third straight run.
Game is addictive and surprisingly fun. Well worth playing if you have an interest in tycoon games.
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16.8 hrs
Posted: August 3
I love it!

It has this typical tycoon game feeling to it.
A simplified, but logical economy, competition with other companies, and features outside of building rails and buying tracks, make the game quite entertaining.

On the other side there's a technical problem.
Because of it's age (13 years) it's very unstable on Windows Vista and upwards.
i.e. it crashes pretty often, mostly at the start.

Nevertheless it's a great game.
*Thumb up*
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
My favorite Tycoon game.

Note: If you're on a modern Windows OS, you'll have to fix the game's config in order to play (or else it will crash). The discussion board has details.
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122 of 131 people (93%) found this review helpful
44.4 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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76 of 78 people (97%) 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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64 of 68 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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38 of 39 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
61.4 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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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
137.7 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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25 of 26 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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21 of 22 people (95%) 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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56 of 84 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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