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 (10 reviews) - 40% of the 10 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (238 reviews) - 72% of the 238 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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Creepernator
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Railroad Tycoon 3 is a fantastic game! I used to play this a lot on my dad's computer when I was younger! It's not just about the Trains, It's mainly about the economics. It's so much fun to create and operate your old Railroad! The graphics still look fantastic even today! This game requires patience, and strategy. The gameplay is great! Full Thumbs Up! Totally Reccomended!
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BNR32FAN
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
crashes before i can do anything at all. im running win 10. just making a request for a refund is being a huge challenge. i can do everything i need to do on steam from here except get my money back for a game that doesnt work!!! why the hoops steam?!! cant log into the support with my login so i request my login info and they sent me a code but where the hell do i put the code in? how about a link with the email?!!! and on top of that i have to open the stupid game repeatedly just to get 5 minutes of playtime before i can give a review saying it doesnt work!!! STUPID!!!!
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alan
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I love this game, It's boots up really well and i can play LAN games with family and friends. I did hear that the game does crash for people. The only reason that it doesn't crash for me is because i exported some of the game data from a different CD rom with the option the crashes the game defaulted to OFF and not ON.
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Dextrain
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
This game will not run at all. It keeps crashing. Play Railroad Tycoon 2 or sid meiers railroads if you want to play a game similar to this one.
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James West
( 34.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Best railroad tycoon you can get. I got it when it first came out and just got it on steam because my old version doesn't want to work any more.

Pros: Great music, beautiful landscapes, and lots of trains. It's even better with the extension and when you mod it adding even more trains and cars.

Cons: you do have to get a file to make it work with newer computers. Also you will grow old and grey playing it and one day ask yourself... where did I get this conductors hat?
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bike_spoke
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I'm really disapointed Steam sold me this game witch needs a patch to run. It is 2016 not 1996. Steam does not support or has no way of asking for Steam support.
Game does not run on win10
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MeHeneghan
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
A total classic!

Pros:
Amazing economy design
you can make ridiculous high-speed railroads in sandbox
amazing detail in the maps
Great soundtrack

Cons:
railroad tracks are kind of unrealistic, but it's 2003, what do you expect?
It crashes every now and then, mostly when you can painting land in sandbox though.

10/10! BEST STRATEGY GAME EVAHHHH!!
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FloppyDiskDrive
( 215.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Its gr8 m8 str8 8/8
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michaelstaniforth
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
I am unable to play this game as it starts pu and then discontinues to play. So that is why I have uninstalled it.
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seank
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
wont run on anything after win vista
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Pavalix
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
SO much replayabillity. I felt immersed the whole time. One of the best way to spend $10.
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countrynoble6
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
runs perfect on my new system with windows 10 pro no problems no crashes nothing love the game its hard first couple play throughs but its fun as hell
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mike4314
( 79.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Don't buy it, doesnt work. Will need to replace a config file and even then errors are reported. #ThanksSteam

This game used to work no problems.
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SachMystorker
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
One of my first games i have played and it is still one of my favourites
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alkemmy
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
Only just gets the thumbs up, largely because it falls behind the newly updated original Railroad Tycoon game, released recently under the title Railroads! Not to say this one doesn't have its charm and place, being the best of the original Tycoon games, with streamlined functionality, graphics that actually looked good for the era, and a logic flow the average user could understand. Its main competition is Train Fever, a very recent indie game that fails to inspire due to an over-complicated operation. Railroads! may be too simple if you're looking for complexity, so this occupies the midway ground, provided you can put up with older graphics.
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krondor299
( 189.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
Fantastic. If you like being a manager of a railroad, you will like this.
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jwilmes84
( 113.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
you shuld get it
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peeples96
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
This game has failed to work any time I have attempted to play it. I would not recommend purchasing this game if it will not work.
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wvbigdave
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
They should have tried to release a patch for the incompatibility for newer version of windows. I looked around and found someone else was able to do it for them. So don't let that make you not want to play this game. It is good, just have to download that patch. Google it.
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Silkin
( 29.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
I can't say anything other than I have always loved this game and have been playing it since I was 6 years old. I only recently have gone and bought it on steam when I couldnt play it anymore on the disk. I must give this game a solid 9/10. Just the game itself lasts a long time and is good to this day. BUT FAIR WARNING; I have windows 8, I had to go onto forums to find a wasy to make Railroad Tycoon 3 compatable. So dont expect to be able to just run it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
This game will not run at all. It keeps crashing. Play Railroad Tycoon 2 or sid meiers railroads if you want to play a game similar to this one.
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43 of 63 people (68%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.8 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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
The game gets a thumbs up. Classic and tons of fun.
Edit: It does seem to crash very frequently, however. I guess that's what you get with a game as old as this one.

Cannot, however, give a thumbs up to Steam support on this one. As many others have said, you will most likely find that it crashes within seconds of launching the app. This is because of a default setting that conflicts with just about every modern video card. You won't be able to get into the settings menu to fix this, crashes too quckly. If you run into this problem, you will have to go to a third party site and download an updated config file, replace the original, and then the game will function. The file is safe, the people who created this have my gratitude, but customers SHOULD NOT have to be subjected to downloading a file from a third party site in order to use a product they've been charged for. Upon contacting Steam support, they offered no assistance with this matter. I asked for a refund, was denied (i was outside of the timeframe so that was expected), but I also received no attempt from support to get the game running. The last part should not have happened, no excuse for that. At that point, I finally went ahead and downloaded the file (I was not comfortable doing this). Glad to say it worked :)

Steam continues to sell a game with a well documented issue that they're aware of. If you do purchase this game, be prepared to go through the process I've explained (check the guides section for this game), or to request a refund. Thank you to the community for helping resolve this issue for myself and many others, you shouldn't have had to do that. Hope this saves someone a headache.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
107.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
This game crashes every time I try to launch it. I really wish I could play this old favorite again.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
75.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Don't get this game, it sucks your soul so far in that the cleanest waters of heaven can't wash of the smell of trains and coal
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
111 of 118 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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57 of 61 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
60.1 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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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
94.6 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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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
113.4 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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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
yes and the window7/vista fix is working on my windows/64bit pc
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
64.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 28, 2014
play all the time on my windows 8.1.
just load and play
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2015
Railroad Tycoon 3 is a management strategy and railroad building simulator. As an enterprising tycoon (yes, an ACTUAL tycoon) of the 19th century or 20th century, build a railroad empire across a multitude of landscape, laying or acquiring tracks and locomotives, ferrying people and cargo, investing in your (or your competitor's) stock and industries, while the cities around grow and more advanced steam, diesel and electrical engines are invented.

Pros: As a train company, you have a large amount of decisions you can make, although the game has a fairly enough simplified interface to avoid over-complication. A variety of options are available for the tracks you lay, the stations you build, the train engines you purchase and the cargo you haul. As time goes by, new technology and world modernization adds additional options, anywhere from new bridge types to new engine technologies (coal, diesel, electrical). Cities and industries are dynamic and take shape based on how much your company help them: cities will grow as you ferry passengers, new industries are build as cities grow, new cargo are available for import or export as new industries are built. You also get to manage stocks, whether issuing or buying it back, buying competitor's stocks for hostile takeover, and even influence how much power the shareholders have over your decisions from your own stash of stocks you can buy from your hard-earned salary as president of the company. The game also offers a large list of geographical locations to base your games, and game types such as goal-achieving scenarios, randomized games or straight sandbox.

Cons: The graphics are showing their age a lot. You have limited randomization options and the land masses are pregenerated. You are limited to a single, continuous or branching railroad, unable to plant additional stretches if it doesn't connect to your existing track. Depending on the difficulty, competing tycoons are both extremely aggressive and extremely dumb in their track laying strategy.

Verdict: ★★★☆☆ - It's up to you

Even today, Railroad Tycoon 3 remains fun and is still the best incarnation of its genre: neither too realistic nor too gamy/dumbed-down. If you like this sort of game and don't mind the aging look, you'll find plenty of options in this game, well worth the price!

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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
164.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
very in depth market system. more of an economy sim than a tycoon game
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
-work with windows 7 and 8 now
-more complicated but more easy to run the company than RRT2
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
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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18 of 28 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
Great game although i wish it was still updated. Hopefully a Railroad Tycoon 4 will be made - 9/10
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