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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Mostly Positive (243 reviews) - 72% of the 243 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 23, 2003

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Includes 3 items: Railroad Tycoon 3, Railroad Tycoon II Platinum, Sid Meier's Railroads!


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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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Mostly Positive (243 reviews)
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( 113.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Highly recommend!

This is still one of my favorites. I've got all versions in the original boxes, and bought multiple box copies of Tycoon III just to keep the cash flowing to Pop-Top.

Currently running on Win 7 Pro 64 bit, however, you MUST get the config file that others have noted that turns off the Transform lighting video option or the game will crash.

Right now I'm getting ready to update to Win 10 and I'm encouraged by the reviews here that state the game is running under 8.1 and 10.
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( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Game will not launch
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( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Loved this game until I couldn't play it anymore due to upgrading to windows 7. If you're still running XP then I would totally recommend this game.
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Wrecking Crew
( 63.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
I've been a fan ofthe Railroad Tycoon series since II, and when 3 came out the leap from the choppy 2D graphics to the smooth, living 3D graphics was pretty damn sweet! As far as economic simulation games go, it really doesn't get any better than this and the game has aged remarkably well. I've heard being say "Aw, come on! It's just connect City A to City B in not quite enough time to do it. What's the fun?" The fun is that, generally, they give you any number of ways to accomplish it. Take Sid Meier's Railroads! by contrast. They plop you into a city and say "Have fun!" RT3, again generally, gives you any number of ways to start and accomplish your goal. A bunch of the stategery involved in a level is where and how to start out. The campaign is challenging, the music is old school bluesy fun, the editor works great and there are awesome community-made maps out there. When it jumps on sale, you should totally grab it! One of my all-time favourites! :D
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Creepernator (Team Pyro)
( 8.8 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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( 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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( 74.3 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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( 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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( 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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116 of 123 people (94%) 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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54 of 55 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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59 of 63 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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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
60.2 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
120.1 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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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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20 of 21 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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50 of 73 people (68%) found this review helpful
5 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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19 of 20 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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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
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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