Rail Route is a tycoon/management game based on railroad dispatching. Control the traffic, build out your own network, then optimize and expand. Unlock new technologies, upgrade the infrastructure, and automate operations! Design and share your own maps with the in-game editor.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Rail Route is a passion project developed by two IT geeks. With no real backing to our name, our development process heavily relies on community feedback to expand and improve. Over two years of development, the community has been extremely helpful in finding bugs and providing new ideas on how the game should work.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We'd like to release regular updates until everything fits just right. There are so many ideas from our community that we'd like to try and include at some point, so we expect to include several updates throughout the game's lifespan. While not everything will be added in early access, there are some milestones we hope to achieve before saying the game is "done".”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We hope to add new material/content to the game. Some of these ideas include:

  • Shunting/Switching – The ability to adjust train compositions manually
  • Freight/Coach yards – Making a more streamlined experience with train compositions
  • Randomized/Scripted events – To add depth/intrigue to scored levels
  • More endless map research

These are just examples that we've confirmed for the initial release of the game. There's a long list of ideas we want to implement, but probably won't do for the first full version.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At this point in time, we have only a small amount of official maps to play, but tons of content and tools to build your own levels. The community has lots of good creations to try if you ever get bored with the selection of levels in the base game. That said, Endless mode is worth 10+ hours of playtime for one playthrough, and that's a low-end estimate, honestly.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We're not sure yet. We'll have a better picture when we're closer to the full release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Planning? We're far past that! The community is already thoroughly involved - As mentioned before, our community has helped us weed out bugs and give us feedback and concepts for the game. They've been invaluable in this process, and will likely continue to be.
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About This Game

Rail Route is a management & tycoon game based on railroad dispatching. With relaxed gameplay which is easy to understand but hard to master, Rail Route offers a unique experience that hasn't been done before.

Endless Maps


Expand your system, add new trains, optimize everything as best you can within the limits of the map. Build tracks to new stations, accept new train contracts and upgrade your rail network!

  • Accept different kind of contracts as a traffic on your railroad
  • Operate trains according their timetables

  • Expand your rail network, build new useful components and buildings

  • Earn rewards – money & experience points
  • Unlock upgrades – improve your technologies and interface

  • Automate – build various sensors and automate the operations

Scored Maps


Scored maps are "puzzle" levels with a pre-set train schedule and track layout. Your one and only goal is to get each train to their destinations all on-time. These levels provide fun challenges, from simple routing situations to difficult sequencing puzzles. There's nothing that can change about these levels, so play them as much as you can to get a perfect score!

  • Dynamic scoring system
  • Hand-made timetables – famous and imaginary junctions / layouts
  • Be on time and dispatch the trains

In-Game Map Editor


Have your own grand plans for a scored level's timetable? Want to design your own endless map? You can! The game comes with a built-in editor which allows you to build anything you want within the game engine's limits. Recreate your favorite junction, build your hometown from scratch or design a railroad of your own. It's up to you!

Don't forget to share your creation through the Steam Workshop!

More to come


We're in early access because we have so many ideas that we'd like to add before a full release! Our current planned features include:

  • Shunting – trains compositions, attaching / detaching of the cars
  • Freight Yard Maps – handle the incoming and outgoing freight cars
  • Map events – include a random event or a story line into your maps, make them more interesting
  • More unlocks in the Endless Maps

Is that all? No! That's just a list of what we will be doing right after Early Access release. There are a ton of other ideas we've been throwing around for updates later in the game's life. Most of our ideas come from the community, so feel free to pop in to our community Discord server if you've got any suggestions you'd like to see happen!

Happy dispatching!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: On board
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Mac OS 10
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Mac OS 10
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Linux 64bit
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Linux 64bit
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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