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Five years after its predecessor, Railroad Tycoon 3 offers you the opportunity to build your own railroad empire, this time in full 3D. The most adventurous tycoons may even try to become wealthier than their competitors online. The game still revolves around the three key aspects that were featured in the previous game:
  • Railroad building - Plot new routes, play with supply and demand, buy new locomotives in order to amass money.
  • Economy - Buy up businesses and industries or open restaurants and hotels near your stations to become richer earlier.
  • Stock Market - Invest in other rail companies, manipulate the market - the stock market may well make or break you.


Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows The game also features day-night changes.
Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows Somewhere in New South Wales. You can hide the game controls for a better overview.
Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows There is a large overhead zoom, which will help you locate key cities.
Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows I'm checking the balance sheet for this refinery.

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Railroad Tycoon 3 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "铁路大亨3" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Железнодорожный магнат 3" -- Russian spelling
  • "Tielu Daheng 3" -- Simplified Chinese title
  • "RT3" -- Abbreviated title
  • "Railroad Tycoon 3: Coast to Coast" -- Title after applying the official 1.04 patch

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User Reviews

A robust railroad management sim that improves on the previous games in the series. Windows Afterburner (496)
Another proof that better graphics don't always equal a better game Windows Cadorna (223)

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 Windows Dec 02, 2003 88 out of 100 88
IGN Windows Nov 06, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 11, 2003 87 out of 100 87
PC Zone Benelux Windows Dec, 2003 86 out of 100 86
Armchair Empire, The Windows Mar 07, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Action Windows Dec 08, 2003 85 out of 100 85 Macintosh Jan, 2005 4 out of 5 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jul 25, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 30, 2003 76 out of 100 76


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1001 Video Games

Railroad Tycoon 3 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Board game

In 2005 a tie-in boardgame (featuring the same cover artwork) was released, simply entitled Railroad Tycoon.


  • Game Industry Awards
    • 2004 - Simulation of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #10 PC Game of the Year
    • 2003 - PC Empire Builder of the Year
    • 2004 - The Green Banana Award (PC)
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