Railroad Tycoon 3 (Windows)

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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 Your early steam trains require oil, water and sand, so be sure to place service towers.
Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows The game includes two tutorials; one for basics, and the other for the stock market and finanical aspects.
Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows One of my trains is departing from Montreal central station.
Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows You can choose a specific kind of cargo to haul, or let the computer select it for you.

Alternate Titles

  • "铁路大亨3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Железнодорожный магнат 3" -- Russian spelling
  • "Tielu Daheng 3" -- Chinese title
  • "RT3" -- Abbreviated title

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User Reviews

A robust railroad management sim that improves on the previous games in the series. Afterburner (477) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Another proof that better graphics don't always equal a better game Cadorna (190) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Withingames Nov 20, 2003 5 out of 5 100
GameSpy Oct 30, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
4Players.de Nov 20, 2003 90 out of 100 90
IGN Nov 06, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Games (Germany) Nov 11, 2003 87 out of 100 87
Gamesmania.de Nov 10, 2003 87 out of 100 87
PC Action Dec 08, 2003 85 out of 100 85
JeuxVideoPC.com Nov 22, 2006 17 out of 20 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2003 76 out of 100 76
Joystick (French) Dec, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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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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Cochonou (1013) added Railroad Tycoon 3 (Windows) on Oct 31, 2003
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