Railroad Tycoon 3

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Railroad Tycoon 3
Railroad Tycoon 3 cover
PopTop Software
macOS (OS X) Beenox Shift
Gathering of Developers
OS X MacSoft
2K Games
Release dates
Windows October 27, 2003
macOS (OS X) September 13, 2004
Series Railroad Tycoon
Railroad Tycoon 3 guide on StrategyWiki
Railroad Tycoon 3 on MobyGames
Railroad Tycoon 3 on Wikipedia
Railroad Tycoon
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon 1990
Railroad Tycoon II 1998
Railroad Tycoon 3 2003
Sid Meier's Railroads! 2006


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Disable Hardware T&L in options to prevent issues on modern versions of Windows.[1]
The Coast to Coast expansion is available for free as v1.4 Patch.

General information

Hawk & Badger Railroad - A fansite and file database for the game
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM DRM disc check
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
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Region locked in Latin America and parts of Europe.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Coast to Coast Free download; also known as 1.04 Patch

Essential improvements[edit]


1.05 Patch is the latest version; requires 1.04 Patch.

Maps, etc.[edit]

All of the official downloads and user created fixes for the game can be found here

Railroad Tycoon 3 Matchmaker[edit]

An alternate online multiplayer lobby program, it allows the game to be played online without the GameSpy servers.

Full details and download link for the utility/patch can be found on the official site. Or alternatively, check the Steam Guide at steam guide

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game miscellaneous settings.
In-game miscellaneous settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Configuration[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/7610/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saved Games[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/7610/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The resolution dropdown menu does not show all possible options. Use F11 and F12 to cycle between all possible resolutions.
Widescreen will stretch the interface, and crop top and bottom of camera.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Unplayable if forced - causes clicks to register at incorrect locations.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Color blind mode
Under the Miscellaneous menu as "Color Adjustment".


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game camera settings.
In-game camera settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Uses system cursor.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound, Voice. Train arrival "Ching" volume found under Miscellaneous settings.
Surround sound
Affects cutscenes/campaign screen. In-game messages are text-only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3[2]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
4 Versus
Online play
4 Even though the Gamespy servers have shutdown, online multiplayer is possible again since of 2019. This can be done by installing a custom client, which can be downloaded at [1] and [2]. The original client as well as the GoG and the Steam version are currently supported.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 6073, 6500, 9000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on startup[edit]

The game crashes when running Windows Vista/7/8/10 using the default configuration. The only way to play the game is to disable the game's hardware T&L setting:

Disable Hardware T&L[1]
  1. Make sure that the game has the latest patch installed (v1.05). Patch downloads can be found here.
  2. Download the Vista/Win 7/Win 8 Fix from here.
  3. Extract the contents of the ZIP file.
  4. Move the engine.cfg file to the game's configuration folder (<path-to-game>\Data\Configuration).
  5. Confirm the file overwrite.
  6. Launch the game.

"No CD/DVD-ROM Drive Found" Error[edit]

The game crashes if attempting to run the game on a computer that lacks a CD/DVD Drive, even if the game was purchased via digital download. A custom executable is required to run the game.

No CD/DVD Patch
  1. Make sure that the game has the latest patch installed (v1.05). Patch downloads can be found here.
  2. Download RT3.zip from here.
  3. Extract RT3.zip.
  4. Rename the original RT3.exe to something else (such as RT3_org.exe).
  5. Move the new RT3.exe file to the game's installation folder.
  6. Launch the game.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/7610/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (7610) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.