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
Re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows October 27, 2003
macOS (OS X) September 13, 2004
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres Building, Business
Vehicles Train
Series Railroad Tycoon
Railroad Tycoon 3 on HowLongToBeat
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).

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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Can only be purchased in USA, Canada, UK, EU countries except Croatia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Vietnam
A free demo is available in several languages from GameFront.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Coast to Coast Free download; distributed within the 1.04 patch

Essential improvements[edit]


1.05 patch is the latest official version; requires the 1.04 patch.
The Sold Out Software release needs to be patched with the patch installer on the disc, otherwise the DRM will malfunction.
1.06 patch is the latest fan-made patch with bugfixes and extra engines; requires the 1.05 patch. It is possible to have multiple installations with different versions; see instructions.

Maps, mods and more[edit]

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

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 resolutions will stretch the interface and cause Vert- behavior.[citation needed]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Unplayable if forced - causes clicks to register at incorrect locations.[citation needed]
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.


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[1]
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only
Retail only


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
4 Versus
Online play
4 Versus
The official GameSpy service shut down in 2014; a custom client became available in 2019 here and at HawkDawg.com.

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 and newer if 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[2]
  1. Make sure that the game has the latest patch installed (v1.05).
  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.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
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
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.2.8
Processor (CPU) 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM


  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.


  1. ALchemy database Railroad Tycoon 3 entry
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