Railroad Tycoon II

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Railroad Tycoon II
Railroad Tycoon II cover
PopTop Software
Mac OS (Classic) Westlake Interactive
Linux Loki Software
Retail Gathering of Developers
Linux Loki Software
Digital 2K Games
Release dates
Windows November 4, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) September 13, 1999
Linux October 18, 1999
Railroad Tycoon II on MobyGames
Railroad Tycoon II on Wikipedia
Railroad Tycoon
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon 1990
Railroad Tycoon II 1998
Railroad Tycoon 3 2003
Sid Meier's Railroads! 2006

Key points

Railroad Tycoon II (GL Wrapper & Patch)

General information

Official developer site
Official Linux developer site
Official Linux game site
Express World - A fan hub for the entire Railroad Tycoon series
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)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. See version differences for more info.
Mac OS
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Railroad Tycoon II: Platinum
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Railroad Tycoon II: Platinum, Region locked in Latin America and parts of Europe.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Railroad Tycoon 2: The Second Century
Mac OS

Version differences[edit]

Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition includes the base game, its expansion, 15 additional official scenarios, and exclusive HMTL-based strategy guides for all included scenarios and campaigns.
Railroad Tycoon II: Platinum includes the Gold Edition's non-exclusive content as well as 50 additional levels, the official strategy guide for the base game in PDF format, and 2 hours of additional music.
Railroad Tycoon II: Platinum is Windows-only, whereas all previous versions of the game were also released separately for Mac OS and Linux.

Essential improvements[edit]

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


The last official patch available for the game can be found here for Railroad Tycoon II and here for Railroad Tycoon II platinum.

The numerous versions of the unofficial 1.57 patch for the game, which corrects bugs in supply & demand for Railroad Tycoon II Platinum, Railroad Tycoon II Platinum GOG, and Railroad Tycoon II Gold, can be found here. Logging in with an account is required for download. Note: The GOG version of the patch is also compatible with Steam.

OpenGL Wrapper and Patch[edit]

Game renders via OpenGL and can now easily minimize on new OS.
When using this patch with the GOG version, make sure that all of RT2_PLAT.EXE's compatibility mode settings (under Properties/Compatibility) are set to off, or the game will be stuck on a black screen at launch.

Game data[edit]

In-game gameplay settings.
In-game gameplay settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/7620/pfx/[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\games[Note 3]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/7620/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Set compatibility mode to "Windows XP Service Pack 3" and color mode to 16-bit. Or use Verok's GL Wrapper
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Other information[edit]


ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5 compatible
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Kernel 2.2.x
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium class
PowerPC 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 200 MB
Video card (GPU) 1024x768 resolution


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  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>/7620/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (7620) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. 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).