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Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon

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Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon cover
MPS Labs
Retail MicroProse
Digital freeware 2K Games
Release dates
DOS 1990
Mac OS (Classic) 1990
Windows (DOSBox) November 20, 2006
Monetization Freeware
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Controls Point and select
Genres Building, Business
Vehicles Train
Series Railroad Tycoon
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Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon on Wikipedia
Railroad Tycoon
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon 1990
Railroad Tycoon II 1998
Railroad Tycoon 3 2003
Sid Meier's Railroads! 2006

Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon is a singleplayer building and business game in the Railroad Tycoon series.

The Deluxe edition was made freeware in 2006 to promote the release of Sid Meier's Railroads!.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Mac OS
Official website
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Pre-packaged with DOSBox. See manual\REF_SHEET.PDF for copy protection answers.

Version differences

Railroad Tycoon (Classic Version)

  • much less system requirements (runs on XT with CGA and floppy drive)
  • Sound Support: PC Speaker, Tandy Sound, Adlib, Roland MT-32 Midi board
  • includes England map, this was removed in the deluxe version.
  • provides animations when trains crash into each other or when train falls into a river because of a damaged bridge
  • Value for ingame money was stored in a 16 Bit address. This means the money was between the range of -32768 to +32767 and the integer value could overflow and underflow. This could be used for cheating.
  • was never released as Freeware version, only as retail.

Railroad Tycoon Deluxe

  • higher system requirements (386 minimum)
  • higher-resolution graphics (VGA 640x480x16)
  • better sound support (Adlib, Covox Sound Master, Soundblaster, Soundblaster Pro, Pro Audio Spectrum, Pro Audio Spectrum Plus, Soundblaster 16, Roland MT-32 Midi board, General Midi
  • Maps: England removed, Africa and South America added
  • The money bug was fixed. It was no more possible to overflow or underflow the value for the money.
  • instead of animations when trains crash, the Deluxe version only provides still images.
  • was released as Freeware

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Edit batch files[1]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit RDXF.BAT (fullscreen) or RDX.BAT (windowed) with a text editor.
  3. Remove the lines 2k_intro.exe and start endslate/endslate.html
  4. Save the changes.
  5. Edit RDX2.BAT with a text editor.
  6. Remove the line intro
  7. Save the changes.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\CONFIG.RRD
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Saves are pairs of RR*.SMP and RR*.SVE files; both must be present to load a save.


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 (original) or 640x400 (Deluxe) only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA, MCGA, EGA, Tandy, CGA Railroad Tycoon Deluxe requires VGA or better

System requirements

Original version

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 8086
System memory (RAM) 512 kB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 MB or floppy
Video card (GPU) CGA


Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 386 16 MHz
System memory (RAM) 640 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data.


  1. Verified by User:Garrett on 19 November 2013