Railroad Tycoon Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

First Download & Install Dosbox on Windows:

Go To: http://www.dosbox.com > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the Downloaded Installer file and install Dosbox on your C:\ drive when asked. Finally when finished rename your Dosbox folder RRTC.

Railroad Tycoon game folder
Next: Open the RRTC folder and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the game config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the Railroad Tycoon game config
Next: Now with the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\rrtc
cd rails

Game autoexec
Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Download the Free Game Railroad Tycoon:

Go To: http://abandonia.com

Next: Type "Railroad Tycoon" in the game search box in the upper right corner of the main page and press enter.

Railroad Tycoon game search

After That: Click on Railroad Tycoon in the game search results column.

Game search results
Next: On the page that follows click on the "Get It!" button.

Download game
Click on the "Get It" button on following page and wait for your browser to give you the option to download and save the Railroad Tycoon file. Click the "Save" button and choose a directory on your hard drive where you would like to save the game file. Saving to your desktop is usually the default option and is probably the easiest place to save Railroad Tycoon for extraction.

Saving Railroad Tycoon game

Now Lets Extract The Railroad Tycoon Game Download:

Right click on the "Railroad Tycoon" file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting the Railroad Tycoon file
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will then be asked where you would like to extract the Railroad Tycoon files, select C:\RRTC. After you've chosen this directory on your hard drive click "Next" again and the files will begin to extract.

Now Lets Install & Play Railroad Tycoon:

Double click on the Dosbox program file. You should come to a setup screen for Railroad Tycoon that asks you to "Select [your] Graphics Mode". Press 1 on your keyboard for VGA, this is the highest quality graphics mode on the list.

Next: You will be asked to "Select [your] Sound Mode". You can play with this setting if things don't work on the first try but for now I'm going to choose "4" the "Adlib Sound Board".

Finally: You will be asked if you want to use "Mouse and Keyboard" or "Keyboard Only", this is up to you as it comes down to personal preference.

Railroad Tycoon
At this point you should be launched into the game Railroad Tycoon. Kick back, have fun and enjoy some memories!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


bunnzy said...

Excellent Guide. Nice to see a blog with a purpose, and a damn good purpose at that :)

Bunny Abandonware @ www.bunnzy.com

Glenn said...

Thanks for the positive feedback. Even though its almost 20 years old the game was still pretty fun to play again.


tbatz said...

Thanks for the great step by step. Unfortunately once I installed the game I could not lay track. For some reason when I hold down alt or ctrl and push an arrow button nothing happens. Suggestions?

Anonymous said...

can you help me even thought i type in exactly what you said after autoexec it wont switch to c: drive just stays in z: drive