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Crayon Rails Games
Summary of the Genre

The system consists of rendering an area as a series of dots which players connect to build track. They then run a train over the track in order to pick up and deliver on contracts that are dealt from a card deck. Subtleties including drawing the most efficient route considering both current and future needs, the issue of being locked out of crucial cities, the most efficient route to travel and whether it is better to dump all current demands and start fresh with new ones.

Here are some of the games of the type, including link to review (when available), year of publication, region of play, number of players supported, optimal number of players and current Amazon price:
Empire Builder
1980
USA
2-6 (4)
British Rails
1984
Britain
2-6 (2)
Eurorails
1990
Europe
2-6 (4)
Agent of Change
1991
West Virginia
2-4 (?)

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Nippon Rails
1992
Japan
2-4 (2)
North American
Rails
1992
North America
2-6 (?)

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Uncle Happy's
Train Game

1993
USA
2-6 (3)

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Australian Rails
1994
Australia
2-6 (3)
Iron Dragon
1996
imaginary
2-6 (5-6)

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India Rails
1999
India
2-6 (4)
Russian Rails
2004
Russia
2-6 (?)
China Rails
2007
China
2-6 (3)
Lunar Rails
2007
Earth's Moon
2-6 (?)
Martian Rails
2009
Mars
2-6 (3)
Italian Rails
2011
Italy
2 (2)

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See Also
Train Miniatures
Public-locking variant for Crayon Rails games


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