Railway Empire Walkthrough

3. Campaign

So let's start with the campaign which follows the construction of the Transcontinental rail line. Although technically there are only 6 campaign specific achievements, you will no doubt get at least 21 due to their requirements and the tasks you must complete.

These achievements are listed in the order I obtained them. You may get these in the same or a different order and you may unlock some during the campaign that I didn't, either way, don't worry. We are going to get them all anyway!

Chapter 1 - Great Plains

This first chapter serves as a tutorial and teaches you the basics of the game through reliving the accomplishments of the Union Pacific Railroad - constructing a rail line from your starting city of Omaha, to Rock Springs in the Rocky Mountains.

After the introductory cutscene, we have some dialogue from Thomas Clark Durant who teaches you the basics of the game - starting with moving the camera with cn_LS, and then the zoom and rotate functions using cn_RS. We follow this with cn_RT to open up the control wheel and select Building construction mode to create our first station in Norfolk (remember you can rotate your stations before construction by using cn_LB and cn_RB). Once again use cn_RT to open the wheel and select Track construction mode and build your first rail line by selecting the track points at your 2 stations one by one and pressing cn_Y to Build the proposed track construction. This will unlock our first achievement:

From A to B in Railway Empire
2 cities connected
  • Unlocked by 1,964 tracked gamers (98% - TA Ratio = 1.00) 1,995

Next, we want to open the control wheel again and select New Train. Follow this by pressing cn_Y to add a locomotive and select our only option for the time being - which will unlock:

What is a steam engine in Railway Empire
First locomotive purchased
  • Unlocked by 1,975 tracked gamers (99% - TA Ratio = 1.00) 1,995

Then back out of this window, press cn_X for rail line modification and select the stations where you wish this train to stop. Of course, we only have 2 so select Norfolk and then Omaha by pressing cn_A on each of them - then press cn_B to confirm your rail line. Your railway management journey has begun! Next, we are told to join the corn farm south of Omaha to the network, so go ahead and do that. After that, we are brought onto parallel tracks as we want 2 trains traveling on 1 piece of track between Norfolk and Omaha. The tutorial will teach you this but after the first campaign mission you don't need to do this - so I won't go into it. Now, create a train that will go Corn Farm - Omaha - Norfolk. We are now told to build a maintenance building at the station in Omaha. Do this by selecting the station and pressing cn_X.

Tutorial Complete! We are now given a task list to complete which you can access by selecting the top icon on the command wheel. Our first 2 are to connect our rail network to North Platte and then Omaha. Start by building a medium station in North Platte and a small station at the Corn Farm nearby. Build a rail line between the north line at North Platte and Norfolk, then build a line between the south line at North Platte and the Corn Farm. Finally, set up a train to run on each of those.

Now build a large station in Cheyenne (remember to use bonds if you don't have enough cash) and connect one of the middle lines to North Platte and then add a train to that line. We are then asked to build a large station to the north of Cheyenne - in between the Timber and Wheat supplies. Connect this to your north line at Cheyenne and add a train to it.

2/8 Tasks down - now we can look at delivering 16 loads of Cattle to Denver and 16 loads of Meat to Cheyenne. Build a medium station in Denver and a small station at the nearby Ranch. Connect the Ranch to the south line at Denver and connect the North line at Denver to the south line at Cheyenne. Add a train to each of those lines and 2 more Tasks will be done before long.

4/8 Tasks now. If/when you have the money, build a small station in Rock Springs and connect this to the line at Cheyenne which currently has no connection. This will net you the following:

Mountain goat in Railway Empire
Chapter 1: Connect Omaha to Rock Springs
  • Unlocked by 1,104 tracked gamers (55% - TA Ratio = 1.34) 1,995

Now, add a train to this line - but after you have selected your cities press cn_Y and scroll down to 'Loading' and change this to 'passengers & mail only'. Once this is done, save your rail line. You should now be introduced to research which is on the far right of the command wheel. Access this now and unlock the 'No 51 Dragon' train. Select the train you just created, press cn_Y to manage train, then cn_A for new locomotive and select your new locomotive. At some point soon (if you haven't already) you should unlock these 4 achievements:

No brakes on the hype train in Railway Empire
First express train in use
  • Unlocked by 1,566 tracked gamers (78% - TA Ratio = 1.12) 1,995

Mystery steam ride in Railway Empire
Transport 1000 passengers in one game
  • Unlocked by 1,456 tracked gamers (73% - TA Ratio = 1.17) 1,995

Online - Shop in Railway Empire
Transport 1200 packages in one game
  • Unlocked by 1,352 tracked gamers (68% - TA Ratio = 1.21) 1,995

Lightning flash in Railway Empire
Set a speed record
  • Unlocked by 1,162 tracked gamers (58% - TA Ratio = 1.31) 1,995

We should now have 6/8 Tasks complete as we have connected Rock Springs to the network and Cheyenne has been quietly growing. The train between Rock Springs and Cheyenne is working on our 'Transport 100 passengers without stopping', and as the connected cities are growing the 'Connect 150,000 people to our network' is being worked on as well.

Once these final 2 Tasks are complete you will complete the level and hopefully unlock:

Lone wolf in Railway Empire
Lone wolf22 (10)
Complete a scenario in region "The North" as president
  • Unlocked by 397 tracked gamers (20% - TA Ratio = 2.24) 1,995

Don't worry if you didn't get this one - there are more chances to get it.

Chapter 2 - The Early Days

When selecting the second chapter we want to use the 'Normal' rail network and 'Trainiac' pause mode as this will make our life easier in terms of train and line management - and Trainiac will give us a score boost at the end.

We have competitors this time although they shouldn't pose a problem. YOUR MONEY CANNOT GO NEGATIVE on this mission. If it does then you will fail. We start off with 2 Tasks to complete and both are fairly simple - connect Baltimore to Washington and connect 3 rural businesses to your rail network. Connect Washington first, and then connect the Dairy Farm to the north with Baltimore using the same line of the station as the route to Washington. Connect the Breeding and one other rural business to Baltimore to complete our first 2 Tasks. Now add trains to the following lines: Dairy - Washington, Breeding - Baltimore, Baltimore - Washington, and your other rural business - Baltimore. Make sure there is a Maintenance building in Baltimore and a supply tower on each line!

Next, we are told to build a station in New York and connect it to Baltimore so go ahead, do that and then add a train to the line. This should net you:

Bridging the gap in Railway Empire
Build a long bridge
  • Unlocked by 1,241 tracked gamers (62% - TA Ratio = 1.26) 1,995

We then have 3 more Tasks which all linked. Start with a station in Pittsburgh and a station at the Cotton Farm to the south. Connect these and add a train to the line.

Now go into Research on the command wheel, unlock any 3 upgrades that cost 100 points each and then back out. We are now introduced to staff and are told to hire an Engineer and a Stoker. Do this now and add them both to the same train. As the level goes on keep checking the Personnel tab for a Conductor and a Security Guard. If you can hire both of those and add them to the same train as your first 2 staff you will get:

Full steam ahead in Railway Empire
First engineer recruited
  • Unlocked by 1,065 tracked gamers (53% - TA Ratio = 1.36) 1,995

Fully loaded in Railway Empire
A fully staffed train
  • Unlocked by 863 tracked gamers (43% - TA Ratio = 1.52) 1,995

Hire all the staff you can during this mission and you will get:

Medium-sized business in Railway Empire
You have 50 employees
  • Unlocked by 471 tracked gamers (24% - TA Ratio = 2.05) 1,995

You will get introduced to a Saboteur soon - keep your eye out for him. Hire him and send him to sabotage a competitors rail line or business and you will get:

Let off some steam in Railway Empire
Sabotage a competitor
  • Unlocked by 713 tracked gamers (36% - TA Ratio = 1.67) 1,995

Right, back to Pittsburgh. Create a line between Pittsburgh and Baltimore (using bonds if you need them and adjust the route you are creating to make it cheaper!) which should get you:

Right through the middle in Railway Empire
Build a long tunnel
  • Unlocked by 1,065 tracked gamers (53% - TA Ratio = 1.36) 1,995

Add a train to run between the 2 and make it 'Freight Only', then add another train to the rail line between Baltimore and New York which will also be 'Freight Only'.

Now go into research, unlock a new faster locomotive and then upgrade all of your trains to be this new locomotive.

Soon we will have 5 Tasks complete and then a further 6 will open up (4 Compulsory and 2 Optional). Start with connecting Toledo to Pittsburgh, then connect another 6 rural businesses to the rail network - which will get you the following:

I'll scratch your back if... in Railway Empire
5 rural businesses connected
  • Unlocked by 1,290 tracked gamers (65% - TA Ratio = 1.24) 1,995

If you add trains to all these lines to supply your cities with what they need you should get:

Quiet times in Railway Empire
20 locomotives in use
  • Unlocked by 842 tracked gamers (42% - TA Ratio = 1.53) 1,995

Check on your cities and add trains to lines where they are needed. For example, if you need to supply a city with more of a certain resource, or you need to export more goods from a city.

With 4 Tasks to go, we want to work on buying out a competitor. Start buying shares in either of your opponents whenever you have the cash. You can do this by going into 'Company' on the command wheel. If you can do this before your company value reaches $20,000,000 you will get the following 3 achievements:

Easy come, easy go in Railway Empire
Invest $2 million in the stock market
  • Unlocked by 797 tracked gamers (40% - TA Ratio = 1.58) 1,995

Bold and beautiful in Railway Empire
Invest $5 million in company shares
  • Unlocked by 624 tracked gamers (31% - TA Ratio = 1.78) 1,995

All mine! in Railway Empire
All mine!54 (30)
Buy out a competitor
  • Unlocked by 618 tracked gamers (31% - TA Ratio = 1.79) 1,995

If you get the chance to buy or build an industry in one of the cities - and can afford it - then go for it as it will net you:

All beginnings are difficult in Railway Empire
Own an industry
  • Unlocked by 1,331 tracked gamers (67% - TA Ratio = 1.22) 1,995

You also gain profit if you supply and export the goods it needs/produces. Try to connect 10 cities to your network and add trains to all the lines to earn you more money and this achievement:

Jumbled routes in Railway Empire
10 cities connected
  • Unlocked by 872 tracked gamers (44% - TA Ratio = 1.51) 1,995

We want to work on growing Baltimore now so make sure it is supplied with everything it needs and you are exporting the goods that are made there. When it reaches 100,000 population we will be left with 1 Task to go!

Now it's just a case of expanding your network and/or buying out your other competitor until your company value reaches $20,000,000. When this happens the scenario will be complete and you will hopefully get the following achievement:

Megalomaniac in Railway Empire
Complete a scenario in region "The East" as president
  • Unlocked by 218 tracked gamers (11% - TA Ratio = 3.02) 1,995

At some point during this mission, you should have also got:

Mantled guereza in Railway Empire
Chapter 2: Deliver clothing to New York
  • Unlocked by 859 tracked gamers (43% - TA Ratio = 1.52) 1,995

Chapter 3 - Over The Mississippi

I would suggest using normal rail lines and the trainiac pause mode. This is quite a short and easy level - on one of the updates for this game they have adjusted the map rating multiplier from 1.0x to 1.5x so president rating is easily possible on this level now.

There are only 4 compulsory tasks on this mission and 3 optional ones. I personally only did the optional task to buy out another competitor as there is a chapter specific achievement linked to it but feel free to do them all if you want.

Another thing to watch out for in this mission is auctions - if you can win 5 of them you will get yourself this achievement:

Auctioneer in Railway Empire
Auctioneer30 (20)
Win 5 auctions in one game
  • Unlocked by 858 tracked gamers (43% - TA Ratio = 1.52) 1,995

Once we start, our first 2 Tasks are to connect 10 rural businesses and 250,000 people to our network and we start with a station in Toledo. Go ahead and connect the nearby Ranch to Toledo as cattle is wanted there, then build stations in Indianapolis, Chicago & Grand Rapids. Connect all these cities up and add trains, supply towers & maintenance buildings to each of these lines so we can begin making money. Now focus on connecting rural businesses that will aid in the growth of these cities and also supply them with materials for the industries.

I would also now connect Madison and the nearby cattle and logging businesses to Chicago as these can all help to grow it. You should be close to 250,00 people after this, so focus on the 10 rural businesses if you haven't already completed the task, and connect Rock island to Chicago as we can now start supplying Rock Island with 50 loads of Lumber from Toledo or Madison - if you managed to grow it to city level 3 and built a Sawmill.

While you are waiting for your 50 loads of Lumber to be delivered - or after you have the 3 Tasks completed - make sure you buy out a competitor as this will earn you:

Bull and bear in Railway Empire
Chapter 3: Take over a competitor
  • Unlocked by 397 tracked gamers (20% - TA Ratio = 2.24) 1,995

Now onto our final compulsory task which is to transport 100 passengers from Toledo to Omaha without stopping. What this means is that you need a train line that goes between the 2 cities with no other stops on the line.

So you need to build a station in Omaha and connect this to the bridge over the Mississippi near Rock Island. Then add supply towers, a maintenance building and a couple of trains to this line (Omaha - Toledo), and once these trains have transported a total of 100 passengers to Omaha it will be chapter complete, Hopefully, this achievement will unlock:

Trainee mechanic in Railway Empire
Complete a scenario in region "The Midwest" as president
  • Unlocked by 90 tracked gamers (5% - TA Ratio = 4.70) 1,995

Chapter 4 - Civil War

From this point forward in the walkthrough I'm not going to mention maintenance buildings or supply towers anymore as they are needed on every line you make and therefore anytime you make a new line you should automatically add these.

Once again, I would suggest using normal rails and trainiac pause mode. This level is completed in stages. There are a total of 8 Tasks to complete - although only 2 are visible from the start - the first two being to grow Louisville's population to 60,000 and produce 1 load of weapons.

The first thing we'll do is build a weapons factory in Louisville.

Next, look at the warehouse to the east. Notice the rails on both sides of the Warehouse are not connected to the same line, so if you plan on having trains run through here you will need to add some rails. Add a train to run between the Mason Estate & Warehouse and two trains between West Estate & Warehouse. This will supply the Warehouse with these 3 goods, so now add a couple of trains to run between Louisville & Warehouse. Add trains between Indianapolis & Louisville and St Louis & Louisville (make sure in loading options at Louisville of these trains that you change Weapons to "don't load" in the priority section[select train then cn_X select Louisville thencn_right then press cn_A twice on weapons])

Add a train from Walker Estate to Louisville, then build a station at one of the Logging businesses, connect it to Indianapolis (I suggest the one to the north) and then add a couple of trains to the line. This should be enough to grow Louisville to 60,000 so now we can focus on making Weapons - which need Chemicals, Lumber & Iron. There is a Chemical factory in Louisville which needs Coal. To the east, there is a Coal mine & an Iron mine so build stations at each, a line connecting them, and add trains from each to Louisville. As we know there is a Lumber factory in Indianapolis and we have trains running from there to Louisville - so that should be Weapons taken care of which will unlock you this achievement:

Gun dog in Railway Empire
Gun dog22 (10)
Chapter 4: Transport weapons to Knoxville
  • Unlocked by 429 tracked gamers (22% - TA Ratio = 2.15) 1,995

Build a Warehouse to the south of Louisville - as close as possible to the area you can't build - and set it to store Weapons. Connect it to Louisville and add a train to run between the 2 as we need to transport the Weapons to the south soon.

Task number 3 is simply to transport 12 loads of Weapons and we will be achieving this by moving them to our Warehouse south of Louisville. Once this Task is complete, we will have Tasks 4, 5 and 6 open up - which are to transport 12 loads of Weapons each to Knoxville and Jackson and to transport 2,000 passengers.

Connect your Weapons Warehouse to Nashville and Knoxville, connect Memphis to Jackson and add trains to these lines to transport the Weapons to Jackson and Knoxville. Add some 'Passenger & Mail' trains to travel from Louisville to Jackson and Knoxville now. That should take care of these 3 Tasks.

Tasks 7 & 8 should now be available which are to reach 60,000 population in Atlanta and to transport 3,000 passengers from Louisville to Atlanta. Start by connecting Knoxville to Atlanta and add 2 trains to the line Louisville - Atlanta. Then turn your attention to supplying Atlanta with everything it needs - Fabric is made by Knoxville and there is a Cotton Farm nearby to supply the Knoxville Tailors. On the rails around Atlanta that you have gained there are Wheat, Logging & Corn businesses that you can use to supply Atlanta.

While you are waiting for the final 2 tasks to complete you can purchase the 2 clay mines if you wish. There is one to the north of Indianapolis and one to the south of Augusta. This will earn you:

Monopolist in Railway Empire
Monopolist45 (30)
Produce 80% of an item in the entire region
  • Unlocked by 876 tracked gamers (44% - TA Ratio = 1.50) 1,995

If you also build an Attraction in Augusta (any of them will do) you can earn:

Isn't that great in Railway Empire
First attraction built
  • Unlocked by 741 tracked gamers (37% - TA Ratio = 1.64) 1,995

Another achievement you might get if you've added a lot of trains is:

Lots of traffic today in Railway Empire
50 locomotives in use
  • Unlocked by 571 tracked gamers (29% - TA Ratio = 1.86) 1,995

Once the last 2 Tasks are completed it will be level complete - if you completed the level quick enough you may have also earned:

Hillbilly in Railway Empire
Hillbilly45 (10)
Complete a scenario in region "The South-East" as president
  • Unlocked by 100 tracked gamers (5% - TA Ratio = 4.48) 1,995

Chapter 5 - Sierra Nevada

Again on this level, I will suggest normal rail lines and the trainiac pause mode. This is the final level in the campaign and it is probably the toughest of them. We have 6 Tasks to complete plus an optional 3 - 2 of which we will definitely be doing. The first ones requiring our attention are connecting 4 cities and 8 rural businesses to our network and we want to do this pretty quickly as our 3rd Task 'Achieve a quarterly profit of $600,000' isn't easy to do (any construction you do decreases your profit for the quarter, of course, so we want a full quarter with no construction).

Use your innovation points to unlock cheaper upgrades and unlock the 'Rogers American 4-4-0' locomotive as we can use this for express trains. We start with a station in Sacramento and the cities I would suggest connecting are San Francisco, Redding & Gold Beach. Once stations are built in each of these, add lines and 'Passengers & Mail Only' trains to each of them to start gaining some income. Then connect the Breeding & Corn Farm near San Francisco to San Francisco & Sacramento and add lines & trains. To the south of Sacramento, there is Cotton, Fruit & Vegetables so build a station at each and build a line connecting all of them with Sacramento & San Francisco. Don't add trains to these lines yet as the goods are not in demand by either of these cities. The same goes with the Sugar to the northwest of Sacramento, build a station and line but don't add a train yet.

This leaves us with 2 rural businesses to connect - there is Logging not far from Redding that we can use, and a Wheat Farm between Redding & Gold Beach as one of these 2 cities will want to produce Beer soon. That will be our first 2 Tasks done - so now focus on supplying each of the cities with what they need and add a few more 'Passengers & Mail Only' Trains to your routes. Hopefully, before long we will have our $600,000 quarterly profit. Once this is achieved we can build rails further east.

Task 4 and optional Task 1 are to grow Sacramento to 100,000 & San Francisco to 50,000 population (although we want San Francisco to reach 60,000). Try and work on supplying these 2 cities more than the others. While doing this we can also build stations in Carson City & Winnemucca - so connect these and add lines & 'Passengers & Mail Only' trains to the routes as well as supplying them with goods they need. Soon the 2 cities we have to grow will be needing Sugar, Fruit, Vegetables & Cotton so add trains to those lines now as we connected them earlier. We can also build a museum in Sacramento once it reaches 60,000 population as this will speed up the growth of the city.

Continue your expansion to the east connecting Elko & Promontory Point to your network, and add some 'Passengers & Mail Only' trains to these lines as well as supplying them with goods again. Create a train to run directly from San Francisco to Promontory Point and once this has transported 50 passengers we will have just 1 Task to go.

Before completing our final task for a total network length of 2,337 miles we want to make sure San Francisco has reached 60,000 Population and then build a University there as this will unlock you:

Bookworm in Railway Empire
Bookworm30 (10)
Chapter 5: Build a university in San Francisco
  • Unlocked by 226 tracked gamers (11% - TA Ratio = 2.97) 1,995

We should now only have the task for 2,337 miles of rail to go, simply build rails wherever to get to this number and it will be level complete. If you were quick enough you may have also earned:

Sunny boy in Railway Empire
Sunny boy50 (10)
Complete a scenario in region "The West" as president
  • Unlocked by 80 tracked gamers (4% - TA Ratio = 4.99) 1,995

There will be a final cutscene and then you will earn:

Historic moment in Railway Empire
Campaign successfully completed
  • Unlocked by 309 tracked gamers (15% - TA Ratio = 2.54) 1,995

This concludes the campaign, you have succeeded in building the Transcontinental Rail Line. Congratulations!

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