United States, 1830: ‘The New World’ is in its ascendancy. Industry is booming, and the race is about to establish the most dominant and powerful railroad empire in all of North America. It’s time to outmont and outmaneuver your competitors as you lead your company into the 20th century!
In the Railway Empire, you will create an elaborate and wide-ranging rail network, purchasing over 40 different trains modeled in extraordinary detail, and purchasing or building railway stations, maintenance buildings, factories and tourist attractions to keep your travel network ahead of the competition. You also need to hire and manage your workforce if you want to ensure an efficient train service, while also developing over 300 technologies ranging from mechanical improvements to the trains themselves to workplace infrastructures and advanced amenities, as you progress through five epochs of technological innovations.