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Santa Fe Rails

PUBLISHED 2002
DESIGNER Alan R. Moon
COORDINATOR Andy Lewis
ART DIRECTOR Rodger B. MacGowan
MAP ART Mark Simonitch
CARD ART Mark Simonitch and Rodger B. MacGowan
PRODUCERS: Gene Billingsley, Tony Curtis, Andy Lewis, Rodger MacGowan, Mark Simonitch
Price: $50.00

COMPONENTS
  • One mounted, full-color map of the Western U.S.A.
  • 94 cards
  • 10 BoomTown markers, 160 Track pieces, 60 plastic chips, 1 First Player Train
  • Rulebook

  • Description

    Be a western rail and real estate baron. Unleash the engines of progress in 19th century America, where the rail ruled the west, creating fortunes and fueling economic growth.

    In this game about the westward expansion of the railroads, players steer the development of five major railroads and four short lines so as to enhance the values of the city and boomtown properties they control while also earning bonuses for completion of connections.

    In Santa Fe Rails, players build the Union Pacific, Santa Fe, Great Northern, Kansas City, and Southern Pacific railroads from their bases in Chicago, New Orleans, Kansas City, and Milwaukee. The short lines, Texas Pacific, Denver & Rio Grande Western, Western Pacific, and Rock Island, make their appearance in the middle of the game.

    Players play City cards to lay claim to end-game victory points for the number of railroads connected to their cities. They lay track pieces to create the connections of the major railroads to those cities. Special cards allow railroads to establish Branch Lines. Players may opt to grab special cards that allow the laying of extra tracks on a turn. Boomtowns can be created out of small-value cities. Short line railroads can be used to connect out-of-the-way places. The game ends when all the track pieces for the major railroads have been used. The Cities with the higher values and most railroad connections will score the most.

    All aboard!
     
    PLAYING PIECES
    10 BoomTown markers, 160 Track pieces, 60 plastic chips, 1 First Player Train
    One mounted, full-color map of the Western U.S.A.
    94 cards
    OTHER
    • Rulebook
     
       
     
    Game Design: Alan Moon

    Customer Reviews
    (4.55)
    # of Ratings: 11
    1. on 2/17/2010, said:
    Excellent game.
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    2. on 11/9/2008, said:
    So much fun for the whole family
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    3. on 1/5/2008, said:
    Excellent game, that I favour over Ticket to Ride and followed closely by Union Pacific. An excellent way to plunge your friend into "deeper" euros...
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    4. on 11/26/2007, said:
    This game is Ticket to Ride, only, well fun! Easily the best 1 hour train-game which scales flawlessly from 2 to 5.
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    5. on 10/14/2007, said:
    One of the classic Euros.
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    6. on 9/24/2007, said:
    Our group always has fun with this -- and we play it like a wargame!
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    7. on 8/10/2007, said:
    Was really pleased that GMT was able secure the rights to reprint this Alan Moon classic!
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