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Trams are a feature that allows you to construct Tramways, which can be built on open ground and on existing road systems. The default tram infrastructure graphics are provided by Pikkabird. To play with trams, you need an active tram vehicle NewGRF. As with other transportation systems, trams require their own infrastructure, including depots. Trams will only appear in new games.

An example tram route


Types of roadways

To select which type of roadway to build, click and hold the roadway build button in the main menu.

Choose Tramway construction
  • Normal roads - Trucks and buses run on this roadway.
  • Tramways - Trams run on this roadway.
  • Dual purpose roadway - Allows travel of trucks, buses and trams. Build a tramway line on top of a road to make this type.


Due to this being a relatively new feature in OpenTTD and TTDPatch, there are not many tram vehicle GRFs yet fully completed. There are however, a few pre-release or test versions which can be found listed on the GRF List or GRF Crawler. Please also look through TT-Forums for tram vehicle sets.

To build a tram, first ensure you have some tram vehicle NewGRF files installed and activated:

  • To install: Use the "Check Online Content" button of the main display; you type tag/name filter: tram; you tag your desired files NewGRF and download it.
To install NewGRF files.
  • To activate: Use the "NewGRF Settings" button of the main display and the NewGRF Settings window appear with the Activate NewGRF files on top, to add news files, select these from the Inactive NewGRF files list and press "Add".
Press Add selection.

Tram sets

Feature availability - Generic Tram Set







Tramway construction toolbar

Click and hold the roadway build button Road build button.png on the menu bar, and choose Tramway construction to display the Tramway construction toolbar.

Tramway construction toolbar

Functions of the buttons (from left to right):

Button Action Shortcut Description
Build tram.png Build tramway buttons 1, 2 Builds a tramway in the selected direction; you can click and drag.
Autotram.png Autotram button 3 A very efficient tool to build tramway sections in any direction. If used with Ctrl key pressed, easily removes sections.
Clear title.png Clear land button 4 Clears tiles.
Build roaddepot.png Build depot button 5 Opens the depot window for you to orient and build a depot.
Build busstation.png Build passenger station button 6 Opens the passenger tram station window for you to orient and build a passenger tram station.
Build truckstation.png Build freight station button 7 Opens the freight tram station window for you to orient and build a freight tram station.
Build roadbridge.png Build bridge B Allows you to build a bridge.
Build roadtunnel.png Build tunnel T Allows you to build a tunnel.
Toggle clear active.png Toggle clear R (CTRL) Select another tool and then this to remove that item. You can toggle the state by pressing Ctrl.

Besides building on flat land roads, depots and stations can also be built on slopes.

When laying tracks keep in mind that tramway cars need terminal loops to turn around and drive back. A terminal loop is built by laying a half tile of track. Although the loop seems to cover the whole tile on the map it's just a half tile internally. The half tile is always at the open end, i.e. opposite from the round end. This is important if you want to remove single track pieces. Laying more than one piece of track on a tile creates straight or curved track or a crossing and doesn't allow turning around.

Building Trams

Then, place a Tramway depot, construct a vehicle by clicking New Vehicles, then select a vehicle and purchase it. It will be then placed into the depot and its vehicle window will be opened. Issue orders to it, and click on the bottom bar marked "Stopped" to start the Tram.

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