Building tracks
Manual Tutorials

Basic tutorial:

Setting up a bus service
Setting up a train service
Setting up a plane service

Advanced railway tutorial:

Two Platforms
Two Tracks
Basic Network

In game tutorial:

In-game tutorial
In-depth Instructions

Railway construction:
Building tracks
Building stations
Building depots
Placing signals
Buying & selling trains
Converting railways
Road construction:
Building roads
Building stations and loading bays
Building depots
Buying & selling road vehicles
Waterways construction:
Building docks
Building depots
Placing buoys
Buying & selling ships
Building locks and canals
Airport construction:
Building airports
Buying & selling aircraft
General construction:
Building bridges
Working with vehicles:
Setting vehicle orders
Refitting vehicles
Replacing vehicles
Grouping vehicles

In this tutorial, you can learn how to proficiently build (place, lay) and delete railway tracks, and what options and commands are present for doing so.


How do I lay tracks?

First of all, you must open the Railway construction toolbar - click the railway build button ( /File/en/Manual/Manual html m772c5b23.png ) on the menu bar to display the railway construction toolbar:

The railway construction toolbar

Besides laying tracks on flat land you can also Build on slopes. There are two ways you can lay tracks:

Building selected direction tracks

Click on one of the rail building buttons ( /File/en/Manual/Build rail.png ). The example uses the 4th button.

Placing tracks

  1. Move the cursor over the tile you want to start your track on.
    Laying a new track
  2. Drag the cursor to where you want your track to end.
    Laying a new track
  3. Release the mouse button and your new track will appear.
    Your new track

Removing tracks

To remove the tracks, select the Remove tool ( Clear button ). The white square will change to a red square. Now you can simply click & drag along the existing tracks to remove them. Click the tool button again to deselect it. You can also use the R key shortcut to toggle Remove. For rails only, holding Ctrl key activates removal.

Using Autorail tool

For more information, check Autorail

First select the Autorail button ( Autorail button ) from the railway construction toolbar. You cursor will change to represent Autorail feature. The shortcut for this is A.

Selecting Autorail feature

Placing tracks

  1. Placing horizontal/vertical straight pieces (along squares) is the easiest. Put your cursor over any square and click & drag along the squares. The white lines represent your future tracks.
    You can click in a square and move your mouse in different directions to see how new tracks would be placed.
    Laying a straight piece of tracks
  2. Release your mouse cursor and you will have built a straight piece of tracks.
    A newly built straight piece of tracks
  3. Placing diagonal tracks is just the same, click & drag from one square to another. Note that a diagonal track, unlike a horizontal / vertical track, occupies only half a square - meaning you can put two diagonal tracks onto one square.
    Laying a diagonal piece of tracks
  4. Autorail tool works fine with hilly terrain, showing you how tracks will be placed on a non-uniform landscape.
Laying a piece of tracks over a hilly terrain
Laid a piece of tracks over hills

Removing tracks

There are two ways to remove pieces of tracks (besides the dynamite ( Dynamite tool ) tool)

  1. To remove a piece of tracks, hold CTRL and click & drag along existing piece of tracks. Just as you would when building tracks.
    Deleting a piece of tracks (with CTRL)
  2. Release the mouse and the tracks will be sold. Unlike road, you do gain some of your money back by removing track.
    A newly deleted piece of tracks

Deleting a piece of tracks with clear button

Connection types

There are two angles at which the tracks can connect.


Below is a 45° connection, a train can pass through one such connection without slowing down. However, if the same train is on more than one 45° connection at once, it will slow down.

45° rail connections


This is a 90° connection. A train slows down considerably every time it has to pass one of these.

If the advanced setting "Forbid trains and ships to make 90° turns" is enabled, then trains cannot pass this kind of connection and will stop and reverse like the end of the line.

90° rail connections

You will find that you can become very proficient at laying tracks if you master the A, Ctrl+A and D shortcut keys - A for Autorail (Ctrl for remove) and D for Dynamite. Use X to toggle tree and building transparency/visibility - also very useful. See also the list of shortcut keys.

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