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Here are collected Web links to various railroad game sites. Since the emphasis is on railroad games with which I am personally acquainted and which I play, my hope has been to be as thorough as possible in gathering all relevant sites for those games into one place. I also include links to games which I don't own and have never played but which have come to my attention for one reason or another. The individual game sites are subdivided by topic and have links to relevant portions of both individual sites as well as the more comprehensive game sites.

In late 1996 when I first began perusing the web looking for sites on 18xx railroad games, David Reed's Depot site was one of the most useful. That site disappeared sometime in 1998, but it has been restored to the Web. However, it still has not been updated since late April 1997, and portions of it date back to 1996. Nevertheless, there are many useful bits of information in this Depot site. Of more recent vintage, Chris Lawson's Blackwater Station used to be one of the most well-organized and comprehensive sites on 18xx games. It was also a great source for those interested in gamekits for a wide variety of 18xx games. However, at the moment production of game-kits is on hiatus, and the site doesn't appear to have been updated for awhile. Andy Lange's 18xx Page was also once a useful site, but it apparently hasn't been updated since the spring of 1996. His site has lists of PBEM players as well as records of some PBEM games, although the recording of those players and games seems to have stopped midstream in the spring of 1996.  Nevertheless, there is still much of value in all of these sites

Dave Mitton's Train Games and 18xx Information Page, however, is very much worth examining since it is still kept up to date. Moreover, Dave includes some nice links to non-game railroad sites. Another site which now, unfortunately, contains many dead links in their "Switchyard" section is the older Train Gamers Association site, not updated since 1998.  Nevertheless, their "Train Gamers Gazette" section contains a number of relevant articles for train games, including those of the 18xx series. However, Chris Hagen has been maintaining a new Train Gamers Association page which contains information on gaming events plus web links to some other sites, including game manufacturers and convention websites.  Unfortunately this, too, is not updated frequently.  Finally, for those who want to participate in discussions concerning the full range of 18xx games, there is also a free Email group, eGroups: 18xx. I am interested in obtaining further links to the games listed below, so anyone who would like to offer a link for posting (or to correct an entry) should see the bottom of this page for information on how to get in touch with me.


Railroad Games in General

18xx
18xx Game Summaries by David Hecht (Blackwater Station Forum; covers 1826,1830,1835,1841,1849,1856,1870)
18xx McGuffins by Steve Thomas (Blackwater Station Forum; discussion of a variety of 18xx Game Kits)
18xx Minor and Private Companies (This link has died. Anyone know whether the site still exists anywhere?)
18xx Site by Stefan Meinhold (German language site, including German language rules for several 18xx games.)
18xx Overview by Richard Irving (Covers 1829, 1830, and 1835.)
18xx/PC - Querverweise by Dirk Clemens (German language site with links to many other 18xx sites)
18xx Rules Difference List (maintained by Keith Thomasson)
18xx Series - A Case for Re-Design? and Replies Discussions on 1825, 1829, 1830, 1835, 1837, 1853, with comments by Francis Tresham, too.
18xx Variants' Rules (posted by Robert Jasiek; covers 1826, 1835, 1841,1856)
Andy's 18xx Page
Blackwater Station (by Chris Lawson)
Blackwater Station: Tile Menu
Blackwater Station: Tile Reference List
Forum: An Introduction to 18xx (by Stuart Dagger) (Blackwater Station Forum)
FourTrack Mainline (John's 18xx site for play by e-mail)
Functional 18xx Comparison (by Robert Jasiek)
Gregor's Play by Email Section (by Gregor Zeitlinger)
John's 18xx Site for play by e-mail (also called "FourTrack Mainline")
Lemmis Homepage (German language 18xx site by Dirk Clemens. Includes an 18xx PC section)
Minstrel HT (A PBEM online adjudication magazine published by Rob Thomasson)
New Breed of 18xx Games Are Needed  (from the TGA Train Gamers Gazette)
On Italian 18xx Gaming (from TGA Train Gamers Gazette)
PBeM 18xx Players List  (Oct. 21, 2002)
ps18xx-1.5 zip - Postscript Maps for 18xx Games  (by Matthias Klose)
ps18xx-vs.zip - Postscript maps for 18xx Games  (by Volker Schnell)
Railroad Games: 18xx Series (A collection of 18xx links by the DMOZ: Open Directory Project)
Railroad Games Home Page - 18xx Depot (This link has died. Anyone know whether the site still exists anywhere?)
Rails 18xx by Marco Rocci (Emphasis on track tile design)
Robo's 18xx Page (Cyberboxes for 1829, 1830, 1835, 1853, 1856, 1870)
Survey of 18xx Rail Games by Brian Bankler (Thanks to Brian Bankler for providing the correct new URL)
Train Games and 18xx Information Page (by Dave Mitton)
Where Have All the Cities Gone? 1829's City Tiles Revisited (from the TGA Train Gamers Gazette)

1825 (Southeastern England) - by Francis Tresham
Reviews & Summaries

Rules and Components Variant Rules 1826 (France and Belgium) - by David Hecht
Reviews and Summaries Rules and Components Strategy Guides 1829 (Great Britain) - by Francis Tresham
PBEM
FourTrack Mainline (see 1829 section)


Reviews & Summaries

Rules and Components Variants 1830 (Northeast USA) - by Francis Tresham & Bruce Shelley
Computer Version PBEM Reviews & Summaries

Rules and Components

Strategy Guides Variant Rules UR - 1830 BC  (Title of an 18xx game based on Irrigation of Land in 1830 BC)
Reviews & Summaries 1831 (Northeast USA) - by Carl Burger
Carl Burger - Designer of 1831 PBM/PBEM Reviews & Summaries Rules and Components Strategy Guides


1835 (Germany) - by Michael Meier-Bachl
PBEM

Playing Aids

Reviews & Summaries

Rules and Components Strategy Guides Variants 1837(Austro-Hungarian Empire) - by Leonhard Orgler
Rules and Components


1841 (Northern Italy) - by Federico Vellani
Playing Aids

Reviews & Summaries Rules and Components 1851 (Kentucky-Tennessee, USA) - by Chris Lawson

Rules and Components

1853 (India) - by Francis Tresham
Playing Aids Reviews & Summaries Rules and Components Variant Rules 1854 (Austria) - by Leonhard Orgler
Rules and Components 1856 (Ontario, Canada) - by Bill Dixon
PBEM Reviews & Summaries Rules and Comnponents Strategy Guides Variants
1856 Hartmann Variant Rule
1862 (Continental USA) - by Helmut Ohley
Rules and Components


1870 (South-Central USA) - by Bill Dixon
PBEM

Reviews & Summaries

Rules and Components (See also Bill Dixon's "Variant" below.) Strategy Guides Variants 18AL (Alabama, USA) - by Mark Derrick
Reviews & Summaries Rules and Components 18EU (Europe)- by David G. D. Hecht
Rules & Components 18GA (Georgia, USA) - by Mark Derrick
Reviews & Summaries Rules and Components
18AL and 18GA Tile Upgrade Charts (John David Galt)
Rules Clarifications (John David Galt)
18TN (Tennessee, USA) - by Mark Derrick
Reviews & Summaries Confederate Rails: Railroading During the American Civil War - by Richard Berg Empire Builder Series

Reviews

Rules and Components Strategy Guides Variants Rail Baron Railway Rivals --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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