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2016 edition

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 30 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Franz-Benno Delonge

Publisher(s): Rio Grande Games

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Product Description

Build the rails from sea to sea.

America in the 19th century: railroads are booming! Pioneer spirit and vision are everywhere.

Everyone wants to be the first to build a railroad network across the country. Each player has five cities and tries to connect them with a shared network of tracks. As soon as a player has done this, the round ends. The other players lose points and the next round begins. At the end of the game, the player with the most points left wins!

Product Awards

Major FUN
Award Winner, 2007
Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 2003
Deutscher Spiele Preis
2nd place, 2002
Spiel des Jahres
Finalist, 2002

Product Information


  • game board
  • 85 wooden rails
  • 35 city cards
  • 6 wooden start markers
  • 6 wooden locomotive tokens
  • starting map
  • rules

Product Reviews

Robin King
December 31, 2002

Very light and entertaining, TransAmerica will please even the less experienced gamer. A map of the United States is arranged in a grid of triangles, with cities at some intersections. Each person picks one city card at random from each of five regions, and then places his starting marker at a chosen intersection. Players vie to be the first to connect all their cities by rails that are laid along the sides of the triangles. You can lay two rails on a turn unless you are crossing a mountain or river, in which case you can only lay one rail. To play several rounds, keep score by penalizing the losing players the number of rails by which they're short of their goal. You can connect two rail networks, but would that aid another player more than it would help you? It's a decision to chew-chew on.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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