Rails Across America Game Cheats

Submitted by: rickHH

Managing Your Tracks: 
The best way to manage your tracks is to check your 
Track List screen every once in a while. Track List 
shows you all the different tracks that you own, both 
finished and under construction. Open up the screen 
and click on the Utilization header at the top. This 
will sort the tracks by how bad their traffic problems 
are. Open the Track Details screen for the first track 
by clicking on the arrow to the right of it. Fix this 
track by adding/removing/upgrading the engines assigned 
to it, then move to the next track either by clicking on 
the right arrow next to the track name, or moving the 
mouse wheel while the pointer is over the name. One easy 
shortcut: Wherever you see the Utilization lights (the 
zigzag lights), you can add or remove engines just by 
clicking on the specific light that you want your 
Utilization to be.

You can upgrade an engine by clicking the large arrow on 
its card. This will open the upgrade box. If you want to 
upgrade all your engines of that class, click on the upgrade 
button on the engine card in the train pool (the area on the 
right that shows all the cards). If you only want to upgrade 
the engines on a single track, click on the upgrade button 
on the engine card in the Track Slot area.

Many tracks will not have any passenger traffic. If you 
have a single engine assigned to carrying passengers, and 
the light is red on the right, then there may not be enough 
traffic to justify the engine. By not running an engine, you 
may save money in maintenance costs.

If you're running out of money, you may want to focus on just 
a few tracks. It's much better to have some high volume tracks 
running efficiently, and only paying maintenance for those 
tracks, than to run everything badly. If you take all the 
trains off of a track, you pay much less maintenance on that 

Loans are key to the game in the early phase, because you'll 
want to expand quickly. Loans have two elements to them: the 
interest rate, and how long they go. Every year, you'll pay 
some interest on the loan, and at the end of their duration, 
you pay back the principal. Make sure you have enough money 
to pay back the loan when it comes due! If you have to take 
out another loan to pay it off, it's usually better to do so 
than to go into bankruptcy. If a loan comes due, your finance 
department will try to take out an emergency loan to cover 
the amount, although it won't be at a good interest rate.

If you do go into bankruptcy, don't be so quick to come out 
of it. After all, you've already taken the prestige hit, so 
why not take advantage of it? Bankruptcy reduces all your 
maintenance costs, and removes all of the debts. You can stay 
in bankruptcy until you either leave it voluntarily by hitting 
the button, or you've had twelve straight profitable months, 
or you've gone three years. You can't lay track or buy shortlines 
until you leave bankruptcy, so there are reasons why you may 
want to get out of it.

You don't win the game by having the most cash, but by having 
the most prestige, so don't focus just on building up your worth. 
Use that cash to build more aggressively, and smarter, than your 
opponents! You may have to flirt with bankruptcy, but that's 
what it takes to win!

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