Santa Fe Rails
Manufacturer: GMT Games
Designer: Alan R Moon
Number of Players: 2 - 5
Time to Play: about 1 hour
Be a western rail and real estate baron. Unleash the
engines of progress in 19th century America, where the rail
ruled the west, creating fortunes and fueling economic growth.
In this game about the westward expansion of the railroads,
players steer the development of five major railroads and four
short lines so as to enhance the values of the city and
boomtown properties they control while also earning bonuses
for completion of connections.
In Santa Fe Rails, players build the Union Pacific, Santa
Fe, Great Northern, Kansas City and Southern Pacific railroads
from their bases in Chicago, New Orleans, Kansas City and
Milwaukee. The short lines Texas Pacific, Denver & Rio Grande
Western, Western Pacific and Rock Island make their appearance
in the middle of the game.
Players play City cards to lay claim to end-game victory
points for the number of railroads connected to their cities.
They lay track pieces to create the connections of the major
railroads to those cities. Special cards allow railroads to
establish branch lines. Players may opt to grab special cards
that allow the laying of extra tracks on a turn. Boomtowns can
be created out of small-value cities. Short line railroads can
be used to connect out-of-the-way places. The game ends when
all the track pieces for the major railroads have been used.
The Cities with the higher values and most railroad
connections will score the most.
- 1 Map of the Western USA
- 94 Cards
- 10 Boomtown Markers
- 160 Pieces of Track
- 60 Plastic Chips
- 1 First Player Train
- 1 Rulebook