In the 19th century, shortly after the industrial revolution, railways quickly spread over the world. Japan, importing Western culture and eager to become one of the Grand Nations, saw the birth of many private railway companies and entered the Golden Age of railways. Eventually, as a result of the actions of powerful people and capitalists, many of these smaller companies gradually merged into larger ones.
In Trains, the players are such capitalists, managing private railways companies and striving to become bigger and better than the competition. The game takes place during the 19th and 20th century in the 2012 OKAZU Brand edition, whereas the 2013 AEG/Pegasus edition is set in modern times, with bullet trains, freight trains and more. You will start with a small set of cards, but by building a more effective deck throughout the game, you will be able to place stations and lay rails over the maps of Osaka, Tokyo or other locations. The trick is to purchase the cards you want to use, then use them as effectively as possible. Gain enough points from your railways and you will ultimately manage the most powerful railroads in modern Japan!
300 Selectable cards – ten each of thirty different types: Amusement park, Collaboration, Conductor area, Command central, Control room, Information central, First train, Freight train, Garage, Holiday timetable, Ironworks, Land fill, Mail train, Maintenance factory, Material dump site, Passing station, Pulling, Rapid train, Signal spot, Signals, Station crew, Stationmaster office, Steel bridge, Switchback, Temporary timetable, Tourist train, Tunnel, Underground digging, Viaduct, Wagon factory
30 Randomizers – one of each type listed above
170 Mandatory cards
30 normal train
20 express train
10 limited express train
20 rail laying
20 station expansion
30 VP cards
10 multi-story building
Game board – double-sided (Tokyo/Osaka)
80 track markers (twenty each of red, yellow, gray and purple)
4 VP markers (red, yellow, gray, purple)
30 station markers (white octagonal cylinders)
Components (AEG 2013)
1 double-sided game board
530 cards (Waste cards are non-standard. Others are standard card size)
changes mostly due to further playtesting:
- moved the location of Paris (thanks Aurèle)
- added Delémont
- added the remote connection to Tirano
- removed a mountain space between Bellinzona and St. Moritz
This is an updated version of the card guide found at the back of the original Japanese release of Trains rule book. The updated version is to correspond with the AEG version of Trains.
The layout was done by Russell Howell (BGG user "badgeguy") - a very big thank you to him, for making this file look top notch.