Search: Titles Only:
Article Edit | History | Editors


Main branches of the 18xx system

18xx is the collective term used to describe a set of railroad-themed stock market and tile laying games. The 18xx set has two main branches: the 1829 branch (1829, 1825, 1853, and 1829 Mainline) and the 1830 branch (1830, 1856, 1870, etc). There are also a number of crossover games which sit somewhere between the two branches (e.g. 1860). While general railroad operations such as track laying are critical to both branches, the two branches are fundamentally quite different in character and player focus. The 1829 branch games emphasize stock-picking and portfolio management while the 1830 branch concentrates more on financial prediction and stock market manipulation. So in 1829 et al. players are rewarded for holding the right stocks at the right time and for running their companies well, while in 1830 et al. they are rewarded more for manipulating the stock market to their advantage and investing in the companies that thereby profit.

For more information about 18xx, visit the 18xx YahooGroup, the 18xx Family, the Facebook group and the 18xx Slack chat group.


  • The original 18xx game from which all others trace their design lineage is Francis Tresham's 1829.
  • The games involve railroads/railways. (This is somewhat controversial, as games like 1830 UR and 2038 are based on the 18xx system, but do not involve railroads/railways).
  • Highest net worth (normally cash plus stock assets) determine the winner.
  • Players can buy stock in companies.
  • The player (or corporate entity, e.g. in 1841) with the most stock runs the subject company as president or director.
  • Turns alternate between stock buying/selling rounds and operating rounds.
  • In operating rounds, the president/director determines what track tiles to lay and where, what stations/bases to create, calculates the earnings of trains, decides whether to pay out the revenue as dividends to the shareholders or to retain it in the company, and may buy a new train. These don't necessarily have to happen in this order (e.g. train buying may occur before revenue calculations in some games).
  • The purchase of new types of trains may trigger other actions (increased revenues, border changes, private company closures, new track tiles, etc.).
  • The board has a hexagonal grid and track tiles are hexagonal in shape (though 18Lilliput uses a square grid and square tiles).
  • Stock values rise or fall depending on whether revenues are paid out as dividends or retained by the company.


Designed By
1761: From Canal to Rail England Ian D. Wilson
1800 Colorado Antonio Leal
1812: The Cradle of Steam Railways North-Eastern UK Ian D. Wilson
1817 Eastern US Craig Bartell and Tim Flowers
1822: The Railways of Great Britain
Great Britain Simon Cutforth
1822CA Canada Simon Cutforth and Robert Lecuyer
1824: Austria-Hungary Austria-Hungary Helmut Ohley and Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
Britain Francis Tresham
1828 Eastern United States J. C. Lawrence
1826: Railroading in France and Belgium from 1826 France and Belgium David G. D. Hecht
Britain Francis Tresham
1829 Mainline Britain Francis Tresham
1830: Railways & Robber Barons
Eastern United States Francis Tresham
1830 Lummerland Fantasy Island Kay-Viktor Stegemann
1831 Eastern United States Carl M. Burger
1832: The South Southern United States Bill Dixon
1834 Northern United States Thomas Lehmann
1834 Belgium & Luxembourg Eddie Robbins
Germany Francis Tresham and Michael Meier-Bachl
  • Wolfram Janich
  • 1836jr Netherlands and Belgium David G. D. Hecht
    1837: Rail Building in the Austro-Hungarian Empire Austria-Hungary Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    1838: Rheinland Germany Wolfram Janich
    1841 Northern Italy Federico Vellani and Manlio Manzini
    1842: Schleswig Holstein Germany Province INVALID OBJECT ID=6691, type=person and Wolfram Janich
    1843 France J. C. Lawrence
    1844: Switzerland Switzerland Helmut Ohley and Peter Minder
    1846: The Race for the Midwest Midwestern United States Thomas Lehmann
    1847: Pfalz German Sub-Region Wolfram Janich
    1848: Australia Australia Helmut Ohley and Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    1849: The Game of Sicilian Railways Island of Sicily Chris Lawson and Federico Vellani
    1850 Midwestern United States Bill Dixon
    1830: Railways & Robber Barons – 1850 Jr Island of Sicily Fabio Pellegrino and Gabriele Callari
    1851: Kentucky & Tennessee Kentucky and Tennessee Chris Lawson and Mark Derrick
    1853 India Francis Tresham
    1854 Austria Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    1856: Railroading in Upper Canada from 1856 Upper Canada Bill Dixon
    1857 Argentina Eddie Robbins
    1857 by Roberto Ullfig Argentina Roberto Ullfig
    1858: The Railways of Iberia Spain and Portugal Ian D. Wilson
    1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight British Island Mike Hutton
    1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire Russia Ian D. Wilson
    1862 America and Canada Helmut Ohley
    1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties East Anglia, England Mike Hutton
    1865: Sardinia Sardinia and Corsica Alessandro Lala
    1867: The Railways of Canada and 1867: The Railways of Canada
    (The BGG admins refused to merge these entries)
    Canada Ian D. Wilson
    1868 Uruguay Eddie Robbins
    1869: USA West Western United States Alan R. Moon
    1869: The Golden Spike Western United States Colin Barnhorst and Kristopher Marquardt
    1870: Railroading across the Trans Mississippi from 1870 Central United States Bill Dixon
    Harzbahn 1873 Northen Germany Klaus Kiermeier
    1880: China China Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler and Helmut Ohley
    1876 Trinidad Peter Jacobi
    1881: Das Berliner Strassenbahnspiel Berlin Michael Mette
    1883 Northern Italy Manlio Manzini
    1886 Nagoya, Japan Micha Bear Cub
    1889: History of Shikoku Railways Shikoku, Japan Yasutaka Ikeda
    1890 Osaka, Japan Shin-ichi Takasaki
    1891 Hiroshima, Japan Toryo Hojo
    1895 Namibia Namibia Helmut Ohley and Adam Romoth
    Northern Kanto, Japan Tatsuya Kamioka
    1898 France Michael Brünker
    1899 China Dirk Clemens and Ingo Mayer
    1899KP Korean Peninsula Nobuhiro Izumi
    18AL Alabama Mark Derrick
    18Ardennes Northwestern Europe David G. D. Hecht
    18BA Bahia (Brazil) Rafael
    18C2C: Manifest Destiny United States Mark Frazier
    18C2C: Continental Empires United States Mark Frazier and Michael Calhoon and Mike Monical
    18Chesapeake Chesapeake Scott Petersen
    18CLE Cleveland, Ohio Richard McGuire
    18CZ Czech Republic Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    18EC: USA East Coast Southeastern United States Auke Stegink and Han Heidema
    18EU Europe James Hlavaty and David G. D. Hecht
    18EZ Non-historical Clay Murry and Drew Dane
    18FL Florida David G. D. Hecht
    18FR France Michael Liebetanz, Helmut Ohley and J. C. Lawrence
    18GA Georgia Mark Derrick
    18GB: The Railways of Great Britain Great Britain Dave Berry
    18GL Great Lakes Area Gary Mroczka
    18GM: The 18XX GameMaster Non-historical Colin Barnhorst and Kristopher Marquardt
    18IB Iberian Peninsula Akke Monasso
    18IN: Railways Across Indiana Indiana Gary Mroczka
    18Ireland Ireland Ian Scrivins
    18JP-T Tokyo Toryo Hojo
    18Kaas Holland Erno Eekelschot
    18Lilliput Island of Lilliput Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    18MEX Mexico Mark Derrick
    18NA North America Bill Dixon and Dustin Hatchett
    18NAC North America Matthew Campbell and Fred Campbell
    18NEB Nebraska Matthew Campbell
    18NK Nagaokakyo (the Japanese designer who calls himself "CTDA")
    18NL Netherlands Helmut Ohley
    18NY New York Pierre LeBoeuf
    18OE: On the Rails of the Orient Express Europe (Orient Express) Edward Sindelar
    18OH Ohio Thomas Hudson
    18OR Oregon leiavoia
    18PA Pennsylvania David G. D. Hecht
    18Rhl: Rhineland Germany Wolfram Janich
    18Scan Scandinavia David G. D. Hecht
    Unpublished Prototype São Paulo INVALID OBJECT ID=12708, type=person
    18SS Non-historical (unknown Japanese designer)
    18SX Saxony Wolfram Janich
    18SY Hoshu Island Toryo Hojo
    18TK Tokyo, Japan Julian Okuda (ジュリアン奥田)
    18TN Tennessee and Kentucky Mark Derrick
    18ULC Upper and Lower Canada Robert Lecuyer
    18US United States David G. D. Hecht
    18VA Virginia David G. D. Hecht
    18West Western United States David G. D. Hecht
    18ZOO A zoo with animals Paolo Russo
    18?? Alternate map & privates for 1870 Allen Sliwinski
    1947 India Sergio Spaggiari
    2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt Asteroid belt James Hlavaty and Thomas Lehmann
    3018: Age of the Interplanetals Inner Solar System Christopher Clouser
    Poseidon Aegean Sea Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler and Helmut Ohley
    Railroad Barons 11 Different Metro Areas Helmut Ohley
    Powerrails Non-historical Tom Schoeps
    Steam over Holland Holland Bart Van Dijk
    Ur: 1830 BC Ur Jeroen Doumen and Joris Wiersinga

    Game Conventions

    • Chattanooga Rail Gaming Challenge - January-February in Chattanooga, Tennessee; run by Mark Derrick
    • TempleCon - January in Providence, Rhode Island; run by Dave Lionett
    • TotalCon - February in Mansfield, Massachusetts; run by Dave Mitton
    • Hattanooga - May in Medicine Hat, Alberta; run by Tyler McLaughlin
    • Portland 18xx Convention - June in Portland, Oregon; run by Dave Blanchard (magnate)
    • DieCon - June in St. Louis, Missouri metro area; run by Chris Fawcett
    • ManorCon - July in the United Kingdom
    • World Boardgaming Championships (WBC) - End of July in Seven Springs, PA near Pittsburgh; 18xx Tournament run by Tom McCorry
    • MidSumCon - August in Chicago, Illinois; run by Anthony Carver
    • RailCon - Fall in the United States, location varies; Run by the Train Gamers Association; includes non-18xx rail games.
    • Buckeye Game Fest - September in Columbus Ohio. Includes non--18xx games. Run by Columbus Area Boardgame Society (CABS).
    • Conception Convention - September in Glen Ellyn Illinois. Features an 18xx Tournament. Tournament run by Joe Miller.
    • 18xxBelgium - 2 dedicated 18xx conventions a year in Belgium (summer and winter)

    Play Online and by Email & Helper Tools

    [What Links Here]
    Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
    Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.