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Travel the US, Canada & Mexico using the Railways of the World system! Build track linking all 4 cities of your color first & you win!
Travel the US, Canada & Mexico using the Railways of the World system! Build track linking all 4 cities of your color first & you win!
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Too late to support us on Kickstarter? Click above to pre-order Railways Express and hitch a ride with us the second time around the track in this rollicking, dice-rolling race game!
Too late to support us on Kickstarter? Click above to pre-order Railways Express and hitch a ride with us the second time around the track in this rollicking, dice-rolling race game!

Railways Express is a race around the USA and parts of southern Canada and northern Mexico. Up to 4 players choose a railroad line, designated by color, and are assigned a starting city. The object of the game is to link all four cities of your color. To do this, you will lay track according to what you roll on two terrain dice and two track dice. Like the base game of Railways of the World (ROTW) from which Railways Express is derived, you must lay curved and straight track through various types of terrain including plains, water and mountains. Linking to cities will award you re-roll cubes (and possibly cards as well) giving you strategic options for the routes you will need to plan and the cities you will need to link. Railways Express uses most of the components familiar to fans of the Railways of the World series—such as track tiles; plastic model trains; wooden cubes and familiar types of cards including Service Bounties and Railroad Operations. This self-contained expansion is designed as an introduction to the ROTW series. It is accessible to younger players and at the same time totally enjoyable for seasoned veterans of the series.

Custom-Made Metal Dice Add-On

Add $30 to your existing pledge and get four custom-made 16mm metal dice:  solid brass with black etching for the terrain dice and aluminum with black etching for the track dice (as pictured below).

Custom-made metal dice --  a $30 add on
Custom-made metal dice -- a $30 add on

Add on more 25mm white dice

For just a $7 add-on to your existing pledge, get an additional set of four of the 25mm wooden white dice (shown in the photo above Game Overview).

Contents:

  • A beautiful 25” x 36” map of USA + parts of Canada and Mexico
  •  Cover art by Currier and Ives
  • Four large 25mm Dice (2 track & 2 terrain)
  • 24 Operations Cards
  • 18 Service Bounty Cards
  • 231 Track Tiles
  • 64 plastic locomotives (16 x 4 colors)
  • 120 wooden cubes (30 x 4 colors)
  • Game Rules with optional advanced play rules
  • Deep box with extra storage room

Complete Game Rules Here (note the "Click here to read the game rules (PDF)" in the center of the page you are directed to)

PROTOTYPE PHOTOS

The proposed final components on a prototype (paper) board
The proposed final components on a prototype (paper) board
Railways Express will have heaps of components
Railways Express will have heaps of components
A view from the Great Lakes looking South
A view from the Great Lakes looking South

You can also help us raise funds for Railways Express by ordering some of our previously-produced games as add-ons. To include add-ons in your pledge, simply increase your pledge by the appropriate amount and send us a message by clicking on our profile and hitting the "Contact Us" button to let us know what you want. We'll also send around a final survey after the end of the Kickstarter to confirm everyone's choices. You can add any number of each add-on item to your pledge, as long as you have at least pledged at the "Locomotive Engineer" level and purchased at least one copy of Railways Express.

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RETAILERS and DEDICATED FLGS customers:

We recognize that there are many loyal customers who want to patronize their local game stores to help ensure that those stores will stay in business. Local game stores provide unique insights into which games to buy and they frequently offer play space in those stores to play games. We applaud this dedication and we want to support it. We have created a RETAILER only level as part of this Kickstarter project. Kickstarter limits the number of games that any given Retailer may purchase. For this project that limit is one case. More can be purchased directly from Eagle Games. When you pledge, please contact us to go over purchase and shipping details. You may find this Kickstarter project on your own, or your customers might alert you to it. In either case, please pledge at the retailer level and let us know who you are. We will add you name to a list that we will create right HERE:

Minishoppa, Taiwan

LEX Hobby Store, Iasi, Romania

Cape Fear Games, Wilmington, NC, USA

Rainy Day Games, Aloha, Oregon, USA

Noble Knight Games, Janesville, Wisconsin, USA

Your customers can tell you that they would like to pre-order the game and have the credit for the sale go to you (WITH any and all of the Kickstarter goals and benefits shipping out to you as well).  Of course you will need to apply to be a member of the FRED network of stores and go over purchasing and shipping details with our staff. Please give us feedback on this new pledge level and this attempt by us to include retailers in this project in a meaningful way. Thanks!

Commitment to Quality

Eagle & Gryphon Games are committed to producing games of the highest quality, both in production and game play. We feel it is important that people who buy Railways Express receive a game that is well made and will be in playable condition for many years. Railways Express will be produced using the best printing, box and components available.

Thanks for your support of Railways Express!
Please direct any questions to: customer-service@eagle-gryphon.com

International Shipping:

The following shipping terms are pertinent to shipping ONE game of Railways Express only.  For anything other than one game of Railways Express you will need to contact us and let us know your country and what you would like us to ship to you.  We will give you a $10 credit (mentioned below) towards all international shipping.

We will ship internationally only to select countries on the following lists. We are subsidizing this shipping by $10 which is reflected in the amounts quoted below.  This is the amount we are subsidizing for "free shipping" in the US. Please add the amount indicated below to your pledge depending on the country you want us to ship to.  The amounts quoted are for only one Railways Express game to be sent to you  (this game weighs approximately 5 pounds).  For multiple copy or "Bundle" shipping rates you will need to contact us and let us know your country and what quantity and games you are pledging for.

Keep in mind that bundles and greater quantities will always save you money on international shipping.  It is typically the first game that is expensive and the "add-ons" are not nearly as expensive on a per game basis.

FOR CANADA ONLY -- please add $25 to your pledge for shipping

For all of the countries on the following list #1, please add $35 to your pledge for shipping: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden

For all of the countries on the following list #2, please add $45 to your pledge for shipping:  Australia, China, Czech Republic, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, The United Kingdom

Others in countries not on this list might consider using a US freight forwarder address in the US and we will ship to that US address for free.

For multiple games or if you have questions about shipping internationally, please contact us at: customer-service@eagle-gryphon.com

Risks and challenges

Eagle and Gryphon Games has participated in 20 successful Kickstarter projects completed in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and all of our projects have shipped out either in the same month we originally projected or within 30 days thereafter. We have been more than 30 days earlier than projected, but never more than 30 days later. Even so, there are always unpredictable events which can occur that might delay our projects. We will do our best to avoid them, but there is always the risk that the project might be delayed. Shipping can be a particularly difficult challenge when it involves destinations outside the US (and sometimes even within the US as well). We will obtain tracking information when it is possible, but sometimes it is not. We cannot guarantee that there will not be shipping problems as we cannot guarantee the service and reliability of the various postal services involved around the world. You will have to assume that risk along with us. We have been producing board games for over 10 years and we have a good reputation for the quality of our productions because we visit and choose our Chinese partners/factories carefully. However, mistakes happen occasionally that we cannot control--such as missing or defective components. When they do, our customer service department will work with you to take care of production problems that might arise. Please contact us with regard to any such issues within 90 days of receiving your copy of the game.

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    Rolling Stock --You will receive one set of four 25mm wooden dice--white with black terrain and track symbols. You may also add $7 to your existing pledge for each additional set of these dice that you would like to order. Shipping is free if added to your existing pledge and $3 (in the US) if shipped separately. (Add $6 for international shipping of one set only).

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    CUSTOM DICE --You will receive one set of four 16mm metal dice--solid brass with black etching on the two terrain dice and aluminum with balck etching on the two track dice. You may also add $30 to your existing pledge for each additional set of these dice that you would like to order. Shipping is free if added to your existing pledge and $5 (in the US) if shipped separately. (Add $8 for international shipping of one set only).

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    Earliest Bird, Locomotive Engineer -- Receive one copy of Railways Express (Save $6.00, the MSRP will be $40.00). This level includes FREE shipping in the US (Saves another $10.00). For Canadian and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    Early Bird, Locomotive Engineer -- Receive one copy of Railways Express (Save $2.00, the MSRP will be $40.00) This level includes FREE shipping in the US (Saves another $10.00). For Canadian and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    God Save the Queen! -- Receive two games for a great price. Get a copy of the new (about to released at the same time) Railways of Great Britain [for which you must have a copy of the "Railways of the World" base game to play]. And receive one copy of "Railways Express", along with that copy of "Railways of Great Britain" (Save $10.00 off of the MSRPs) This level includes FREE shipping in the US (Saves another $25.00). For Canadian and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    Race Bundle -- This level includes three great race games! Receive one copy of "Railways Express", one copy of "Bridgetown Races", and one copy of "Worm Up". (Save $25.00 off original MSRPs) This level includes FREE shipping in the US (Saves another $25.00). For Canadian and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    The Transcontinental -- Get one copy of Railways Express and one copy of Railways of North America (RONA)--another NEW release which will arrive at the same time as Railways Express. RONA contains a great new map of Canada (excellent for 2-4 players). RONA also combines Railways of the Western US and/or the base game of ROTW to make a MEGA map and Transcontinental Game possible (rules for which are included in RONA). You might also consider purchasing add-ons of any or all of the 5 mini-expansions--hotels, fuel depots, mines and crossings, all pictured at the left--as well as the ROTW Event deck! This level includes FREE shipping in the US. For Canadian and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    Mini-Expansions Bundle -- Get one copy of Railways Express AND add a 96-piece set of Mini-Expansions PLUS a FREE ROTW Events Deck (both the minis and the Events Deck may be used with any ROTW base game or expansions) for a total of $80 (includes $8 shipping anywhere). Short supply: Limited to only 100 Backers!

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    Railways of the World, Basic Bundle -- Get an introduction to the "Railways of the World" series at a great price! This pledge level will start you off with a copy of "Railways Express", as well as one copy of "Railways of the World" the base game. (Save $25.00 off of the MSRPs) This level includes FREE shipping in the US (Saves another $25.00). For Canadian and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    Railways of the World, Race Bundle -- This level will include three very different variations of Railways of the World, including the "Railways of the World" base game; one copy of "Railways Express", and one copy of "Railways of the World: The Card Game". (Save $43.00 off of the MSRPs). This level includes FREE shipping in the US (Saves another $30.00). For Canadian and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    Railway Baron (RETAILERS ONLY) -- You must register and be approved as a FRED Distribution retail network member to qualify for this level. See more details in the column on the left. Remember to send us the name of your store right away so we can add it to the list at the left and advertise early on that this game will be available in your store. You will receive it directly from us and shipped first--along with all the Kickstarter backers. You will get one case (6 copies) of "Railways Express". Arrange shipping with an Eagle Games sales representative.

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    Railways of the World, Continental Bundle -- Jump right into the "Railways of the World" series in a big way! Receive one copy of "Railways Express", PLUS one copy of "Railways of the World", one copy of "Railways of the Western US", and one copy of "Railways of North America". This will allow you to set up the MEGA (Transcontinental) GAME! (Save $46.00 off of the MSRPs) This level includes FREE shipping in the US (Saves another $30.00). For Canadian and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    Captain of Industry, Deluxe Bundle -- A GREAT PRICE! If you have to have it all, this is the level for you! Includes one copy of "Railways Express" and one each of all eight add-ons. You will receive 1x "Railways Express", 1x "Railways of the World", 1x "Railways of the Western US",1x "Railways of North America", 1x "RONA Expansion Pack (5 items pictured at left)", 1x "Railways of Europe", 1x "Railways Through Time", 1x "Railways of Great Britain", and 1x "Railways of the World: The Card Game". (Save $71.00 off of the MSRP) This level includes FREE shipping in the US (Saves another $35.00). For Canadian and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    Captain of Industry II, Deluxe Bundle -- STILL A GREAT PRICE (just a tiny bit more than the early folks)! If you have to have it all, this is the level for you! Includes one copy of "Railways Express" and one each of all eight add-ons. You will receive 1x "Railways Express", 1x "Railways of the World", 1x "Railways of the Western US",1x "Railways of North America", 1x "RONA Expansion Pack (5 items pictured at left)", 1x "Railways of Europe", 1x "Railways Through Time", 1x "Railways of Great Britain", and 1x "Railways of the World: The Card Game". (Save $71.00 off of the MSRP) This level includes FREE shipping in the US (Saves another $35.00). For Canadian and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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