Tutorial

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Hello there guys, here is the first tutorial of Pocket Trains! This page will be constantly updating with new ways to play and to advance further in the game! I really hope you guys enjoy this tutorial and learn how to play this game as it is really fun and addicting!

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[edit] Starting Out

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After completing the in game tutorial, you should have a couple of railroads. The railroads are: Light Green line: Cherry Steamer, Berlin - Munich - Milan; Blue line: Bluebell Steamer, Paris - Milan - Rome and Bright Pink line, Paris - Munich. A railroad is the track that one particular train can move on - you cannot share track between railroads, although you can share cities. Generally, a greater number of railroads means that each train has less distance to move over. Since cars are priced based on how far they have to travel to reach their destination, it is a good idea to have longer straight-line railroads than lots of shorter ones that can't travel as far.

It is best to add fuel cars to your Steamer engines before adding any more railroads - some players even go as far as to upgrade to Expresses before adding another railroad. Longer railroads mean that a train can take up higher value cars, but will run out of fuel quicker. This is where fuel cars come in handy; they can add 50% more fuel to keep your train going for longer.

Although adding fuel cars is a good decision, steadying your railroads might be a better option as fuel cars are usually for longer railroads and players having more spare time of playing it. The paragraph below shows you how to steady the railroads. ~Odus20032222336 (talk)

Click here to go to the paragraph.

Using your first earned coins to expand your tracks to cover more cities is a good idea - it means farther cities generate bigger value cars.

[edit] How to Invest

A car's value is based on two factors - the straight line distance from the origin city to the end city (NB: this is not by track distance, but distance as the crow flies), and the value of the cars. Each car will have a value that acts as a multiplier of the price. These values are shown next to the reward in the 'Jobs' screen, and are displayed by an icon of how many coins or bux it is worth. A four-coin car is worth 4x the amount of a one-coin car when delivered the same distance.

This means that longer tracks are better for higher profits - people often choose to have railroads that cover a great distance in more or less a straight line, for example from East to West across Europe. This means that delivered cars will have a greater value because they have travelled for longer.

[edit] Expanding your tracks

Try to expand your tracks often if the train is capable to move between both terminal cities without needing to refuel. If your train can't reach the far end of the track from the start of it, try to avoid expanding the track until you can either add a fuel tank to your current train or you get a higher fuel one.

Before you purchase a license to operate in another continent, it is generally a good idea to make sure your railroad services all available cities. This means less jobs will have to be passed up on account of them not being to the cities you service.

Here is a summary of how to expand your railroads more effectively.

  • For the light green line, you can expand to to Barcelona. You can even choose too use an intersection method to expand to Bordeaux if you wish. However, expanding to Bordeaux may not be a good thought as you profit less, comparing to the profit for Barcelona. This will make you to go to Africa more easier.
  • For the blue line, you can expand it to London or even Dublin or perhaps Glasgow. Although Dublin is not a good choice, you can actually set up another railroad in the future, connecting from London to Tasiilaq via Glasgow. This depends on your own choice This helps you expanding to North America more easily.
  • For the bright pink line, expand to Budapest or Kiev if you wish to. Some players like me(Odus20032222336) would purchase the track from Munich to Amsterdam and connect it(Intersection strategy). Though this is a weird decision, but you can easily create another railroad from Amsterdam to other south cities. Expanding like this will help you connecting Asia more easily.

[edit] Choosing a second licence

At the start of the game you are automatically provided with a licence to operate in Europe. This means that you are allowed to run your railroads in that continent. Once you have expanded your railroads far enough to reach another continent, you should be ready to start becoming a global Rail Company. However, there is still the choice of which continent to expand to next.

Each licence costs a hefty 50,000 Coins, and so the choice is a big one.

  • North America: Has lots of cities that you can make railroads between, but getting a railroad over to North America is an expensive business as the tracks linking from North America to Europe are mostly underwater, which is more expensive than any normal tracks, and they are far too long for a Steamer. To connect the cities of Lisbon and New York costs a whopping 56,000 Coins, which is more than the licence itself, and it requires a hefty train with a high fuel level. Another route is to go through Greenland from the United Kingdom, but there are many expensive links to make, and it's still hard to do that with low-fuel trains.
  • South America: This is not a viable option because none of the European cities have links to South American countries.
  • Oceania: You cannot connect any European countries to Oceania and so this is not a viable option.
  • Asia: Asia has many cities that you can run railroads from, and is probably the best choice for your second licence. It is easy to connect to from Europe (Istanbul-Baghdad, Volgograd-Tehran/Urumqi, Moscow-Perm etc) and provides the best expansion prospects for your second licensed continent.
  • Africa: Your next best choice is to move your railroads to Africa. However, the African countries are very far apart and require rapid transit trains that have a high fuel capacity. As this is only your second licence, you are unlikely to have access to Standard or Freighter class trains, and therefore the journeys will generally be too long for a Steamer or Express class train.

[edit] What types of trains should I use?

When you first start out at the game, the European rail links you build will generally be short. This means that you can use a fast train with a low fuel capacity. A fast train (Expresses are perfect for this role) means that you can deliver lots of cargo in a short space of time, and a low fuel capacity is not too much of a problem.

Once you start to expand to other continents (notably Africa, South America and Oceania), the train links become much longer and take longer to traverse. A low-fuel train may only have enough fuel for one or two trips, which means lots of time is wasted while you are waiting for fuel to refill. Using a higher capacity engine with a bigger fuel capacity means that you can move lots of cargo in a single trip - cars are often higher priced at this length of track, and so moving a lot of cars in one trip becomes much more effective than making lots of lower priced trips over the same distance. For this type of voyage, Standard engines and Freighter engines are perfect.

[edit] (Re)Visit the Strategy Page from Time-to-Time

In addition to this Tutorial page, there is a Strategy page. A mistake tutorial writers sometimes make is to present strategy concepts which are too advanced for beginning players. Instead, we refer to the Strategy page and suggest you just skim it a first time--try to let a few things sink into your subconscious.

But go back and reread it occasionally as you get further into the game. Statements which were confusing the first time might seem more meaningful later on, and you will likely be in a better position to understand the technical and numerical details.

[edit] Choosing a third license

I have sucessfully operate your railroads in the license you have chosen to purchase. I have now access to more types of trains. It is time for purchasing another license. What should I choose?

[edit] Asia as second license

  • North America: This decision is quite big. It's okay to purchase it. However, you need to have a large amount of money as the tracks are extremely expensive. Otherwise, you cannot operate trains there in a short time.
  • South America: This is not a viable option as no European and Asian cities can link there.
  • Oceania: It is good to operate your trains at Oceania. However, the length of the tracks are extreme. Some are long like Broome to Perth, Perth to Adelaide, Sydney to Auckland, Darwin to Cairns and Cairns to Brisbane. Some are extremely short like Adelaide to Melbourne, Melbourne to Sydney, Sydney to Brisbane, Auckland to Wellington and Wellington to Christchurch. Your should get more expresses and use them and standards to operate it so this is not the best option.
  • Africa: Africa has a lot of long railroads for your to operate them with the standard engines so this will be the best choice for the third license.

[edit] Africa as second license

  • North America: This decision is quite big. It's okay to purchase it. However, you need to have a large amount of money as the tracks are extremely expensive. Otherwise, you cannot operate trains there in a short time.
  • South America: It is good to purchase this license as the tracks are quite long. However, because it is that long, which makes the price much larger. The only track linking from Africa to South America is Dakar to Fortaleza, which cost half a price of a license, and also means that it is not convenient to go there. Do thick carefully if you really want to operate here and check if you have enough money. Otherwise, you cannot operate it shortly.
  • Oceania: This is not a viable option as no African cities and European cities can link there.
  • Asia: This option will be the best. The north part of Asia has tons of long tracks for you to purchase and operate with your standard engines. The south part has shorter tracks and you can use your standard engines to link them so that you can choose more jobs to deliver as there are more stations in a single railroad.

[edit] North America as second license

  • South America: As you haven't purchase the Africa license, which makes that operating here is more difficult as you have a harder access to there as you need to use North America as a interchange continent in order to connect from Europe to South America, thus making this not a good option.
  • Oceania: This is not a viable option as not cities can link there.
  • Asia: This option will be the best. The north part of Asia has tons of long tracks for you to purchase and operate with your standard engines. The south part has shorter tracks and you can use your standard engines to link them so that you can choose more jobs to deliver as there are more stations in a single railroad.
  • Africa: This place is extreme. Lengths of tracks are extreme, and the linking are also extreme too. Also, there are not much stations to operate from, making this not the best choice, comparing to Asia.


This is an unfinished tutorial and will be completed with time.