“It was very interesting and fun with cool ferry ports. ... My congratulations to the fine author of this version!”

Italian Rails

Quick rail drawing game with public-locking for two players

Draw your tracks and run your trains to satisfy demand cards. Use your profits to upgrade your train -- make it faster or make it bigger? First to 250 million Lira wins!


  • Special contract locking rules enable competition/races.
  • Extensive ferry possibilities, with staggered pricing
  • Demand cards ordered by value
  • Cash as tiles -- no paper money
  • Design eliminates fiddly commodity chips.


  • Italian Rails is a great game by Rick Heli that holds up on its own and we have had plenty of fun with this very recent discovery and introduction to the crayon rail series.” –Justus Pang

  • “It was very interesting and fun with cool ferry ports. ... My congratulations to the fine author of this version!“ –Andracon (on BGG)

  • “With Italian Rails, we enjoyed the thought that went in to picking the best loads and maximizing profits by limiting the amount of track you have to buy. “ –ChaoticGemini (on BGG)

  • “Playable in an hour. So it works for a lunch game.” –caillebotte (on BGG)

  • “I really enjoyed Italian Rails ... Pickup-and-deliver is a favorite mechanic of mine so I enjoyed that aspect of the game as well as planning the best routes. There was lots of thinking involved, but we really didn't mind it.” –April W (on BGG)

Included in the box:

  • 108 contract/event cards
  • 45 3/4" coin tiles (instead of paper money)
  • 6 acrylic "ice" cubes
  • 2 plastic pawns
  • 2 dry-erase markers in red and green
  • 1 double-sided map board showing all of Italy including Sicily and Sardinia
  • 1 double-sided player aide mat
  • 0 fiddly commodity chips

Ideal for learning the geography if you're planning a trip to Italy. Makes a nice wedding present.

Download rules below.

Dwarven Rails


Train games fan? Check out also Dwarven Rails. It features mining, rail building and pickup-and-deliver in a fantasy setting.

Published August 4, 2017.


NOTE: This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.



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Cool Factors

  • Pick-up and deliver in the land of Dante
  • Public-locking of contracts
  • Variable ferry costs


DesignerUp & Away Games
Average Rating (1)
Publish DateAugust 05, 2017
DepartmentBoard Games
SettingIndustrial Revolution
Primary MechanicPick Up & Deliver
If You LikeTicket to Ride
More InfoItalian Rails web site

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