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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)

  • "I own Italian Rails and like it a lot. Thanks for that one too." –Ben Baldanza

  • “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)

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

Note This game does not include a box. For the list of Components see below.

Download rules below.


Dwarven Rails

Train games fan? Check out also Dwarven Rails. It's also a train game, but in a completely different and more challenging and strategic style, featuring mining, rail building and pickup-and-deliver in a fantasy setting.

Published August 4, 2017.


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Why buy this?

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

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




Average Rating 1 reviews
Publish Date August 05, 2017
Edition First
Department Board Games
Genre Financial
Theme Railroad
Setting Industrial Revolution
Audience Family
Primary Mechanic Pick Up & Deliver
If You Like Ticket to Ride
More Info Italian Rails web site


  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.
  • This game does not come in a box.
  • 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.


See It In Action

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Own It Played It Fun Priced Well High Replay Value Well Written Rules Nice Artwork