Railroad Tycoon 3 startup crash Windows 10


Railroad Tycoon 3 has a few known compatibility issues with Windows 7, 8 and 10. The most common cause of startup crashes is the “Hardward T&L” setting that is enabled by default. Because you can’t open the game to disable it you’ll have to overwrite your config file (just be sure not to re-enable it in your game settings or you’ll have to do this again).

  1. Download the “Vista Fix” (aka modified engine.cfg):
    Download link 1 <– Hawk and Badger (under “other unofficial patches”)
    Download link 2 <– Local mirror
  2. Overwrite the engine.cfg with the downloaded version. The original engine.cfg is located in:
    Railroad Tycoon 3\Data\Configuration
    If you installed the game through steam you can find this file in the following directory:
    steam\steamapps\common\Railroad Tycoon 3\Data\Configuration
  3. Restart the game

If you’ve followed the above steps and are still having issues with the Railroad Tycoon 3 startup crash on Windows 10, please post in the comments below. To increase your chances of a solution being found include as much detail as possible (which version of the game you’re running, what operating system you have, what video card you have and steps to reproduce the issue). Screenshots are also very useful!

    December 15, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Thanks! The download link 1 doesn’t work for me at all (404) and on different sites they linked to that same website to solve this problem but it didn’t work. The second link however does the trick!
    Kinda bad that it isn’t fixed by default on steam… Wonder how many refunds they were forced to give because of this issue.

      Honestly I’m not sure why they haven’t fixed it yet. I’ll try to message the publisher about it but I don’t expect anything.

      Glad it worked for you!

    December 19, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    this file doesnt FIX win 10 startupcrash…

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