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Railroads are a special type of tile improvement in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. They are the ultimate "road" in the game - iron tracks on which fast trains move with speed impossible for even the most modern road network. Railroads accelerate the Movement Movement of units on land, allowing them to cross rough terrain and features such as Woods and Rivers easily. All units can move between tiles with railroads at the cost of only 0.25 Movement Movement, and Trade Route Trade Routes passing through railroads receive a bonus of 0.375 Gold Gold per tile with a railroad.

Unlike roads, however, railroads are not laid automatically by Traders - rather, they must be laid manually by Military Engineers. Placing a railroad on a tile does not consume a build charge, but it does consume 1 Iron Iron and 1 Coal Coal.


Upgrading to railroads should be your ultimate infrastructural goal come the Modern Era. It takes just a single Military Engineer to accomplish this (although it will be a rather slow process with only one), and all you need is a steady supply of Iron Iron and Coal Coal. And then your land units will move through land with incredible speed, you will be able to react almost instantly to threats on opposite sides of your empire, and your trading will get a boost!

The only downside is that you'll have to use Coal Coal, which will worsen your CO2 footprint. However, you do not actually need to upgrade every single tile of road to a railroad - just the strategic ways along which you cross your landmass. This way, you'll achieve the desired effect without spending an excessive amount of time and resources.

Players receive +2 Era Score for connecting two of their cities with railroads (or +3 if they are the first to do so).

Railroads, like roads, cannot be removed by a Builder or a Military Engineer.

Related achievements[]

An Engineer's Dream
An Engineer's Dream
Have a Canal, Dam, Aqueduct, Railroad, Golden Gate Bridge, and Mountain Tunnel in a city.
All of the above are related to the discipline of civil engineering, with the Military Engineer being able to contribute to all except the Golden Gate Bridge.
Civilization VI Improvements [edit]
Standard AirstripCampFarmFishing BoatsFortGeothermal Plant GS-Only.pngLumber MillMineMissile SiloMountain Tunnel GS-Only.pngNational ParkOffshore Oil RigOffshore Wind Farm GS-Only.pngOil WellPasturePlantationQuarryRailroad GS-Only.pngSeaside ResortSeastead GS-Only.pngSki Resort GS-Only.pngSolar Farm GS-Only.pngWind Farm GS-Only.png
Unique ChâteauChemamull R&F-Only.pngFeitoria1Golf Course R&F-Only.pngGreat WallHacienda1Ice Hockey Rink GS-Only.pngKampung1KurganMekewap R&F-Only.pngMissionNubian Pyramid1Open-Air Museum GS-Only.pngOutback Station1 GS-Only.pngPairidaeza1Polder R&F-Only.pngQhapaq Ñan GS-Only.pngRock-Hewn Church1Roman FortSphinxStepwellTerrace Farm GS-Only.pngZiggurat
City-state Alcázar1Batey1Cahokia Mounds GS-Only.pngColossal HeadsMahavihara1Moai GS-Only.pngMonastery1Nazca Line GS-Only.pngTrading Dome1
Governor R&F-Only.png City Park R&F-Only.pngFishery R&F-Only.png
Modes only Barricade4Corporation3Industry3Modernized Trap4Reinforced Barricade4Trap4Vampire Castle2
1 Requires a DLC2 Secret Societies mode only • 3 Monopolies and Corporations mode only • 4 Zombie Defense mode only

R&F-Only.png Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only.png Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.