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1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight
1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight
by Z-Man Games, JKLM Games (2004)
Player Count
2 to 4

Player Ages

Playing Time
4 hours
  • Transportation
  • Economic
  • Trains
  • Designers
  • Mike Hutton
  • Mechanisms
  • Tile Placement
  • Stock Holding
  • Auction/Bidding
  • Route/Network Building
  • Artists
  • Mike Hutton
  • Family
  • 18xx
  • Islands: Isle of Wight
  • Digital Implementations:
  • Rating: 7.95/10 from 503 users


    As in other 18xx games, the winner is the player with the greatest combined wealth (cash on hand + value of stocks held + value of private companies owned) at the end of the game. Play progresses in a series of alternating stock and operating rounds. During stock rounds, players may purchase and sell stock in corporations. During operating rounds, the corporations lay track, place railway stations (tokens), run trains for revenue to be withheld or paid out, and purchase trains. The player who owns the most stock in a given corporation makes all decisions for said corporation during an operating round.

    The game is notable for the small size of the board compared to many 18xx games, and its innovative game end: The climax of play sees the beginnings of railway nationalization in the United Kingdom, with the weakest companies being eliminated from private operation earlier than those which are the healthiest.

    Other notable differences from most 18xx games include:
    -Players may own up to 100% of a corporation, and may sell presidents’ certificates into the bank pool, at which time a corporation goes into receivership and continues to operate.
    -Corporations are never required to own trains, and thus player bankruptcy is impossible. Instead, a trainless corporation becomes insolvent and leases a train based on the current phase, withholding all earnings.
    -Corporations are allowed to run one train through one “tokened out” city once per operating round, which makes strategic route building and station placement key.

    The game was initially produced in a small print run of c.100 copies. JKLM and Z-Man games released a larger, but still limited, 2nd edition (with an alternate map) in 2010.

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