Ian Wilson's 1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire


1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire is the first game available from All-Aboard Games.  The rules are the same as the original release in 2006, although several items have been clarified.  The graphics have been redrawn as shown below.

1861 is a member of the “18xx” series of games. The series is based on 1829, by Francis Tresham. 1861 is set in Russia prior to the Bolshevik Revolution. Three to six players represent investors in railway companies, spending their initial capital to buy wholly owned Private and Minor Companies and later shares in Public Companies. The Public Companies are each controlled by the largest shareholder (its Director). Minor Companies and Public Companies build track and run trains in order to earn revenues. Public Company revenues can be paid out as dividends to shareholders or retained to fund further track and rolling stock. A feature of 1861, as with all the other games in the series, is that the interests of a Public Company’s Director and the interests of its shareholders are not identical, so minority shareholders need to be careful in their investments. 1861 is a fairly long game. Experienced, brisk players can expect to take about four hours to complete a game. Novices or more deliberate players might add several hours to that time.


Game Components
  • 1 Map 
  • 1 Stock Market/Revenue Track 
  • 1 Initial Offering/Bank Pool 
  • 5 Private Companies 
  • 16 Minor Company Charters 
  • 8 Public Company Charters 
  • 1 Russian State Railway Charter 
  • 72 Public Company Share Certificates 
  • 174 Tiles 
  • 42 Train Cards 
  • 1 Priority Deal Card 
  • 99 Tokens (3 per Minor Company, 5 per Public Company, 9 for the Russian State Railway, and 1 Round Marker) 
  • 18 Loan Markers 
  • 6 Player Order Cards (Numbered 1-6) 
  • Rules 
  • A bank of R15,000 must be supplied by the players. 
Print and Play
The files for players to print and play 1861 are provided below. These files are subject to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

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