1870: The Trans-Mississippi
Each of the railroad companies has a destination. This is either a city or a red edge area.
When the railroad can run a train that it currently owns between its starting city and its
destination, it is eligible to do its connection run. This allows a company to possibly place a
destination token and to do a bonus dividend run.
11.1 Connection Run Eligibility
The first time a company is able to run a train that it currently owns from its home token to its
destination, it does a connection run.
- To claim the privileges, the company must be able to run a train that it currently owns
between the two cities (or city and location).
- The company may have laid the connecting tracks itself, or another company may have
laid the track that makes the connection possible.
- It is possible for a company to gain connection eligibility and then lose it because of token
placement or loss of trains. In this case the connection run will be postponed until it is eligible
- Should a company connect and the president or share holders not notice at the time of
connection, it will do its run when someone finally notices it. It will run after the currently
- If the company is connected by an action during the Stock Round (such as a company
closing), the first action in the ensuing operating round will be that company's connection run.
- The train must be long enough to count all of the stops in the run including the home city
and the destination.
11.2 Connection Run Timing
Connection runs are done between other company operating rounds.
When the company that laid the track that made the connection run possible is finished operating,
the connection runs for other companies are done, providing that they are still eligible to
If the company that laid the track is eligible to do the connection run, it does so first, then other
eligible companies do their runs in share price order.
11.3 Only One Connection Run
A company may only do one connection run during the game.
11.4 Connection Run
The company doing the connection run decides whether to place the destination token and then
runs its train(s) for income.
11.4.1 Destination Token
The destination token only becomes available when the company is allowed to do its connection
run. The destination token may be used in one of two ways:
- It may be placed at the destination or
- It may be added to the tokens available and becomes a $100 token.
Destination tokens are placed in cities without regard to the number of tokens already there
or whether they are using up the spot of an unstarted railway.
If they use up the spot of an unstarted railway, the unstarted company may still start and
place its first token in that city.
If the connecting company already has a token at its destination and wishes to make it the
destination token, the exisiting token in the city becomes the connection token, and the
connection token becomes a $100 token.
Destination tokens may be placed on a red edge area if this is the destination of the company.
The company may use this as a token to run from, but does not get the right to run through the
11.4.2 Connection Run Income
One train must run between the starting city and the destination. Other trains may run other
The railroad company may use this income to declare an extra full dividend, or it may keep the
money. It may not declare this income as a half dividend.
If it declares the full dividend, its token is moved up on the stock market.
If the company withholds this income, its token does not move on the stock market.
11.5 Connection Token Bonus
If the connection token is placed on the city or edge area that is that companies destination, then
that city or edge area is doubled in value for every train of that company that uses that city or area
as the start or end of its' run.
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