Running a successful railway network isn’t just about laying tracks and running trains – it’s also about the numbers. It can be tricky to find the perfect balance between expenses & earnings, but that’s where this guide comes in. We’ll discuss everything from making money off freight, passengers, and mail, to how you can manage your fuel and maintenance costs effectively.
Freight: Each wagon of freight will generate 2000 in revenue. This doesn’t depend on distance or speed of the transport.
Passengers: The ticket price for passengers varies depending on the direct distance of the trip. If a passenger changes trains, they pay a proportionate amount each time they get off a train. A passenger car can accommodate up to 40 passengers.
Mail: Like passengers, the price paid per mailbag depends on the length of the trip. A mail wagon can carry 40 mailbags.
Train Personnel: Having conductors on your trains can enhance their appeal, which can, in turn, influence ticket prices. Each passenger-carrying train requires four conductors. Similarly, security personnel boost revenue from mail and freight services, with five security guards needed for each freight-carrying train.
Fuel: Each locomotive requires fuel depending on the distance traveled. Lower consumption rates are preferable to reduce operating costs.
Maintenance: Servicing a locomotive at a station incurs maintenance costs.
Crew Costs: The more trains you operate, the more staff you’ll need. Staffing costs will therefore increase with each additional train.
After selecting a train line, you can view the financial balance of the most recent journey for each train on that line. A detailed financial balance can also be displayed for both individual trains and the entire line. Ensure your trains are operating at full capacity; a well-loaded train can offset crew, fuel, and maintenance costs.
Misc. Tips and Tricks
- Ensure your trains are fully loaded to maximize revenue and offset costs.
- Choose locomotives with lower fuel consumption to cut down on operational costs.
- Regular maintenance is crucial, but don’t forget to factor in its cost.
- Adjust your staff depending on the type of cargo (passengers or freight) your train is carrying.
- Monitor the financial balance of your train lines regularly to keep a check on profits and losses.
Remember, successful management of costs and revenues is key to expanding your railway empire!