1870: The Trans-Mississippi

11 Destinations

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.
  1. 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).
  2. The company may have laid the connecting tracks itself, or another company may have laid the track that makes the connection possible.
  3. 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 again.
  4. 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 operating company.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 connect.
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:

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 edge area.

11.4.2 Connection Run Income

One train must run between the starting city and the destination. Other trains may run other routes.
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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