IMPORTANT: If you’re having problems with your Rail Yard paying out….read this post:
Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
The Monorail Act 3 is now upon us! And one of the super cool things about Act 3 is that the final prize not only awards us a cool looking building and character…BUT also the chance to earn Track pieces AND Free donuts ppermanently! So for everyone worrying you don’t have enough track…don’t panic because as long as you unlock the 10th prize of Act 3 you’ll be able to keep earning track long after the Monorail Event is over!
Of course the prize I’m talking about is the Rail Yard and it comes complete with Sebastian Cobb as a playable character for your Springfield! The Rail Yard is the final Act 3 prize and is earned at 154,550 . But just what is it? What does it do? How do you earn free donuts from it? Let’s break it all down below….
Think of the Rail Yard as the replacement Project Board in Springfield. Once you’ve won the Rail Yard (ie hit the 154,550 mark) the Project Board will no longer work..instead you’ll have to turn items in at the Rail Yard:
So yes, this means that after you’ve unlocked the Rail Yard you will no longer be able to earn via the Project Board (or the Rail Yard) and you’ll no longer earn the Daily Bonus. Which makes earning bonus track via the Ahead of the Track quest very difficult (but you can still earn it this way by visiting neighbors and clearing possums, more details on our Math Post).
Once the Rail Yard is in your Springfield you’ll be able to turn in projects there (note: even if you haven’t placed it in your Springfield the Project Board will no longer work. Once you earn this prize the Project Board stops working). Projects turned in at the Rail Yard will earn you tracks AND Bonuts! (bonus donuts) Who doesn’t love free donuts?!
Here’s how it works:
Each week the Rail Yard will reset with 5 goals to achieve. Achieving each of these goals will earn you Monorail Tracks and the final goal will also earn you Bonuts! Turning in projects here will earn you Blueprints.
The nice thing is the goals are always the same, and here’s what they are:
|5,000||1 Mystery Track Piece|
|15,000||2 Mystery Track Pieces|
|30,000||3 Mystery Track Pieces|
|50,000||5 Mystery Track Pieces|
|70,000||5 Mystery Track Pieces + 5 Bonuts|
The track pieces are a Mystery and random. I will tell you that I’ve gotten very few straight track pieces in the first round of this. Hopefully round 2 will provide more.
You have 1 week to complete all 5 tasks, as the Rail Yard resets every 7 days. But it’s not 7 days from when you started it. No, it’s programmed to reset every Tuesday. (so it reset on 9/8 and it will reset again on 9/15 and again on 9/22..and so on)
Once you’ve completed all 5 it will let you know you’ve earned all the prizes for that week and to check back once it resets
Turning in projects at the Rail Yard is just like turning them in at the Project Board. You’ll need a certain amount of each item to hand it. So keep sending characters to earn Trash, Metal, Plastic and Glass.
So now that we’ve covered the basics let’s talk about a few questions that we’re seeing pop up in the comments that you guys have concerning the Rail Yard:
If I Don’t Place the Rail Yard Right Away Can I Still Use the Project Board?
No. Once you unlock the Rail Yard the Project Board will no longer work.
Note: this is different than what I initially thought last week, but now that i’ve had a chance to test it I can tell you for 100% certainty..once you unlock the Rail Yard (even if you put it in Storage) the Project Board no longer works.
Can I Earn Tracks and Bonuts Permanently from the Rail Yard?
Based on what the in-game messaging is saying, Yes.
Is There A Cap On the Number of Monorail Tracks, like Squidport Tiles?
So far I cannot find a cap for the number of Monorail Tracks in town. So I would say as of right now there isn’t one. However, that doesn’t mean EA won’t impose one in the future. As always things are subject to change based on what EA feels will/won’t work with the game.
If I Don’t Unlock the Rail Yard, Can I Still Earn Track After the Event Is Over?
No. You must unlock the Rail Yard by September 15th in order to earn the track once the event is over.
And that my friends concludes all of the detailed info on the Rail Yard. It’s great that there’s a way to continue earning track even when the event is over (plus it gives use to the dump and metal/glass/plastic depots!). And the free donuts aren’t bad either!
What are your thoughts on the Rail Yard? How close are you to earning it? Looking forward to earning more track? What are your Monorail Track Plans in your town? Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!