Electricity, Oil and Trains are very important aspects of the mid to end-game of Anno 1800. Since engineers are a crucial part of your high tier civilizations and electricity boosts your production– it’s highly likely you’ll want to know how to unlock electricity in Anno 1800, get Oil and build Trains & Railroads. In this Oil, Trains, Railroads And Electricity Guide for Anno 1800 we will explain all these aspects of the game.
Other Anno 1800 Guides
- Ultimate New Player Starter Guide
- In-depth Island Shares and War Guide
- Dealing with natural disasters and diseases in Anno 1800
- New World Guide, Tips and Tricks
- Trade Routes, Items and Expeditions Guide
- Managing Island Items Inventory and Harbor
- How to Advance Population Tiers, Deal with Needs and Happiness
- Production Chains and In-Depth Population Guide
- [Popular] Top City Layouts and Best Production Chain Setups
Electricity production kicks in at tier four and it’s a bit different than other things in Anno 1800. Essentially, you need to mine oil wells with an oil refinery first. This building doesn’t use roads to connect to a warehouse and that’s kind of what makes it different than other things in earlier tiers. Instead, an oil refinery uses railways to connect to an oil harbor. Oil is then taken back and stored at the harbor for later use. Power plants use oil to make electricity, but they need a rail connection to the harbor. The distance doesn’t really matter for this but the shorter the better. Once oil gets delivered, then engineers will work and produce electricity.
Power Plants and Rails
The Power Plant—which produces Electricity, is a proximity building, so everything in its proximity will receive it. Factories and production buildings receive double the efficiency bonus and this stacks with any existing buff, so you can really enhance and double or triple production with the right kind of items and trade unions. Once you have 1750 engineers in total they’ll start requiring electricity to grow further within their homes, so you’ll need to place power plants relatively close to their houses. Power plant has a reach of about thirty tiles so keeping it central is best when it comes to building the train lines. Trains can cross roads, but they can’t double up on the same line if they’re traveling opposite directions, obviously. Factories and oil refineries both have an entrance and an exit, so you could place railway lines going straight through them to create a closed loop without the need for two separate lines.