This guide will give you information on what you should focus to complete a mission and optionally be able to achieve all medals. This information was acquired by playing the game and reading topics on the community hub. This guide is not step by step, but will give a general overview in which direction you should think for successfully completing the European Campaign.
Mission 1: Gotthard Tunnel
This mission is very straightforward and should be easy for players who already have feeling with the game mechanics. The only thing you should pay attention to is the terrific tunnel medal. Although not a necessity for completing the mission, you need some speed to achieve it. My advice is to set up the horse route as fast as possible. When you are asked to carry away the rocks, use two trains on the route to the rock side (they can cross each other in Altdorf). Those same two engines can later be used to carry passengers through the tunnel. Go for the Class 53 Prussian G3 engines, you can afford them!
For the humanitarian medal you should choose to carry away more stones or pay the workers (the first delays the project and the other might be a financial problem if you want to achieve the contractual compliance medal), choose what’s best in your situation.
For the rockhound medal, find all the question marks and then bulldoze some rocks on top of the mountain where the last question mark appeared. The rock where it is under needs multiple bulldoze tries to find what you are looking for.
Mission 2: Bridge Disaster
When you start, make sure to quickly connect the Iron Ore and Coal mine with the steelworks production plant using rail. When enough steel is made, use a ship to carry the goods to the construction site. It will be cheaper and makes it possible to achieve the Alternative transportation medal.
To get the heavyweight medal equip the coal train with a capacity of at least 60 (you can use full load (any) in the line tool) to load the train to its capacity. For the speed record medal you should use a PLM220 engine (top speed 60) on the coal mine line. To complete the mission you need at least 3 PLM220 engines to fulfil the requested amount of trips annually. This can become a financial challenge, make sure that you’re station on both sides of the line are well connected with the city by using a bus or tram line.
The Key to wealth medal is tricky, you could use the Iron Ore rail line to transport steel to the tools factory after you completed the bridge. At the same time sell the boat, you will need it no more. From the tools factory distribute the tools to the nearby cities. Wait for this task to complete before winning the mission.
Mission 3: Hard Times
I tried this mission first with trains, it was a complete disaster… Use as much trucks and build some roads to shorten the distances between the facilities. When you need to stockpile the shelter with food, use enough trucks so you can get 500 foodstuff in the shelter in time before the war. You can wait some time before completing the shelter and get your finances on track so you can get the shamelessly rich medal (who doesn’t want that…).
Mission 4: Island Paradise
The most tricky mission in this campaign. First look after all the question marks so you get an understanding of what you have to do and what the limitations are (and ow boy, they are hard). First of all don’t pay 3M for the research, it is a hoax and leads to nothing but more trouble (and you badly need the money) .It is key to prioritize, use the only ship available at the beginning of the game to transport Iron Ore to the steel production plant. Connect as much industry by truck as possible and start operations right away. For the rail cars is it only necessary to use one bus and a line with two stops. I advise to build enough ship depots so your ship doesn’t have to travel far to reach a line or depot (because they are sloooooooow and time is money in this game). After the ship has delivered a bunch of Iron ore use it to bring slack to the construction material plant. After that is successfully delivered, transfer it to stone transport to carry stone to the construction plant. After this you should have access to three ships. You only have to ship around 10 construction items to the city to make the airport available, so you can start operating an airline. Make sure that you’re airports are connected to cities with bus lines.
For the retread medal, it is my opinion easier to auto-replace the vehicles so they all are younger than 10 years. You could also ship some steel to the facility…
For the good view medal build a rail line that goes above 200 meters (not that economical) and ofcourse don’t forget Jack Sparrow and retreat al sunken ships…
Mission 5: Economic Miracle
The first few steps are straight forward and you have the mony to do them. Make sure you’re first airplane is bought before 1955 (High Flyer medal) and that you’re airports have good connections to the cities with bus lines. For the Heavy traffic medal buy enough Douglas DC3 planes early game (they are cheap) and sell them immediately after you achieved the medal. Establish flight connections with Hamburg and Stuttgart and wait until you made 50 M and flown 1000 passengers to Köln (two medals in the pocket, but may take some time).
To win the mission, you shouldn’t rely on airplanes. The game mechanics in this case are flawed, you should set up bus lines between the three cities instead and make enough buses run on them (there is no limit on the buses, only on the stops). This should be enough to increase the travel willingness with 10%. Those bus lines will be highly profitable, so you can set one up early game if you please. This is the only way I found to win this (plane) mission..
And of course don’t forget those poor east Germans, two trucks on a line should be a miracle for them!!!
Mission 6: Cutting-Edge Technology
OWYEAH, TGV, hhhmmmmm, TFV, hmmmmmmmm, nope, nope, nope…. When you start, build an entire new line that goes as straight as possible between Paris and Lyon without ruining you’re bank account completely and try to design it for no less than 280 speed. To accomplish the journey time you will need a German Class 103 with Swiss wagons (yes, in France). After you have managed the journey time. Sell the German locomotive again (you will need it financially), and buy two class 1042 with three or four wagons and assign them to the line. Simultaneously connect your stations with multiple bus or tram lines with the cities. As you start to make more money, increase the frequency on the line by buying more trains and doubling the track. When the TFV comes available replace all trains with them to get the speed record medal (although not necessary to win the mission).
Mission 7: English Channel
Get the production chains going as fast as possible in this campaign. I have gone for trucks for this one and it turned out to be the easiest way to achieve the tasks. Build and upgrade some roads to get the trucks to their destination as fast as possible. The French tunnel side will normally progress much faster than the English side (because of the placement of the production factory). To get the shaking hands medal you can stop the supply for the French time at the delivery of the last goods and wait for the English side to catch up. When the English side finishes, also complete the French site simultaneously.
The drilling improvement you get offered is extremely difficult to achieve. The lab is located in a city which also need the same good and will take the good first before the lab. This is crazy, but to achieve the medal you need a full stacked train with at least 160 of the goods to win it. It is in my opinion easier to supply the 200 extra goods to the English site.
Thank you for reading this guide, I hope it was useful in some way! If you have remarks or better ideas how to solve a particular task, leave a comment below!