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Any recommendations? We have Ticket to Ride Europe, but are looking for something a little heavier.

We also have all of the Trains deckbuilder expansions.

Railways of the World, Age of Steam, and Chicago Express all sound interesting, but I've read that they don't play well with two.
 
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Age of Steam has lots of "expansion" maps, some of which are designed for 2p. One even comes in the Eagle version of the game. However I have not played any 2p maps so can't comment. But on the base "Rust Belt" map 2p is not recommended. It's not super readily available now, but it seems to show up every once and a while in some shops.

An alternative you might look into is Tramways. It was heavily influenced on Age of Steam. 2p may not be the best count, but lots of people like it. The auction is pretty weird and people actually seem to enjoy it at 2p. It has a light deck building element to it and route building and pick up and deliver.

The designer recommends a specific setup for 2p you can see on the forums here.

I'd check out some reviews and do some research, it will be quite a bit different than TTR Europe, but not necessarily a ton heavier than some of the other games I see you rated highly.
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It's a while away from being available but I'm excited to play SteamRollers when it is finished. It might be worth adding to your list for the future.
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Crayon rail games, such as Eurorails, are best at two! But make sure you use the public-locking rules for crayon rail games.

Apparently, Russian Railroads works well at 2p.
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+1 for Tramways. I suggest trying the 2p variant from the rules (only 3 boards) if you want more competition.
 
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Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania is a heavier version of TtR. Expecially United Kingdom. Not a lot heavier mind, but you did specify a "little" heavier.
 
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Try the USA map with the Big Cities variant.
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I think Railways of the World plays great at the 2 player count. Rahdo even has it ranked in his top 50 games (out of the hundreds he's played), and he plays exclusively 2 player.

+1 for Russian Railroads and also the card version, First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express! (which I like even more).

Also, many people say Airlines Europe is the next logical step up from Ticket to Ride. It's by the same designer and has similar mechanisms, but is a little heavier (and adds stocks). I know it's technically not a train game, but it certainly feels like one and is a reimplementation of Union Pacific.

Other train games I enjoy at the 2 player count:
Railroad Revolution
First Train to Nuremberg
+1 for Tramways
Whistle Stop
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Rolling Freight
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+1 for Tramways.

While not really a train game and not its best at two, I've enjoyed Brass as a two player game.

The deluxe version comes with a double-sided board with the two player map on one side.

Alternatively, a separate board can be purchased or the board of the original edition can be tightened up for two player by covering up some cities.
 
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Acrux wrote:


We also have all of the Trains deckbuilder expansions.


Presumably this means Trains: Rising Sun, which for any other couple is pretty satisfying 2p trains.
 
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+1 for Whistle Stop.
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First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express!

It's just a card game, so it doesn't have route building or the spacial element, but it has a solid train theme and plays well with two.
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Via Nebula

This is an excellent 2-player game and I believe it was adapted from a Martin Wallace train game.

It is essentially, a train game (pick-up and deliver) but re-themed for a more whimsical fantasy theme.

It definitely, feels like a train game but I like this theme better and the art work is great.
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Any of the crayon rails games (Empire Builder, Euro Rails, etc.) have rules for two player play to tighten it up, and I think they work pretty well with 2.
 
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No one say Trambahn?
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+1 First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express!
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+1 for 'Tramways'.

Another way to make the game tighter, without reducing the board size to three, is to flip the boards over to their 'difficult' side. You start with less buildings (and therefore passengers) making you fight over what's available even if you're more spread out.
 
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