J C Lawrence
I like a lot of the 18XX with only two players and this is one of my favorites.
My general problem with 2-player 18xx is that it shifts the focus of the game almost exclusively to the zero-sum elements of the game. It has to, as otherwise the player with a marginal advantage just slowly accretes an even larger advantage and runs away. It takes unflagging assault by the player behind to catch up, and with good play by the lead, he's likely to never manage. Much of the time it comes down to one of two questions: Who gets the most 3-trains? or Who exits the 3rd SR with more shares?