Playing 2-player Empire Builder with my son; it wasn’t half bad. It’s a fixed-fun game, so 2 players is fine. I also tweaked it to get rid of false choices (mainly, a derailment only makes you lose a load if you are full …. so you don’t have to pick up items defensively). It’s around 90-120 minutes, which isn’t fast but it’s not horrible and you spend most of your time doing stuff. And you know, my son will probably have a vague idea of where major cities are at some point.
Amazingly, the helpful cheat sheet (“Billings is at G-3”) is wrong for most cities. Apparently they did it, then re-adjusted the letters on the chart. So most non-east coast cities are ~2 letters off (Billings would be at E-3), which is annoying. And the crayons work, but barely. Mayfair …
Still, since I paid about $8 for this, I’m not going to complain any more than I just did.