OK. As I mentioned on BoBG, I think I'm going to get an 18XX game of my very own. (This will, in fact, be the third in my possession, but this time with a little stronger desire to get it to the table.) I'm courting suggestions. I'd like to try one of the Deep Thought line, but I'm not wedded to that.
From an earlier suggestion, 18FL is the frontrunner. The trouble is that 2-4 players is, for the moment, kind of a clumsy number for me. Something that could play up to five or six would be great. (Or seven!) "Long" is OK, as long as it's not one of the ones that seem to get marked "For Experienced Players Only." 1850 is kind of appealing.
Then there are the ones where the theme is particularly attractive--the Isle of Wight one, 1889 (Japan), the upcoming Russia one...
So--are there any "big" 18XX games that could work well for a table of inexperienced 18XXers (but longtime gamers)?