I don't know what the game was like in the beginning, 8 years ago.
I first played Rail Nation in the summer of 2014, because that's
when I found out about it (when the railroad tracks could still be sold,
if you didn't need them, or if you put them in the wrong place.)
It was a game so romantic that I called it the Wild West.
So far, the most I liked the spring 2017 version of the game.
But I would gladly try the above option, proposed by pemmore.
Thank you. Have fun and success!