As kids on Christmas Eve, I and my siblings would tumble up the stairs to bed (usually as late as we could), excited about what Santa would bring ... you see, in our house there was no tree, no decorations, no presents on Christmas Eve ... that was Santa's job while we slept. Christmas morning, when given the signal, we'd come down the steps to a wondrous site of a Christmas explosion! A fully decorated tree, presents, music, the smell of our upcoming Christmas turkey dinner, ...a Lionel two-loop train platform with switches, houses, and the best looking pre-war steam engine you have ever seen chugging along under the tree.
That's when I first got the bug, but I didn't do anything with it until much later. The train got packed away and as I grew up, I didn't think much about it. When my dad retired, though, he decided to get into HO model railroading ... easier to manage. I actually gave him his first N Gauge train set ... it was cute and tiny ... as a diversion from his HO projects he worked on with with his grandson and granddaughter.
Fast forward 30 years. When my father passed away, I was able to retain his N Gauge trains ... he had added quite a bit to it. I determined that, when I retired, I'd carry on the tradition. So I did.
What I didn't know was how much model railroading has changed! Nowadays it is pretty complex, from the DCC controls, wireless operations, set design, NTRAK and T-TRAK modeling ... quite a bit more involved than from the days when I was younger.
I like it!
It's like learning a new craft ... I probably won't dive into the deep end (just yet). I am quite content splashing around the shallow end, while learning quite a bit. It's a great hobby, whether you wish to dabble or become fully immersed.
If you haven't done so, you should try it.