Now, with my own house with several rooms, some of which will be vacated (probably sooner than I realize) as the kids start growing up, it occurred to me that it might be feasible in at least a few years after all that I could have a model railroad. Probably the modest 4x8 tabletop kind, maybe with an extension or so, but still... for me, that would be quite an accomplishment.
Why do I like model railroading? This sample picture that I found on the internet yesterday should highlight the allure. At its best, it's creating your own little world that, at least with good photography, is difficult to distinguish from the real world. The attention to detail, the little vignettes, the museum quality modeling... it's just a fascinating thing to me. Ironically, you'll notice that I don't actually mention trains in there as among the main attractions of the hobby. While I like trains well enough, trains are the excuse to engage in model railroading, at least to me, not the reason to do so.
Anyway, I don't intend to spend a lot of time talking about this hobby that I recently kinda rediscovered by reviewing some of my old books (most of which I bought at the same hobby stores where I'd buy my D&D stuff as a kid, by the way) but I do want to do a very smallish series of posts---two or three---where I talk about a subject or two related to model railroading. This won't interrupt my other series, it just gives me a chance to ramble on about another topic that I've always been interested in.