Model trains are not only for kids: Adults are very much a part of this world. Consider joining a local model train club. Model trains are some of the most enduring toys of all. They are so enduring that even adults love them. Model trains are offered in a wide variety of sizes, styles and colors. These models often feature sophisticated electronic components that make them elegant and realistic in operation. In fact, the latest models are controlled by computers.
Model trains are fun for both young and old–men and women. The hobby bridges the generation gap and can be a great way to bring the family together! Model trains are a very interactive hobby, where users can create elaborate model railroad layouts. Modelers develop numerous skills associated with modeling trains. Many people enjoy putting together a model train display, in a landscape or village setting.
Model train layouts are way more compelling when there are people doing it together. Every person comes with a different skill: wiring, modelling, painting, kit-bashing, computer programming, painting or air-brushing; decals, historical accuracy, mechanics, design, sculpting, making tiny trees, tiny rocks, or tiny people. This is why model railroad clubs are so popular. You can find a local club by doing a Google search. All clubs welcome new model railroaders.
A key aspect of joining a club, is to do ‘realistic’ operation. This is where the model railroad uses real world like operating rules. Trains are run according to the schedule with passenger trains getting priority over freight trains. Also, local freights are assembled at the yards and run to service the surrounding industries. A ‘fast clock’ is used so that 24 hours may be compressed into a 3 hour operating session. Join a club and remember that model railroading is fun!
Most often model trains are collected according to scale. A scale is a ratio expressed in terms of one unit on the model equals a specified number of units in real life. The most popular scale is HO at 1/87 of real size. Model trains are an amazing hobby and one that many people find very exciting. Imagine having an exact replica of the Orient Express or the Trans-Siberian Express running around a model landscape you hand built in your basement.
Layouts for model trains are not built overnight. In fact, no model railroad is ever finished. Model train layouts are usually built to a letter scale, such as HO, where 3.5mm on the model represents 1 foot on the prototype (1/87). Model railroads are enjoying a surge of interest and activity from professional designers and artists. It is being played out in the smaller scale world of HO or N scale model trains.
Model railroads are more then just the trains, tracks and power supplies. They provide the enthusiast a way to study and recreate entire worlds and towns in miniature. Model railroads are always incorporating new concepts and the techniques. The controls are now based on microprocessors like miniature PC’s. Model railroads are always constructed, operated, and maintained by people so their movements and access to the layout are as important, if not more so, than the arrangement of the track work.
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