Model railroading is a very popular hobby that a lot people don't realize is a whole other world unless you are involved with it or know someone who is. It can be very contagious so be cautioned as you read this article as we take a look at what this hobby model railroading is all about and the different aspects involved with the hobby.
Model Railroading- what is it? Model railroading is the hobby of building a miniature operating railroad or world either as personal pastime or in a club setting. As a youngster I received a electric train set for Christmas. I have actually received several when when I was younger because I loved trains. Just playing around watching the train go around the oval of track is only entertaining for so long before you start making tunnels out books and piling up clothes or towels around the track to represent hills and on and on. It wasn't too long before my dad mounted my first HO scale train on a piece of 4'x6' plywood sheet and I started making mountains out of plaster of paris and buying plastic model buildings to put on the layout from the local hobby shop. Unlike my first model railroad which was only 4'x6' big there are model railroads built by individuals and clubs much larger some covering as much as 5000 square feet!
Model Railroading is a business. For some people being a model railroader as a pastime recreation has become a business. Hobby shops around the world can consist of all kinds of hobbies under one roof or just solely be devoted to model railroading. At a model railroad store you can by all sorts of stuff for your model railroad such as the trains themselves, buildings, people, vehicles, scenery supplies, how to books and so much more. Of course there are the manufactures themselves of the different products which are several hundreds. There are several scales or sizes to choose to build in ranging from the very tiny z scale to the large G scale which is often used to build a railroad outside in your yard commonly referred to as a Garden Railway.
Model Railroading is nuts! I went to a train show in a nearby city to where I live and it just happened to be held right next to computer convention. As I observed there were only a trickle of people going in and out of the computer convention and a swarm of people and families going in an out of the train show. I heard later that they average about 30,000 people attending the train show that weekend! There were vendors of model railroad related items and operating model railroads on display. Workshops were being held all around the show for help on building scenery, track, wiring or just promoting the latest gadget for the hobby. This hobby like most an get very expensive if you want or I should say if you have the money to get real serious about it. I seen locomotives built out of brass going for up to several thousand dollars each because of the very fine detailing found on them!
Model Railroading has something for everyone. In the hobby of model railroading there are different interest that just about anybody can find that they may enjoy. For instance if you like tools and building things obviously this is for you. Because most model railroads are built out of wood for their framing and support. If electricity is something for you than there is that as well, most of electrical work on a model railroad is very low voltage so you don't have to be a licensed electrician to do it. Maybe building models is right up your alley. Models from the structures to vehicles to the some of the trains themselves usually come in one kit form or another. If you have an artistic touch than you might like to paint scenery or the backgrounds found on most model railroads. The list goes on but as you can see there is something usually for everyone in this hobby.
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