Compared to many, I'm a newcomer. It will be four years in December. I've been back into O gauge for twenty-three years but didn't find the Forum until 2016. Despite a long time with trains before then, there was much that I didn't know that I have since learned from the Forum. Although I've built and completed two O gauge layouts since 1997 (still have both and operate them often) I spend much more time reading about the hobby on the Forum than downstairs with the layouts.