I remember it well, I joined 12/18/2000. Yep, I am coming up on 20 years.
The biggest things I remember in the olden days of OGR were the raucous and very lightly moderated and sometimes heated or hilarious discussions...awaiting MTH's Mel's Diner for years, "oh, I can smell that chille now"...silly threads about the elephants at Hohenwald, and the toy train museum there with a statue of Lionel chief Gary Moreau made out of the lousy 022 switches...Bob C. and his quest for black smoke...battles over which is best MTH vs. Lionel, and the law suit...Locolawyer giving us a play by play from the courtroom...Clyde Coil and Legacy dang, Tony Lash and company, DCS and Toytrains1 then Barry B. helping people to get it working on their layouts...Marty helping people with Legacy...Hans Zimmer...Zans Himmer...and more...Scherbear waging war...joining TCA...Wifi...Thursdays at Fridays.
Getting answers quickly to problems has always made the forum invaluable. I remember early on I got TMCC and it wouldn't work, I asked the forum for help, quickly reply "make sure you command base is plugged into a 3 prong outlet" it wasn't I had a 3 to 2 adapter, got rid of the adapter and voila!
So much more to say, but thats enough for now. A big thanks to OGR for proving this forum over the years, and to the other Forumites that come up with the answers, questions, photos, movies, and funny stuff. The OGR Forum has been helpful and fun.