There are 3 train clubs with large layouts within 25 miles of my home. I enjoy visiting their open houses and seeing the layouts progress. I have two tables at one of these club's swap meets 5 times each year.
Having my own "large" layout, and a group of train friends that I have lunch and/or layout get-togethers once a month, I'm thinking about what the pro and cons would be to joining one of these train clubs. I'm retired and would have time to devote.
One of my concerns is that when talking to members of all three clubs is that they seem to frequently complain about other club members. I'm looking for a positive experience.
Do you belong to a local train club of this sort? Pro and con advise please