For many years, a feature of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine was the "Collector Consist" column authored by Mr. Keith Wills. I always looked forward to his column as he discussed many different items in a variety of scales, some of which were quite unique and rare. One article in particular sticks in my mind. It told the story of the trip made by him and his Dad to sample the city's numerous railroading delights at Christmas time. It was published in the December 1983 issue. Evidently, it was a popular piece as RMC has seen fit to post it on its website to be enjoyed again. Here's the link:
"For the Love of Trains".....I can't think of a more appropriate title for that article.