I never had any Plasticville as a kid. I had hand-me-down Lionel from an older cousin. This was assembled and wired by a neighbor high school kid onto a 4x6 train board. There never was any scenery. I might have had Lionel accessories, I think I had the gateman and the station you could announce out of. But I loved running that train round and around.
I think that's why I have zero interest in modeling. Like Arnold, I love the Plasticville I now own because it looks toy-like. I just love running toy trains, on temporary banquet tables, and I want them to look like toys.
Don't get me wrong, I really love seeing pictures of the marvelous modelers here with Legacy engines and detailed, detailed worlds. It's just fantastic and I do so appreciate it.
But what makes my heart sing is a toy train. Perhaps that's why I'd rather have a Scooby Doo LionChief starter set than a Premier engine. I still buy starter sets--it makes me feel like a kid again.