What have you learned from this hobby/what has this hobby given to you? Technical or sentimental, let's hear your story. Whether it's how to calculate wattage, that time with your grandpa or dad is too short, or that the hobby gave you a career that provided a home for your family, let's hear it.
As I rediscover this hobby in my thirties, with a primary focus of spending quality time with my children and providing them with some fun memories, I also wish to pass on the hobby, skills, and knowledge that I've learned from others over time. I was thinking of all of the lessons, skills, and technical knowledge that I have learned primarily because of this hobby that my dad and grandpa introduced me to when I was a toddler.
Things I've learned:
-proper wiring, basic circuitry
-the difference between amps, volts, watts
-watching the trains at eye level is awesome
-run the trains in the dark once in a while
-use the right tool for the job
-real railroad history
-Grandparents are gone too quickly. I was 12 and 15 when each of my grandfathers passed away. There are many conversations I wish I could have with them now about the hobby and mostly life in general.
-This forum has an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise from every walk of life.
Well that's a start at least. I'd love to hear your input as I work to pass on the hobby, skills, and knowledge.
All the best,