p51 posted:

Some might think of a age of 50 as a cutoff for 'young' folks, but it is quite valid.

I've been to a few local club and MMRA events where, in my very late 40s, I'm still the youngest inb the room by quite bit!

It's not 3 rail, but seeing I don't turn 50 until November, here we go:

It feels like I could step right into this photo and get offered some sweet tea down in TN. Great shots!

Arnold D. Cribari posted:

I am way over the 50 year cut off, but just wanted to chime in and say this is an excellent topic, and I love all of the above photos and comments by our young hobbyists. 

By the way, although I am no longer young in years, I am definitely young at heart, as are just about all Forum members. Arnold

Thanks Arnold. I always enjoy your posts. Your creative way of seeing the hobby is always enjoyable. You are a true ambassador for the hobby. 

JD2035RR - Great topic!    It's a good thing I didn't have to show my ID before reading this thread ... LOL!! ... because I'm way past the cut off point in years but certainly not in heart.    

I've really enjoyed EVERYONE's posts and photos!  Obviously" young guns" have great passion for this hobby as did and I and other Boomers who have loved & love this hobby so incredibly much since our childhoods.  Reading everyone's wonderful posts/photos here is certainly most invigorating!  

I think it would serve the hobby well if OGR would run a regular feature on younger modelers telling their stories and featuring photos of their collections/layouts.  

I've always been of the mindset that model & toy trains is just not a Boomers thing.  Over the years, I've consistently observed an abundance  of families at train shows and holiday displays in my area.  Kids and parents are curious and excited about trains!  I see our hobby as having a bright future and this thread is further proof.  

Model railroaders of all ages .... lets keep our imaginations going wild ... building, changing, and adding to our layouts.  Lets keep those train running on time!!   

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

trumptrain posted:

JD2035RR - Great topic!    It's a good thing I didn't have to show my ID before reading this thread ... LOL!! ... because I'm way past the cut off point in years but certainly not in heart.    

I've really enjoyed EVERYONE's posts and photos!  Obviously" young guns" have great passion for this hobby as did and I and other Boomers who have loved & love this hobby so incredibly much since our childhoods.  Reading everyone's wonderful posts/photos here is certainly most invigorating!  

I think it would serve the hobby well if OGR would run a regular feature on younger modelers telling their stories and featuring photos of their collections/layouts.  

I've always been of the mindset that model & toy trains is just not a Boomers thing.  Over the years, I've consistently observed an abundance  of families at train shows and holiday displays in my area.  Kids and parents are curious and excited about trains!  I see our hobby as having a bright future and this thread is further proof.  

Model railroaders of all ages .... lets keep our imaginations going wild ... building, changing, and adding to our layouts.  Lets keep those train running on time!!   

I couldn't agree more with your whole comment, Pat!!  As to the highlighted sentence, that reminds me that years ago Model Railroader ran a monthly column called 'Teen Corner' or 'Teen Something'.  The focus was just what you mentioned!!  Great idea!!

36 here and have had trains around as long as I can remember. My first was a 2037 and then several semi scale pieces on a multi level layout that was roughly 10x6 or 10x8. In my late teens and early 20s the trains took a back burner and sat as I focused on work and power sports. In the last 7 years life changed again and I made a basic double loop for around the Christmas tree which now doubles as my year round layout that I modify after Christmas and relocate to a spare room. During this past time period I also dove into the scale O world and TMCC/Legacy control. Most of my semi scar pieces are now at my dads either on display or running on a double loop around his sitting room. Here is my “layout”. If I get frogging, I usually run track around the living and dining room to get enough room to really build a consist. In the picture I have diesels pulling duty. The J is in the picture and I have a Class A not pictured and a 0-8-0 not pictured along with a good bit of rolling stock. Here lately I have taken interest in the Gunderson cars.

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