Many people are of the opinion that some little boys never grow up and that they are always just a stone?s throw away from their favourite toy. Generally they graduate from lego and matchbox cars to motor bikes, sports cars and boats but in some instances, while the boy may grow older, his hobby stays just the same. Model trains and railroads are a source of fascination for both young and old, with many a happy afternoon being spent in laying out the perfect track for their model trains.
This hobby is not simply a side line that only some parts of the population enjoy, it is in fact a multi-billion dollar industry with companies all over the world providing specialised services to discerning enthusiasts.
For those self-confessed model train addicts, this is a very serious business indeed and just getting the model train layouts correct is a mammoth undertaking. Their job is being made easier by companies that provide an increasingly broader range of choice for layouts. The sheer variety of layouts is quite astounding and a figure eight is just the beginning. One is able to get different types of track, from narrow guage to a broader specification depending on the type of model train set that you have. The scenery to surround your track and the miniature buildings and people that add to the sense of reality are also provided.
A few companies have taken this process even further, in recognition of the fact that people no longer have the time available to spend hours agonizing over the smallest details. These companies provide installation services, so for a fee one can have a track laid out and constructed as required and just arrive and enjoy the spectacle of watching the train go through its magical motions.
But the true connoisseurs take as much pleasure in perfecting model train layouts as they do in operating the machinery itself. They enjoy planning the entire scene down to the finest detail and to a level of accuracy ensuring that everything is sized to a precise scale. Many people become experts in the construction and painting of the accompany scenery, rivaled only by mock battle enthusiasts who painstakingly paint their soldiers one by one.
So while it might still seem like child?s play to the casual observer, there is nothing simplistic about model train layouts and those who are truly devoted to this fascinating hobby.