Model Trains – A Fascinating Hobby To Millions
Model Trains have long been a fascination of kids to adults alike as an entertaining look into an old and still used today technology for transportation, transporting goods, and utilizing technologies from electricity, magnetic tracks, steam power, and more. Model trains typically are scaled down models of real trains and although designed for utility and purposes beyond looking cool- one can't help but enjoy the fascinating uniqueness that is a train (real or model).
Watching a real train in person is an enlarged version of the feeling of watching your own Model Trains go. What you get with a model train is the ability to build it around a model city and for some this is a long term commitment to re-create their home town in an entire room in such a way as to see the town, it's highlights and the trains path running through it. In reality the train does roll through the town but it's real power is in running for long periods of time through many cities, towns, and even states with very few breaks.
You can learn the ratios of the different models available and can get deep into building them from scratch as well using kits and purchasing various motors, steam engines and even supplementing the kits to customize your train so it's "your" train. Many have found intrigue in putting personalized train cars on the train complete with personal creations for what's printed on the sides. Companies have long used Model Train Kits as an advertising or exposure (brand recognition) vehicle since most trains carry a plethora of different products and years ago the train companies realized that these moving billboards were lucrative advertising "vehicles" that could have far reaching exposure.
Although used for covering expenses and profit (advertising), this has become a hallmark of even miniature scaled down (and sometimes incredible accurate) models that give it that "authenticity" people are used to seeing- including manufactured graffiti!
Model Trains are fun for children but more often than not the hard core train model enthusiast is an adult with some honed skill-sets into a hobby that can really become an obsession. Many train shows come out where people can display and even race their locomotives for fun and prizes- even money in the thousands like other events in RC planes, boats, and more.
Building your own train then town to lace your tracks through is a great deal of fun and not something you have to do all at once. Many people spend years acquiring just the right vintage parts and innovative engines to create an amazing display of engine-uity. Some have used Model Trains as a great addition to the home. In the kids program Mr. Rogers by PBS television station- a trolley would show up and deliver messages on a track. On the show Silver Spoons with Rickie Schroeder a life size but still scaled down model of a train was used as an inner house transportation system for a wealthy family who looked like they were having a great deal of fun.
There are many formats for setting up your model trains and many sizes as well. The hobby is one incredibly complex assortment of different trains complete with amazing and entertaining intellectual stories from the circus to the many people who traveled and lived on these trains during the early centuries and the depression. Trains are not simply cars on tracks but have a fascinating history that is as diverse as the countries they can be found in!