Hello to all.
I have been one of those invisible visitors in past the past decade + but I finally decided it was time to join the forums.
I am a retiree, and now that I finally have enough time to focus on the hobby I also discovered a rather common malady. I had collected far more kits and engines then I could properly use. That forced me make some tough decisions on what I could actually fit into a coherent theme.
Time and space required me to focus on a shelf layout. Family history and our research in genealolgy determined that it would be 1918 in my hobby world. My favorite brass led me to narrow gauge (HOn3).
Those three decisions made it a lot easier to sell much of what I previously felt I needed. My layout will be more like a diorama with sound and motion than an operational oriented RR.
The quality of my initial SW purchases led me to keep coming back. I think I still have some of the early newsletters (on green paper, folded and stapled for mailing). I also have a shoebox full of the castings that Brett allowed us to buy just so we could drive him crazy.
This website has evolved into a real powerhouse of talent and information. In fact I think that the cumulative videos and postings in this site are like obtaining a masters degree in the artistry of this hobby.
I was fortunate enough to read my email early last weekend so I was able to buy the first run of the JE Morton foundry. Now I'm watching for the daily mail truck and impatiently wait for Ken to post the official build. It's a pleasure to just be here.
I know that one of the things that make the site so fascinating are the pictures, and then even more detailed closeup photos. Unfortunately after so many moves to different assignments don't have the ability to contribute yet, but I hope to.