I've lived in my present home for about 5 years. My neighbors to the south side were here before me, and through conversation long ago found out homeowner Randy was a train guy. When his wife asked us to keep their dog for a weekend so they could spend the time at Horsehoe Curve I should've known it was serious. He had mentioned previously that he had model trains but we never discussed it further as I wasn't into the hobby at the time. However, since I started collecting stuff for my return to modelling I made it a point to ask him if he had anything on the WM that I could look at (I saw an extensive VHS collection of train vids in his house). He said he'd look. Yesterday he shows up with half dozen magazines and 5 freight cars for me, for free. :thumb: Turns out he is very knowledgeable about railroading in general and local roads in particular, was quite an education. He has a very hectic schedule, but we will no doubt find time to yak about trains some more. I promised to have him over as soon as the layout is running. Since he has a huge unfinished basement, I've volunteered to help him clean it out someday so the really big layout can be built. My important tip of the day: never be afraid to mention your interest in trains to others. You don't know where it may take you, or what you may get for your troubles.