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I could not agree with you more!!!!! I look forward to the mail at the end of everyother month. Nothing better than a "package in the mail." Even my kids know how much I look forward to it--ususaly the comment goes something like this: "Sorry Papi, no train magazine (GR) in the mail today--maybe tomorow." I feel like a kid waiting for the postman. That alone is "worth the money." I find value to every article, whether or not it directly applies to my interests or not. I still have a subscription to Model Railroader, even though my main interest is large scale, but my inspiration comes from those articles as well.

I don't know if any of you feel like I do, but I see Garden Railroading at the same place HO railroading was in the mid to late seventies--just enough product on the market to get a layout going, but if you wanted something specific to your prototye (or lack of one) you kitbashed or scratch built and got creative. I actually love that part of the hobby, there seems not much challange in HO anymore--got enough money and space you can buy anything!!! I love the creativity found in Large Scale, and I am so glad to have found this part of our hobby. Garden Railways was the portal to all of this for me--it was sitting next to MR at the hobby shop--and I was hooked!!!!!!

The "great model railroaders" in the smaller scales seeemed to "come of age" in the seventies and eighties: Hayden and Farry, Malcom Furlow, Allen McClelland, David Barrow, Tony Koester, Eric Booman and on and on. They all were creative and broke new ground--just like Marty, K, Richard and many others here on MLS and in GR. I do not mean to skip over any other of the fine folks in small scale or large scale--these are just off the top of my head and for illustration. I cannot thank the folks here and at GR enough for re-lighting the fire of model railroading for me--in a larger scale and OUTDOORS.

Thanks for letting me ramble.

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