Went to my fave hobby store this eve, and ended up talking with the owner for about an hour about my upcoming layout. By the end of it, I had totally changed my entire plan, both in terms of the setup and construction technique. And that's what I like about the place. He's equally at home talking to a rookie (such as me) as ye ol' "rivet counters". At any rate, I decided that's what I'm looking for in a club/group. Meet every week or two weeks at somebody's home, and for the most part, just sit around and talk about model trains. Maybe run some trains, or watch them go by.