the internet is a very useful tool for all hobbies, including model railroading. when i actually can start making one of my own, would anyone (if there is anyone) in my area be willing to hang out sometimes and give me a little help? ya know, with ideas, painting stuff, most efficent ways to make stuff, things like that? im an artist but i dont know how to do a good bit of what i see on your layouts and id be thrilled if i could ever make mine look like alot of yours do. and obviously id be indebted to someone who did and they could call on me for advice/help whenever they needed it. on second thought i guess i could join a club around here, is that what you guys do? i just like the hobby alot and would like to find other people near me who do also. "train buddies" if you will. reading books on how to do things are kinda boring ya know? its more fun and much easier to learn and understand to have someone show you in person.