My first train set was an LGB set around 1984...when I was approx 2 years old. Therefore, I have no memories predating the LGB. What I do know is that I was getting dragged up in the cab of NKP 765 and helping my dad work on his NYC 2600 series coach before that...but that doesn't count since it wasn't model railroading. Up until age 5, the LGB was my primary scale building my first layouts around the sofa and our christmas trees...with watching my dad's On3 0-4-0 pull a car back & forth on his 28" of track he'd set up on the basement freezer. At age 5 we got started in HO...with our first steam engine being occasional use of our dad's 30 year old MDC 0-6-0t. I got mixed up in N scale briefly around 2nd through 5th grades. I began working with narrow gauge (HOn3) and craftsman kits in early high school...my dad had been into those and scratch building long before I was born. He introduced me to the wonders of Grandt Line kits. I also started hand laying track then...although my first turnouts didn't work too well...although now I'm good at building them. I switched to On3 and started scratch building in early college...although my progress has been slow due to being busy.