The other day, our local newspaper featured an article in the business section on the growth of the hobby business and I thought you'll find it interesting. The gist of the article was talking about "baby boomers" in particular and how the industry has grown recently. Last year for interest, the industry as a whole has grown to $25.7 billion, up a whopping 11% from the $23 billion in 2000. Among the biggest increases were in gardening, pottery, painting, cooking and MODEL RAILROADING. Some other interesting statistics: --58% of American households take part in hobbies: Up from 54% last year. --Stock analysts have contributed some of the growth to in-home oriented activities including model railroading since Sept. 11th. (Osama thought he could drive Americans into their basements. I bet he never thought it would boost our economy in the process!! \ Have a great day folks!! Matt--Chocolatetown, Pa.