Who is the person who introduced you to model railroading? Or did you get infected on your own? Or was there some event that got you hooked? For me it was my father. He worked at the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Eddystone from the time he quit school at age 14. He was laid off during the Depression but went back to work for them until they built the General Steel plant next the Locomotive Works. He helped build GS plant and was part of the crew that shut it down. He introduced me to model trains with a Lionel set when I was 3 years old. That set was around the Christmas tree. When I was five he set up a 4x8 HO and O scale layout in the basement. A few years later the O scale tracks were removed. That layout would remain in place for some 25 years. I still have some of the original locomotives that ran on it. BTW the Lionel set made its 37th appearance around a Christmas tree this past Christmas. The new operator is my son, the third generation to operate that 2-4-0 Lionel locomotive.