We all have our preferences when it comes to model railroading. Some like operation most, some like collecting trains, and some specialize in modeling structures, locomotives, or cars. Others are experts in scenery, weathering, or electronics. And then there are the generalists who do a little of everything, which is the category I belong to.
Over the years, trains have almost become secondary to me. They are my excuse to create scenes in 1:87.1 scale that capture the essence of an area. My joy is in the construction, so I tend to lose interest in my layouts when they’re finished. To me it’s the journey, rather than the destination. Operation has never really appealed to me. I’ve participated in operating sessions and found it entertaining, but it has been on much larger layouts than I have room for.