Good afternoon! I hope everyone's got a good summer lined up, finals season has been kicking my ass and I can't wait to be done. Right off the bat, I must admit that I'm relatively illiterate as far as all the technical aspect of trains go. When I was a child, I was obsessed with trains, although I didn't know the term 'railfan' existed until fairly recently. Other specific interests have taken their place in the intervening years, but nostalgia and curiosity has called me to this community. I find it exciting and admirable that such a passionate subculture has formed surrounding a topic as seemingly mundane and "niche" as railroads. Also, it's great to know that there's a name for what I was for much of my elementary school years. As a boy, my dad and I made a point to ride every line on the MBTA end-to-end just for bragging rights. He always encourages my hobbies and interests, and this was certainly no exception. For a time, I was the youngest member of the Boston Street Railway Association. We also have visited the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine several times, and it's on our agenda for this summer to go back there. I think there's something kind of romantic and idyllic about train voyages, as opposed to say, car rides or airplane trips. My interests in the context of railroads include their history, obscure and prototype rolling stock, and the future of public transit networks and infrastructure. Maybe if I hit the lottery someday I'll build a model of my hometown, with an HO scale commuter rail route running through it. If anyone has any questions for me, feel free to ask them here. Otherwise, take care of yourselves, and thanks for having me aboard.