I may never decide what my favorite railroad is. Ever. There are just too many that I like for one reason or another, and I don't have enough time or money to model them all. Here's my background: As a 10-year old kid I grew up watching coal trains head up the C&O Columbus Subdivision in Columbus, Ohio in the late 70s early 80s. Thus my first favorite railroad was the Chessie System. (I also liked the C&O and the B&O seperately as well) Then many years passed, and for some reason I found the 60s time period interesting, and I realized that the Pennsylvania Railroad was the king of my hometown (Columbus, Ohio) and it also served the steel industry in Mingo Junction, OH that I recall having a fascination for. Thus the Pennsy was a logical choice. Only problem is, I find Penn Central and Conrail interesting, so I would like to model them too. And I like modern railroading, so I can't forget to mention that the NS appeals to me too. Finally, I realized that after reading about the history of railroads, I feel like the New York Central fits my personality best as far as the way the company was run. If I had a railroad I would have liked to work for (as a pencil pusher, like I am now) I may have fit in there vs. the PRR. After a lot or words and typing, I'm still nowhere near choosing a prototype, and I'm sure it'll change a dozen more time before I leave the earth. The guys that can choose one specific railroad, location, era, year, month, day, etc have my utmost respect! How do you manage to keep the interest up? So, how did you choose your favorite prototype? Is it what you remember as a kid? Is the paint scheme that you find appealing? The management of the railroad? Do you know someone that works for your favorite RR? Is there no specific reason?