I saw this in another forum, and thought it was just too good not to share. I will mention before I do so, however, that I do not consider these rules cast-in-stone, thou-shalt/thou-shalt-not types, but more like good suggestions. But I can't argue with rule number 1: Model Railroad Rules To Live By 1. The object of this hobby is to have fun. 2. Buy some freight and passenger cars to go with your gross of engines. 3. Never ever tell a fellow modeler your scale is better then his. 4. At some point stop planning and start building the layout. 5. Never put perfection in front of running the trains. 6. Pay close attention to the track work it can kill the fun. 7. Meet and bring your favorite engine, and have your friends bring their favorite engines. 8. Have a plan, and an era, so you don't buy a lot of stuff you don't need. 9. Listen to the critics, and weight their suggestions, and then do what you think is best. 10. Never argue with a rivet counter, you will lose. 11. Good running engines and dependable rolling stock are required to really have fun. 12. You don't have to agree, with your fellow modelers, to be friends 13. Have a spare of all tools, for when you lose the first one. 14. Keep the lubrication supplies handy and use them sometimes. 15. Clean the track before the trains stop running. 16. Know your economic, time, and space resources and plan accordingly. 17. In this hobby "do overs" are a fact of life. 18. If you are a perfectionist, lighten up and cut the other people some slack. 19. If you are not a perfectionist, lighten up and cut them some slack. 20. Never ever forget rule one.