All - my main interest is passenger trains - streamliner era and Amtrak. I've spent a good bit of my life in Germany with the military and speak rather good German. I was in Germany earlier this month as well as last month. I had a bit of model railroad fun both times. I wrote a blog post on a formerly secret N scale model of an uncompressed version of the station in the city I lived in twice. Scratch built with 500 surrounding buildings also scratch built. If you'll indulge me a moment to share the post with photo album and a 30-second video. The N Scale material is from December. During this month's trip I stumbled across a model railroad club having an open house. I couldn't resist! The video is just three minutes. (I had a bit of fun with this one. The acoustics in the space were awful, so I added sound effects to cover the noise.) PS - I don't normally travel to Europe that often, but I had promised my wife Christmas markets and wonderful German friends I've known since I was 16 turned 80 this month. I couldn't miss their party. They were the stability in my life when my parents divorced. I learned much of my German through them and it's no exaggeration to say I'm the person I am today because of them. We stayed in touch long before the Internet came along. A five-day trip was a bit crazy, but the flight back was my 54th trip across the Atlantic.