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Looking For A New Hobby In Your Spare Time, Model Railways Are A Superb Way To Relax

Apr. 22, 2011 5:35 AM ET
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My husband has recently retired and found he has more time on his hands. I must admit I am not used to him being in the house all day, so I suggested to him to find a hobby. We have gardens, but he isn’t really interested. He does a few DIY jobs here and there, although doesn’t really see it as a hobby.

The other day we dug out some old photographs and had a bit of a chuckle looking at them. There he was as a young boy playing with his model railway and train-spotting at his local railway station. This is how the idea to take up model railway building as a hobby began. He’s always had an interest in trains so we both thought this would be a great way for him to relax and adjust to retirement.

He was keen to get started, especially to show the grandchildren what he was up to when they visited. He intended to show them the train models and the tracks he was going to build. The spare room would make an ideal place for the kits he was going to buy, it just needed clearing out.

I must say he was amazed at the specialist websites that cater for people with interests in model railways. They not only sell great building kits, but also offer handy hints and advice to beginners and people who simply love model railways.

Great names such as Hornby, Lima, Peco and Gaugemaster are just some of makes that can be bought online. Of course you need to find railway tracks, electronics, rolling stock, locomotives, buildings and even scenery to make it look realistic. My husband was surprised at just how reasonable all the parts were to buy. He quickly made a list and placed an order the same day.

For people who love building model kits as a hobby there are others to choose from too, aircraft, cars, motorbikes and various other types of transportation. My husband, being the character he is, when he makes his mind up, there’s no turning back, so he stuck to buying and building model railways.

His orders soon arrived. It was a joy to see his face. He was like a little boy again, happy and keen to open up the packages. He now locks himself away for hours in the spare room, assembling all the parts that help to make up a fantastic model railway. There’s no stopping him, every time we go out he wants to get back to begin building the next stage. His spare time is certainly used up now, but he’s not complaining.

The other night he was on the computer looking at well-known model railway sites. He was after other parts to add to his growing collection. There are buy and sell sites too, that enthusiasts the world over use to trade and sell model railway parts. Our eldest grandson is also interested in his grandfather’s hobby, it’s really good to see them together.

If you are looking for some great value Model railwaysthen take a look here. From enthusiasts for enthusiasts, they offer all the main makes so if you are interested in a Model railway, grab a bargain now

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