Earlier this month we were on vacation and missed the train meet at the park. DH is a member of the Tradewinds and Atlantic RR club. They have riding trains for children and adults and DH and his friends built a model railroad track to run their G-scale trains. The new layout was a lot of work, and the results are gorgeous. Kids love seeing the trains, like this one, which is called a Triplex. Many of DH's trains have sound systems. He even has cattle and sheep cars that feature animal sounds!
It's a great hobby.
Our vacations are usually spent at locations that offer old-fashioned steam train rides. One of our favorites is Chama, New Mexico. They have a narrow gauge railroad, one of the last remaining ones in the country, and the railroad yard is an open train museum. We spent a few delightful hours combing through the yard, looking at locomotives, parts, tankers, you name it.
One of my favorite ways to relax when I get home from the day job, when the weather gets cooler, is to sit outside on our patio with a glass of wine and watch DH run the trains in our back yard. Our layout runs the length of the patio. On holidays, when his dad came over, we'd have dessert in the backyard or his dad would sit and watch Frank run the trains. I miss my FIL...the holidays are going to be a little rough this year without him. But at least we have lots of good memories to keep him in our hearts.