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Model railroad obsession

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Gen 7, 2007, 8:12pm

I recently read and enjoyed this book, Playing with Trains : A Passion Beyond Scale by Sam Posey. It's fascinating as a description of both a "passion" and a subculture even though I've never had a model train. (I wanted one when I was a child but it never happened.)

Gen 13, 2007, 5:55am

Dragonfly, thanks for the tip. I've added it to my wishlist on (a sort of South African equivalent of Amazon) and will order it soon. "A passion and a subculture" accurately describes the world of railway enthusiasts!

Gen 30, 2007, 10:12am

I've now read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

Mar 28, 2007, 6:53am

Another book about railway obsession is Platform Souls: The Train Spotter as Twentieth-century Hero by Nicholas Whittaker. It's a good book about a hobby that is often derided in the UK.

Apr 15, 2017, 7:28pm

Although a video and not a book, Model Citizens, A Film by Sara Kelly is really good. It explains the differences between model railroading and toy trains then continues with a variety of enlightening comments from hobbyists. It's available on