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Is Model Trains an Addiction or Hobby?

Let’s take a quick look at the tell tale signs of a model train addiction.

  • You put the behavior above being with family and friends
  • The feeling of euphoria drives you to continually to build your model railroad empire even vaster
  • Your expenditures connected to model railroading have depleted your financial reserves

“Although these behaviors are harmless pastimes or healthy pursuits for many, there are signs that indicate you’ve crossed the line into model train addiction.”


That ridiculously sounds absurd. Model trains are the greatest hobby in the world and not an addiction.

As with any hobby, the obvious reason to indulge in it is because it’s fun!

There are numerous beneficial reasons to indulge in the hobby of model trains that actually help people have a more fulfilling life. First off, building a model railroad is a great family activity that allows everyone in the family to participate together in different aspect.

For example, if you have grandchildren, one of the kids can paint scenery while the other is measuring the perfect location for a model truss bridge design.

Also, model railroading is extremely educational and can be teaching you about history by examining different era’s and locations. While developing your model railroad theme, the research process can expose you to historical facts and events during certain time periods.

For example, in the United States, railroads were one of the building blocks of the developing country. Without railroads, the possibility of expanding into new territories was only possible by logistically moving supplies throughout the great states.

By understanding this information and then replicating certain themes within your model railroad is very fulfilling. Regardless of history, it can be help replicate your own personal memories of childhood memories such as catching the Amtrak at the Chicago Union Station or a Miniatur-Wunderland from Germany.

Overall, model trains is definitely more of a hobby than an addiction but the fact that I dedicate majority of my days writing about model trains, building beginner getting started guides and creating model train layouts may have some beg to differ.

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