I'm not necessarily an enthusiast but I have loved trains all my life. My dad was with two different railroads in two different states. Now, I'm over 70 years old so my memories go back to the old trains - those with cinders. Some of my best memories involve trains, particularly during WWII when so many troops were on board. As a child, I was handed off from soldier to soldier throughout every trip from North Carolina to Georgia or Alabama. Most of the soldiers had children and missed them terribly so my Mother would let them hold me.
The train stations and roundhouses were a treat to me too.
I'm familiar with Thomas the Tank too but not an expert. My husband and I did volunteer work for a while at a kid's museum and Thomas and crew made a couple of stops there.
We have a respectable collection of 50+ year old Lionel model trains and track.
And, my 20 year old son was a huge fan of Thomas the Tank Engine when he was little. And I'm talking about the episodes where Ringo Starr was the Conductor! LOL (Not that I don't LOVE George Carlin, RIP).
PS: Many years ago on vacation out in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
We have many Thomas the Tank tapes and DVD'S and Thomas books as well.Also in storage is my 7 year old grandson's (Hawkmaster on PT)Thomas the train ride around toy train complete with track. It is time to get it back on track and ready for little Drakie. He should be near ready for it now.
I am fortunate to still have my old Lionel train set that I got when I was 7 years old, and it still works, including the headlight and the smoke produced by still available drops, which replaced the smoke tablets.
Another one is a 1996 smaller scale diesel type.
When the weather permits, on Friday nights we drive to the near by AMTRAK tain station and walk the boarding area and wait for the 10:45 train to pull up and enjoy its 30 minute lay over.Afterwards, we stop by for doughnuts on the way home.
I have always been a fan of Electric Railways, in particular the iner-urbans and street caars. Used to ride the BIG RED CARS in southern california during the 1950,s before they wen away in the early 60's.
If any of you ever get a chance, check out the Perris (CA) trolley museum. many working and restored electrics and a couple locomotives as well.