James May On Model Railroading

After watching the righteous F-Word clip the Loverman posted yesterday, El Jalop de Pedro's girlfriend commented, "He's got bad hair but I just really related to his energy. There's something righteous to me about finding someone else who is so unashamed of doing things at a slackened pace. 4 hours to make a fish pie seems just about right to me." So it's no surprise May would be into model trains. Or sticking it to "Hey! This is mint-in-box!" collectors. There is a zen to building and playing with a train set. It takes us back to childhood days in the garage on winter afternoons, gluing cork to plywood. And our dad having the set fall on his hand, putting a rather large j-hook through it. Yowch.

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I had one of the greatest collections of HO trains and models you've ever seen, courtesy of my relatives in Germany. Then, in October of '96, Boston was hit by a nor' easter that not only scuttled my one chance to row in the Head of the Charles, but flooded our basement, completely submerging and utterly ruining all my trains.

I still miss them.