Gerold rightly states that many modelers aren't concerned about actually operating trains on their layouts,
just the art of detail and scenery.
For me, this has been pretty much true for many, many years.
I have built several layouts in different scales and became "captive" with the details and not really the trains.
Of late, my current (and probably last) layout is about as "finished" as it will ever be.
There's the minor details and scenery to be worked on, but it looks like I wanted it to look.
However, since I got fed up with the link & pin couplers and "modernized" with Kadee automatics,
I have become less concerned with the small stuff and now find myself being an "operator" rather than a builder.
Now, the trackwork, which has been secondary to most else, has taken over the bulk of my modeling time,
as I worry more about whether anything can run on my handlaid track...or not run as the case may be.
The "track crew" (myself) has worked overtime to ensure that trains run smoothly,
and the stub switches work and align properly.
Now, this has become my main objective, weeds and dirt are lower on the "finishing scale".
It helps that my layout is wireless and doesn't depend on polished rail and Brite Boys.
Now I am REALLY having fun with my layout.
Would I dream about someone else's layout?
Probably not, I now have the one that I dreamed about...and it's in my garage!
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