I'am 70 next yr. About 2 mnths ago I bought 2 little trucks for my grandson on our local auction site and when I collected them they were tiny but beautifully detailed. Not knowing anything the seller was busy at his desk renovating a building and told me it is N scale and carried on to give me a tour of his layout, trains, dioramas etc. When I got out of bed next morning I just knew something had happened and that my grandson must grow up with a train set. I set out feverishly on the web, decided on HO scale and soon started buying tracks, a loco and wagons on our local auction site. I must add that as soon as I discovered it can all be done by RC I was sold. I had been in engineering 40yrs and this was all I needed to add value to my retirement. I'am mechanical but the electronics was the temptation.
But alas, with my first conversion (bought a used and cracked Mantua) I realised my eyes and hands were not cooperating and took (for me) the harsh decision to change to O scale (which is not popular around here) but still managed to find a seller of (very) used tracks and Lima wagons at the club's meet (every 3 mnths).
And since then I have been renovating the 2 Lima drive units (passenger electric coaches) going from the DC motors are acting up (and replacing them with new motors) then the gears were acting up (replaced the 2.5mm brass axles) and I need to re-tap the bodies to take the new threads on the brass axles etc - great fun and indulgence and the grandson (only 3 and a half) is ever so excited.
This is just an incredible site and thanks to all that has contributed and built it up to this standard.
Ps I'am from South Africa, just outside Cape Town