You are probably wondering why in the world is Old Rick, you know the Other Rick, BarstowRick asking such a question? I don't know! I've been asking myself that for sometime now. As I was looking over the model railroading images in RailImages, I noted something. See if you don't find this to be true. No matter what each of us have done to make our models of trains look real. Follow me on this, they still look like TOYS. My daughter and former wife would say "You boys and your toys" continuing "You sure do like them." Well, yes we do. Think about it. Did they just nail it? Because no matter what I do with my layout, no matter how much detail I put into it, no matter how prototypical I run it, even if I keep my verbiage true to the Rails... the darn thing still looks like a TOY! Plastic is to shiny when it should be dull. Locomotives appear to be oversized as they negotiate some of my tighter radius curves. Even then with the widest curves I can manage, they still look anything but the pictures, (I have stuffed away in boxes or hanging on my walls) of the real 1:1 foot scale. Nothing matches the pictures I've taken. Size compression, limited space as in space restrictions Ie, small rooms or apartments, limited budget, can all play havoc with capturing the essence of the Big Boys. So what is it we are looking for? Some guys will tell you I just like to run trains and most are doing just that with minimal space and tight radius curves...happy as a...okay...I'm stumped. Happy as what? I'm not sure. Less then five minutes of that and I'm bored and ready to leave but they aren't. So if we set out to answer the question: What's right or wrong with model railroading? Let's not make this a personal issue. Nothing will be accomplished if we argue with each other. Each of us has our own niche, interest in different things we want to accomplish within the scope of the hobby. I believe we can keep this constructive and not create havoc for the monsters ...uhh-err...moderators here. You can answer the question and put in what it's most meaningful to your or not. So, What is it you want from model railroading? Is it really model railroading or an elevated level of toy trains? The rule for home layouts is: You make the rules, you set the standard and you don't build to please anyone else, you build to please yourself. What is right or wrong with model railroading?