I started with HO back when I was 14 and had a paper route, earning some money so I could buy equipment. I still have a few of my original purchases from the 50s. I am now a retired education administrator and have the time (somewhat) to work on my railroad. I am switching to DCC, although I have a regular DC setup as well on a separate layout. The plan is to eventually combine them into one large DCC layout. I use NCE components to run my DCC.