I have been a model railroader since childhood. I have been in HO since 1960 (except for a brief foray into N Scale in the '80's). I presently have a small "U" shaped layout (9 x 6 x 9) in our laundry room (with "air rights" over the washer and dryer). My layout is fully scenicked and operational (D.C.C.). I model a fictional terminal and switching line, the Terminal Railroad of New Jersey (Jersey Terminal), a subsidiary of the CNJ and the B&O. A typical session takes 2 hours and involves an average of 30-32 cars. Since I have over 200 freight cars, this necessitates the removal and replacement of 15-16 cars between sessions. My freight cars are a mix of old and newer, from Athearn "Blue Box" of the 60's-90's to Red Caboose cars, Accurail, etc. The majority are 40' box cars, of course, followed by many reefers, several covered hoppers, and a mix of flats, gondolas, and tank cars. I presently have sevenoperational engines--a Stewart VO-1000, a Spectrum H-10-44, a BLI SW-7, two Bachman 44-tonners, an Atlas S-2, and an Atlas HH600, each with sound. I replaced the H10-44's QSI decoder with a LokSound decoder to improve slow speed operation. I attempt to operate as realistically as possible. I am the pastor of a Baptist Church and have been in ministry for over 38 years. I have been married since 1966 and have five grown sons and 18 grandchildren. I've been reading MR since 1959, when it was 50 cents a copy!