No intention to hijack this thread, but I am relieved that you take my comment lightly, Sheldon!
Just recently, I have found out that I am not enjoying model railroading anymore as much as I did only a couple of years ago. I find it to get to complicated, with all the new materials, technologies and systems, which have made the hobby also a lot more expensive, but that´s not what I am after right now.
I think I have to make model railroading simpler, emphasizing more on "play" (gosh, what a bad word, we don´t play, we operate!) than on catching the ultimate realism. Back to where I started from - 53 years ago, I guess.
I understand, that is a matter of balance for me, that's why I exclude things that would make it like work for me, like learning/using CAD when I have no need for it otherwise.
In fact, using, maintaining, even advancing old methods, like my relay based cab control and signaling is a big part of the fun for me.
I have modern detailed locos and equipment, but I also still run many freight cars from the 50's and 60's.
I like accuracy, but don't obsess over it or need it on every last item. I'm about the big picture, the overall effect.
Sound and DCC, they are fine. But signaling, CTC, multiple trains moving, longer more scale length trains, are all more important to me, and DCC/sound add layers of cost and complexity with no real benifits for me.
Four to six trains moving at once, on what I consider only a medium sized layout, with sound, even turned down, would be a din of noise that would make my head hurt.
I like being the dispatcher of my own "minature wonderland", reasonably detailed, representitive of a specific place and time, but still a product of my imagination.
Sure I like to run trains, but I also like to just turn them on and be a railfan.......
Sorry to be so long winded,