With the Holiday season in full swing I was thinking back to when I got my first Lionel train set, and i got to thinking about several things. The other week I was staring at my layout and was making some plans for what I want to do after the holiday season. I was thinking "it would be nice if I had more room for lager curves." I got to thinking that if I modeled HO or N scale trains I could do so much more and in the space I currently have. But that thought only lasted a short while as I realized how much I love my O gauge trains. I had a large HO set when I was a kid. It was my first real electric train set, but I realize now I was too young for it. I remember the set had two diesel engines, one was a Santa Fe and the other a Union Pacific. I don't remember what they were but I remember what they look like. I also had one little steam engine. It was a Pennsy B6 with the slope back tender. The set had a bunch of freight cars and buildings and scenery. It really was a nice set from what I remember, but I also remember how easily they broke, and they didn't run very well. As a kid I couldn't "play" with those trains. Then my mom bought me A Lionel Christmas on VHS. I fell in love with those trains I saw on that video, and it was a major factor in some of the things I have purchased. I remember wanting a Lionel train set so bad and one Christmas that wish came true. The engine was so big to me it was heavy and I could play with it. I got two more Lionel sets as a kid along with my dad's old O gauge trains but they didn't run, and I loved them so much. I still have them and they too influenced me when I got back into the hobby. However I almost went in a different direction. My old apartment was small and I thought a few years ago when I wanted to get back into trains that I would not have enough space for my old O gauge sets. For a few years I wanted to get back into trains but never did until this past Christmas. For those few years before I got back into the hobby I had contemplated buying some HO trains because I thought I had enough space for them. But I remembered those Ho trains I had when I was a kid and I could never bring myself to buy another one. Now that I am back into O gauge I think how glad I am to have stuck with O gauge and didn't go a different route. After going though that in my head I got to wondering why others decided on O gauge. Was it because those were your first trains or some other reason. For me I love the feel and the look and how much detail there is on models now. Sometimes when I am running my trains or working on my layout I just sit in my chair and hold and engine or piece of rolling stock because I love the feel, Whether it be a prewar piece, a postwar piece, new MTH or Lionel I Love all O gauge. So enough of my rambling why do you choose to model O gauge trains.