Hello from San Antonio, Texas, a lovely place to retire. I am 78 years young, a lifetime learner and a model railroader for much of my adult life. I did have a 20 year gap as I found retirement much too busy. Actually I was teaching. Now back to the hobby again, I am planning a 6' by 3'+ layout, possibly on a hollow core door.
I was born and raised in Europe, but in 1962 I first flew to Japan. I spent four years there using the railroads daily. After returning to the U.S. in 1966, I soon began my first model railroad. Maintained interest in Japanese prototype, I was and am modeling in N scale. Due to my employment's benefits, I worked for a major international airline, I visited Japan about 30 times since, the last time two years ago. I have stayed mostly one week to 10 days at the time, but in 2003 we spent six months in Kyoto. regardless where we lived and what I done, whether academic research, visiting relatives or playing tourist, I have used the railroads on a daily basis. When attending college in the early 1960s, I had a train pass. I have all of them preserved and mounted in an album.
Well, back to my new project. I will model the old JNR Chou line, as well as the Ome-line to Okutama. The time period is the mid 1960s. I hope to learn from your experiences and will share mine as the latest iteration of my model railroad materialize.