The Therapeutic Value of Model Railroading

I’m a model railroader. To me there’s something so wonderfully comforting in recreating the heyday of American railroading—itself an undeniable driving force behind the superpower we eventually became—in miniature. There is no machine made by man quite so alive and possessing of a soul than a fire-breathing, smoke-belching, sweating and panting steam locomotive. And yes, the irony of being a meteorologist concerned with anthropogenic climate change, but obsessed with coal-fired machinery, is not lost on me!

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