For my 3 year old, life is obviously NOT fun without train. So, as we had been doing this since he was born (and acquire this hobby), that is to visit local model railway exhibition.
Year by year we are always surprised again by how much labour and cost poured into this "hobby". The cost of this tiny locomotive is not cheap, it can easily cost somewhere above £100 each, not to mention you have to be gentle to it, clean it, dust it, oil it.
Some people must be spending awfully loads of time in landscaping this artwork. They are actually very tiny, the biggest tree on this landscaping only as tall as needle.
While there are others that somewhat rather big... like this one below.
But the best of all (according to my son) is to see this what they called "test-track". It is basically a big circular tracks with various sizes locomotive, trucks and coaches running on it. It is meant for testing (at the name said) before the loco is put as a part of certain landscape.
Yes, they all moves! In fact, they more very quick!
Our last stop before the day ends is this Thomas and his Friends model railway. The owner was surprisingly NOT a little boy, but more towards a great granddad. He is getting enthusiastic in explaining to a group of toddler who stand in amazement on his model railway (uh huh, my son is one of them).
"Sir, so how much time and money you spend on this?" I asked.
"I can estimate xxxx pound and xx hour."
Somehow, I regret to know his answer.