Bruce, I totally agree with you. I know some people who never build trains
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but who do many other things -- lay track, implement incredibly complex wiring,
create beautiful scenery, etc -- and some who just add weathering and details.
It's all model railroading.
Why? Why this need to pigeon-hole? Why can't we all be "modelers? That's the term I use, because that term is broad, inclusive and flexible. It simply implies some interest in reproducing something (real or imagined) in a miniature form. We certainly have lots of modifiers already to describe subsets such as "prototype modelers" but in the end we're all modelers. Looking forward, as modeling continues to evolve, being broadly inclusive is the way to grow the hobby...
Bruce F. Smith