The first model train people get is generally a small set that contains a train with an engine and a few cars, enough track to make a small circle and a few buildings for scenery. This is often a gift for a small child, and it can blossom into a hobby. While few of them will actually build their own working train, many of them will build and entire world where their train is the star of the show.
Collectors and hobbyists have found there are now model train clubs to help them on their way to building their own villages, towns and cities. The demands of hobbyists have spurred an entire industry, and there are now shops that deal exclusively in train parts, tracks and model buildings. Many of them feature all the parts needed to build a town without the bother of making their own, but some of them also carry parts and manuals for creating towns.
The urge to build a village can be strong, and there are many small details that will keep a person busy for years. Beginning with a train, there might be a need to set up a crossing and a road or a train depot. Those who want to populate their village with greenery can find or create their own trees, bushes and plants.
The creativity that goes into making the surroundings for just one train is enormous, and it is a hobby that will fill the hours. Many train hobbyists have dedicated train rooms where they build the pieces, assemble them onto boards and enjoy watching their trains move through the miniature world they have created. Mountains complete with forests, villages with people and pets and industrial complexes are all part of the world they can achieve with a little imagination and a lot of work.