There is no offence meant to those that get their enjoyment out of just plain watching trains run, back and forth, or roundy-roundy.
What is being enjoyed on the railroad here, is the “Operation of a railroad” which includes the demonstration of what a railroad is actually doing, as a part of the transportation industry.
Most of the group find that having fun is actually having “Hands on” experience of picking up, and delivering cars, by a local freight train.
We have offered to have days of just plain “Running” but few are interested, so we don’t do it, although on non-operating days, anyone of the group is free to run a train, any way they choose.
There are many ways to enjoy this hobby of MODEL RAILROADING, and we respect all aspects of the hobby.
From our supposedly limited experience, we find that visitors when handed a throttle, soon find that OPERATIONS, are an enjoyable experience, and they come back again and again, to enjoy the friendship, comradery, and frustration free operations. We also promote, two person crews, so socializing is a valuable part of the experience, leading to a rather pleasant environment.
Keep the fun in Model Railroading…