Hello and welcome to Cheftalk.
How sad to lose all your model trains - so hard to start again when you have to pay out so much to even get back to where you were before the fire. My husband is a steam railway buff here in the UK, he's even done a few driving courses, such is his passion for the big, smelly, gritty things!
Our membership is from around the world (I'm Scots, for instance) and all levels of culinary ability, so you'll feel right at home here. The wikis, blogs, articles, reviews and photographs are all well worth spending time to view. Join in on any thread you find of interest, or start your own in the relevant forum. The three Professional fora are read-only for those of us who are not employed in a culinary trade, but still make interesting reading.
Hope to see you around the boards.