Describing his approach to model railroading Kokes said, Its whimsical. Its a fun thing. Everything is not just so. He said the aspect of his hobby that he enjoys the most is sharing it with others. Kokes said that many visitors remark, Every time I look around I see something new. He related a story of a lady who brought her elderly father to see the trains operate. Her father talked nostalgically about his youth and the lady taped the conversation between Kokes and her father. Asked why she had the tape recorder she said, My dad is 85. This is the first lucid conversation hes had in a year. My brother and sister think hes nuts. I wanted to prove to them hes not.
Experiences like that can make anyone understand why Carl Kokes loves his hobby and is so happy to share it with others.