Quite often on various message boards the subject of the dire straights the hobby is in these days, a lot of pessimism and doom and gloom out there. Why exactly is this? Why is the hobby in trouble?
I think you're right, Roman, but the same could be said of golf, stamp collecting, and maybe even classic car restoration. That's not necessarily a bad thing - older folks have more disposable income.Russian said:I think it would be an upside down triangle with most elderly people and few young kids.
Younger people could care less about steam locomotives, they're 'nostalgic' at best...something to run past the ceramic 18th-century Christmas village set up under the Christmas tree.modelbob said:The death of steam locomotives
The death of passenger trains
The death of the caboose
I am very well aware of the 1970s, and today the railroads are doing much better. Agreed. But this is a tidbit that only people close to the industry or the hobby would know, somebody like you or me.modelbob said:Where were you in the '70's? You want to talk dying railroads? Check out what the industry looked like in that decade! While I was studying hard to get into the railroad engineering field most folks thought I might as well have been studying dinosaur wrangling.... Compared to that, today's railroads look so healthy it's unbelievable.
Railroads are definitely not a dying industry. Compare today's volume to that of 20 years ago. Take a look at the expansion projects under way and also look at the number of commuter rail systems. Railroads are back and doing just fine, thank you very much.
I agree, perhaps "dying" or anticipating an all-out death is a bit extreme. It's not a black-or-white issue. Most certainly, in my opinion, this hobby will enter a recession after the older MRR's exit the hobby without a sufficient supply of younger MRR's to replace them.CSX_road_slug said:Whether anybody says this hobby is "dying" or not, it's very much alive TODAY, so I'll keep on building layouts and running trains as long as I'm breathing and have full use of my eyes and hands. And I'm sure there will always be people glad to make a living selling stuff to me and my fellow modelers, and if not, I'll learn to build my own like I did before.
To H*** with all the gloom-and-doom, I come to places like this to be inspired, NOT filled with despair!
That must have been my evil twin ranting like that...!CSX_road_slug said:To H*** with all the gloom-and-doom, I come to places like this to be inspired, NOT filled with despair!
Yeah, the numbers will probably shrink, and the overall 'character' of the hobby will be different from what is currently is. I'll adapt some way, I'm hoping...mtrpls said:I agree, perhaps "dying" or anticipating an all-out death is a bit extreme. It's not a black-or-white issue. Most certainly, in my opinion, this hobby will enter a recession after the older MRR's exit the hobby without a sufficient supply of younger MRR's to replace them.
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