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How healthy is our hobby? (check the stuff that's healthy)

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Health of the Hobby

4682 Views 31 Replies 17 Participants Last post by  Dan Pierce
What's your feelings about how our hobby is faring these days? Virile and vibrant? Or on the ropes? Just for fun, here's a poll, sliced into several subtopics.

It's a multiple choice poll, so click all the boxes you favor. And feel free to leave a comment.

(To give proper credit, this poll is inspired by the "golden era" thread that Zubi started).
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I checked only one community. I don't see any new products coming down the line that interest me. I have enough so it would require something special, a late steam freight engine, like USAT'S Hudson could tempt me, but I think that the lack of new different models, engines, cars, structures is hurting the future.

Zubi was talking about live steam. Most of us use electrons and I don't see much there.


The original croc is a great engine. I should run it more than I do.

LGB made some neat engines and the croc is one of them. I stopped buying threir engines when they started coming with the "new" control system.


If you want trains at less than 20% of Internet store prices good luck. A few years ago a friend of mine who sold new equipment directly from a manufacturer, told my wife to order directly, for the item I wanted for Christmas. The difference between wholesale and retail was so small that it would have cost her more to get it from him.

I have occasionally gotten used equipment at swap meets and from friends at below retail, but they had been used and I know the individual or if it is a car I can inspect.

The other Chuck

The times I've had a problem with with a "new" product, from a web store, that came defective they said "don't bother us, send it to...". This happened at least twice. Service after the sale is not something I expect, unless it is a store I can walk into. They know me and I know them.

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