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

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Health of the Hobby

4702 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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Live Steam is buoyant in all scales.
Track powered Large Scale, as in (mainly) 1:29 scale USA mainline is virtually non existent. ...and IMHO likely to stay that way for quite some time.
LGB and Piko seem to be the only major manufacturers doing anything.
As a result of efforts in 3d printing I predict an increasingly vibrant kit market in all scales filling the void left by the drop off from AristoCraft, Bachmann and USA Trains.
I had a report from a reliable source at the Garden Railway convention that virtually the only stock that dealers had was LGB and Piko. Apparently there was fierce competition such that the prices dropped quite a lot.
If that is true then perhaps LGB and Piko are growth products.
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