I know nuffin 'bout trains - sept I like American diseasals.
Don't like steamers. Too many flying bits attached to the wheels - get bent when I pick 'em up.
No accountin' fer taste, diseasels is bad enuff, but 'merican ones ... ... ...
Sixty seven next birthday (looming, the wish list is getting longer).
American Diesels. As my boss used to say, don't knock it till you've tried it. I used to feel like that about modern North American diesels, then I realized that it's all down to convergent evolution - start off quite different, evolve into design fits function. Early days (diesels were common from the mid-1930's) came up with some interesting efforts (and also some horrendous ones). Plenty of variation to make running them interesting. I'm hooked. I'm partial to the first generation E and F units, followed by the GP and SD developments. Plus Doodlebugs. At least getting a sound decoder and speaker in is usually an easy exercise, even in American N. Which is more than can be said for UK N (and I speak from bitter experience).
Stalin did not waste time persecuting the Russian Church as only women went to church and the church would die with them. What it did not realise that russian women only went to church when they got older. It is much the same with model railways. Men mostly seem to take an interest in their 50s and 60s so while it is mainly old men railway modelling there is a steady supply.
Of course this is not an absolute as there are plenty of younger people involved. The poll suggests that it is not a hobby for anyone in regular work with a family. Again of course exceptions but while there are trains running there will always be plenty of older enthusiasts. I suspect many like me who are bore sensless by football etc?
Many may argue that modelling is an old mans hobby but I would argue that it is only an old mans ability to spend more time on the hobby that is different.
I started with Lego, then Lima from an early age. At the moment I have 4 children aged from 18 down to 5 years. I work full time. My time is limited. This means that the model I see members build in a week takes me six months (at least). It does not mean that I enjoy the hobby any less, it just means that I have to have perhaps more patience.
What I find disappointing is that of all the members in this club so few bothered to tick a box.
I had several attempts at building a model railway until I left home. I then had to make do with assisting with the RAF Locking and RAF Coltishall layouts. Then being posted to the outer Hebrides and then Finding SWMBO put an end to model railways for over 20 years
I've been doing small amounts of model railway work for over ten years and joined Broadland Model Railway club just over a year ago. By chance BMRC is the same MRC as RAF Coltishall was, which I joined 36 years ago!! RAF Coltishall having closed, the civilian / ex RAF members moved the club after several moves to within a couple of miles of my house!.
So at 58 I'm now seriously getting back into model railways, as my parent's are still alive I should get at least another 30 years out of the layout if government statistics on life expectancy are correct!.
____________________ Now I've finally started a model railway...I've inherited another...
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