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 Posted: Sun Dec 31st, 2017 04:11 pm
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With all the advances in computers, Play Stations and now virtual reality systems, how well do train sets and model railways hold up?

The younger generation and a lot of the not so young are really into the computer games, can our hobby compete and stay supported or do you see it gradually diminishing as the old guard fade away?

What, if any thing can we as enthusiasts do to help keep the hoppy going into the future?

John.



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Hi John,

The perennial question. IMO, we know the causes of the shrinkage in the hobby (age, space, disposable income, disappearing LHS, price of equipment and stock, cost of physical club premises - astronomical where I live, nearest physical club is 50 miles away in the boonies), although I would put electronic pastimes way down the list. I don't think it has got to the stage where the hobby is in danger of disappearing. When I was growing up it was almost a rite of passage that you had at least one trainset for Christmas. And went on at least one train spotting day out with the local club, ABC in hand. To a large extent it's a hobby that lives in the past because of the perception that modern trains are boring, color schemes excepted. The cost of maintaining a clubhouse in urban areas is another issue. Plus for the UK and modelers of UK trains the fact that the gauge/scale is out of sync with the rest of the world for the most popular segments (N and OO). I suspect the hobby is more at risk in the UK than either Europe or the US/Canada because of this. Expect it to get smaller and cost a lot more.

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When I was in middle school in 1975, age 12, there were 26 lads in the same class of those 26, 23 had a train set or crude model lay out.

When my lad was the same age in 2005, he was the only one in his class to have a model train lay out. There were 24 other lads in his class. He was also the only one to have a slot car racing set although his friends used to love coming over and playing with both :)

His partners son is 12, no one in his class has a model lay out or train set. We are fairly certain that no one in his school has one however every one of those kids play computer or game station games.

My Nephews enjoy operation my lay out and would like one of their own but their parents say they have not got the space or the money.



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When I left school in 1975, as far as I know none of the others had an interest in railways. But that would be because most were from the outer Hebrides where there were no railways. Where I live now we used to be within 5  miles of a railway, now it's 15. Many areas are now much further.. 

Where I live now, there are 5 MRCs within 25 miles, I would think it quite likely that within my lifetime that this will reduce to 1 in Norwich.


Railways were a major part of most people's lives ( not the Hebrides) now they are not.
Sadly our hobby will decline it will never disappear



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