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Author Topic: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?  (Read 3099 times)

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2018, 03:52:58 pm »
The average age of railway modellers is 65, and itís been that way for the last hundred years.

Iím sure the early 65 year old have died off by now so there must be a steady stream of younger people replacing them.

Retirement seems to be a big prompt to take up the hobby.

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2018, 03:58:23 pm »

Iím sure the early 65 year old have died off by now

Nice to know I'm gonna peg it early next year :worried: :worried: :thankyousign:

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2018, 04:10:41 pm »
You will be the exception to the rule Mick!  (We need your 'sense of humour', (well, that's what I call it).;D

Hang on, what am I saying, I am an exception to the rule - thank goodness.  :)
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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2018, 04:16:15 pm »

Iím sure the early 65 year old have died off by now

Nice to know I'm gonna peg it early next year :worried: :worried: :thankyousign:

they would be 165 by now  :D  although looking round the show on Saturday some may still be around :goggleeyes:

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #34 on: March 28, 2018, 04:24:20 pm »
As a transition era modeller I think we do OK for steam and thank the heavens for Farish. Sure, some of the more recent items are retooled old ones like the Castle and the upcoming 8F but we have the C class, J72 and E1 to look forward to although it's anyone's guess at when they will come to fruition.
I reckon I can find a genuine reason for getting an early crest C class :hmmm:
Still bewailing the lack of unrebuilt WC/BoB, though :'(


they would be 165 by now  :D 

For some reason I don't think I want to go on for that many years :no: :uneasy:

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #35 on: March 28, 2018, 04:26:17 pm »
The average age of railway modellers is 65, and itís been that way for the last hundred years.
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Retirement seems to be a big prompt to take up the hobby.

Interesting stats - where are they from? Pleased to see I'm bringing the average down!

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #36 on: March 28, 2018, 04:34:04 pm »
Not really stats but around 1957 Railway Modeler did a survey that reflected this, and its typical of most clubs I have been a member of.

Like you I still lower the average but I have been building models for nearly 50 years  :worried:

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #37 on: March 28, 2018, 04:38:23 pm »
You might find this poll from 2015 interesting although response wasn't huge...............
I wonder what it would be like now :hmmm:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=29395.0

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #38 on: March 28, 2018, 04:41:24 pm »
Yes, adjust these number to allow for older modelers who are not computer active, therefore don't vote, and the profile looks correct.

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #39 on: March 28, 2018, 05:05:55 pm »
An interesting question!

I think we are in a 'Golden Age'.  Here's why:-

Accurate well-running locomotives and multiple units of many kinds.

A super range of rolling stock.

Excellent Peco and Kato track (and other ranges as well).

DCC/sound kind of things for those who want it.  Gaugemaster controllers and their guarantee for those who don't.  (I know Gaugemaster does DCC equipment as well but I'm keeping it simple!)

A good service from manufacturers and retailers - some of whom are members of the Forum.

And... this Forum (run by volunteers - thank you all so very much) and its members.

[Now my personal one: Union Mills, Mr Colin Heard and a new (very affordable) locomotive each year!]

This is a Golden Age and I'm very grateful.

By the way, I think we are in a Golden Age of steam railways as well.

With best wishes.

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #40 on: March 28, 2018, 05:28:58 pm »
Not really stats but around 1957 Railway Modeler did a survey that reflected this, and its typical of most clubs I have been a member of.

Like you I still lower the average but I have been building models for nearly 50 years  :worried:

Fair enough, so a total guess really. I have no interest whatsoever in joining a club, I'm not sure that's a  reliable methodology.

I'd expect it to be (a bit) younger than that I must say. Taking Nobby's poll results if we assume people are in the middle of the decade they are answering for (and the overs are 75) then the mean age is 56.

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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #41 on: March 28, 2018, 10:39:48 pm »
Well I know how old I am, and I ain't saying.  :D

.... Oooops it comes up in the birthdays every year on here...  :dunce:
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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #42 on: March 28, 2018, 11:13:47 pm »
Wow, looks like my thread started quite a debate!

As I said, did we see the peak about a year or two ago and activity and market appetite is now reducing.

For long term security for N gauge what sort of market share would it need, 20%, 30% ?

Agreed that Ben and Mike are going a great job raising the profile but in reality their market share is low. DJM is doing very little in N with just one wagon release so far. Therefore we do need GF and Dapol to keep the momentum going.


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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #43 on: March 29, 2018, 05:05:59 am »
Slightly outside the main scope for British outline, but donít forget Kato, Atlas, Athearn, those mainland European ones whom I canít remember (and probably canít spell correctly either), once you include those modelers and manufacturers I think N gauge (N scale) still has a huge interest although the outlines of said modelers will be spread over many locations.
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Re: Are we over the Golden Age of N Gauge?
« Reply #44 on: March 29, 2018, 08:45:11 am »
As I said, did we see the peak about a year or two ago and activity and market appetite is now reducing.

I think that point is heavily swayed by personal perception. Iíd say nothing at all has changed in the last 2 years, and if there was a heyday then it was 5-7 years ago when wagons and coaches were less than £20 in the shops. Definitely not a year or two ago.

However, that coincides with when I was buying most. I think thereís a natural tendency to translate your own experiences onto others.

 

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