The recent announcements by Hornby and Bachmann Branch-Line have spurred the recurring conversation about how we choose our modelling subjects, and in particular, how many people model the contemporary railway scene.
Do we primarily
- Model what we see out the window?
- Model what we remember when we were young?
- Model a subject that interests us, irrespective of whether we have a first-hand connection?
Data from some years ago suggests that the largest age group of enthusiasts models the BR late crest period, which conforms to the notion of modelling what we remember when we were young since this was also the largest group of respondents to those surveys. But the data also suggests that modelling railways of the last few decades is (by that measure) underrepresented and the number of enthusiasts for the grouping period cannot be explained by witnessing that period first hand.
A couple of people expressed an interest in seeing recent poll data and this poll is intended to address that request.
The poll is private - I cannot see how individuals vote, so I won't know how young you are.
I do not represent it as a 'scientific' poll. There is no methodology to make sure I have a representative sample of all British outline model railway enthusiasts. The set of respondents is limited to RMweb members who feel like contributing. As such the possibility of a confirmation bias by those who choose to opt in is present. This doesn't trouble me.
If I have messed up any questions or transition dates, please bear with me. I am confident you can figure out what best represents your interest(s). Bachmann's web pages are largely out of commission right now and Google did not find the Bachmann era page. (I used the dates from the Hornby announcement instead, with a couple of changes so the dates don't overlap.)
In a couple of weeks I'll process the results, but the voting histograms will give everyone a pretty good idea of answers as they come in. It may make sense to consolidate periods together - like Pioneering + Pre-Grouping, Nationalization = BR early crest + late crest, etc. It's easier to do this with more granular data.
If you'd like to participate, please do so. The more the merrier, and the better the result.
If you don't want to participate, please don't. No one is forcing you to contribute.
If you feel compelled to complain about the futility of the exercise, it is your prerogative to do that too, but in that case I'd appreciate it if you voted.
Thank you. I'm curious to see the results in a week or two.