Results – The Wishlist Poll 2018
Very many thanks to all those who downloaded and displayed The Poll posters and who took part in The Poll this year.
Once again, the 00 Poll Team would like to express our grateful thanks to Andy York for all his timely help in running ‘the computerised aspects’ of The Poll for us. Although The Poll is ‘hosted’ on RMweb, Andy does this as a volunteer in his own time and neither he nor Warners/BRM etc have any ‘influence’ on it. The 00 Poll Team itself comprises nine volunteers who have worked on The Poll in its current format since 2012. We are unpaid and totally independent.
As many of you are aware we didn’t run the N Poll this year, but a team of N modellers is looking at running that at some time in the future and we expect they will notify RMweb at the appropriate moment.
The results are in the formats of:
Category by Category
Top to Bottom
When you look at the results, bear in mind that we haven’t run since 2016; some items were ‘combined’ this year with others being ‘split’; 39 items have been deleted; and 92 new items went in. Those changes are bound to put a slightly different perspective on matters. Having said that, the results still seem to be reasonably in context with earlier years and we will naturally have up and down movements.
Very many thanks to all who submitted suggestions for 2019; they are on the Agenda and will be given ‘a fair hearing’ when we conduct our usual full review of the content.
We can, however, give you one piece of advance news for 2019. We have provided a Standard Gauge Industrial loco category since 2014 and that was at the request of voters. When we originally investigated the content from 2013, we were unable to find a way of listing the vast array of items within the confines of a category which would work for our audience of ‘beginner to expert’.
We took a ‘generic listing’ approach with notes in the Guide which said: We have only listed ‘general types’ to see if any one or more emerges as more popular. This would enable further evaluation elsewhere.
Up to the time of writing and to the best of our knowledge, no-one has yet been able to analyse the results any more specifically – even though we appreciate that an attempt is in hand – so we have taken the decision to remove the Industrial category for 2019. It was only ever designed to be ‘temporary’.
The decision is final and I’m sorry to say that we won’t discuss it here.
We did investigate running a 009 category and actually got to a very workable draft – however, we have decided to stick to our ‘core content’ in the future.
The good news is that we will be using the ‘free space’ to split what was Freight Stock: Pre-1948 into two, as below, but please note these are working titles:
Freight Stock: Pre-1923 (GWR items pre-1923 + Pre-grouping Railway Company items)
Freight Stock: 1923-1948 (Big Four designs)
Freight Stock: 1948-1963 (BR designs + some others, such as Ferry Vans)
Freight Stock: 1963-current
Finally, we aware that some might accuse us of ‘levity’ in posting these results on what is clearly a solemn weekend. Our schedule was laid a year ago to publish during last week to be ahead of any pre-Warley announcements. We ask you to take into account that our slight delay in publishing was due to reasons outside our reasonable control.
We hope you will find the results interesting and that the makers keep providing us with the now so often excellent models with which we can further enjoy our modelling!
The 00 Poll Team
Neil Burgess, Robert Carroll, John Lewis, Jeff Lynn, Brian Macdermott, Chris Knowles-Thomas, Nick Stanbury, Ian Taylor and Glen Woods