Upsurge in interest in model railways (in UK)

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Let's hope it lasts ......

Rik

Yes, I saw that this morning Rik, Seems a lot of the UK garden railway suppliers are reporting a significant uptick in sales this past 6 months. Travel and meeting restrictions caused by Covid-19 are resulting in a lot of unspent disposable income by those who have it (usual suspects). Result it's going into home based entertainments, e.g. hobby, arena.

Certainly is in my house, now I have had a marginally early enforced retirement forced on me and unlocked the pension funds. Seems to be the general consensus in my 16 mm NGM local area group. Max
 
schienenkönig

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The same you can read here in German modell magazines. Examplle for my self, I went during the lockdown into my workshop. And still today I'm more in that, than into the city. I'm running my scouts on a very low level. I'm still working in a youth centre as a volunteer. And from Monday on I go back to school, after autumn holidays...
... I'm in November .
I am not entirely comfortable with it. Even if we have to wear the mask in the whole school, including in class. But do I know what the students do in their free time? (Children to older teenagers)

I hope that we can all get through this stupid time and I wish you all the best and above all health!
 

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Gavin Sowry

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We have Rail-Ex in less than 3 weeks. That will give us any indication of the trend here in NZ.
The City Council have asked us to extend the show by an extra day, so they can promote their facility by hosting school groups on the Monday.
 
Tony Walsham

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I can attest that my RCS sales have boomed Worldwide since COVID-19 arrived.
This is despite outrageous postage cost increases and lengthy delays in shipping times.
Royal Mail is performing the best. I buy product from Micron, Fosworks and MRW in the UK and they can consistently have goods delivered to Australia in 3 weeks. DHL and UPS may be faster, but at outrageous cost,
 
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The City Council have asked us to extend the show by an extra day, so they can promote their facility by hosting school groups on the Monday.
Excellent idea, something the European Model Rail fraternity have promoted for many a year, can't recall a UK Model Rail Exhibition or Society promoting the same idea.

The visitors of today, are tomorrows modellers!

Spent my beans, plenty of projects to keep me going for many a month....although a certain model shop in York features prominently on the horizon for several items of interest.;)

Just need to create some (more) space.....................
 
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Gizzy

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At a visit to P&S in Scarborough last week, Peter mentioned that he had sold out of G scale track during the lock-down....
 
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...and I'm going to be cutting down my 'substantial collection' and my wife calls it, to fund her new car. Thankfully, I'll still have more than enough to keep me occupied, both steam and electric.
 
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Toymaker Hornby, owner of the model railway brand, posted a 33% jump in sales in the six months to September, as coronavirus lockdowns persuaded many families to focus on their hobbies.

 
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pleases me to read this thread. In the usa it seems our hobby is dyeing. we have just lost GR magazine. Sad. All you hear now is the uptick in drug ODs. Why would you be so stupid when there are so many great hobbies. Guys are there any other magazines left about GR .
 
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pleases me to read this thread. In the usa it seems our hobby is dyeing. we have just lost GR magazine. Sad. All you hear now is the uptick in drug ODs. Why would you be so stupid when there are so many great hobbies. Guys are there any other magazines left about GR .
Over here we haveGargen Rail magazine, and of course, the 16mm Association 1/4ly magazine which makes the price to join well worth it
 
FatherMcD

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pleases me to read this thread. In the usa it seems our hobby is dyeing. we have just lost GR magazine. Sad. All you hear now is the uptick in drug ODs. Why would you be so stupid when there are so many great hobbies. Guys are there any other magazines left about GR .
A newsletter, magazine in the future (?), at GARDEN RAILROAD NEWS
 
dunnyrail

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pleases me to read this thread. In the usa it seems our hobby is dyeing. we have just lost GR magazine. Sad. All you hear now is the uptick in drug ODs. Why would you be so stupid when there are so many great hobbies. Guys are there any other magazines left about GR .
Ther is also the Gauge 1 Society which often has some G scale content, but the build things whilst of standard gauge stuff, many of the processes transfer to G quite happily. Both the G1 Society and 16mm have US members.
 
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many of the processes transfer to G quite happily
I think that's correct for all modelling, except with the larger scales it actually possible to see what you're doing:nerd: