6-6-66 wrote:The forum looked like a good idea.
Is there anybody out there, or has hibernation started?
Well it does appear '6-6-66' could well be correct! Perhaps though it is the reality of a hobby that belongs to another era with many of its clan far less active and enthusiastic as they once were. It certainly appears to those involved in the commercial side of the hobby that this is probably the case.
You won't find many present day railway enthusiasts who did not start out as, or at least had a spell of, being teenage spotters. Every summer a new crop of school boys would get into spotting. Some did it for a few months before getting involved with other things whilst for others it became a lifelong interest with the spotting aspect giving way to involvement in preservation or historic aspects. I doubt many would argue that since the late 1980's, earlier in many areas, the new crop has never appeared. The result is very few enthusiasts are now under forty and many of those visibly spotting are beyond sixty. Add into the mix all the increasing restrictions and you have to be somewhat determined and thick skinned to be an active enthusiast these days.
Probably then there is nobody out there with the enthusiasm to contribute.