@Roundhouse Bill posted:
Probably all that responded, except me, are scale people not high-rail. It might be an indication how few scale people are in the market.
I don't think retirees hurts market potential. Look at the new Berk as it sells well.
I think you're reading too much into the survey, Bill. You can probably count the "true scale" folks on this forum on less than one hand. Myself, while I primarily do Scale, I also do Hirail and Flyer.
Pretty sure Johnathan's intent is to gauge and promote interest in non-traditional Flyer: like the Challenger, Y3, Legacy Berk, SD70's, ES44's and U33's. There are folks in the Scale crowd that have had their Y3's converted to scale, bought scale wheels for their modern diesels and converted the trucks (one way or another) on the cylindrical hoppers.
For example: Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd bet folks would rather see a scale proportioned 4-4-0 vs a re-release of a Franklin 4-4-0.
Frankly, I think the best bet for the growth of Flyer resides in new products similar to those mentioned in the previous paragraph, that can be fairly easily converted to scale operation (OK, not so easy on the steam locomotives...) Lionel has shown it can be done within their business model.