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Time is over ! At the extremly shrinking market of modelrailroads "S" is a dead horse and will not survive. Other, more popular scales, have the  same problems. A friend, a major producer for brass parts here in Germany, told me that the annual sales brake down from 400000 USD to less than 8000 USD in the last 10-15 years.  "S" is no longer a commercial interesting product for the mass production manufactors...

'S' stands for survivor, so let's see what happens over the next few years and not make any rash statements at the moment.

'S' has plodded along through some tough times in the past but has always maintained a loyal following which believes in its future.

BigAl posted:

Time is over ! At the extremly shrinking market of modelrailroads "S" is a dead horse and will not survive. Other, more popular scales, have the  same problems. A friend, a major producer for brass parts here in Germany, told me that the annual sales brake down from 400000 USD to less than 8000 USD in the last 10-15 years.  "S" is no longer a commercial interesting product for the mass production manufactors...

I dunno...

Back in the day, A.C. Gilbert was the only mass marketer of S Gauge trains.  Everyone else was pretty much "cottage industries."

A.C. Gilbert shut it's doors in 1967.  There were no new American Flyer trains (such as it was, a gondola, a box car, a tank car and a caboose) until 1979 by Lionel.  American Models didn't hit the street until around 1982.  SHS was originally a small cottage industry under a different name making kits of interesting quality before "helping" AM introduce some new products and finally offering their own products around 1989.

Even though they're hardly ever talked about compared to Lionel and MTH, sumptin's goin' on if American Models was recently able to build and move into a larger building.

S is more like a cat with 9 lives and it hasn't reached #9 yet.

Rusty

BIGAL, you are such a pessimist!!!  S is not dying any faster than the whole toy train hobby.  The problem is that the people who love "Toy Trains" are dying.  

At 72 I am one of them that can see the end of their rails.  With this happening I have to believe that the toy trains we leave behind will find new hands to play with them.  I am a member of most every Flyer and S Gauge group on Facebook.  There are a lot of people out there in these groups more than write here.  And yes a lot of them are younger.  There is a future for Toy Trains!!

Roundhouse Bill posted:

BIGAL, you are such a pessimist!!!  S is not dying any faster than the whole toy train hobby.  The problem is that the people who love "Toy Trains" are dying.  

At 72 I am one of them that can see the end of their rails.  With this happening I have to believe that the toy trains we leave behind will find new hands to play with them.  I am a member of most every Flyer and S Gauge group on Facebook.  There are a lot of people out there in these groups more than write here.  And yes a lot of them are younger.  There is a future for Toy Trains!!

S is the new OO. Sorry to say it but it just is. Enjoy what you have because there won't be much new coming. Especially if you are more scale oriented.

It isn't about being pessimistic or optimistic, when the ship starts taking on water it is sinking... positive or negative won't change the fact.

-Jonathan

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