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25.02.2014
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As an example, after over forty years, we're still using plastic buildings that (except for wall thickness and some UV resistance) could have come from any HO manufacturer.


Even more important is the fact that, 40-plus years after the hobby exploded onto the scene, we're still using track that is essentially HO track made bigger. Nearly every day I encounter people who would like to have trains running in the back yard, but don't have the enthusiasm, skills, time, or supportive friends to install an operational garden railroad, even a simple one. Couldn't manufacturers use PVC or some other relatively inexpensive material to provide the mechanical strength that outdoor installations really need, while substituting hollow "rails" for expensive solid ones?
Indoor scales already have multiple examples of "track" that has an integral sturdy roadbed and less-than-solid rails.
Indoor train examples include Lionel's Fastrack, Bachmann's EZ track, and even Maerklin's old stamped tinplate HO track (not shown).
One sort of Large Scale example (though not electrified or made for outdoor use) is the track PlaySkool made to go with their excellent battery-powered trains of 15 years ago (shown in title photo).
Another, more serious Large Scale application was Rocky Chusiano's attempt to provide pre-formed PVC roadbed that could be installed and track-ready in a few hours. Provide an infrastructure that is sturdy enough to permanently support trains outside and easy to fasten together. Provide a mechanism for elevation that doesn't require digging holes, pouring concrete, or cutting boards. People with hilly ground really appreciated it, but just about anyone who could afford to use it (and sunk their "posts" deep enough to avoid frost heave) raved about the stuff. What would be wrong with molding the "track" right to the roadbed and doing the same thing?
If you're selling track-powered trains, stamp a strip of stainless steel or nickel silver over the top of the "rail" part of the thing like Bachmann does now. Purists will argue that track HAS to have solid I-shaped rails to look realistic, but I would argue that shiny code .332 rails aren't all that realistic anyway. In an ideal world, a person who wanders into Lowes or Home Depot's garden supply department looking for something new to put in the back yard next summer should be able to see ponds, waterfalls, trees, roses, canvas gazebos, lawn furniture, and garden trains. Or, to look at it another way, any beginner can buy an HO train and put it on a train table within a few minutes of getting it out of the box.


In the meantime, everyone who wants this hobby to continue having a bright future can do their part by holding open railroads, supporting local clubs, helping with display railroads, helping beginners get over their anxiety about digging holes or making 75-degree cuts in 2x6s, or whatever else comes to hand.
And when the economy recovers, the hobby should recover as well, unless everybody listens to the same naysayers that predicted the death of the hobby ten years ago.
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