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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Renovo PPR, Mar 5, 2007.
JR = 41
&SON = 5
Why not set this question up as a poll? It would be interesting to see the results in graph form!
BTW, there are a fair number of teens and 20-somethings on this site, so that's very encouraging.
One of those teens would be me
Soon to be 40 in April. I agree with most. I'm pretty much established with life, career, married, residence, education, savings, vehicle etc... So I have a few bucks here and there for miscellaneous items, such as trains, current technology etc...
Being older does have its disadvantages though, Aches, pains, loss of eyesight and hearing lol... And also now that I have a nice big layout to many, 12 by 12, its not big enough for me.. So, it's time for me to pick up and move to Iowa, to be with my wife, who is currently taking care of her Dad..
I paid about $100K for my house in NJ, 10 years ago, and i can currently get about $400k for it now...now that is equity !!! I will be able to purchase a decent sized home on 8 acres for $150k with $1200 in taxes... I am currently paying $6k in taxes for a 50 by 100 lot - thats ludicrous!!!!
Soon to have Huge layout in a 40 by 40 heated, insulated, partially finished barn with zero mortgage and negligible taxes. My wife will be happy my hobby will be out of the house and I will have a barn for all my toys - lol..
So for everyone just starting out, don't be discouraged... Time will heal most wounds..
Sorry for the rant, just had an epidural today, so I'm zoned.. lol
Another 47 year old here!
That was an interesting poll. If your interested 57% of the members that voted were under the age of 50. The largest group is between 51 and 60 while the next three groups are those between ages 31 and 50. The age groups of 21 to 30 and 61 to 70 are 1 member short of even.
The average age would be closer to 50 than 30 but not near the 60 that most reports state. However the information is really to dated to get a clear picture since most reports state that the train market really grown over the period of 2005 and 2007. In addition there might of been a larger increase in numbers in the key age bracket of 51 to 60.
So in part I really can't use the older poll and for what I want it is too old.
What part of Iowa will you be moving to?
Moving from NJ is probably going to be a bit of culture shock for you.
I can say that since I'm from Iowa. Nothing but cows and cornfields.
Iowa City is a pretty cool place. DesMoines is OK but you have to deal with the State Fair every year. Council Bluffs is next to Omaha, NB and the Omaha Zoo. At least it has that going for it.
As you've already mentioned, housing will be MUCH more affordable than what it was out in NJ.
I think if I can get 10% of the active members this would give us a fair number to work with, 20% would be better.
I will try to do something on the lines of a chart if I get enough updated numbers.
The last sentence is encouraging, but has to be taken with a grain of salt, I think. I'd wager that the older group is under-represented on the-gauge compared to their overall presence the modeling world and, conversely, the younger group SHOULD be a much larger sub-section given their overall presence in the cyber world.
Meanwhile, I'm approaching the mid-forties...
I had an eye opener awhile back when I was tallking to my sister about the old Silk City MRR Club I used to belong to in the 70's and she asked me if I had rejoined and I said, "No". She replied, "Why?" and I told her that I've become pretty much of a modeling loner and that most of the "old guys" were probably not alive anymore.
That's when she hit me with "You know Russ, YOU are one of the "old guys" now!
Uhhgg!:cry: That hit the wrong spot. At 45, I don't feel like one of the old guys, but I guess I am. However, I am beginning to FEEL like and old guy, even more.
I squeek in the morning when getting out of bed. I never used to do that.
whenever i get outta bed it sounds like im stepping on bubble wrap!! LOL not to mention i have the same **ugh** my dad made when he used to neal...it sucks getting old! --josh
that was fun for us,but todays kids are to hooked on electronics.MRRing is to much actuall "work" for them.and the closest i get to electronics know-how is a DCC system or this computer!--josh
I just turn 59 last month..
Well then I'm turning 18 on the 11th and I have a very high interest in trains. Especially the old steamers. I like the older stuff better.
Ugh...31 going on 61.
Several years of working as a switchman and trying to be a hotshot one at that, has made my knees and ankles creak like bubble wrap. I even found myself yelling at some moron teenager this afternoon while out to lunch with my Dad and he laughed his butt off when I said "Damned kids.....".
He said "Congratulations, you're now officially an old fart".
No, but I got a Twin Trix.
Built scads of them.
Do you mean control line? I flew them .020 to .46
Saw them, never had one, never wanted one.
Oh, yeah. Bet they don't allow kids to blow stuff up these days. Too bad. Makes a better person out of you if you survive childhood despite yourself.
And no brakes, of course
Mine was a CCM. Had it stolen when we moved to the US.
We threw rocks........
Sling shots, yes. Didn't do pea shooters. Whatsa jar ring clothes pin gun?
Oh, yeah. Hated to have to come in.
lol i get five dollars a week, and a seperate 3 dollars from my grandma every week too, that means 20 dollars a month,not to mention i have, (drum roll please) 22 DOLLARS in my wallet. i also can make more money doing extra jobs around the house,but i never have time,im always,....errr...too busy sign1
I'm one of the old guys at 63. Ive been building and tearing up layouts for 50 years.
Started with a Lionel in '49 but that doesn't really count because it only ran at Christmas around the tree. Begged for and got an AF passenger set for
christmas in 1956 and got my first ho set in 59. Gave it up for a while because of the frustration trying to keep them on the track. I have 4 children 3 of them are into trains, one big time.
I see a lot of kids, both boys and girls with a fasination for trains here at the scenic railroad but the majority of them seem to loose interest when they hit the teens.
I do have 1 volunteer here that is 18 and first rode the train here when he was in third grade. All the other volunteers range from 51 to 76 years old.
The high tech dcc and sound units will bring a lot of them into the fold.
I'm twenty-three and I've been modeling since I was seven or eight.
41 here, been model RRing off and on since i was 8:thumb:. younger, other things was "more important", been soild into it for the last 6 years though:thumb:, and i gotta admit, its nice having the money to do more now, just wish i had more room.