I have just spent 8 hours talking to model railroaders at O Scale March Meet in chicago and have asked them what they think of the following idea on how to bring back the model railroad hobby to what it once was. I have only gotten positive feedback and people told me to let othesr know that they agree and that the game plan layed out below woudl work if I can get people to follow through. We need to do something if we want new products to come out, hobby shops not to die, and to bring back model railroading to it hay day. My fatherinlaw is a O Scale nut and owner of Irishtracklayer.com I have gone to a few shows with him helpign him sell stuff and have observed that most people in model railroading are 60+ years old. Living in the bay area in california this suprised me. I started to ask more questions about why this trend is happening and peopel have said it is becuase young people are not getting into the hobby in numbers like they used to. So being a science teacher I analzyed the situation and came to the conclusion that younger people never see model railroading as a hobby that they can pursue as a adult. They are used to the model trains they had when they were 12. Well the osultion to that problem is to show those people what the hobby is all about, Now they wont go to a layout you have to brign it to them. You can do this by sites such as Youtube, yahoo video, etc... I have taken it upon myself to help start a new wave of peopel to the hobby. I am gathering videos of people layout at Youtube http://www.youtube.com/group/modelrailroad I currently have 61 videos on display in that group but want much much more. I onyl have a few from the engineers perspective and that is where the next game plan comes in. My father in law does not have irishtracklayer.com to really make money. it is more to make his passion for good trackwork available to the general public, but i have talked him into carring wireless video cameras at very resonable prices with full tech support so people will use them. Imagine the idea below. We decided to sell these to help promote the model railroad hobby, they can be used with your computer, tv, or vcr. Imagine if thousands of people saw video from the engineers eyes and ears going through your detailed layout, well the technology is now here. (My son in law will provide limited tech support)We will also offer one free video edit of your digital video if you allow us to upload your layouts video to sites such as Youtube. We hope this will help expand the hobby to what it once was. Many young people (20's to 40's) are looking for long turn hobbies and model railroading can be that hobby.