(This post has been spurred by the Kato and BLI Big Boy threads.) I’ve always been surprised by the post count of the N Scale forum here at Trainboard, and how it dwarfs the post count of the other forum scales, and it always prompted me to wonder if that was reflective of N’s popularity, or if simply a higher fraction of a limited N Scale community coincidentally coalesced here. Well, late last spring I was ordering some rolling stock from a shop in the US Southwest, and it was one of those where the web page said first-timers had to call, so I did. I had the pleasure of an extended conversation with the owner, on brands, road name availability, the health of the hobby, scale, etc. They told me that N scale was the only scale that was growing. The other major scales (HO, O) were slowly “dying.” Their word. (Didn’t ask about Z) It surprised me; I’ve always thought N was something of a redheaded stepchild. What do you guys think? True? Plausible? Do you see evidence in support of this in your own railroad modeling endeavors? If so, what are the drivers? Unit price? “World size” per square foot? N scale gear coming into its own in detail and running quality?