I'll add that I think the internet will actually help the hobby grow. I'm just getting back into the hobby from my childhood, and just being around this board and others the last few months, I see a lot of administrative comments about how rapidly site membership is growing, lots of "I'm new here, my first layout" posts, and such. Many of those, like with other hobbies, will be "one and done" folks, but I think the more folks are able to connect nationwide and worldwide, in the comfort of their own homes, the more will stick with it. If I were doing this all on my own, or with only the limited community around me (and I think I have it pretty good relative to some, with two clubs and at least two LHSs to choose from), I'd get frustrated pretty quickly. Coming here and communing with folks from all over the world, seeing layouts, getting tips and ideas, watching the progress of some major projects (like OC Engineer JD's), is encouraging. Model railroading will change, it will morph, but I don't think it will wither. I think it has always been a hobby for preteen children and the midlife-crisis-to-retired set, because it requires folks with the (a) time, (b) money, (c) patience, or a good mix of all three - but actually, the computerization started by DCC and its predecessors might actually work in our favor there. There's a lot of young folks who like to tinker, who were raised in the computer world. They'll be more interested in RTR rolling stock, and more likely to kitbash their own DCC Booster or rewire a Decoder than scratchbuild a feed mill, but they'll also be the ones animating scenery, automating trains, and creating super-realistic lighting and sound effects.