RAILWAY modelling is a growing hobby.
Hornby, the famous British model-making company, recently recorded a large increase in sales and profits, partly due to increased sales in Europe.
Ray Hensher, of Sheffield 0 Gauge group, is clear about the growing attraction of building scale models of railway landscapes.
“People like doing something relaxing. So many people are stressed out at work, and model railways are good for people, because when you’re doing this you can’t be worrying about your job. For me it was an absorbing way to calm down after a busy day at the bank.”
Ray has now retired from his job as a manager at an international banking company and he reflected that the hobby does tend to attract the retired, although the group does have some younger – and teenage – members.
This is great news and let’s hope it continues into 2012. But then I have always said that railway modelling is very inexpensive when you consider the huge amount of benefits and the enjoyment…