I doubt if they read this. If they do, it doesn't sink in.
It is pretty sad to consider that, although model railroading started as a rich kid's hobby, it was popularized during the Great Depression as a way to keep craftsmens' skills honed. Any depression-era hobby had to be cheap if it was to be an everyman's hobby.
Even in the 1960's it could be a schoolkids' hobby.
I could see this coming about 40 years ago, when the NMRA decided to hold its annual convention in London, England. It has become elitist.
I don't think the people who control what products are available are the consumers anymore. It is manufacturers with a "take it or leave it" attitude.
In the 1960's, the model railroad press and the NMRA (the "social media" of the hobby) pushed the idea that you were not a "serious model railroader" unless you:
1. Used KD couplers.
2. Used an "operating system" for your model railroad (even if it involved sticking thumbtacks in your car roofs).
3. Had a few brass locomotives.
Now, if you want to be a "real model railroader", you must:
1. Use DCC-controlled locomotives (and switches, sounds, etc.).
2. Use an "operating system" that should involve a computer.
3. Base your railroad on a real prototype. Free-lanced railroads are suspect.
Sure, model railroading is a fun hobby for kids and adults. So is racing sports cars, flying your own airplane, shooting Olympic-level small-bore rifles.
You don't see many brass locomotives anymore. They have priced themselves out of the market. I even see where there is a new term for the expensive plastic locomotives: "plastic brass".
I am a retired railroad locomotive engineer. I have collected N-scale equipment since 1978, and have a fairly large (50 sq. ft.) model railroad. If I were to lose my trains, I would be unable to afford to replace them unless they were destroyed in a manner covered in my household insurance. I enjoy running my model railroad, but if I were faced with a decision to start all over, at today's prices, I wouldn't. I would rather have a nice boat, for what it would cost me.