Polls

Once per month, the GScale.Net Facebook group conducts a poll to ask our members a basic question about the hobby to gauge trends over time.

The same question is asked during the same month each year and the responses are recorded below once the polling period has closed. Click on the year to go to the actual Facebook poll. However, note that the numbers may have changed slightly as people may have voted after the polling period closed. Membership in the GScale.Net Facebook group is required to view and participate in the polls.

January

What type of coupler do you prefer?
Response 2016 2017 2018
Kadee -- 60 (46.9%) 112
Aristocraft Knuckle -- 28 (21.9%) 42
Hook & Loop -- 16 (12.5%) 36
Bachmann Knuckle -- 7 (5.5%) 15
LGB Knuckle -- 5 (3.9%) 10
USA Trains Knuckle -- 7 (5.5%) 10
Other -- 5 (3.9%) 8

February

What diameter curves best represent your mainline?
Response 2016 2017 2018
4' -- 3 (4.7%) 4
5' -- 2 (3.1%) 6
6.5' -- 1 (1.6%) 0 (0%)
8' -- 8 (12.5%) 25
10 -- 19 (29.7%) 42
12.5' -- 0 (0%) 8
15.5 -- 1 (1.6%) 2
16.5' -- 15 (23.4%) 20
20' -- 1 (1.6%) 26
>20' -- 14 (21.9%) 1

March

What scale vehicles do primarily you use on your layout?
Response 2016 2017 2018
1:16 -- 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
1:18 -- 1 (.02%) 2
1:20 -- 2 (.03%) 13
1:22 -- 2 (.03%) 2
1:24 -- 29 (48%) 61
1:25 -- 1 (.02%) 1
1:26 -- 1 (.02%) 0
1:32 -- 6 (9.8%) 14
Other / Mixed Scales -- 19 (31%) 69

April

Who is your favorite manufacturer?
Response 2016 2017
Aristocraft -- 69 (34.1%)
Accucraft -- 14 (6.9%)
Bachmann -- 23 (11.3%)
Hartland Locomotive Works -- 2 (.9%)
LGB -- 45 (22.2%)
MTH -- 2 (.9%)
Piko -- 3 (1.4%)
USA Trains -- 44 (21.7%)

May

What is your preferred style of turnout control?
Response 2016 2017
Manual -- 86 (78.8%)
Electric -- 13 (11.9%)
Pneumatic (Air) -- 11 (9.1%)

June

Which category best describes what you model?
Response 2016 2017
European -- 5 (2.7%)
Early Steam -- 10 (5.5%)
Late Steam -- 13 (7.1%)
Modern -- 47 (25.9%)
Narrow Gauge -- 45 (24.8%)
Transition Era -- 61 (33.7%)

July

What best describes your railroad sub-roadbed?
Response 2016 2017
PVC Ladder -- 8 (6.95%)
Float in Ballast -- 71 (61.73%)
Concrete / Brick -- 17 (14.78%)
Wood -- 19 (16.52%)

August

What scale do you prefer to run?
Response 2016 2017
1:29 44 (55.7%) 65 (59%)
1:24 13 (16.5%) 10 (9%)
1:20.3 10 (12.7%) 17 (15.4%)
1:22.5 9 (11.4%) 13 (11.8%)
1:32 3 (3.8%) 5 (4.5%)

September

What kind of track do you use?
Response 2016 2017
Brass 61 (79.2%) 148 (83.1%)
Aluminum 7 (9.1%) 10 (6.9%)
Stainless Steel 5 (6.5%) 14 (9.7%)
Nickel Silver 3 (3.9%) 5 (3.4%)
Plastic 1 (.12%) 1 (.7%)

October

What power source do you use?
Response 2016 2017
Track Power 48 (48%) 127 (64.46%)
Battery Power 36 (35%) 60 (30.92%)
Live Steam 8 (8%) 7 (3.60%)

November

Do you keep the boxes for your G scale trains?
Response 2016 2017
Yes 41 (77.3%) 146 (66.36%)
No 1 (.2%) 20 (9.09%)
Some 11 (20.7%) 54 (24.54%)

December

What code track do you primarily use on your railroad?
Response 2016 2017
Code 332 56 (90.3%) 144 (89.44%)
Code 250 5 (8%) 10 (6.21%)
Code 215 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Other 1 (1.6%) 7 (4.34%)

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