Who is still around?

 
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
In my early RP days I certainly found this an interesting place to regularly visit back then. Been visiting here and regularly viewing the forums since Jan 2003. Actually I joined a day after David Head who I see is still going strong on here and doing good job.  There is still a few other names I see from time to time who now are sort of like old Forum family members.  In those early days of RP it was always full of interesting topics in more ways than one. But alas, time has changed near everything around us for us older folk one hardly recognises what is what and it all gets bit harder to grasp with these modern day issues. These latter days/years, one being old school I've become a forum backseat passenger mostly just viewing the forums now. Sadly I do miss the old rail systems, all now long gone. Nowadays I suppose this old fart is drifting into oblivion so to speak, but the forums are still nice to occasionally come and check them out.

Ya all have a good one.
Regards,
Johnny.
jm1941
Trust that you are well John.
I, being old school rail, too, I share your views. I find that I don't even speak the language of some of the current crop of posters or so called rail 'managers' these days.
My signature line says it all for me:

I miss the railway that I started out in and the Comrades that I met along the way but I don't miss the railway as it is today.

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  jm1941 Chief Commissioner

Location: Mount Gambier
In my early RP days I certainly found this an interesting place to regularly visit back then. Been visiting here and regularly viewing the forums since Jan 2003. Actually I joined a day after David Head who I see is still going strong on here and doing good job.  There is still a few other names I see from time to time who now are sort of like old Forum family members.  In those early days of RP it was always full of interesting topics in more ways than one. But alas, time has changed near everything around us for us older folk one hardly recognises what is what and it all gets bit harder to grasp with these modern day issues. These latter days/years, one being old school I've become a forum backseat passenger mostly just viewing the forums now. Sadly I do miss the old rail systems, all now long gone. Nowadays I suppose this old fart is drifting into oblivion so to speak, but the forums are still nice to occasionally come and check them out.

Ya all have a good one.
Regards,
Johnny.
Trust that you are well John.
I, being old school rail, too, I share your views. I find that I don't even speak the language of some of the current crop of posters or so called rail 'managers' these days.
My signature line says it all for me:

I miss the railway that I started out in and the Comrades that I met along the way but I don't miss the railway as it is today.
YM-Mundrabilla
These days I'm falling to bits rather quick David, but as of now so far just still managing to stay upright. Looking back in that rear view mirror am so thankful that I was fortunate to have lived through and enjoyably worked through those fantastic (well in my mind anyway) those real hands on railway days. Absolutely loved it all, even the at times the lousy shift work times and out in the pouring rain with kero/battery hand lamps. Not the what I call these private railroads these days as they all have become just, "same as", "same as", it's all going near on brain dead days. Well so much for modern trends are not that good. Be hard to write-up an interesting rail story nowadays, as soon no one will work on, or work with trains anymore as next thing no drivers, then what, be time to just dig holes, I'll let one guess the rest.

David your signature line is absolutely perfectly well said. We have lost so much with this so called modern trending, and lot of folk these days are now shaking their heads wondering where the hell we all going to end up. Its all like another language that changes near on daily to then try to get one's head around it all. Just more confusion adding to it all.


Regards,
Johnny
  WimmeraJack Station Staff

Been a regular reader here since late 2011.  Never posted but will get around to it one day.

regards,

John
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Been a regular reader here since late 2011.  Never posted but will get around to it one day.

regards,

John
WimmeraJack
You just did John, welcome to frey
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
I'm still around although I find I don't have as much time to contribute and read like I used to.

I notice that some of the hobby has moved to other platforms such as Facebook groups. I find the groups to be good for sharing photos but personally I like to be careful of discussing my hobby with my non rail friends eg I don't want to bore them.

I notice that many contributors have left Railpage. It was good to the whole hobby together in the one place eg with everyone together. But in some ways I feel that Railpage was the victim of it's success.

I like the in depth discussion of the forums and I like to read what is happening in different states and with different aspects of rail eg light rail, metros, sugar tramways, tourist railways, branch lines etc.
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

I'm not.  I come here once every six months maybe, to see if there is anything interesting.  There invariably isn't.  The knowledgeable railwaymen have largely left, and it's schoolkids talking about "what's your favourite suburban train?  Lolz."

I wish the place no harm, but it's not what it was fifteen years ago, when it was a fun and interesting place to be.  Even the people I fought with I had some respect for.  And I met some good friends.

RP lost something along the way.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I'm not.  I come here once every six months maybe, to see if there is anything interesting.  There invariably isn't.  The knowledgeable railwaymen have largely left, and it's schoolkids talking about "what's your favourite suburban train?  Lolz."

I wish the place no harm, but it's not what it was fifteen years ago, when it was a fun and interesting place to be.  Even the people I fought with I had some respect for.  And I met some good friends.

RP lost something along the way.
TheLoadedDog™™
TLD™, I partially agree, but I believe some sort of recovery is underway. Hopefully the improvement will continue! One big problem faced is that forums are now considered "old school" with the advent of faecesbook, tweeter and other "modern" social media.
  1771D Junior Train Controller

"Faecesbook"..........now that is appropriate. Love it.  Laughing
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
"Faecesbook"..........now that is appropriate. Love it.  Laughing
1771D

And a classic Facebook one liner you can never find again.  Love it!

Currently online

  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

Total number of registered users is meaningless.  My site is tiny (probably twenty or thirty regulars - but I kinda like that as it's like family). yet the registered users would be about a thousand.


Anyway, to engage in a little schadenfreude, we were told we' "never reach critical mass" or that "we'd fold within a week".  Yes, like RP or other forums we've taken a hit from Facebook, but for those who predicted an early demise, in two month's time it'll be our tenth anniversary! Smile
  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
I am still around and working in media and want to comment.

Facebook is in decline in this country and we should be thankful there are sites outside of what has really been a social experiment. Railpage has done a fantastic job in continuing to drawn users and enriching its content and the post above about registered users I think you missed the point.  The point I think was being made was the number of users online viewing content.  

if you compare other forum sites to this one it becomes more prevalent just what a great job these guys have done and are continuing to do.  Wheels on Steel for example has died with only the burial required. Others I have since googled are also dead.

Railpage continues to build it users base but also its facebook page which when I checked last was over 13,000 users so people have found a way to use facebook for the links back here.  The strategy Railpage uses when integrating with social media in working for them.  i also notice after spending a few minutes today their twitter feed is also very popular.

When you look at facebook groups as a comparison they do not in any way have the information and features found on internet sites such as this.  In fact I monitor several for interest and find them shallow by comparison.  TDU for instance is clogged with so many self serving photo posts especially from users like Bob it is practically just an advertising banner.  it serves no meaningful contribution to extending the knowledge of any rail subject and the area as a whole.

If I was to apply my every day work analytic to the differences in this site to other global rail sites it is still way in front even more if you compare the market in Australia for this type of service.

Congratulations Railpage for setting many benchmarks.  Most of us are very grateful.

(This is my professional opinion)
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
It would be pretty difficult to arrange a meet for the current 42,937 registered users from all over Australia (and other countries)! There wouldn't be a pub big enough! Mr. Green
Graham4405
Substitute a sports ground instead!
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
If I recall it was around mid 2004 I joined after I noticed the old "board" was being used less and less and I asked someone.

RP has changed in those years, but I think it represents a change in the industry and likely experienced people leaving the industry, moving onto other things and unfortunately leaving the station for the last time. When I first started with forums I used to follow QRIG and others, however this faded after many strong years as did some other interstate forums as I think the railway became less interesting to talk about as the industry itself rationalised. Qld railways changed dramatically from the late 90's to late 2000's with loss of the bulk of what made the railway interesting and "Quirky".

Like many I suspect I have cut the number of groups I follow to basically one due to time and limited content of others.

Country wide its now the routine of sparks in the cities, less interesting XPT, XPL, RTT, CTT, V/locity style regional trains and freight is now mostly block rakes of one commodity or container service servicing mostly mainlines and minimal shunting with a narrow range of locos.  Many regional services now long gone. The industry is no longer mostly govt employee's rather mostly private sector and hence I think harder to get information plus the increasing rules and regulations. Also most people under the age of ~55 would never have seen a steam train in govt revenue service.

What used to irk me with RP was that for new players was questions that have obviously been asked before were often greeted with unfriendly responses, but I believe this has mostly stopped or at least I have not seen and I think some of the negative posters have moved on. I've heard the model train industry is in decline as less young people explore this hobby and I suspect this follows on to interest in 1:1 gauge.

RP has however helped keep my interest in rail, I've meet people from the other side of the world and remain in contact and catch up every few years. Its made some of my travel journey's easier and I hope my experience I've shared has helped others. Unfortunately my expat experience has basically sidelined a 7.25" gauge project I was working on until we return to Oz, but I think the likes of Maddog may have helped early on with getting detail from the prototype for my model.

RP has a purpose, I hope its there for others long into the future.
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: I was here first. You're only visiting.
I'm not.  I come here once every six months maybe, to see if there is anything interesting.  There invariably isn't.  
TheLoadedDog™™
If it's not significant to me, then it's not significant says TLD™ (how self-centred Rolling Eyes ).

The opposite is also true.

I've been a comparatively low level contributor for just over 10 years and have noticed a changing of the guard, so to peak, over time. Sometimes it was difficult to keep contributing in years past when faced with certain senior members (including the one continually banned who kept reappearing under a different username) hell-bent on being disputatious. But at the end of the day I have an interest in certain rail related issues, which is why I keep coming back.

Also, lounge threads provide an outlet for a creative expression of certain passions and are, happily, less heated than years past.

RP has naturally evolved and it is not necessarily a bad thing.

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