Every November, the Keystone Crossings site conducts a PRR HO Scale Modeler's Needs Assessment Survey.

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The survey asks respondents to indicate their top three desired models in each of several categories, including steam power, diesel power, electric power, freight rolling stock, passenger rolling stock, etc. Each category is pre-populated with several choices that "a committee" feels are among the needed.

As for quality of models, 

For locomotives, think of Athearn Genesis, Walthers Proto, Broadway Limited, Bowser Executive Line, etc., with DCC and sound.

For freight cars, think ready-to-run Tangent Scale Models, Red Caboose, InterMountain, Fox Valley, Rapido, etc.

For passenger cars, think ready-to-run Walthers, Rapido, etc.

If a choice notes "kit", then we make the assumption that the model would not meet a manufacturer's requirements to justify a ready-to-run model and a craftsman kit would suffice, of the likes of Funaro & Camerlengo, Westerfield Models, etc.

If a choice notes "modernize tooling", it means there is a car available, but customers seek a revision of the tooling to modern detail standards, such as separately applied grabs, etc.

Survey results are sent to several dozen manufacturers. Though our survey is unscientific, and doesn't take into account quantities each modeler may desire, we have noted that each year many of our top desires are announced as products within 12-18 months. So perhaps this data provides a "pulse point" to the industry.

On the advise of several industry "insiders", it was suggested that we collect some demographic information as well as break down and refine a few of the categories. No demographic data will be shared. It will only be tabulated to create a profile of the modeling community that responded.

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