I have used a lot of ballast products through 40-odd years of building model railroads; the selection, quality, and match from Arizona Rock & Mineral is right at the top. Not only is there a huge selection of colors and styles, but (most importantly) it matches from package to package. I have encountered color differences with other manufacturers, but never had an issue with Arizona’s products. They have a huge variety in ballast – you can get exactly what ballast the prototype you are modeling uses, for a more detailed model railroad. I would recommend Arizona Rock & Mineral Co. to anyone building a model railroad.
I am a fan of Arizona Rock and Mineral Company products! When I started modeling in Z 16 years ago, I purchased samples of every ballast manufacturers offerings, and took super macro photos of them, and the Arizona product was the winner. All the clubs I have been involved with since then have switched to Arizon products too. It holds it’s profile without floating away when being glued down, and looks great in photos
I started in this hobby back in 1953 when my Dad worked at MDC. When I had my tonsils out I was in the hospital for two weeks. He brought me a few car kits to assemble. They were pretty crude by today’s standard but I slogged away at them. Wish I still had them.
The hobby may have shifted but we are now in a new and exciting era with 3D printing and more folks rediscovering the fun of building. If you pursue the various social media groups you will see more folks posting their work every day. The methods may have changed since the demise of your “era” but the hobby is growing every day. Just look at sales of kits and parts from places like Lambert Locomotive Works and NGMC to name a few.
No, the hobby is not dying but merely shifting.
It truly is a great time to be a model railroader!