Just tapping the forum to see if others have the same observation and thoughts as myself. Although this subject below has come up before, I am looking at it from today's perspective. So Z-scale seems to have it's peaks and valleys in regards to availability of product, popularity among modelers, and overall interest. We've seen it over the years as modelers come and go, although there is always that die-hard group that never leaves. Then there are the vendor/manufacturers that come and go as well, making their mark in the industry, selling a fair amount of product, then closing the doors a few years later. However, today things are very odd. On one hand, we have AZL introducing PA's, F7's and switchers so fast, that we can't even keep up with the road names. On the other hand, Micro Trains supply of freight and and passenger offerings is down to a trickle if that (although we've sadly seen this playing out over the past 5-years or so). Marklin seems to be holding steady though, with some new product introductions here and there. We see ARCHISTORIES releasing excellent European and Americana products that have long been wished for. We see MILLER ENGINEERING re-releasing their iconic line of buildings and houses. Yet, we have seen a dozen or more other suppliers of structures and other products close their doors. At present, I believe interest in Z-scale is growing quite steadily, but the supply and availability of certain products, especially rolling stock, is diminishing rapidly. I mean, what what good is a shiny new AZL loco when you have no freight to tow along behind it? And although Ebay is what it is, there is very little listed, and way over-priced on both the product and shipping. Add to that, many of the on-line websites inventory is either depleted or very sparse. So here is where my concern grows, and that is for the Z-scale newbies. Every hobby (trains or otherwise), needs a new crop of enthusiasts to keep it healthy and robust. But at the same time, it needs a supply line of quality products, fairly priced and geared towards the interest of the entire base. Granted, there are some good things, and not so good things happening in Z-scale, and hopefully the good can outweigh the bad for the sake of newbies. What is everyone else's thoughts? Are we in a peak, or a valley, or just cruising along the prairie?