Coaches are more comfortable to travel in. Now in the States I would be in the distinct minority as here it's about 80% freight. Switching rules here and a person may have one or two passenger trains but their layouts would be designed for freight.
Given that most of us have limited space to operate in, it would make sense to have more wagons than coaches as we would be more inclined to operate a branch line scenario where freight would be more prominent and the only passenger trains would consist of about three coaches.
I run exactly what I feel like when I feel like it - that's the beauty of modelling as opposed to real life!
Happily, the fact is that no one need be forced into such an artificial 'either/or' choice. I'm at something of a loss as to the reasoning behind it. Personally, I think that all polls should have a compulsory option,
"I don't care!"
That's really not as flippant as it looks.
It's a legitimate way of finding out what people do and don't actually care about, rather than leaving them with the only option of just not 'voting' at all. If the reality is that a lot of people genuinely don't care, that is a meaningful factor. Without that information, trying to make sense of a reduced number of votes that don't reflect what people actually think is rather pointless at best and positively misleading at worst. The third option would also enable people who didn't 'vote' to see the results without automatically eexcluding themselves from a registered count.
Sometimes there are only either/or decisons to make.
QUOTE I'm at something of a loss as to the reasoning behind it
This was a "Pat Hammond" inspired poll as he highlights this debate among modellers in one of his books and so this was a high tech method of determining the actual definitive answer for Pat. I was going to point Pat in this direction at some stage.
Maybe that why so many people don't turn out in national elections for goverments?
Maybe it is the panic induced by the thought of actually having to make a decision that puts folk off voting. How would you feel if you where just about to go in for major surgery and the doctors who were about to operate were as indecisive?
There have been those who have argued for a "don't care" box on electiion ballot slips. This is linked to the argument to make voting compulsory.
Voting is not compulsory at MRF and the question in this case makes it very clear that there is only a choice of either/or to be made.
Now I have produced every poll here since day one.
What ideas do members have for polls on the subject of railway modelling?
QUOTE How would you feel if you where just about to go in for major surgery and the doctors who were about to operate were as indecisive?
Admittedly it might be a little worrisome if the surgeon couldn't decide between a hysterectomy or a vasectomy before slicing you up!
With respect, trucks or coaches is hardly a life and death decision for most people, who generally do have a mixture of both available. I seriously suggest always offering some form of compromise option so that the numbers registered might increase and so become more meaningful.
BTW, I don't think anyone is going to reissue a book on the basis of an extra 16 'votes' from a forum!
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