I see two options for a scope expansion that might help be able to help this site further progress...
- Expand the name to be something like Transportation Enthusiasts, such that it'd at least incorporate flight, car, and other systems. That might draw a few extra followers, and invite a bit more activity in what would probably be modestly interesting topics for most.
- There is also an http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/100985/urban-planning Proposal that similarly might well be served with a wider scope. I suggested they rename it Infrastructure Considerations, as that'd greatly expand related topics. If so, questions about actual rail would fit great there. On the other hand, miniatures of course wouldn't. If that is a large part of the audience (I don't have any real familiarity with the hobbyist aspect to gauge it, but it seems it's definitely a large passion for at least a certain cross-section), a separate home might be found in one of the current or future hobbyists categories. I'm not particularly in advocacy of breaking up communities of like-minded people. It just seems too much passion on intense specializing may rob many of these interesting communities of existence at all, and if these alignments can prevent that, all the best.
Hope there's something constructive to these, and that this/these sites get rolling!
Proposal: Railways and Railroads