I concur with this topic of conversation. We have essentially lost a generation of train hobbyists due to museums, and NRHS chapters , "knowing what's best" and pandering to a small few special interests and alienating the rest of the general populace who found a better hobby.
Then again, the presenters have issues too. I know of one organization who petitioned and was willing to pay a train author and sportscaster to present. The group had no objection to him selling wares after the show. This person did not even have the decency to respond to numerous requests. It is this type of hoarding of history and pandering to "those in the know", which will continue to cause railfanning to die a slow and quiet death, unless we find a better way to reach the masses to convey our message: This can actually be fun.