Thanks guys, just checked in again. I completely agree, if we can't have such discussions, then what good is the forum in the first place? I'd also have to say that this is still one of the best forums for large scale trains, it's just been a combination of bad luck, setbacks, and economic turmoil that has put the entire hobby on edge, not just us on this forum. It's really only the kitbashers, scratchbuilders, and HO/N scale hobbyists that haven't been hit as hard. I can also see where Aristo Craft closing it's doors put a giant hole in the Large scale market. Hopefully Polk's Next Gen, the new company, will be able to rebuild Aristo's product lines.
To scotty specifically,
The reason Freerails puts Large Scale and O/S scales in one forum page is simply that there aren't enough members to warrant having threads for every niche. If Freerails did that, there'd only be about 15-20 topics for each forum. Like I had said earlier, 1.4k members are registered, and roughly a fifth of those members bother to post.