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Author Topic: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N  (Read 34760 times)

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #345 on: June 02, 2018, 07:41:58 am »
Demolish the priory on Dunmail Raise, replace with pagoda, rebuild Castle Eden in Japanese style, and finish the town of Beal with multiple platforms for Shinkansens.....   :hmmm:
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #346 on: June 02, 2018, 10:19:36 am »
Terrific plan.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #347 on: June 02, 2018, 10:38:58 am »
It would certainly improve running!
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #348 on: June 03, 2018, 02:05:12 pm »
Well, after the excitement of meeting Bealman it's back to the endless grind of sourcing very reasonably-priced second-hand Japanese N gauge in excellent condition on Yahoo Auctions. It's a hard job but someone has to do it...

Here we see a 115 series (right), on the cusp of retirement, passing a 211 series (a late JNR design, cascaded from elsewhere on the JR East network) passing each other somewhere on the Chuo Line west of Tokyo, probably in early 2014.



Both Kato models, a few years old, but arrived in as-new condition, like they'd just been bought new from the shop.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #349 on: June 11, 2018, 12:46:30 pm »
Well, after another arduous weekend hitting the auction sites, an expansion to the loco-hauled passenger stock fleet in the form of this 4-coach "Saloon Express Tokyo" rake, one of the many excursion trains converted in the 1980s from surplus coaches. This model is by Kato and dates from some time between 1983 (when the prototype was introduced) and 1987 (when Kato changed their logo and packaging). A nice model which has stood the test of time well, which is more than can be said about the current owner, and only about a fiver each. There's even directional lighting on the end cars.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #350 on: June 17, 2018, 02:53:27 am »
Another week, another "Azusa"... This time from Tomix, one of their "High Grade" models and very nice it is too. Didn't expect to win this one, put in a bid at the very non-"High Grade" opening price and no-one else joined in the fun.



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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #351 on: July 06, 2018, 01:54:30 am »
Hello Japanese modellers,

I've not yet joined your number, but here is an announcement from PWRS of the upcoming release of the Kato Seven Stars passenger train set. Looks pretty nice and might be of interest to some of you.

https://www.pwrs.ca/announcements/view.php?ID=14667

I'm not spruiking PWRS with this though I do get the majority of my North American stuff from them. Note that Model Train Plus in Japan, who posts on this forum, shows this set on one of their brochures:

https://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/pre-order

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #352 on: July 29, 2018, 01:35:25 am »
Shock, horror, Railsquid buys brand-new Japanese locomotive. Well I did wander into the main Tomix store in Omiya, just outside Tokyo, where one Does Not Buy Trains as they're usually sold at full RRP, though they do sometimes have scenic bits on sale, and this time a display rack of actual trains at quite new prices, now being a disciplined person I restrict purchases to trains which have actually run on the lines I pretend to model, so it was no trouble thanks to the wonders of the internet and portable devices to rustle up an excuse to acquire this EF65-500 series locomotive at less than half of RRP:



upon which I then spent a merry couple of hours with tweezers, a scalpel, a pin vise with 0.5 and 0.6 mm bits, and various other tools I have fortunately acquired over the years, to add all the extra bits starting with the numbers, which are a pain to apply on the cab ends, but I guess that's one reason why Japanese locos are cheaper than the equivalent British ones.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #353 on: July 29, 2018, 01:43:46 am »
That's a really nice looking locomotive, Ian. Bet it's a sweet runner, too!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #354 on: July 29, 2018, 04:41:10 am »
That's a really nice looking locomotive, Ian. Bet it's a sweet runner, too!  :thumbsup:

Runs just fine  :thumbsup: (I do have one Tomix locomotive purchased new which I've never been very happy with, I suspect it's either a rare lemon or just a slightly older design, but apart from that all other recent Tomix locos have been beautiful runners).
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