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Title: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Railwaygun on January 25, 2014, 08:28:35 pm
(http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g181/railwaygun/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps89948656.jpg)

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So what has anyone else been buying??
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 25, 2014, 09:18:01 pm
So what has anyone else been buying??


I've got a Kato EF210 currently "awaiting customs clearance", and have still to get the E257 add-on cars that turned up before Christmas out of the box and onto the layout!  Once I've stopped making sawdust, their time will come.  Meanwhile, here's a real EF210:

http://youtu.be/TqSYkIgTVbI (http://youtu.be/TqSYkIgTVbI)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on January 31, 2014, 08:35:36 pm
A couple of bits arrived recently...

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10176598a3/20/3 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10176598a3/20/3)

I have been after one of these DMUs for quite some time, so finally decided a Christmas present. Totally the wrong era and region, but it looks seriously cool and runs beautifully. It is a 3-car unit used to serve the Holland Village park in Kyushu. The nice livery is based on the Dutch flag.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10233432b2/30/2 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10233432b2/30/2)

A little more bread and butter is this Tomix class 211 EMU. I have an identical Kato model, so the comparison will be interesting. The 211s are now regulars on the local Chuo line services, so a couple were needed for Yamanouchi Oshika.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10241011a2/20/2 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10241011a2/20/2)

Finally, these buses have also arrived. They are regular sights in the area where Yamanouchi Oshika is set, so again are a very useful addition...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 31, 2014, 08:41:19 pm
it looks seriously cool and runs beautifully.

That is indeed seriously cool.  I can imagine it being rescued in a Thunderbirds episode 8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Railwaygun on February 02, 2014, 07:08:43 pm
A late +mas present  ( roundhouse/kato)

(http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g181/railwaygun/2d96fec89bf3c09e5cb6863c97f3fc58_zps36e756c2.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: scotsoft on February 02, 2014, 07:11:01 pm
A late +mas present  ( roundhouse/kato)

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Great looking livery  :claphappy: and with it being Kato it will run like a dream  :heart2:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 12, 2014, 04:37:31 pm
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My Kato EF210 arrived about a week ago, direct from Japan as I couldn't find one over here.  Costs:

Loco itself £35.90
Priority Airmail £14.60
Import VAT £8.97
Parcelforce 'Handling' £13.50 !!

I think the latter includes overnight stabling for Black Bess with all the oats she can eat!  ;)



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Also picked up a Kato 6 car 201 series in Chou Line orange on Ebay.  Greater runner.  Missing a coupler, but I've got a pack of spares coming  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Lawrence on February 12, 2014, 06:55:45 pm
Steve, I have that Chou Line set, also purchased from ebay but mine was missing front light unit and front skirt, could not get the spares at the time and it took me nearly a year to source another front car on its own, cost me nearly as much as the set did buying it through a Japanese auction site using a 3rd party to bid for me, but it was worth all the hassles and the wait as it is a lovely unit and runs very smoothly.
I am currently waiting for a new chassis for my J.R. Ordinary Express Series 165 `Monterey Color` as despite my best efforts and stripping down, servicing and rebuilding it wont run right, fortunately Hobby search have them in stock   :)
I may have some Greenmax building kits that may be of interest to you, these are now surplus to my requirements so let me know if you would be interested.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 12, 2014, 08:32:17 pm
Steve, I have that Chou Line set, also purchased from ebay but mine was missing front light unit and front skirt, could not get the spares at the time and it took me nearly a year to source another front car on its own,

Ouch!  Fortunately for me the couplers (Kato 11-705) are rather easier to come by!


I may have some Greenmax building kits that may be of interest to you, these are now surplus to my requirements so let me know if you would be interested.

Might well be, I've bought some Greenmax of late and have been impressed so far.  You could PM me details at your leisure if you wish 8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 21, 2014, 12:47:57 pm
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Three second-hand Kato locos via UK ebay, two DD51 diesels and one EF65 electric.  Good prices and excellent runners, although the Sparky is missing the detail sprue and should really have a blue background to the side numbers.  Nothing I can't fix :)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Luke Piewalker on February 27, 2014, 05:51:53 pm
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3717/12818502194_68c2952cdf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64017570@N04/12818502194/)

Pointy....  :bounce:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 27, 2014, 07:23:36 pm
Quite possibly my favourite pointy-wormy-thingy :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Luke Piewalker on February 27, 2014, 07:35:40 pm
And the packaging!!!!  :heart2:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 27, 2014, 08:20:44 pm
And the packaging!!!!  :heart2:

You're hooked.  You might as well buy the bookcase now to hold future purchases... :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Lawrence on February 27, 2014, 08:55:54 pm
Ordered a DD51 from Toy Shop Japan Hobbyone via Amazon for £26, they cancelled the order 3 days later stating out of stock (they had 4 at time of ordering), but then re-advertised them at £66+ with the same 4 in stock, now they have 9 in stock at £44.
Have raised the issue with Amazon but no joy yet, my argument is I had an order confirmation so they should honour the order  :censored:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 27, 2014, 10:58:30 pm
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...although the Sparky is missing the detail sprue and should really have a blue background to the side numbers.  Nothing I can't fix :)

Doh!  :dunce: Clearly someone did not even look at the model - let alone the instructions - before applying those number plates...
Title: Re: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: scotsoft on March 01, 2014, 10:36:47 am
Ordered a DD51 from Toy Shop Japan Hobbyone via Amazon for £26, they cancelled the order 3 days later stating out of stock (they had 4 at time of ordering), but then re-advertised them at £66+ with the same 4 in stock, now they have 9 in stock at £44.
Have raised the issue with Amazon but no joy yet, my argument is I had an order confirmation so they should honour the order  :censored:

I hope you are successful in your quest for justice Lawrence  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 01, 2014, 11:20:13 am
Yes indeed. That is very naughty and something Amazon should clamp down on. Good luck!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Luke Piewalker on March 01, 2014, 03:40:23 pm
My E6 is currently Shinkansening away like the shinniest kansen possible  :D . I have a question about the couplings's which I'll start a new thread for.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Lawrence on March 01, 2014, 07:36:25 pm
3 calls to Amazon today, indifferent and uninterested staff, waste of bloody time, clearly not going to do anything about it, furious  :censored:
Title: Re: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: scotsoft on March 01, 2014, 07:50:00 pm
3 calls to Amazon today, indifferent and uninterested staff, waste of bloody time, clearly not going to do anything about it, furious  :censored:

Perhaps you should start a thread describing all of this, then after you get a few comments from folk agreeing with you, send them an email with the link to the thread  >:D  :angel:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: scotsoft on March 08, 2014, 03:01:27 pm
I kept putting off buying this six car set, then I changed my mind and did  :heart2:
Thanks to Keith at Train Trax for his usual efficient service  :thumbsup:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Kato/Dir_1/medium_10774.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10774)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Kato/Dir_1/medium_10775.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10775)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Kato/Dir_1/medium_10773.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10773)

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 08, 2014, 04:26:17 pm
 :envy: :envy: :envy: :envy: :envy:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on May 24, 2014, 04:37:13 pm
I kept putting off buying this six car set, then I changed my mind and did  :heart2:
Thanks to Keith at Train Trax for his usual efficient service  :thumbsup:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Kato/Dir_1/medium_10774.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10774[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Kato/Dir_1/medium_10775.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10775[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Kato/Dir_1/medium_10773.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10773[/url])

cheers John.


In my opinion, these are the best-looking of the current Shinkansen fleet.

Funnily enough, I have just obtained one of these, plus the two-car add-on, from Tam Tam in Tokyo.

My reason?

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/E2x2_zps7ff7fb70.jpg)

Two and a half hours travelling from Nagano to Tokyo on the right-hand unit of the two.

Also obtained was a Tomytec Tokai bus, which despite being everywhere in the part of Tokyo I was staying, never properly became the subject of a photo.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on May 24, 2014, 05:07:59 pm
I've just had a 10 car Series 103 in Chou orange from Keith.  Or rather my mother has, which was expedient from a delivery point of view but means I can't play until next time I see her :(
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on May 25, 2014, 09:52:11 pm
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Received today, a 10 car Kato Series 103 EMU in Chou Line orange livery.  In the foreground is my existing Series 201.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on May 25, 2014, 10:10:55 pm
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Received today, a 10 car Kato Series 103 EMU in Chou Line orange livery.  In the foreground is my existing Series 201.


Looks great...Chuo-tastic!  :D

Now all you need is one of these to complete the set...

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/E233Chuo_zps72c798ea.jpg)

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10088193 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10088193)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Lawrence on May 25, 2014, 10:43:43 pm
I have the original Kato 6 car Chuo set, older model but still a lovely runner, just looks so good going round  :D
Title: Re: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: scotsoft on May 26, 2014, 12:33:29 am
I have the original Kato 6 car Chuo set, older model but still a lovely runner, just looks so good going round  :D

So where is the video Lawrence  :angel:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Newportnobby on May 26, 2014, 01:18:47 am
I have the original Kato 6 car Chuo set, older model but still a lovely runner, just looks so good going round  :D

So where is the video Lawrence  :angel:

cheers John.

That means he'll have to try and remember where his shed is, John :-X
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on May 26, 2014, 08:40:07 am
Now all you need is one of these to complete the set...

([url]http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/E233Chuo_zps72c798ea.jpg[/url])


You're not wrong :)  Generally I'm more interested in the more modern stuff but felt I had to have at least a couple of the old 'classic' style Japanese units for the collection.  I fell in love with them when MS Train Sim first came out :D

Next through the letterbox should be an E259 Narita Express 8)
Title: Re: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Lawrence on May 26, 2014, 01:08:36 pm
I have the original Kato 6 car Chuo set, older model but still a lovely runner, just looks so good going round  :D

So where is the video Lawrence  :angel:

cheers John.

That means he'll have to try and remember where his shed is, John :-X

You don't know how true that is Mick  :(
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on June 10, 2014, 09:53:25 am
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New arrival yesterday from Keith at TrainTrax - the Kato E259 Narita Express.

The full 6 car EMU is made up from two Kato sets: 10-847 and 10-848

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on June 10, 2014, 12:06:10 pm
Very nice... How easy is it to uncouple? Mine is still very stiff, and requires some pressure to separate the coupling...

A lovely model though.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on June 10, 2014, 12:18:45 pm
How easy is it to uncouple? Mine is still very stiff, and requires some pressure to separate the coupling...

To be honest I've not tried as yet, only got it out of the boxes this morning.  It's not something that'll worry me much, anyway, as my stuff never leaves home and is thus left coupled-up for most of it's life.

When this one gets chipped it'll also have jumper wires installed between the pick-up stampings in the bogies of adjacent cars, effectively making two or three car sub-units.  I reckon that will dissuade me from too much uncoupling! :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: scotsoft on June 10, 2014, 06:28:31 pm
I do like the photograph of it going round the curve and the close up of the front shows the driver must get a great view sitting up so high  :thumbsup:

Thank you for posting your photographs Steve  :NGaugersRule:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Lawrence on June 10, 2014, 09:29:10 pm
Wow  :o that is a beaut Steve, would love to see a video of it running if you have that facility, really is one of Japan's iconic trains, and it's not a Shinkansen  ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on June 11, 2014, 07:47:37 am
would love to see a video of it running if you have that facility


Oh yes, there WILL be video of it in the next week or so. 8)  Most likely on my 'Capital Lines' layout thread, but I'll try to remember a link from here too :thumbsup:


But for now, a couple of prototype videos I bookmarked on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/PNewxySlqa8 (http://youtu.be/PNewxySlqa8)

http://youtu.be/TJIN39c4y8o (http://youtu.be/TJIN39c4y8o)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on June 16, 2014, 11:02:31 am
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Latest swag haul from TrainTrax is this rake of 16 Kato TAKI 1000 tank cars, a pair of 10-1167 8-car boxes in fact.

A very welcome addition as until now I've had 4 Japanese locos and absolutely nothing for them to pull :o
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: scotsoft on June 16, 2014, 11:10:02 am
Very smart looking tank cars Steve  :greatpicturessign:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on June 21, 2014, 08:14:17 pm
Nice.

You need a nice  EH200 on the front of these... :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on July 07, 2014, 09:35:51 pm
Happy week last week. Mrs Dreyfus gets a job and my contract has been renewed until November. That is as good a reason as any to go shopping.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Bullets_zps074d4123.jpg)

A full-length (12 carriages) E7 Shinkansen - the right-hand train in this picture - is now on its way from PlazaJapan.  8)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on August 04, 2014, 09:44:56 am
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The latest addition to the train set, a full 8 car E2 "bullet train" comprising Kato packs 10-377 and 10-378 - from http://www.traintrax.co.uk
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Malc on August 04, 2014, 09:55:21 am
 :jealous: fantastic looking set. Can't wait for your video featuring it. What does it look like coupled up?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on August 04, 2014, 08:23:55 pm
:jealous: fantastic looking set. Can't wait for your video featuring it. What does it look like coupled up?

Marvellous.  Proper bostin'  :thumbsup:

I've only been able to run it on DC so far as much of the main layout track is being glued & wired at the moment - hence lack of videos in the last month.  Oh, and it's hot in the loft :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on August 14, 2014, 03:27:28 pm
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In the absence of any N gauge Pendolinos, my appetite for long shiny (and in this case green) worms is assuaged for now with a full Kato 10 car E5 “Hayabusa" from http://www.traintrax.co.uk (http://www.traintrax.co.uk)


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Fitted with a Lenz Silver Mini+ from http://www.modelscape.net (http://www.modelscape.net) - the bottom of the motorised carriage just slides off, no need to remove the body.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on August 16, 2014, 05:56:38 pm
http://youtu.be/pyZnjp4dHzg (http://youtu.be/pyZnjp4dHzg)

Recent purchases finally make it onto video!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: scotsoft on August 16, 2014, 08:45:32 pm
You are amassing a nice variety of rolling stock for you to play trains with  :claphappy:

Do you use Kato controllers?  I find they give very good slow acceleration through to "blur" speed  :D

I did enjoy your video very much as I have the six car E2, so it was good to see your eight car  :thumbsup:
Mt first Bullet train was the 500 Nozomi which I think is one of the best look of the bullet trains and that influenced me to buy the E2.

I hope you video more of your testing sessions soon  :NGaugersRule:

cheers John.
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Post by: Malc on August 16, 2014, 09:48:57 pm
Excellent video, I am very jealous of your bullet trains, especially the E5, it looks superb.
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Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on August 17, 2014, 08:35:27 am
Do you use Kato controllers?  I find they give very good slow acceleration through to "blur" speed  :D

Most of the trains in the video are running on DCC, although the circling tank train is DC and powered by a Kato controller, yes.  However, my problems with less than smooth starts are purely down to my male-pattern inability to multi-task :-[

Everything is great when I'm not trying to video at the same time as operate.  And this should be cured easily enough by tweaking the acceleration CVs, etc, in the relevant chips - something I haven't gotten around to because of the urge to play trains :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on October 09, 2014, 07:40:04 am
Given my moniker, how could I resist this little cutie:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/39/thumb_17064.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17064)

 :bounce:
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on October 09, 2014, 10:06:45 am
Very fitting! ...and yes, very cute!  :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on October 11, 2014, 05:46:54 pm
I popped out earlier for some oil to dab on the gears of my first overseas purchase (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23578.msg253670#msg253670). Just some oil, nothing else.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/39/thumb_17141.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17141)

Well, apart from the JNR EF60, which turned out to be the successful candidate for the recently opened position of semi-obscure 2nd generation brown electric locomotive; an outstanding qualification was the bargain price of ca. 3300 yen (new, incl. tax) from Tam Tam in Akihabara, which is a smidgen under 20 quid at the current rate/. From the same source, some Toki 15000 semi-flatbed wagons, also at an attractive price and they look like they'll be useful for carrying things, especially if towed behind the EF60, which are chronological contemporaries according to my brief research. From the same era but different source, a single 0-kei Shinkansen car from the junk section of Big Yard in Nakano; it's actually in suprisingly good condition, the only thing missing are numbering details. However it will join the pool of departmental/experimental stock, where it will become Designated Gauge Tester, and maybe a testbed for lighting installation. Also some useful bits of short track, some cut-price bamboo, a block of blue polystyrene for a small scenery project (which will lead to bigger things, I hope), and some glue to go with it.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: trainsdownunder on October 28, 2014, 09:44:27 am
My 1st DMU - Kato 10-476 Kiha 283 Super Ozora Blue Sky 6 Car Dmu Set

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Well not quite true as I did own an Acela Express sometime ago, but I fancied something different and got a good deal on a trade in at the recent swap meet. Totally out of style with all my US stuff but very impressed.

The tilting mech is very good and the unit seems very stable even though the power unit is in the 3rd or 4th car from the front or rear depending how you look at it. Great directional Head & tail lights. Have to get carriage lighting for this I reckon

http://youtu.be/ECKN5ebl1Ms (http://youtu.be/ECKN5ebl1Ms)

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on October 28, 2014, 09:47:26 am
Very nice...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Lawrence on October 28, 2014, 01:22:50 pm
I popped out earlier for some oil to dab on the gears of my first overseas purchase ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23578.msg253670#msg253670[/url]). Just some oil, nothing else.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/39/thumb_17141.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17141[/url])

Well, apart from the JNR EF60, which turned out to be the successful candidate for the recently opened position of semi-obscure 2nd generation brown electric locomotive; an outstanding qualification was the bargain price of ca. 3300 yen (new, incl. tax) from Tam Tam in Akihabara, which is a smidgen under 20 quid at the current rate/. From the same source, some Toki 15000 semi-flatbed wagons, also at an attractive price and they look like they'll be useful for carrying things, especially if towed behind the EF60, which are chronological contemporaries according to my brief research. From the same era but different source, a single 0-kei Shinkansen car from the junk section of Big Yard in Nakano; it's actually in suprisingly good condition, the only thing missing are numbering details. However it will join the pool of departmental/experimental stock, where it will become Designated Gauge Tester, and maybe a testbed for lighting installation. Also some useful bits of short track, some cut-price bamboo, a block of blue polystyrene for a small scenery project (which will lead to bigger things, I hope), and some glue to go with it.


How I envy you being able to pop into a shop like Tam Tam, please if you ever see any packs of the Tomytec car collection Taxis please let me know, I've been hunting them for what seems like ever!

Look forward to seeing your progress
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on October 28, 2014, 01:58:03 pm

How I envy you being able to pop into a shop like Tam Tam, please if you ever see any packs of the Tomytec car collection Taxis please let me know, I've been hunting them for what seems like ever!

Look forward to seeing your progress


Which ones? The Orange 'Checker Cab' collection is available at HS...

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10188825 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10188825)

Sadly the Nihon Kotsu collection (the prototypes are everywhere in Tokyo) may be a little harder to get hold of. Surprising Fleabay isn't full of them - particularly the yellow versions - as they aren't really suitable for UK layouts...

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10262160 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10262160)

When I visited Tam Tam back in May I found the N gauge Tomytec vehicles range to be limited - basically a few lorries and buses. That said, somehow one of the Tokyo Toei Buses managed to find its way back to the UK with me!  :D
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on October 28, 2014, 02:01:48 pm

How I envy you being able to pop into a shop like Tam Tam, please if you ever see any packs of the Tomytec car collection Taxis please let me know, I've been hunting them for what seems like ever!

Look forward to seeing your progress


Which ones? The Orange 'Checker Cab' collection is available at HS...

[url]http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10188825[/url] ([url]http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10188825[/url])

Sadly the Nihon Kotsu collection (the prototypes are everywhere in Tokyo) may be a little harder to get hold of. Surprising Fleabay isn't full of them - particularly the yellow versions - as they aren't really suitable for UK layouts...

[url]http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10262160[/url] ([url]http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10262160[/url])

When I visited Tam Tam back in May I found the N gauge Tomytec vehicles range to be limited - basically a few lorries and buses. That said, somehow one of the Tokyo Toei Buses managed to find its way back to the UK with me!  :D


Scrub that comment about the Nihon Kotsu set; our friend Mr PlazaJapan has them in stock...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tomytec-The-Car-Collection-Basic-Set-Nihon-Kotsu-1-150-N-scale-/121375346333 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tomytec-The-Car-Collection-Basic-Set-Nihon-Kotsu-1-150-N-scale-/121375346333)
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Post by: Lawrence on October 29, 2014, 01:32:07 pm

Which ones? The Orange 'Checker Cab' collection is available at HS...


which is probably why they didn't turn up when I did a search for Taxi  ::)

I just wanted a couple of taxis for my taxi station, not bithered about which ones, thanks for the links tho  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on November 05, 2014, 10:46:43 pm
The latest arrival at Chez Dreyfus is this really pretty Kato Joyful Train, Tohoku Emotion.

Joyful trains are special or tourist trains...this particular example is a combination of fine-dining and rail excursion.It was introduced earlier this year as part of the effort to regenerate the tourist trade in the Tohoku region; ravaged by the 2011 tsunami. It is simply two rebuilt KiHa110 DMUs, and looks great. I particularly like the details on the livery.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_4419_zps2975f31b.jpg)
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Post by: Lawrence on November 06, 2014, 01:22:22 pm
That is pretty cool CD, I too rather like the quirky livery, not that that is out of place in Japan
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Post by: railsquid on November 06, 2014, 02:24:31 pm
I picked this up out of the bargain bin at one of the model shops I frequent for 1500 yen (under 9 quid at the current exchange rate) with the intention of using it for locomotive surgery practice or whatever other potentially destructive operations occur to me. Worst case - I get a decorative non-runner to grace a scrap line or something.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/37/thumb_18270.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=18270)

I put it on the track, expecting it to grind and wobble or something, and it pulled away like a racehorse. Well, not a racehorse necessarily, but certainly one which enjoys a good gallop every now and again. Mechanically it beats the pants off a bunch of blue locos recently acquired from a far and distant island; the only things wrong with it, as far as I can see, are a lack of number plates and other associated gubbins, and some very minor damage to the window trim.

Hmm. Almost too nice to waste. I wonder what model it is (it's from Tomix) and if I can get replacement plates?
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Post by: railsquid on November 06, 2014, 02:31:42 pm
'Tis an EF64-1000 (model 9110 (http://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/n/9110.htm)), but probably an older version as the roof detailing is not as good as the linked model.
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Post by: railsquid on November 06, 2014, 02:42:23 pm
Hmm, and fitting a DCC coder will not be easy as it's all chassis inside.

Edited to add: OTOH there's a raised section on the roof which clips on and which looks like it could house a small decoder if one were to drill holes for the wires. (But one has no idea what one is talking about).
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Post by: railsquid on November 11, 2014, 06:59:40 am
This being Japan, I need to keep the tracks clean and tidy:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/37/thumb_18472.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=18472)
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Post by: railsquid on November 13, 2014, 01:36:18 am
The vacuum unit does seem to be fairly efficient. A Dapol Class 58 makes a very good motive power unit for this, as its low gearing means it runs slowly at higher voltages, enabling the vacuum unit to run at higher speeds while traversing the track slowly enough to actually pick stuff up. The two in combination do however make an alarming amout of noise, like there's someone with a chainsaw stalking around the track.
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Post by: Bealman on November 13, 2014, 02:12:16 am
As long as it works, that's the thing.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: railsquid on November 13, 2014, 02:34:13 am
Also if you stop it at a station, a team of pink-uniformed ladies jumps out and cleans the station toilets, while another polishes the platform to a gleam.
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Post by: Sprintex on November 13, 2014, 02:37:47 am
Methinks you have been sniffing the cleaning fluid a bit too much ;)


Paul
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Post by: Bealman on November 13, 2014, 02:54:21 am
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
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Post by: Malc on November 17, 2014, 11:52:59 am
Not only the latest Japanese purchase, but in fact the only one.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/36/thumb_18721.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=18721)
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Post by: railsquid on November 17, 2014, 12:48:49 pm
Nice - what brought that on? A Tomix model by any chance?
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Post by: Malc on November 17, 2014, 01:53:13 pm
No, it's a Kato model. It was on eBay ages ago, but the seller didn't know what it was, so neither did I until I read this thread.
Now I know it's a DD51.
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Post by: railsquid on November 17, 2014, 02:06:02 pm
No, it's a Kato model. It was on eBay ages ago, but the seller didn't know what it was, so neither did I until I read this thread.
Now I know it's a DD57.
Very probably a DD51 then; it certainly looks like one, and I don't think there's such a thing as a DD57.
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Post by: Malc on November 17, 2014, 02:20:57 pm
Oops, sorry typo. Now corrected.
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on November 17, 2014, 06:46:34 pm
Not only the latest Japanese purchase, but in fact the only one.
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/36/thumb_18721.JPG[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=18721[/url])


...and very nice it is too. I have a few DD51s (Kato and Micro Ace) and they are impressive beasts. The Kato examples are particularly smooth and very well detailed.
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Post by: railsquid on November 18, 2014, 02:49:13 pm
I have a (just one) DD51 from Tomix, more than satisfied with it (though it's perfectly possible that it's missing some details or something, I have nothing to compare it with...)

And now for something completely different... trams:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/36/thumb_18743.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=18743)
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Post by: scotsoft on November 18, 2014, 03:41:39 pm
Nice trams, I have the one on the left and it is a great little runner  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
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Post by: railsquid on November 18, 2014, 10:33:37 pm
It's certainly very zippy.

The one on the right has a much lower, presumably more realistic gearing and also has interior lights, which I wasn't expecting. Not the cheapest of models, though.
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Post by: scotsoft on November 18, 2014, 10:44:19 pm
They are expensive but being illuminated is a bonus  :thumbsup:

This site often has very good deals on Kato trains etc,
http://www.topslotsntrains.com/topslotsntrains/index.asp (http://www.topslotsntrains.com/topslotsntrains/index.asp)

e.g. They have the Hiroshima tram for £25.49
http://www.topslotsntrains.com/topslotsntrains/final.asp?ref=Kato-Japan-14-070-N-Scale-HIROSHIMA-RAILWAY-TYPE-200-HANNOVER-TRAM-&id=11919&manufacturer=%27KATO%20N%20Gauge%27 (http://www.topslotsntrains.com/topslotsntrains/final.asp?ref=Kato-Japan-14-070-N-Scale-HIROSHIMA-RAILWAY-TYPE-200-HANNOVER-TRAM-&id=11919&manufacturer=%27KATO%20N%20Gauge%27)

They are worth keeping an eye on  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
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Post by: railsquid on November 18, 2014, 11:01:14 pm
Thanks... though as I live in Japan I get even better prices  :D  The Portram set me back an effective 6300 yen, which at the current lousy exchange rate is about 35 quid (compared to the 80 they want for it).  :thumbsup:
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Post by: railsquid on December 08, 2014, 02:25:07 pm
Did my usual Akihabara round a bit earlier this week, came across a bunch of these on sale for 3780 yen (a smidgen more than 20 quid at current exchange rates), and as I have a weakness for little shuntery-type things I gave one a new home:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/35/thumb_19336.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=19336)

It's a MicroAce model, number A7510. Turns out it's an older design, latest production run seems to be 2007, and the headlights are evidently not LEDs. It was a bit juddery out of the box but has improved with a bit of running-in. Though it's not as smooth as my newer Kato and Tomix locos, depressingly predictably it performs more satisfactorily than most of my BachFar stuff.
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Post by: railsquid on December 13, 2014, 04:16:11 pm
A couple of more bargains from this week:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/35/thumb_19475.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=19475)

On the left, an olde-style train from the Hakone-Tozan railway, built in 1927 (the 1:1 prototype (http://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/train/train02.html)) and still in operation on this little line which runs up into the mountains southwest of Tokyo near Mt. Fuji. THis is a Modemo model (NT44), a 2004 model but in mint condition and runs real nice.

On the right, a slightly less olde-style train from JR, a 203-class EMU which was built for through-running on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line. One of the second generation of post-war mass-production commuter trains built in the 70s/80s, the last examples were taken out of service a few years ago (I think some sets were exported to Indonesia). This model from Microace (A8280) captures the last days of the last set of this type and has the "thankyou 203 class" headmark. It's a lovely little model and even has the hanging straps typical of Japanese commuter trains. Runs really nicely too. Not everyone's cup of tea but it's one of those classes I have a soft spot for.
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on December 30, 2014, 10:48:26 am
My latest addition turning up this morning... Amazing bearing in mind I had the dispatch notice from Japan on Saturday!

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10276120a/20/1 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10276120a/20/1)

What it probably mainly demonstrates is the ridiculous amount of time stuff gets held up at customs, and how much time and expense get wasted.
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Post by: railsquid on January 11, 2015, 03:08:17 pm
I was out and about in Tokyo at the weekend, and I ended up getting crabs...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/33/thumb_20342.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=20342)

And a teensy-weensy Modemo tram as well.

And while I was at it, this Kato 185 express:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/33/thumb_20341.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=20341)

which I put together from individual cars sold from a shop's "junk" box. Though in Japanese terms "junk" mainly means "these are cars from a set which can no longer be sold as a set" (missing packaging, decals etc.) and generally in good working order. However most shops won't allow you to test them before purchase, so it can be a bit of a gamble. This one works fine, except I couldn't find one of the trailer cars so will have to hope I can find one another time.
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Post by: railsquid on January 13, 2015, 10:49:46 am
The DD16 locomotive pictured above (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=19073.msg268454#msg268454) is actually supposed to be part of a snow plough set, but I didn't feel like spending the 4,000+ yen they were on offer for. However I came across a pair for half that price, and as it's still winter it's better to be prepared...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/33/thumb_20386.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=20386)
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Post by: railsquid on February 13, 2015, 03:28:41 pm
Finally sated my curiosity about GreenMax, the dark horse of the Japanese "Big 4" manufacturers, as this two-car Kintetsu unit was on sale:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/31/thumb_21514.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=21514)
Unfortunately it confirms my impression of GreenMax, that they do manufacture some mighty obscure stuff but it's a bit basic and lacking in interior detail. Not bad per-se and looks OK running at a distance, but I'll probably steer clear of this brand unless they have something I particularly want.
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Post by: railsquid on March 06, 2015, 04:12:18 pm
This one works fine, except I couldn't find one of the trailer cars so will have to hope I can find one another time.

Which indeed I did, and a Kato 4-car case to store them in. I've probably not saved that much compared to a 2nd-hand boxed set, but never mind.

Meanwhile... a couple of railbuses:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/29/thumb_22479.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=22479)

Teensy little things, but both motorised. Shown with a Kato tram for comparison. Incredibly the motor is below the level of the windows so unless you look very closely you hardly see the compromise. Excellent runners despite being two-axle units, and even come with weights (the black square on the photo) which can be installed for additional adhesion.
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Post by: c6250 on June 03, 2015, 02:01:28 pm
E655  five-plus-one cars set from KATO

A close up of the front.
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It looks brown in colour, isn't it?

Now look at it in a different lighting....
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Not so brown any more.

Look again.....
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Now it's purple.

It is released as a 5 cars set as standard. There is an extra Royal carriage sold separately. It was sold as a "blank" royal carriage, without the royal shield on the side.
It seems now an agreement was made between Kato and the "whoever" ,  a shield-ed version of the royal carriage is available.
 
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on June 03, 2015, 08:49:28 pm
Such an impressive model!
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Post by: cornish yorkie on June 03, 2015, 10:33:06 pm
Thanks for posting very nice, that's another one for the wishlist
regards Derek
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Post by: Railwaygun on June 03, 2015, 10:51:57 pm
the Royal carriage

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there are a couple on Ebay.uk (from Japan)

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Post by: c6250 on June 04, 2015, 01:47:26 pm
E655 from Kato (2)

Interior grade up stickers set for E655.

A set of stickers with simulated fir panels, table tops, arm rest, carpets, wall papers to enhance the interior of the royal carriage.

The interior of the royal carriage as purchased. The easy chair in blue is a separate molding.
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Every pieces of stickers applied, before putting the body shell back on.
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A glimps from the outside.
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The sticker set came with 6 royal shields, but they are very fragile and fiddly to put on, I made a total mess with one already. I shall make another attempt later.
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Post by: scotsoft on June 04, 2015, 05:16:54 pm
I think I could be very comfortable in that coach  :thumbsup:

Note to self: Practice the Royal wave to the minions  >:D

cheers John.
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Post by: 5944 on June 04, 2015, 09:26:14 pm
I've just purchased a Kato C11 2-6-4T. My first Japanese loco, and as was to be expected, it ran superbly. There won't be any photos of it though - it's already been dismantled to provide a chassis for an Atso Cad L1!
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Post by: railsquid on June 05, 2015, 12:07:20 am
E655 from Kato (2)

Interior grade up stickers set for E655.

A set of stickers with simulated fir panels, table tops, arm rest, carpets, wall papers to enhance the interior of the royal carriage.
(...)
The sticker set came with 6 royal shields, but they are very fragile and fiddly to put on, I made a total mess with one already. I shall make another attempt later.
Do Kato do a model Imperial Family for this?  :D
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Post by: railsquid on June 06, 2015, 08:46:42 am
The Thomasland Express:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25691.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25691)

Tomytec, so comes unmotorized, plastic wheels and panto. I have actually seen the prototype (http://www.fujikyu-railway.jp/train/thomas.php) in operation...
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Post by: c6250 on June 06, 2015, 02:52:16 pm
The Thomasland Express:
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25691.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25691[/url])

Tomytec, so comes unmotorized, plastic wheels and panto. I have actually seen the prototype ([url]http://www.fujikyu-railway.jp/train/thomas.php[/url]) in operation...


Do you hv a plan to motorized it? Straight drop in motorized chassis is available.

I did with mine.
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Post by: railsquid on June 06, 2015, 04:54:55 pm
The Thomasland Express:
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25691.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25691[/url])

Tomytec, so comes unmotorized, plastic wheels and panto. I have actually seen the prototype ([url]http://www.fujikyu-railway.jp/train/thomas.php[/url]) in operation...


Do you hv a plan to motorized it? Straight drop in motorized chassis is available.

I did with mine.


Yup, assuming I can still get hold of the right chassis, as availability is very spotty right now and it's hard to get hold of some versions (I believe a new revised range will become available sometime but no idea when).
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Post by: c6250 on June 07, 2015, 04:59:11 am

Yup, assuming I can still get hold of the right chassis, as availability is very spotty right now and it's hard to get hold of some versions (I believe a new revised range will become available sometime but no idea when).

The chassis required is TM-08R (20m type A) The R denotes a revised design, typically a flat hide-below-side-windows weight and (maybe) blackened wheels.
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If they could not be found in shops, perhaps you could try yahoo auction japan.
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Post by: c6250 on June 07, 2015, 05:04:16 pm
DD51 1  diesel locomotive in the original paint scheme

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The first of a new class of diesel locomotive in Japan, debuted in 1962.
The prototype of the class, number 1, distinguished from the rest as having bonnet/cab with rounded corners, a circular head lamps trimming (instead of the square-recessed  headlamp trimming of subsequent models). It was painted brown with white stripes, but later repainted like the rest of its' class, orange-red, grey with white stripes. The DD511 was withdrawn from regular service in 1986. It was then stored in Takasaki Depot from March 1987. In April 1998, it was moved to the Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park and repainted in its original livery of brown with white lining.

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Post by: railsquid on June 22, 2015, 01:47:25 pm
The Thomasland Express:
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25691.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25691[/url])

Tomytec, so comes unmotorized, plastic wheels and panto. I have actually seen the prototype ([url]http://www.fujikyu-railway.jp/train/thomas.php[/url]) in operation...


Do you hv a plan to motorized it? Straight drop in motorized chassis is available.

I did with mine.


Yup, assuming I can still get hold of the right chassis, as availability is very spotty right now and it's hard to get hold of some versions (I believe a new revised range will become available sometime but no idea when).

Bwahaha, found one in one of the 2nd hand shops I frequent. Actually they had a pile of 5 on Friday but were down to two today. Only cost 1620 yen (GBP 8.30-ish) too :D
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on July 25, 2015, 11:28:34 am
The Kanjiyama Line had a recent wind-fall, decided to go into blow-out mode and obtain three (yes, THREE) new railbuses. The first is the result of 'I want me one of them' when they spied the success of the Shikoku 'Shinkansen'.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Bullett%20KiHa_zps4x1ur6h8.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Bullett%20KiHa%201_zpsoqviqrvl.jpg)

This a a Micro Ace model - with a lot of detail. The prototype has a display of model trains inside...look carefully and this model has too!

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/KiHa32_zpso7noj2jf.jpg)

Someone on the board then pointed out that this was all very nice, but some normal trains would be needed, especially for the more lightly used times during the off season. The railway did some digging around and found the perfect candidates in Darkest Germany.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Railbus%202_zpshn9gkpfd.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Railbus%201_zpsi2qm35ii.jpg)

I already had one of these little Tomix railbuses, and they were a really good price. A couple of economical and practical additions to the collection - I'm getting used to this third-sector lark!
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Post by: Lawrence on July 27, 2015, 09:56:43 am
Was at the Cupar show on Saturday and picked up one of these  http://www.osbornsmodels.com/kato-7008-2--dd51-hokutosei-diesel-locomotive-north-star-blue-30993-p.asp (http://www.osbornsmodels.com/kato-7008-2--dd51-hokutosei-diesel-locomotive-north-star-blue-30993-p.asp)
I also bought 2 #6 points and a pack of track adapter sections, all stuff was brand new and boxed, and I bartered the chap down to £60 for the lot  :D
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Post by: railsquid on July 31, 2015, 04:32:56 pm
One for my historical N-gauge collection... an Endou EF57 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNR_Class_EF57) locomotive (2Co-Co2?), evidently in as-new condition (there was a pile of them in the shop). 1978 vintage as far as I can tell. Well, it was only a fiver...
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/20/thumb_27695.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=27695)
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Post by: railsquid on July 31, 2015, 05:04:05 pm
And some more contemporary Swiss flair:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/20/thumb_27696.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=27696)
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on July 31, 2015, 05:18:43 pm
One for my historical N-gauge collection... an Endou EF57 ([url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNR_Class_EF57[/url]) locomotive (2Co-Co2?), evidently in as-new condition (there was a pile of them in the shop). 1978 vintage as far as I can tell. Well, it was only a fiver...
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/20/thumb_27695.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=27695[/url])


Ooh, that's rather nice; although rather disconcerting to see something the same age as yours truely be described as 'vintage'. Still, better than hearing footballers younger than me described as 'veteran'!

That said, its probably in better condition than I am!
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Post by: railsquid on August 01, 2015, 01:03:14 am
Hmm, maybe I can describe these locomotives of a certain maturity as "classic" then :P ? Though that would have to cover some GDR-era Piko locomotives, which have all the elegance and running qualities of a pile of bricks.

If it's any consolation, it's a few years younger than me. If you look carefully, the roof arcs upwards a little, apparently a common problem with this model as some kind of compound metal is used. Quite a heavy and noisy little beast but not bad for its era.
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Post by: c6250 on August 05, 2015, 10:37:09 am
One for my historical N-gauge collection... an Endou EF57 ([url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNR_Class_EF57[/url]) locomotive (2Co-Co2?), evidently in as-new condition (there was a pile of them in the shop). 1978 vintage as far as I can tell. Well, it was only a fiver...
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/20/thumb_27695.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=27695[/url])


Please, please, please, may I have the name and address of that shop?
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Post by: railsquid on August 05, 2015, 11:42:56 am
One for my historical N-gauge collection... an Endou EF57 ([url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNR_Class_EF57[/url]) locomotive (2Co-Co2?), evidently in as-new condition (there was a pile of them in the shop). 1978 vintage as far as I can tell. Well, it was only a fiver...
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/20/thumb_27695.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=27695[/url])


Please, please, please, may I have the name and address of that shop?


Tenshodo Ginza store, junk department on the 4th floor.
http://www.tenshodo.co.jp/models/storeinfo/ginza/tabid/130/Default.aspx (http://www.tenshodo.co.jp/models/storeinfo/ginza/tabid/130/Default.aspx)

Despite being located on some of the most expensive real estate in Japan they have some wonderfully cheap and junky stuff.
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Post by: railsquid on August 20, 2015, 02:17:08 pm
Pseudo-Swiss Japanese EMU going cheep...
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28327.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28327)
Unmotorised of course but the shop next door had the appropriate chassis and other bits for a reasonable price.
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Post by: railsquid on August 22, 2015, 01:53:12 am
So, I went to Japan's largest model railway exhibition and this is all I ended up with...
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28367.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28367)
Didn't find much that tickled my fancy, ooh err, and I am slowly thinking I need to consolidate my current addiction collection and finish the layout to run them on.

From top to bottom, left to right:
- a Kato car carrier
- another Kato car carrier, with some boxy 1970s cars
- a coach, to complete a rake I have
- a MicroAce Deki 500 BoBo electric locomotive (hauls freight on the Chichibu Railway, which is part of the inspiration behind my layout; lovely little runner)
- another car carrier, this time from Tomy (predating the Tomix brand)
- a Tomix container wagon (for my "model railway branded wagon" consist)
- an Oxford Diecast London Taxi
- a German beer wagon (for my beer and supplies train)

So mainly "fun junk"  :D

And some scenic bits:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28368.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28368)
Mainly lighting systems to brighten up the layout.
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Post by: Lawrence on August 23, 2015, 10:19:13 pm
You couldn't see if they have any of the Tomytec taxis next time you are in could you?  I'm after a set similar to these http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10099994 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10099994)  I think there are a couple of sets but they are always sold out.  I'm sure you wont mind a good rummage  ;)
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Post by: railsquid on August 23, 2015, 11:28:43 pm
Those look like they might be a bit rare, I certainly haven't seen them before...
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Post by: Railwaygun on August 24, 2015, 01:03:50 am
One for my historical N-gauge collection... an Endou EF57 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNR_Class_EF57) locomotive (2Co-Co2?), evidently in as-new condition (there was a pile of them in the shop). 1978 vintage as far as I can tell. Well, it was only a fiver...


What really annoys me is the price of the stuff that you find!! I know that the Japanese N scale market is huge ( compared to UK) but the quality and variety makes me very jealous!

UK s/h prices seem to be unrelated to reality and E@@y exacerbates this!

sayonAra

Nick R
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Post by: railsquid on August 24, 2015, 01:26:56 am
One for my historical N-gauge collection... an Endou EF57 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNR_Class_EF57) locomotive (2Co-Co2?), evidently in as-new condition (there was a pile of them in the shop). 1978 vintage as far as I can tell. Well, it was only a fiver...


What really annoys me is the price of the stuff that you find!! I know that the Japanese N scale market is huge ( compared to UK) but the quality and variety makes me very jealous!

UK s/h prices seem to be unrelated to reality and E@@y exacerbates this!

Economies of scale... luckily my storage space is (comparatively) limited so at some point I'll have to stop buying things... anything more than a cubic metre or two of stock will be difficult to hide from the Mrs... (don't worry, I hide the cheap junky stuff with bargain price labels in plain sight  :D )
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Post by: Lawrence on August 24, 2015, 01:23:56 pm
Those look like they might be a bit rare, I certainly haven't seen them before...

Bit like hens teeth I'm afraid  :(
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Post by: railsquid on August 25, 2015, 01:48:11 pm
Meanwhile, something else I'd squirrelled away and forgotten about... This rake of Kato Oha 31 (http://www.katomodels.com/n/oha31kei/) coaches, in exciting brown. Apparently they're a reissue of some of the earliest Kato N gauge models, and as such are comparatively primitive (e.g. bogie-mounted couplings, no electrical pickups for lighting), but at about 3 quid each (new!) I'm not complaining  :D

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28445.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28445)
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Post by: railsquid on September 11, 2015, 04:49:38 pm
After all that brown, time for a British locomotive, methunked.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/18/thumb_28930.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28930)
Err, yes, really. Built in 1923 by North British Locomotives with English Electrics gubbins inside as part of a pilot order for Japan's electrification scheme. 9 of them were delivered around the time of the 1923 Tokyo earthquake and 3 ended up falling into the harbour in Yokohama, and were sent back for rebuilding. Most of them lasted in service into the 1970s, albeit after many rebuilds and with most of the original equipment replaced. This particular example was preserved and was in running order until around 2005.
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Post by: petercharlesfagg on September 12, 2015, 08:58:56 am
Since I have been purchasing bits and pieces, especially freight wagons of Japanese origin, I thought it would be a good idea to have a locomotive to suit.

Therefore just idly browsing the 'net I found just what appealed on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000X6QAD2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000X6QAD2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00)

At £37.85 I just couldn't let it pass!  (Price increased immediately after I had placed my order!)  Should be here by 25th. of September.

Peter.
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Post by: railsquid on September 12, 2015, 10:00:40 am
Some historical context for you: these are in the "Hokutosei" ("polar star") livery, and hauled the eponymous Tokyo-Sapporo sleeper service on the Hokkaido segment. This service was introduced with the opening of the Seikan Tunnel in 1988 (IIRC) between Honshu and Hokkaido, but was discontinued as of last month as the tunnel is being converted for Shinkansen use, and sleeper services are generally running down now anyway (this was the last major loco-hauled service I think).
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Post by: Irish Padre on September 12, 2015, 10:18:18 am
Good choice Peter! DD51s are arguably the iconic JNR diesel. Built to be as fast as a C62 Pacific loco and as powerful as a D51 2-8-2. They might look like large shunting locos to UK observers but are very capable locos. And it will run like a dream!
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Post by: railsquid on September 12, 2015, 01:33:45 pm
Just remember to put the centre bogie on the rails first, then the end ones, it's much easier that way.
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Post by: petercharlesfagg on September 12, 2015, 06:54:57 pm
Ordered a DD51 from Toy Shop Japan Hobbyone via Amazon for £26, they cancelled the order 3 days later stating out of stock (they had 4 at time of ordering), but then re-advertised them at £66+ with the same 4 in stock, now they have 9 in stock at £44.
Have raised the issue with Amazon but no joy yet, my argument is I had an order confirmation so they should honour the order  :censored:

Thank you, this is where I ordered my latest locomotive from, I am now hoping that they honour my order too!

Interesting and perplexing system!

Peter.
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Post by: Lawrence on September 14, 2015, 09:17:53 pm
Hope you get yours Peter, I got no joy from Amazon so I tend to order from http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/rail/ (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/rail/) totally trustworthy.
I recently picked up that loco at a show, I did bargain the chap down and got a very low price and it is a lovely runner so don't give up on getting one.
Railsquid - I am indebted to you for your insight, guess I need to pick up a sleeper car set now  ::)
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on September 14, 2015, 09:21:49 pm
Two TINGS arrivals...

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_6827_zps7znvdhib.jpg)
A DD16 snow plough from Modellbahn Union

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Imperial%20TRain_zpsjqmhxmfp.jpg)
A really special find. This is an E655 Imperial train - complete with the additional Emperor's saloon. A stunning train, and one which drew a lot of attention.
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Post by: Irish Padre on September 14, 2015, 09:26:12 pm
Yes, I'd second Lawrence on 1999. Another good Japanese retailer is Model Train Plus. The bloke who runs it is really good and offers some absolute bargains. Even after paying the VAT it's amazing value. You can pick up a brand new loco inclusive of postage and VAT for under £40. In fact, check out ...http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei (http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei)
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Post by: Lawrence on September 14, 2015, 09:40:38 pm
Yes, I'd second Lawrence on 1999. Another good Japanese retailer is Model Train Plus. The bloke who runs it is really good and offers some absolute bargains. Even after paying the VAT it's amazing value. You can pick up a brand new loco inclusive of postage and VAT for under £40. In fact, check out ...[url]http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei[/url] ([url]http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei[/url])


Now that is a bargain, Peter.....PETER!!!
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Post by: Irish Padre on September 14, 2015, 09:44:39 pm
Browse the site  - it's wonderful!! The only complaint I have about this site is that he has so many locos at such good prices, it's very hard to exercise self-control!!
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Post by: railsquid on September 14, 2015, 10:56:14 pm
Yes, I'd second Lawrence on 1999. Another good Japanese retailer is Model Train Plus. The bloke who runs it is really good and offers some absolute bargains. Even after paying the VAT it's amazing value. You can pick up a brand new loco inclusive of postage and VAT for under £40. In fact, check out ...[url]http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei[/url] ([url]http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei[/url])

Both of these retailers are well-regarded on the Japan-orientated JNS Forum (http://www.jnsforum.com/community/) and used by a lot of people there who live outside of Japan.
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Post by: Railwaygun on September 14, 2015, 11:07:05 pm
I picked up this ED459 from Modellbahn Union / DM Toys stand at Tings

£15 for the loco body/ model and £30 for the motor unit

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

I've discovered that Photos has an " Australian viewing setting"!

Nick R
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Post by: petercharlesfagg on September 15, 2015, 08:27:39 am
Yes, I'd second Lawrence on 1999. Another good Japanese retailer is Model Train Plus. The bloke who runs it is really good and offers some absolute bargains. Even after paying the VAT it's amazing value. You can pick up a brand new loco inclusive of postage and VAT for under £40. In fact, check out ...[url]http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei[/url] ([url]http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei[/url])


Now that is a bargain, Peter.....PETER!!!


Thank you, YES, it is a bargain but I have to wait, agonizingly, until Wednesday to see if they accept my money and dispatch the loco!!! :uneasy:

Peter.
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Post by: railsquid on September 20, 2015, 01:31:23 pm
10% discount on already discounted prices... aargh... all 2nd-hand but as-new.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/17/thumb_29517.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29517)

The red boxes contain a little permanent-way kind of train; the locomotive, incredibly, is powered, though it zips off at unrealistically high speed and is prone to stalling on points. Here it is being towered over by a Class 04:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/17/thumb_29518.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29518)
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Post by: Irish Padre on September 20, 2015, 01:48:30 pm
Looks like a great haul! Is that an EF57 in there too?
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Post by: railsquid on September 20, 2015, 02:13:18 pm
Looks like a great haul! Is that an EF57 in there too?
Two, actually :D . One from Kato and one from MicroAce. I have developed a slight obsession with older Japanese electric locos. Interestingly the old Endo model I bought a couple of pages back stands up quite well against these much more recent versions; I'll post comparisons when I get round to it.
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Post by: Irish Padre on September 20, 2015, 02:59:33 pm
I know what you mean ! I've got a few brown electrics too, plus an EF58 in early blue. There's just something about them......
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Post by: petercharlesfagg on September 20, 2015, 03:33:08 pm
Yes, I'd second Lawrence on 1999. Another good Japanese retailer is Model Train Plus. The bloke who runs it is really good and offers some absolute bargains. Even after paying the VAT it's amazing value. You can pick up a brand new loco inclusive of postage and VAT for under £40. In fact, check out ...[url]http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei[/url] ([url]http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei[/url])


Now that is a bargain, Peter.....PETER!!!


Thank you, YES, it is a bargain but I have to wait, agonizingly, until Wednesday to see if they accept my money and dispatch the loco!!! :uneasy:

Peter.


I have been informed that it is on it's way here only 3 weeks to wait!

From that other company I have ordered a Shiki or Siki 1000 freight wagon as an extra Japanese wagon so the locomotive doesn't feel lonely!

Peter.
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Post by: railsquid on September 20, 2015, 03:56:22 pm
From that other company I have ordered a Shiki or Siki 1000 freight wagon as an extra Japanese wagon so the locomotive doesn't feel lonely!
FWIW the correct pronunciation is "shiki", but "siki" is a valid way of writing it.

Japanese is a syllable-orientated language, so there's no letter "k" per-se, rather "k" combined with vowels, i.e. "ka-ki-ku-ke-ko" (in that order). The same applies to "s", i.e. there's "sa-si-su-se-so", but for obscure reasons "si" is actually pronounced "shi" and it's borderline impossible to say "si" (like the Spanish word for "yes") in Japanese. However the logic dictates that it could be written "si", hence the different spellings. If you see what I mean.
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Post by: petercharlesfagg on September 20, 2015, 04:02:54 pm
From that other company I have ordered a Shiki or Siki 1000 freight wagon as an extra Japanese wagon so the locomotive doesn't feel lonely!
FWIW the correct pronunciation is "shiki", but "siki" is a valid way of writing it.

Japanese is a syllable-orientated language, so there's no letter "k" per-se, rather "k" combined with vowels, i.e. "ka-ki-ku-ke-ko" (in that order). The same applies to "s", i.e. there's "sa-si-su-se-so", but for obscure reasons "si" is actually pronounced "shi" and it's borderline impossible to say "si" (like the Spanish word for "yes") in Japanese. However the logic dictates that it could be written "si", hence the different spellings. If you see what I mean.

Thank you for the explanation of the Japanese language, perhaps I can do the same for you one day?  I doubt very much that I will EVER have to use the language top speak to anyone! :D

Thanks but what about the wagon?
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Post by: railsquid on September 20, 2015, 04:16:24 pm
From that other company I have ordered a Shiki or Siki 1000 freight wagon as an extra Japanese wagon so the locomotive doesn't feel lonely!
FWIW the correct pronunciation is "shiki", but "siki" is a valid way of writing it.

Japanese is a syllable-orientated language, so there's no letter "k" per-se, rather "k" combined with vowels, i.e. "ka-ki-ku-ke-ko" (in that order). The same applies to "s", i.e. there's "sa-si-su-se-so", but for obscure reasons "si" is actually pronounced "shi" and it's borderline impossible to say "si" (like the Spanish word for "yes") in Japanese. However the logic dictates that it could be written "si", hence the different spellings. If you see what I mean.

Thank you for the explanation of the Japanese language, perhaps I can do the same for you one day?  I doubt very much that I will EVER have to use the language top speak to anyone! :D

Thanks but what about the wagon?

The German and Japanese taxpayers kindly enabled me to spend much time learning Japanese, so happy to spread any knowledge...

Anyway I'm not really a wagon person (I have some kokis, wamus and takis, and that's as much as I know) and had to look it up... some kind of low-loader wagon (https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%9B%BD%E9%89%84%E3%82%B7%E3%82%AD1000%E5%BD%A2%E8%B2%A8%E8%BB%8A#/media/File:JRF_Siki1002.JPG) (well wagon?).
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Post by: petercharlesfagg on September 22, 2015, 06:29:17 pm
Well you could have knocked me down with a feather!

Only 5 days from ordering from Japan to my door!  Better than Hattons!

The wagon that I ordered from Model Train Plus has arrived well before I expected it to do so!

It comes with 2 kits for transformers but I do not want them so am substituting them with pieces I have as loads from elsewhere.

This is the newest wagon:-

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Then there was the selfsame wagon at Modelbahnunion at TINGS for only £12.70 which of course I couldn't refuse, could I?

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

I am only testing with the gear wheel, it is actually for OO, does it work or is it too big?

Then the third wagon I bought from an English supplier but I will not tell you how much I paid!  It was before I shopped around for cheaper suppliers and it was grossly overpriced!

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This time I am trying an OO propellor, does it work or is it oversized again?

Regards, Peter.
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Post by: Irish Padre on September 22, 2015, 06:33:52 pm
I knew you'd like Model Train Plus, Peter! I think you could just about get away with loads 2 and 3, big but I've seen photos of similar. Load 1 would definitely foul a few bridges and platforms though!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: petercharlesfagg on September 22, 2015, 06:44:43 pm
I knew you'd like Model Train Plus, Peter! I think you could just about get away with loads 2 and 3, big but I've seen photos of similar. Load 1 would definitely foul a few bridges and platforms though!

Thank you, load 1 wouldn't foul anything on my layout!  No bridges, no platforms not even a tunnel, yet! :D

Peter.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: petercharlesfagg on September 29, 2015, 06:37:10 pm
Yes, I'd second Lawrence on 1999. Another good Japanese retailer is Model Train Plus. The bloke who runs it is really good and offers some absolute bargains. Even after paying the VAT it's amazing value. You can pick up a brand new loco inclusive of postage and VAT for under £40. In fact, check out ...[url]http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei[/url] ([url]http://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/n-scale-diesel-locomotive-new/products/kato-7008-2-diesel-locomotive-dd51-late-model-hokutosei[/url])

Now that is a bargain, Peter.....PETER!!!


Thank you, YES, it is a bargain but I have to wait, agonizingly, until Wednesday to see if they accept my money and dispatch the loco!!! :uneasy:

Peter.


I have been informed that it is on it's way here only 3 weeks to wait!

From that other company I have ordered a Shiki or Siki 1000 freight wagon as an extra Japanese wagon so the locomotive doesn't feel lonely!

Peter.


Locomotive received today and it worked ever so efficiently straight from the box, I was amazed at the response that it moved at only 10% on my Gaugemaster controller whereas my new Dapol has to have at least 30-40% to even move!

I am disappointed by only one thing, the central bogie WILL NOT traverse Code 80 long radius points!  Curves, crossings etc. no problem just the points! 

Our friend Malc had warned me after I had ordered the loco that this might be the case, now I will have to put up with NOT using the centre bogie.

Regards, Peter
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: c6250 on October 01, 2015, 01:57:56 pm


I am disappointed by only one thing, the central bogie WILL NOT traverse Code 80 long radius points!  Curves, crossings etc. no problem just the points! 

Our friend Malc had warned me after I had ordered the loco that this might be the case, now I will have to put up with NOT using the centre bogie.

Regards, Peter


Would a change of wheel-sets cure the problem?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: petercharlesfagg on October 01, 2015, 05:52:23 pm
Would a change of wheel-sets cure the problem?

Interesting idea but it is a brand new locomotive and with a world-wide market I would have thought that it should be capable of traversing anything?

Then again, change the wheels to what, I have no idea?

Peter.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Lawrence on October 01, 2015, 08:03:55 pm
Peter, I have no answers for you really, never had an issue with Japanese locos, then again I don't have the long point you mention.  I wonder if a little temporary weight on the centre bogie might help as they can tend to 'float' a little
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Post by: railsquid on October 01, 2015, 11:33:52 pm
Might be worth asking on the JNS forum: http://www.jnsforum.com/community/ (http://www.jnsforum.com/community/) as there are a lot of overseas users of Japanese stuff there.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Railwaygun on October 02, 2015, 09:42:55 am
Would a change of wheel-sets cure the problem?

Interesting idea but it is a brand new locomotive and with a world-wide market I would have thought that it should be capable of traversing anything?

Then again, change the wheels to what, I have no idea?

Peter.

its actually built for the Japanese market( worlds largest) where Code 80 long radius points are as rare as Cornish Pasties!

a small piece of lead on the central bogie may help. Mine has no problems on Kato track ( surprise!)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on October 02, 2015, 09:47:29 am
its actually built for the Japanese market( worlds largest) where Code 80 long radius points are as rare as Cornish Pasties!
"The Aldgate" in Tokyo's Shibuya district does an OK Cornish Pastie, and Poppondetta in the Shinjuku Keio department store has some Peco points in their 2nd hand box.  :D So yeah, pretty hard to find unless you know what you're looking for ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: c6250 on October 03, 2015, 03:46:50 pm

Interesting idea but it is a brand new locomotive and with a world-wide market I would have thought that it should be capable of traversing anything?

Then again, change the wheels to what, I have no idea?

Peter.

I would start looking for a coach/wagon from the collection which could traverse the points without any problem. Strip the wheel-with-the-axle of that wagon, and try fitting those wheel sets to the centre bogie of the engine and see if it runs without the same problem. It it turns out OK, buy extra sets of wheels from the same manufacturer.

If the problem persists, then it's less a matter with the wheel standards.

Is the centre bogie spring loaded as it came?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: petercharlesfagg on October 03, 2015, 06:29:34 pm
I would start looking for a coach/wagon from the collection which could traverse the points without any problem. Strip the wheel-with-the-axle of that wagon, and try fitting those wheel sets to the centre bogie of the engine and see if it runs without the same problem. It it turns out OK, buy extra sets of wheels from the same manufacturer.

If the problem persists, then it's less a matter with the wheel standards.

Is the centre bogie spring loaded as it came?

Thank you for your reply.

Yes, the bogie IS spring loaded and I tried increasing the loading with a thin washer but it tended to lift the locomotive drive bogies!

Our friend "railwaygun" has suggested a small weight and since I have some weighting material with a sticky backing, I will try that next.

Failing that I might take the suggestion from another of our friends and merely remove the bogie but of course that doesn't improve the overall look?

Thank you again for your suggestions, Peter.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Railwaygun on October 03, 2015, 07:33:20 pm
also try removing the spring??
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: c6250 on October 04, 2015, 06:54:08 am
Does the design for the attachment of the central bogie allow enough lateral movement for the bogie?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on November 03, 2015, 05:24:18 am
Obscure EMU, an aluminium-bodied 301 series (based on the ubiquitous 103 series) built by JR for through-working on the Tokyo Metro Tozai line, in service ca. 1966 - 2003. Cheap as chips from Yahoo Auctions :D.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/14/thumb_31286.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31286)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on November 14, 2015, 11:49:08 pm
Kato Kumoni 13 electric railcar converted for local freight operations (newspaper transport etc.).
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/13/thumb_31829.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31829)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Bealman on November 14, 2015, 11:53:25 pm
Got a bit of character to it, that one!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Webbo on November 15, 2015, 02:07:27 am
I very much like the look of the coaches shown in the last two Squidposts especially the railcar. Could see myself getting into the Japanese prototype from what I've seen of it on this forum and elsewhere, but must resist the temptation.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on November 15, 2015, 02:49:10 am
It's addictive, and worryingly cheap. The above vehicle set me back the equivalent of a whole 25 quid, new at normal-ish retail price. Front and rear lights too, and being Kato it Just Works.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Webbo on November 15, 2015, 02:55:10 am
Worryingly cheap because the Japanese discard railway gear like they do their cars after a couple of years? A Kato from Katoland - yes I would expect it to work well.

Webbo
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on November 15, 2015, 03:26:51 am
I meant "worryingly" as in worrying for my wallet. Despite the price it's excellent quality and with the usual care should provide many years of entertainment for all the family.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on December 20, 2015, 12:55:50 pm
An impulse purchase from Yahoo Japan Auctions - this older style of Tokyo tram by Modemo was going cheap:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33072.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33072)
Stupidly I didn't notice until after winning that the reason for the cheapness was that it was advertised as "junk", i.e. the additional bits like pantograph were missing. However while tidying up last night I noticed something moving around inside the box, and after taking the padding out, lo-and-behold: pantograph and an unused sheet of decals.

Being an older Modemo design, there's no attempt to hide the motor unit, but it's an excellent little runner which despite the short wheelbase handles points smoothly even at prototypical-esque low speeds.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Bealman on December 20, 2015, 01:18:05 pm
Looks really cool to me, especially after you have found the missing bits.

The motor blocking out the interior of N scale models is something that has never really bothered me if they run alright.  :beers:

George
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on January 18, 2016, 01:34:56 pm
Kato Kumoha 12 (passenger version of the Kumoha 13 shown a few posts above)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34423.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34423)
Being a modern Kato unit the motor is below window height.
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Post by: railsquid on January 24, 2016, 07:26:08 am
M'lud, in my defence it was my birthday recently, also I was reading up on Japanese pilot-scheme era diesels, and there it was, beckoning to me seductively.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_34716.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34716)

(Also it cost less than 30 quid in as-new condition).
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Post by: Bealman on January 24, 2016, 08:10:11 am
I'll bet it runs like a dream.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: railsquid on January 24, 2016, 08:25:50 am
It's from Microace, who are responsible for the one true duff Japanese loco I have, and who are not quite up to Kato standards, it runs fine if a little growly, but hey it's a diesel  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on January 28, 2016, 03:37:24 pm
So, among my many other vices is an interest in Japanese "pilot scheme" diesels. Japan is maybe a bit unusual in that it went down the electrification route quite early, but there was a realisation post-war that these kettly things were maybe not the non-plus-ultra for lines it was not yet economical to electrify, resulting in some experimentation with heavy diseasals. The previous purchase was an example of the diesel-electric genre; this:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_34868.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34868)
is a hydraulic, apparently inspired by the Bundesbahn V160 (BR 216) and used technology licensed from Germany;also, if the Japanese Wikipedia article (http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%9B%BD%E9%89%84DD54%E5%BD%A2%E3%83%87%E3%82%A3%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BC%E3%83%AB%E6%A9%9F%E9%96%A2%E8%BB%8A) is to be believed, the apparent success of hydraulics in Britain encouraged adoption of this technology in Japan. Unfortunately it seems this particular design didn't fare very well and lasted less than two decades in service, but it's a nice bright red-orange colour with an unusual Bo-1-Bo configuration and an Anglo-German connection which in 2nd-hand "as new" condition made this Squid approximately GBP 15 poorer. OK, it's an older Tomix design which is not exactly super-detailed, but at that price who can complain? Also it smells ever so slightly of tatami mats, presumably because the previous owner had stored it for many years in a tatami-fitted room, but this is Japan after all...

Eagle-eyed observers may also notice the presence of indentations in the body - these are for fitting of number plates, a selection of which are provided with the loco; I'll have to investigate and choose a reasonably auspicious one.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on January 28, 2016, 04:31:56 pm
 :hellosign: very nice Railsquid, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on February 05, 2016, 09:44:32 am
Can't have too many 2-Co-Co-2 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNR_Class_EF58)s IMHO, especially not in this rather handsome livery.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35073.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35073)
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Post by: Railwaygun on February 06, 2016, 06:45:07 pm
Does anyone know a source of the KAto Imperial set (+add-on car) in UK ( or abroad)??

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on February 06, 2016, 11:25:51 pm
Does anyone know a source of the KAto Imperial set (+add-on car) in UK ( or abroad)??

Try http://www.modeltrainplus.net/ (http://www.modeltrainplus.net/) maybe? Japan-based but export-orientated, comes highly recommended.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on February 29, 2016, 08:59:28 pm
i thought i would share my current Kato Sets

100 Series Grand Hikari (my first ever Kato purchase from Model Rail scotland about 15 years ago, still running strong)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZUpy5sM.jpg)

500 Series Nozomi (waiting on the additional 4 car set to arrive from japan)

(http://i.imgur.com/tLYXHAL.jpg)

700 Series Nozomi (waiting on the 4 car expansion to arrive)

(http://i.imgur.com/Td8PJev.jpg)

E5 Hayabusa  (Purchased this at Model Rail Scotland at the weekend and waiting on the 4 car expansion to arrive)

(http://i.imgur.com/pcgQuyW.jpg)

not japanese i know but also the Eurostar set

(http://i.imgur.com/QteMCqC.jpg)


i am also awaiting delivery of the following and will post pictures when they arrive

E6 super komachi (7 car set)
Dr Yellow 700 Series (7 car set)
E4 max (4 car set)
Grand Hikari 8 car addon set
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on February 29, 2016, 10:08:07 pm
 :welcomesign:

Point of detail: the Kato "Grand Hikari" is a 100 series.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on February 29, 2016, 10:29:34 pm
oops i keep getting the 100 and 200 mixed up
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 01, 2016, 11:06:11 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for sharing Spark86, all very nice
regards Derek.
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 02, 2016, 12:05:33 am
Ooh, somebody has a nice selection of Bullets there (plus the honorary bullet!). Do you have somewhere to run them? I seem to have collected a few full-length sets over the years. Nice, but when your layout is an 8' end-to-end,  they don't tend to get to cover much distance!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on March 02, 2016, 08:20:22 pm
thank you, i have purchased a ton of track, but part of the reason i joined here is i am in the planning phase of making my first full layout and as the pictures suggest i am going Japanese on this layout, i have been going to model rail shows for about 20 years and i have only ever seen only a couple of Japanese N-Gauge layouts, most of them i see are either classic uk, German or USA. its something that boggles my mind as some of the Japanese layouts are phenomenal.

i have just worked it out and i will have 6 full length shinkansens (3 nozomi length ones) and standard E4 and the paired E5/E6 length shinkansens. i have seen longer Dr yellow trainsets done in N-gauge however the real train is only 7 cars long.

i do have plans to modify the doctor yellow to also perform track cleaning(modifying one of the cars) as i think that will be pretty apt for its role and have seen versions done before.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 02, 2016, 10:22:20 pm
... i have been going to model rail shows for about 20 years and i have only ever seen only a couple of Japanese N-Gauge layouts, most of them i see are either classic uk, German or USA. its something that boggles my mind as some of the Japanese layouts are phenomenal.


There are probably less the ten in the UK on the circuit at present, although I know that two have recently changed hands and are planned to hit the shows again. Our club used to have a large (16' x 3') Japanese layout, but this was sold on and subsequently converted to UK outline a couple of years ago.

Any new additions can only be a good thing - especially if they include Bullets!  :)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on March 05, 2016, 07:54:21 pm
another addition to my collection (the 4 car expansion is also on its way too)

(http://i.imgur.com/S0ROuIM.jpg)
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Post by: railsquid on March 09, 2016, 12:30:41 pm
Another EF58 arrives. About 15 quid, unboxed, in excellent condition.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36480.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36480)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on March 10, 2016, 05:30:27 pm
my latest addition a full 16 car 300 series Nozomi Shinkansen


(http://i.imgur.com/rnDKzwl.jpg)

i have to say its not as nice as Kato the couplings seem cheap and prone to easy disconnect over the kato couplings there is also the small issue that it appears it has the later 700esk series pantographs and not the origional 300 series one
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on March 10, 2016, 10:00:53 pm
300 series next to my 100 Grand Hikari

(http://i.imgur.com/2nxs0zN.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 13, 2016, 09:39:58 pm
 :hellosign: very nice thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on March 15, 2016, 06:21:07 am
Some vintage electric traction:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36722.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36722)
Well, the model itself must be nigh upon 20 years old, couple of minor issues but it was dirt cheap. The real units (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/253_series) have already been withdrawn from service.
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 15, 2016, 07:43:01 am
I likes a bit of Narita action I does... In my opinion the 253 is a very smart looking train.

Is it a Kato or Tomix model?
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Bealman on March 15, 2016, 07:47:47 am
Love the blue'un and even the last one, Squiddy - not sure about those sleek white ones though  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on March 15, 2016, 07:58:54 am
I likes a bit of Narita action I does... In my opinion the 253 is a very smart looking train.

Is it a Kato or Tomix model?
Tomix. Not sure if it's any better or worse than the Kato one, but looks OK to me and runs well. They also also seem to be hard to come by, from either manufacturer, at least in the original NEX livery.

Love the blue'un and even the last one, Squiddy - not sure about those sleek white ones though  :hmmm:
Can't please all of the people all of the time ;)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on March 15, 2016, 02:24:06 pm
If it's any consolation, I do limit my acquisition of sleek white ones to historical models now out of service, and I saw these a lot during my time in Japan. Incredibly, despite being sleek and modern looking, they lasted in service for less than 20 years before being replaced by even sleeker white ones.

A bit of investigation turns up this comparison between Kato and Tomix versions (http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~toyoyasu/ec253.htm), seems it was one of the first of a new generation of better quality/more detailed Tomix models. Certainly doesn't feel like it's almost 20 years old...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on March 15, 2016, 06:05:32 pm
i love the NEX i use to love traveling on it from Narita to Yokohama then on Keikyū line to my home in Otsu thats going back about 16 years now but still an incredible train and much nicer than the ones we have back in blighty i do plan on adding both the 253 NEX and the Keikyū 2100 series to my collection at some point

on another note speaking of historical models out of service this little bundle of joy arrived from italy today  :D

(http://i.imgur.com/tgbAtnj.jpg)
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Post by: Webbo on March 15, 2016, 08:27:53 pm
The bullet trains that you guys are showing look terrific. I'd get one myself, but my track has a speed limit of 100 kph I'm afraid.

Webbo
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Post by: cornish yorkie on March 16, 2016, 10:54:25 pm
 :hellosign: Railsquid & Sparky, all very very nice thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 16, 2016, 11:23:14 pm
If it's any consolation, I do limit my acquisition of sleek white ones to historical models now out of service, and I saw these a lot during my time in Japan. Incredibly, despite being sleek and modern looking, they lasted in service for less than 20 years before being replaced by even sleeker white ones.

A bit of investigation turns up this comparison between Kato and Tomix versions ([url]http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~toyoyasu/ec253.htm[/url]), seems it was one of the first of a new generation of better quality/more detailed Tomix models. Certainly doesn't feel like it's almost 20 years old...


I did try to limit my Shinkansen habit to the Tokaido line (0, 100, 300 etc.), but then travelled on the Hokuriku Shinkansen between Nagano and Tokyo. Duly an E2 and E7 turned up. Pity really, a full 16 car set is about the same length of the layout!

There has been some discussion about Kato vs Tomix. For me, it has taken Tomix a while to shake off a suspect reputation (I have an old DE10, which is a total stinker, and now lives in the stock drawer). However models like their class 115 EMU are streets ahead of the Kato version, and their C57 steam loco is an absolute work of art.
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Post by: Arrachogaidh on March 16, 2016, 11:45:03 pm
Getting this delivered as a kit in due course. May well get it done in NR Yellow.

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on March 16, 2016, 11:55:02 pm
There has been some discussion about Kato vs Tomix. For me, it has taken Tomix a while to shake off a suspect reputation (I have an old DE10, which is a total stinker, and now lives in the stock drawer). However models like their class 115 EMU are streets ahead of the Kato version, and their C57 steam loco is an absolute work of art.
Yes, my first few Tomix acquisitions were very nice (very happy with the Kiha 53 for example), but there still seem to be some models around derived from older designs like the EF64, at least the one I bought, which is at best lacklustre. The DD51 I bought relatively early on also seems to have deteriorated. OTOH some random 2nd hand junk acquisitions have proved remarkably resilient.
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 17, 2016, 07:31:48 am
Getting this delivered as a kit in due course. May well get it done in NR Yellow.

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

I have heard a lot of good things about World Kogei kits. Will be interested to see how you get on with it.
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Post by: sparky86 on March 19, 2016, 06:39:59 pm
my E6 arrived today, now i know why its called the mini shinkansen, so i put it together with the ones i have (that have arrived)

(http://i.imgur.com/texsy1e.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/11HZeIR.jpg)

to go over them

0 Series - Full 16 car set
100 Series - Full 16 car set
300 Series - Full 16 car set
500 series - Full 16 car set
700 series - 8 car set
E4 - Full 8 car set
E5 - 6 car set
E6 - Full 7 car set

currently i have the following on order

Dr Yellow - Full 7 car set
800 Series Full 6 car set
E2 - 6 car set
E7 - Full 12 car set
N700A - 8 car set

and that will complete my shinkansen sets and then i can focus on local trains
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Post by: cornish yorkie on March 22, 2016, 04:22:06 pm
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:  very very  nice thanks for sharing
regards Derek,
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 26, 2016, 10:05:55 pm
I have been eyeing up the rather extensive range of Iida line units available from Kato. I have a couple of the more modern (by no means up-to-date) class 119 EMUs, but their predecessors on the line - various units of 1930s vintage in their smart blue and cream livery - really do it for me. This is the three car KUMOHA 42 and KUHAYUNI 56 set.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20160324_220148_zpszaopolhn.jpg)

I think this could be the start of a new obsession!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on March 26, 2016, 10:53:46 pm
Yes, they are kind of nice. I have a couple of motorized Tomytec sets of similar style (can't recall the exact class numbers offhand) from the Minobu line, another countryside recpient of big-city cast-offs.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34149.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34149)
Part of the attraction is that they're a bit of a dog's dinner of various classes running together.
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Post by: railsquid on April 05, 2016, 08:37:48 am
They're breeding...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37698.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37698)
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Post by: sparky86 on April 14, 2016, 09:17:45 pm
new addition to my collection :)

i had to buy this as my parents bought me the HO version of the front car in a shop under Hakata station Fukuoka (my first ever train)

(http://i.imgur.com/sBndyN7.jpg)
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Post by: cornish yorkie on April 16, 2016, 11:39:07 pm
 :hellosign: very. Very nice, thanks  for sharing
regards Derek
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Post by: Bealman on April 16, 2016, 11:46:19 pm
An amazing looking beastie.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: railsquid on April 23, 2016, 03:24:42 pm
Things are hopping along nicely with this small rake of Hoki-10000 hoppers (which I believe carry crushed stone for further processing into cement), which would be hauled by the blue loco on a line not too far from Chez Squid and from which the layout is partially inspired.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/2/thumb_38621.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38621)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on May 05, 2016, 11:28:13 pm
Added a few more to my collection
(http://i.imgur.com/uN5aQLN.jpg)

Still awaiting deliver of the following (gauge master seem to take their time, waiting 2 months so far on the following)

E7 12 car
N700a Nozomi 16 car
E655 full set
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on May 06, 2016, 08:19:44 am
I'm afraid I don't bother with ordering from them any longer. It takes months, and sometimes never, for the items to arrive.

All I can suggest is you keep on their case about it.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on May 09, 2016, 10:16:02 pm
im pretty much chasing them up weekly at the moment

all i can say about gauge master is if they have it in stock they are worth going to, if not go else where as their site doesnt show you past orders or anyway to track it

latest update this morning on my E7 N700a and E655

maybe up to 6 months until it arrives

at that point i let them know i ordered the N700a 8 car add on pack from japan last Friday, it arrived this morning
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on May 19, 2016, 11:36:17 am
Not N gauge but the latest addition to the Japanese fleet:

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-train.jpg)

Built-in sound effects too  :beers:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on June 03, 2016, 09:24:03 pm
my newest additions,
the twins
series 251 super view odoriko - New paint theme - 10 car set
series 251 super view odoriko - Old paint theme - 10 car set

and the first non JR kato train i own

Keikyu Type 2100 Series also known as the singing train this was the train i took on my daily commute to Yokohama when i lived in japan

(http://i.imgur.com/PnqKefh.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/DdOaHtu.jpg)
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Post by: cornish yorkie on June 04, 2016, 02:11:31 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for posting, very nice fleet you are collecting
regards Derek.
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Post by: railsquid on June 11, 2016, 02:03:07 am
Not exactly new locomotive or rolling stock, but some after-market stanchions for my EF58s, which were 2nd hand and missing them:
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7121/27515783701_0e1f545491_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HVtzRP)
ef58-stanchions (https://flic.kr/p/HVtzRP) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

An EF58 with missing stanchions, for those taking notes (they go on either side of the beam just behind the coupler):
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/2/1603/24829976285_9863e9bace_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DQ97Tp)
Kato EF58 (https://flic.kr/p/DQ97Tp) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on June 12, 2016, 12:20:32 am
Well, after spending some time looking for the 0.5mm holes which should exist, it turns out the particular models I have never had the stanchions in those liveries.

Ah well, guess I'll have to find another EF58...
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Railwaygun on August 13, 2016, 09:04:06 pm
Nagomi Imperial train (Kato) with extra Imperial car


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/941-130816205602.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42931)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/941-130816205642.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42932)




(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/941-130816205738.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42933)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/941-130816205952.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42934)

the real thing
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/941-130816210301.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42935)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/941-130816210330.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42936)
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on August 13, 2016, 10:10:50 pm
A very handsome model. I'm sure you will enjoy very much!
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Railwaygun on August 14, 2016, 08:11:29 am
Imperial Train in its full nocturnal glory!



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Post by: Webbo on August 14, 2016, 09:22:08 am
Beautiful model!

Webbo
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Post by: cornish yorkie on August 14, 2016, 01:35:22 pm
 :hellosign: Looking very nice thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
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Post by: msr on August 16, 2016, 10:07:19 am
Here is the amazing new snowplough from Micro Ace. It is a model of the JNR KI908 Mackley Snowplough. It is in the Micro Ace catalogue as number A0326.

First two shots of the snowplough ready to run:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/231-160816095506.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/231-160816095525.jpeg)

Next a view of the plough unit extended (note the pistons beneath the cab which are now at full reach) and the ploughs set pointing outwards ready to push snow out of the permanent way. Note the coupling bar which is resting on the ballast - this is for connecting to the snow blower unit but can be clipped up if you prefer. 

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/231-160816095541.jpeg)

Two views of the unit from above with the forward roof removed (it simply clips in place with three lugs) to show the intricate pipe work.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/231-160816095554.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/231-160816095608.jpeg)
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Post by: railsquid on August 21, 2016, 12:19:11 am
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7783/29107353135_10afeb24ae_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Lm7N18)
tomix-kiha-10 (https://flic.kr/p/Lm7N18) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr


Tomix JNR Kiha10 diesel railcar, first mass-produced vehicle of this type in Japan.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Bealman on August 21, 2016, 12:42:21 am
That snowplough is certainly an interesting model!  :thumbsup:

so the Japanese were into blood and custard as well then  :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on September 18, 2016, 02:27:31 pm
Quite a common JNR livery on semifast/express railcars and multiple units, still around in places today if you know where to look.

Meanwhile something more modern from Kato, albeit a class already withdrawn from the original Narita (Airport) Express service:
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8444/29725282446_fbda041f5f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MhHQRL)
Kato 253 Series Narita Express (https://flic.kr/p/MhHQRL) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
Another sight-unseen Yahoo Auction purchase at a "would be rude to ignore" price a while back, tragically when I tried running it, the motor sounded like a bag of spanners and I put it away pending further attention. Which was a pity, as despite the model verifiably dating from 1991, it's in excellent condition and utterly unblemished, even all the paperwork and accessory bits present.

Anyway I got it out earlier and don't ask me how but it seems the spanner bag was removed by the fairies and it runs fine, a little growl at lower speeds but nothing abnormal. As an added bonus I noticed it's kitted out with interior lighting  :D
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on October 04, 2016, 04:08:00 pm
Curses, this modern stuff is getting addictive. A 21st century Bo-Bo-Bo-Bo freight loco from Kato:
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5832/30031216695_1caed03656_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MKKQsc)
Kato EH200 (https://flic.kr/p/MKKQsc) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

I've seen a few of these recently in the west of Tokyo, kind of growing on me.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on October 04, 2016, 06:29:59 pm
There's nothing wrong with a bit of EH200. I am rather fond of them (an essential component of my previous layout). Now time to hunt down that rake of Taki.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on October 06, 2016, 10:44:22 am
Indeed, but first more passenger stock, in the form of this olde-style 72/73 series EMU from Tomix:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8272/29518647504_3160b33809_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LYsMum)
tomix-92067-72-73-emu (https://flic.kr/p/LYsMum) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

representing the first generation of post-war new-build EMUs, though some were converted from wartime 63-series EMUs - I suspect this model might represent one of those given the window style. Anyway as far as I can establish the model itself was made around 1996 and is in perfect condition.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on October 06, 2016, 04:35:53 pm
More modern protoype (ED75, in production 1963 ~ 1976), older model (1979, from an obscure company called Eidai who went bankrupt after a year):

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8614/29523847783_65e8eca576_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LYVrmk)
eidai-ed75 (https://flic.kr/p/LYVrmk) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr


For a model from 1979 it's pretty damn good, probably why the company went bankrupt, moreover is in as-new condition, motor a trifle noisy but it only cost the local equivalent of peanuts.
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Post by: TheMetropolitanline on November 06, 2016, 12:23:30 pm
Microace 0 shinkansen with sound added, plus kato 10-1288
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqa3pphd-c0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqa3pphd-c0)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqaxHPg3u_A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqaxHPg3u_A)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37qXDS4_dhs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37qXDS4_dhs)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: wooster on November 09, 2016, 10:34:32 am
Hello! A little bit of my JapaNscale  :) Not clearly "latest" for today - arrived me at spring, "when sakura was blooming" (apple tree in real  :D) and summer - but new for my first post on this tread.
New amazing C12 and C50 from Kato turn my view to the steam era of 1930-50's Japan. Having not yet the  layout for use as background, shooted them with rolling stock on open air.
Number plates on locos still not mounted as I want to research wich ones will be suitable for locos from one line and branches, working side by side. As I wait soon more steamers - 9600 and D51, this need some time :)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5330-091116102109.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45324)

C12 with local passenger
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5330-091116101249.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45323)

C12 shunting local freight
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5330-091116102224.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45325)

C50 + freight express, postwar
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5330-091116102313.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45326)
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Post by: railsquid on December 06, 2016, 11:58:20 am
Rod Hull dropped by and left me a couple of EMUs... on the left a Microace 183 series, on the right a Kato E351 series, both of which have worked the Azusa express service running west from Tokyo. The JNR era 183 series is long retired from this service (there might be some still knocking about on special services), the more modern E351 dates from the early 90s (both prototype and model) and has a tilting mechanism (reproduced in the model) for higher speeds on the mountain routes it runs on; it too is long in the tooth and scheduled for replacement in the next year or rwo.
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5750/31418055546_6d4f6516c7_z.jpg)

Microace 183 series with Kato E351 Series (https://flic.kr/p/PSiKjS) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

(eek, the forum software scrunches the picture, click on it for normal dimensions)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on December 07, 2016, 04:37:09 am
Bwahaha, I just noticed that the 183 series (the blue-ish train on the left) has a price sticker on the box from the retailer with an addtional "1" to the left of the price I paid, I suspect they made a mistake when typing in the price. I did wonder as it's evidently a very recent model, I was expecting something much older, anyway it's like getting a 150 quid train for 50 quid...  :beers:
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Post by: sparky86 on December 14, 2016, 09:01:16 pm
Been a few months since posting but this is my collection as of December this year

Still awaiting delivery of my e4 and e7 addon sets

Hopefully the picture is clear enough but I can list hem if needed

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5206-141216205917.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46346)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on December 14, 2016, 10:33:07 pm
That's quite a collection. Certainly a  man after my own heart; I noticed that I have exactly the same models in the right-hand pile!  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on December 15, 2016, 01:33:05 pm
That's quite a collection. Certainly a  man after my own heart; I noticed that I have exactly the same models in the right-hand pile!  :goggleeyes:
Thank you

I do like the collection I have the holland village express was a pain to find but not as bad as a kato 200 series bottlenose in original livery

The worst part of this though is gaugemaster are taking forever to deliver my e4 and e7 I ordered these in march and still no eta
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on December 16, 2016, 12:25:46 am
Unfortunately GM do take forever with orders. Most of my J-trains orders come from HobbySearch or Plaza Japan. Alternatively Traintrax are good,  as are Wellington Models.

The Holland Village Express unit is a popular visitor to Kanjiyama. It is a nice blend of my interest in Japanese trains,  and Dutch trains (Mrs Dreyfus' family are from Holland).

I have limited my Bullets to JR Central,  but a couple of JR East sets have cropped up since I travelled between Nagano and Tokyo a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on January 02, 2017, 10:17:37 pm
Just ordered a very rare 500 series

Type 500 Eva Shinkansen
2015 marked the 40th anniversary of Sanyo Shinkansen's completion inauguration, as well as the 20th anniversary of the start of the Evangelion TV series.

(http://i.imgur.com/BuJv3dp.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on January 13, 2017, 05:50:28 am
Tomix E1 Shinkansen:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/423/32158558071_9e9a0f3387_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QZK1VM)
Tomix E1 Shinkansen (https://flic.kr/p/QZK1VM) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

part of a trainset pack from 1995/1996, excellent condition except one the custom coupling on one of the power car bogies was broken. Fortunately replacements are available, unfortunately they're for a newer version and don't quite fit, fortunately I was able to hack bits off the new one onto the old one.

The E1 Shinkansen itself is no longer with us, having been in service from 1994 to 2012.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Bealman on January 13, 2017, 05:55:21 am
I very much like the subdued livery.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: railsquid on January 13, 2017, 06:09:11 am
I am a Squid of few principles, but one of them is to only acquire Shinkansen units which have been retired, so by default the liveries are on the calmer side. This was quite a good deal, for something like 25-30 GBP I got a train in full working order (apart from the coupling - I reckon it broke not so long after the set was bought, and it got Put Away for a decade or two), some track which has since come in handy, an old-style Tomix controller which is just right for my workbench, and another rerailer to add to my collection.
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Post by: railsquid on January 15, 2017, 02:30:11 am
Orange train is orange :D
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/618/31461772204_7e060bfd33_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PWaNLm)
Kato 101-800 Series EMU (https://flic.kr/p/PWaNLm) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
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Post by: Bealman on January 15, 2017, 02:35:16 am
I really like that one, Squiddy.  :thumbsup:

Bet it's a lovely runner, too.  :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on January 15, 2017, 03:00:56 am
I really like that one, Squiddy.  :thumbsup:

Bet it's a lovely runner, too.  :thumbsup:
It is indeed. 101 class EMU, first post-war modern EMU class, and the first not to be decorated in brown.

For comparision here's the Kato "Kokuden" 103 series, which was an improved version of the 101; the orange model is the first N gauge train I ever bought - they're cheap and cheerful, and based on the original Kato tooling from the 1960s with an upgraded motor.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/530/31472670564_d530d31aa4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PX8Et7)
Kato Kokuden fitted with close couplings (https://flic.kr/p/PX8Et7) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Bealman on January 15, 2017, 03:06:08 am
As you say, cheap and cheerful, but still ok. The new one is a big improvement, though.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on January 17, 2017, 10:01:47 pm
Tomix E1 Shinkansen:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/423/32158558071_9e9a0f3387_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QZK1VM)
Tomix E1 Shinkansen (https://flic.kr/p/QZK1VM) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

part of a trainset pack from 1995/1996, excellent condition except one the custom coupling on one of the power car bogies was broken. Fortunately replacements are available, unfortunately they're for a newer version and don't quite fit, fortunately I was able to hack bits off the new one onto the old one.

The E1 Shinkansen itself is no longer with us, having been in service from 1994 to 2012.

Thanks for sharing, I love the E1 but it's so hard to find in the uk apart from the random ebay listings for the kato 4 car basic set, yet to find the 10-341 add on set for it is impossible and the tomix sets run into about 200-300 pounds
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: sparky86 on January 19, 2017, 06:48:28 pm
Special Delivery from Japan today :D  :laugh: :laugh3:

just a few screens and a comparison of it beside a regular 500 series, and the custom re-railer
(http://i.imgur.com/UT9H3uX.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/f8xywHy.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/FkbDqID.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/mpcB6Jj.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/mBCbSEQ.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on January 25, 2017, 04:02:04 pm
The 1970s called and wanted their ED75 back, made by Tomy in Hong Kong, the first contemporary locomotive from what would become Tomix.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/461/31676120454_4bd14dc93a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Qg7p2Q)
tomy-ed75-profile (https://flic.kr/p/Qg7p2Q) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on March 11, 2017, 07:46:51 am
To go with this Kato EH-200 I acquired a while back:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5832/30031216695_1caed03656_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MKKQsc)
Kato EH200 (https://flic.kr/p/MKKQsc) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

some appropriate tank wagons:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/612/33264488275_4483a98f3e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SFtcrV)
taki-1000 (https://flic.kr/p/SFtcrV) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

and changed the default Arnold couplings to Kato ones, which look much nicer:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3758/33368452475_21fded1ef0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SQE3o8)
Kato Taki 1000s with Kato coupler (https://flic.kr/p/SQE3o8) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

This is a bit modern for my tastes, on the other hand I see these trains quite a lot and they kind of grew on me.
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 11, 2017, 10:46:17 am
Aah, the lure of the Taki proved too much... Very smart wagons, and certainly look the part behind an EH200.
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Post by: railsquid on April 03, 2017, 03:45:49 pm
The Squidlet loves them, especially as we saw the real thing again the other week.

Now for something pink:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2896/33752737326_51c519e539_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TqBAT1)
modemo-toden-8800-tram (https://flic.kr/p/TqBAT1) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
A contemporary Tokyo 8800 series tram from Modemo, which has been appealing to me for some reason and I found one at a total bargain the other day. It does "suffer" from the usual "motor in the passenger space" problem, but the prototypical tinted glass disguises this quite well, and it has front and rear directional lighting, which I wasn't expecting, and is an excellent little runner.
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Post by: grumbeast on April 04, 2017, 10:30:11 am
Thats just so sweet I love it!

 I'm back in a very Japanese railway mood right now and have some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket so I've been thinking of a tram, though I do prefer some of the more old fashioned ones.

Graham
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Post by: railsquid on April 04, 2017, 11:43:34 am
Yup, in general I prefer the older stuff but for some reason this particular model took my fancy.
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Post by: Bealman on April 04, 2017, 01:00:47 pm
All great stuff, Squiddy!   :thumbsup:
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Post by: railsquid on April 08, 2017, 07:11:33 am
Tomix E1 Shinkansen:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/423/32158558071_9e9a0f3387_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QZK1VM)
Tomix E1 Shinkansen (https://flic.kr/p/QZK1VM) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

part of a trainset pack from 1995/1996, excellent condition except one the custom coupling on one of the power car bogies was broken. Fortunately replacements are available, unfortunately they're for a newer version and don't quite fit, fortunately I was able to hack bits off the new one onto the old one.

The E1 Shinkansen itself is no longer with us, having been in service from 1994 to 2012.

Thanks for sharing, I love the E1 but it's so hard to find in the uk apart from the random ebay listings for the kato 4 car basic set, yet to find the 10-341 add on set for it is impossible and the tomix sets run into about 200-300 pounds
Finally found an additional trailer car for this (for about a fiver at the current exchange rate), looks much better as a 4-car set (https://flic.kr/p/TrULw4)

I'd post the picture (https://flic.kr/p/TrULwK) but the forum software errors out wish "permission denied" if I try and embed.
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Post by: railsquid on May 06, 2017, 01:54:05 am
Pardon me for the bargain, but at 15 quid (at current exchange rates) this as-new MicroAce EF64 was too hard to resist.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4172/34090732150_2e49804aca_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TWtUXY)
microace-ef64-042 (https://flic.kr/p/TWtUXY) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
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Post by: railsquid on May 20, 2017, 05:58:29 pm
One of the nice things (well except for one's wallet) about Japanese N gauge is that you can easily find 4 or 5 different manufacturers having a stab at popular models, here an EF57 from "World Kogei", which is one of the more exclusive (= expensive) brands, but rest assured I paid a lot less than the 28000 yen RRP for this pristine model (albeit dating from 1999);
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4182/34584551941_4a573d803c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/UG7Soi)
world-kogei-ef57-1 (https://flic.kr/p/UG7Soi) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
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Post by: Lawrence on May 21, 2017, 08:45:37 pm
I have an early Tomix version of that one, sounds like bag of spanners going round, when it does run  ::)  Complete dog!
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Post by: railsquid on May 22, 2017, 01:30:23 am
I have an early Tomix version of that one, sounds like bag of spanners going round, when it does run  ::)  Complete dog!
Probably the infamous Tomix spring worm drive.

Are you sure it's an EF57? AFAIK Tomix never made one of those, though they did make an EF15, which looks similar but is 1Co-Co1 vs the EF57's 2Co-Co2.
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Post by: Lawrence on May 28, 2017, 03:38:36 pm
I have an early Tomix version of that one, sounds like bag of spanners going round, when it does run  ::)  Complete dog!
Probably the infamous Tomix spring worm drive.

Are you sure it's an EF57? AFAIK Tomix never made one of those, though they did make an EF15, which looks similar but is 1Co-Co1 vs the EF57's 2Co-Co2.

If I ever get out in the shed again I'll check  ::)
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Post by: Quinn on June 01, 2017, 11:23:33 am
Ordered my Kato C12 today. Hopefully it will be released any day, shipped, then I can show it.

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Post by: Quinn on July 08, 2017, 04:10:41 pm
Kato C11. Obviously I have to experiment with lighting. This isn't too good.


In the first photo it's pulling a small excursion train. In the second, waiting around at a crossing.

It won't allow me to upload photos unless they are .pdf
Error message: You cannot upload that type of file. The only allowed extensions are pdf.
I'll see if I can get someone to convert them. Strange because most photos in the thread are .jpgs. Mine are 119 and 120kb

Anyway I have a C11 and hoped to give it a showing.




 
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Post by: ntpntpntp on July 08, 2017, 05:04:00 pm
It won't allow me to upload photos unless they are .pdf


That's because you're trying to use the "Attachments and other options" link?  Use the "Add image to post and upload to gallery" above the text box.

(Don't worry, I fell foul of the same thing when I first joined, I was used to other forum software)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5885-080717170325.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53210)
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Post by: Quinn on July 08, 2017, 05:32:15 pm
Thank you. I have to learn! 
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Post by: Quinn on July 08, 2017, 05:36:26 pm
Kato C11.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/6107-080717173443.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53213)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/6107-080717173534.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53214)

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Post by: RailGooner on July 08, 2017, 05:43:56 pm
 :greatpicturessign: Worth the wait. :thankyousign:
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on July 09, 2017, 11:11:52 am
That's a nice looking layout you have that C11 posed on. Any more pictures?
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Post by: railsquid on July 13, 2017, 03:56:36 pm
An EF58 from Kato, not just any EF58 but EF58-61, which was for a long time one of the designated locomotives for the Imperial Train.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4256/35898744315_9e3c65047c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WGfrZv)
Kato EF58-61 (https://flic.kr/p/WGfrZv) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
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Post by: railsquid on July 15, 2017, 02:13:24 am
See train:
(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-189-shinjuku.jpg)

Buy train:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4309/35887018456_185c435b6c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WFdmiw)
Kato 183 Series "Azusa" (https://flic.kr/p/WFdmiw) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

(for a very good price, hey it's 2nd hand from 2002 but in mint condition, and OK it's 183 series instead of the 189 series in the top picture, but who can tell?)
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Post by: Railwaygun on July 15, 2017, 12:09:00 pm
He's a lucky lad with a knowledgeable dad!
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Post by: railsquid on July 31, 2017, 05:12:18 pm
EF58s, one can never have too many of them. This one from MicroAce, a much nicer model than I was expecting.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4307/36097057442_b42629cb46_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WZLRzm)
Microace EF58-38 (https://flic.kr/p/WZLRzm) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
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Post by: railsquid on August 18, 2017, 04:04:42 pm
I'm not a particular fan of Japanese kettles, which mostly come in a number of exciting shades of black, but have been wondering how MicroAce's offerings stack up, and this 2-8-2 D51 has been preserved (I may actually have seen it in action) so will make a plausible visitor in more recent settings.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4400/36511930691_b9f01c833b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XCrbWp)

Excellent little runner, no problems with my currently slightly iffy track, has lots of that complex valvy-roddy stuff  typical of larger kettles but that doesn't seem very fragile. Main downside (in common with many Japanese kettles until quite recently) is the motor-in-the-cab design, and the leading axle has tyre widths which will make fine scale enthusiast cry (albeit hidden by the attachment in front), but for 30 quid or so in as-new condition who can complain?
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Post by: railsquid on September 05, 2017, 03:33:15 pm
Undergound... overground... a historic Ginza line (the first underground line in Asia) formation from Tomytec (http://www.tomytec.co.jp/diocolle/lineup/tetsudou/6set_007.html)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/3832-050917151912.jpeg)
Nice mix of different types, will however need motorizing and the wheels and couplings replaced with proper ones.
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Post by: Quinn on September 10, 2017, 12:30:02 pm
The C12 arrived. The diorama isn't finished - needs a backdrop and tidying up.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/6107-100917122745.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55455)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/6107-100917122827.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=55456)
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Post by: railsquid on October 06, 2017, 11:54:44 am
Another one for my collection of brown 1500v DC locos:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4506/37265997370_09c9349dcc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YM4YG3)
An EH10 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNR_Class_EH10) from MicroAce, this class was the first post-war "modern" dedicated freight locomotive design, actually two Bo-Bos permanently coupled with a cab at either end, built from 1954.. Purchased very cheap as a non-runner, turned out it is actually two motorised locos, one of which wasn't working, and a right pain to disassemble. Not 100% sure what the problem was, I suspect one or both of the brushes were slightly loose. After much cursing to reassemble it (stupidly I also managed to dismantle one of the custom couplers, which are held together by a ca. 0.1mm thick sprung wire which needs to loop over a ca. 1mm protuberance, then the whole assembly needs to be eased into place so that one part hooks into the chassis), it works, albeit a noisy runner, and really needs both sections wiring together.
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Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on October 06, 2017, 12:16:20 pm
Excellent! I’m rather partial to twin-box electrics. I used to collect them in HO but eventually they were sold off as part of the move to N.
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Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on November 03, 2017, 02:28:55 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/1490-031117142709.jpeg)

I’ve been looking forward to this little lot percolating through customs!  A Kato EF66-100  electric (my favourite Japanese loco by far) and a couple of Tomix KOKI 107 intermodal wagons, with working tail lights 8)

Now to fit the detail parts…
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Post by: railsquid on November 07, 2017, 02:55:08 pm
I prefer the original 0 series myself, though they're now almost all withdrawn.

Meanwhile something a little older and originally from the US.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4550/37530580424_d08fde0280_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Zbs31Q)
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Post by: ohlavache on November 08, 2017, 07:37:36 am
I prefer the original 0 series myself, though they're now almost all withdrawn.

Meanwhile something a little older and originally from the US.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4550/37530580424_d08fde0280_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Zbs31Q)

Hello.
What is the reference of this lovely model?
Thanks.
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Post by: railsquid on November 08, 2017, 10:10:54 am
Hello.
What is the reference of this lovely model?
Thanks.


Not sure, it's by "World Kogei" and is probably a couple of decades old (but in beautiful condition). There's a similar model here (http://www.imon.co.jp/webshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=118144), though out of stock. Retail price is a bit eye-watering, this one was acquired via an auction site at an "it would be rude to refuse" price  :beers:

Kato also do a version: http://www.katomodels.com/n/ed19/ (http://www.katomodels.com/n/ed19/)
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Post by: railsquid on November 10, 2017, 04:22:02 pm
Did you know English Electric not only made diseasels but also actual electric locomotives?

Like this ED17?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4558/38310901961_ba22d53e1b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21npoqr)

Freakily, a few days after acquiring it at bargain-basement auction price, I took the Squidlet (aged almost 3) to the Japanese Railway museum (the equivalent of the NRM in York) and there what did I find?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4558/24441069418_9ee56e8ef4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DeLSqA)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4569/26537631929_07f244f35f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Gr3iq6)
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Post by: 70000 on November 10, 2017, 05:45:03 pm
Did you know English Electric not only made diseasels but also actual electric locomotives?

Like this ED17?



I've got one of those on my US outline layout, along with the similar looking C-C variant (ED18), based on the fact that similar EE locos were purchased by Montreal Harbours Board in the mid 1920's, later passing to CN, where they remained in service until the mid 1990's!!

A pair are seen here at Val Royal station in March 1991. One of the passenger cars on this train was a clerestory roofed one built in 1914....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/5878-101117173739.jpeg)

Unfortunately, none of the EE ones were preserved, though several of the older GE built ones (circa 1913) ended up with various North American museums.
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Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on November 20, 2017, 02:44:45 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/1490-201117143643.jpeg)

Another Japanese intermodal wagon arrived today, a KOKI 106 by Tomix - part number 8723.  I can't read Japanese, but the containers seem to be used for the bulk shipping of cats :no:


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/1490-201117143906.jpeg)

Also, although not strictly rolling stock, some wee Kato folk to sit inside rolling stock.  Probably not quite the shilling for my 1960s BR fleet, but top yen for my Japanese collection :thumbsup:
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Post by: railsquid on November 22, 2017, 12:30:39 am
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/1490-201117143643.jpeg[/url])

Another Japanese intermodal wagon arrived today, a KOKI 106 by Tomix - part number 8723.  I can't read Japanese, but the containers seem to be used for the bulk shipping of cats :no:


'Tis the brand of a major logistics/delivery company called "Yamato (http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/)" who use a black cat carrying a kitten as their logo (and by whom a package containing model railway goods was literally just delivered).

Cats are usually sent through the normal postal network in special padded bags lined with catnip.
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Post by: railsquid on November 22, 2017, 12:31:39 am
Also, although not strictly rolling stock, some wee Kato folk to sit inside rolling stock.  Probably not quite the shilling for my 1960s BR fleet, but top yen for my Japanese collection :thumbsup:
Yup, I think the mobile phones would look a bit out of place ;)
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Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on November 22, 2017, 07:01:03 pm
Yup, I think the mobile phones would look a bit out of place ;)

My thoughts exactly, although I did think the odd one passed off as "man contemplating last ciggie in pack" might just work ;)

Incidentally, whilst I've got packs of "People With Cellphones (Standing)" and  "People With Cellphones (Sitting)" from Kato, I've looked in vain for "People With Cellphones (Strange Poses When Trying To Get A Signal)" :confused1:
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Post by: mika on November 22, 2017, 07:53:34 pm
 :laughabovepost:
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Post by: stephen lewis on November 22, 2017, 07:56:52 pm
Had the day from Beelzebub,

Thank you for making me smile  :beers:

Steve
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Post by: railsquid on December 15, 2017, 03:16:53 pm
Incidentally, whilst I've got packs of "People With Cellphones (Standing)" and  "People With Cellphones (Sitting)" from Kato, I've looked in vain for "People With Cellphones (Strange Poses When Trying To Get A Signal)" :confused1:

Ah, that would be because in Japan you have to go implausibly far into the mountains before you start losing your cellphone signal. Mind you it does help that Japan, despite being twice the size of the UK, is about 90% inhospitable mountainside.

Latest fleet addition:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4735/38189549845_a2b08aabcb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21bFqEz)
Tomix E233 Chuo Line (https://flic.kr/p/21bFqEz) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr
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Post by: Metroman64 on January 07, 2018, 08:47:59 pm
Here is my latest purchase. The Kato Shiki Shima (Train Suite) It is a stunning model with a detailed interior, and superb roof detail. Arrived Friday 5th Jan direct from Japan. I pre-ordered it from Model Trains Plus, it cost me including shipping £220.96. Plus the bonus is it sailed through customs without being hit for VAT.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5966-070118204202.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60299)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5966-070118204302.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60300)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5966-070118204616.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60301)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5966-070118204718.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60302)
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Post by: RailGooner on January 07, 2018, 09:17:23 pm
The Shiki Shima model looks better than I'd imagined. It is truly beautiful. :heart:
 :greatpicturessign: :thankyousign:
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Post by: Metroman64 on January 07, 2018, 09:46:28 pm
The Shiki Shima model looks better than I'd imagined. It is truly beautiful. :heart:
 :greatpicturessign: :thankyousign:

It is one of the best Japanese N gauge models I have seen and owned. My photos do not do it justice. The front and tail lights are as the real train, the lights on the tables light up also. If you can, get one as a lot of places have sold out.
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Post by: Railwaygun on January 07, 2018, 09:59:45 pm
and its got a piano!
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Post by: msr on January 11, 2018, 05:31:20 pm
A stunning model, but costs as much again to equip for DCC (separate decoders needed for the motor, two for the running lights, and one for the lights on each car).
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Post by: msr on January 11, 2018, 05:39:56 pm
A great addition from GreenMax is the Plasser & Theurer KSP2002E dynamic track stabiliser with integrated ballast profiling unit. I suspect this little unit will find favour on many layouts beyond Japanese shores too.

Mine initally grounded on the pointwork. Turned out to be because the lug holding the wheels into the motorised bogie had not been engaged. Once clicked properly into place it ran very well, with cab lights and, given enough power, engine lights too.

Runs at a realistically slow speed.

Would be nice to equip this for DCC but it is not obvious how this could be done. See the photos below to get an idea of what it looks like.

With profiler arms extended

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/231-110118172547.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/231-110118172621.jpeg)

With profiler arms retracted

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/231-110118172651.jpeg)

Underneath, but no sign of how to access the innards to fit a DCC decoder. The instruction sheet does not seem to mention DCC either.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/231-110118172722.jpeg)
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Post by: Quinn on January 14, 2018, 09:58:29 pm
The Shiki Shima model looks better than I'd imagined. It is truly beautiful. :heart:
 :greatpicturessign: :thankyousign:

It is one of the best Japanese N gauge models I have seen and owned. My photos do not do it justice. The front and tail lights are as the real train, the lights on the tables light up also. If you can, get one as a lot of places have sold out.
Mine will arrive tomorrow. All I need now is about 2m of track to display it on!
I'm hoping the piano is tuned to A=440 :)
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Post by: railsquid on January 19, 2018, 01:42:13 pm
Chez Railsquid remains stubbornly Shikishima-free, exquisite model but having seen both the real thing and the Kato rendering, it reminds me why you should never hire a patisserie chef to design your trains ;) Looks tasty though.

Meanwhile a proper train:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4660/39778648061_8f739558a4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23B6YcF)
Microace 200 series Shinkansen (A2061) (https://flic.kr/p/23B6YcF) by Rail Squid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129145651@N06/), on Flickr

The 200 series Shinkansen, the less-known variant of the original 0-series (the classic "Bullet Train") designed for use on the northern Shinkansen lines, which see a lot more snow (hence the snowplough skirting at the front).
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Post by: cornish yorkie on January 19, 2018, 10:00:06 pm
 :hellosign: Very nice, thanks for sharing
      regards Derek.
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Post by: Railwaygun on January 24, 2018, 07:10:06 am
A great addition from GreenMax is the Plasser & Theurer KSP2002E dynamic track stabiliser with integrated ballast profiling unit. I suspect this little unit will find favour on many layouts beyond Japanese shores too.

Mine initally grounded on the pointwork. Turned out to be because the lug holding the wheels into the motorised bogie had not been engaged. Once clicked properly into place it ran very well, with cab lights and, given enough power, engine lights too.

Runs at a realistically slow speed.

Would be nice to equip this for DCC but it is not obvious how this could be done. See the photos below to get an idea of what it looks like.

With profiler arms extended

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/231-110118172547.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/231-110118172621.jpeg[/url])

With profiler arms retracted

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/231-110118172651.jpeg[/url])

Underneath, but no sign of how to access the innards to fit a DCC decoder. The instruction sheet does not seem to mention DCC either.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/231-110118172722.jpeg[/url])


DM Toys offer a DCC version so it can be done

https://www.en.dm-toys.de/produktdetails/items/Greenmax_GM4783.html (https://www.en.dm-toys.de/produktdetails/items/Greenmax_GM4783.html)
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Post by: railsquid on January 27, 2018, 02:19:40 pm
A Kato EF510 dual-voltage freight loco, cheap but fixable none-runner :D

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4704/39028112185_c24c638842_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22sMh2X)
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Post by: railsquid on January 27, 2018, 03:12:29 pm
Meanwhile back in the 1950s, some Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNR_Class_EH10) Kato action (one motor, two units, 8 driven axles):

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4648/25056097097_9bcfabe99a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Eb83J6)
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Post by: railsquid on February 05, 2018, 12:22:26 pm
Took a punt on something advertised as an add-on pack but pictured as a basic set and for very little money got myself a pointy-nosed Shinkansen which looks like it's on the way to a fencing tournament.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4745/39385215114_e73ece58e6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/231kwi1)

Note: it may look all modern and pointy and futuristic but the real version is over 20 years old and the remaining sets demoted to stopping trains on the less busy western end of the Shinkansen network.
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Post by: railsquid on February 09, 2018, 11:17:49 am
Went shopping in Tokyo's swanky upmarket Ginza district, splashed out huge sums of money (well about GBP 3.50 each at current exchange rates) for two additional coaches for the above Shinkansen.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4724/39266936595_ccd77ae1af_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22PTjdc)

Only in Japan...
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Post by: railsquid on February 09, 2018, 02:30:09 pm
While I was there I found this:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4714/39457175234_8f640ac50c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/237GkwJ)

which meant for about 20 GBP at current exchange rates I got an 8-car EMU bookset (MicroAce 115 series) in excellent exterior condition, albeit in need of a wheel clean and a bit of lubrication:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4701/40168274141_f96f8987bb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24cwUsH)
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Post by: daffy on February 09, 2018, 03:02:07 pm
I'm moving to Japan! :D
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Post by: railsquid on February 18, 2018, 01:31:51 am
It's like living in a candy store as far as N gauge goes...

Meanwhile the 155 series has been fixed up and de-screeched, turned out it needed a drop of oil on the motor bearings, now runs acceptably. Not the quietest of motors and not smooth at low speeds, but that's not unusual for older Microace models.



For the record, the 155 series was built in the late 1950s as a long-distance train for school excursions (there being a post-war baby boom and substantial demand for trips e.g. between Tokyo and Kyoto to see the historical sites), later converted to general usage, though mainly for unscheduled/charter services, and withdrawn by the early 1980s.
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Post by: Bealman on February 18, 2018, 01:47:35 am
Good one!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: railsquid on February 19, 2018, 03:06:46 pm
Did I mention Japan is full of N gauge bargains? Not quite as cheap as the preceding find, but then it was in mint condition, "it" being a 4-car 115 series, 1000 subclass interurban EMU set as would have run on the Chuo Line to the west of Tokyo in the mid 1980s (a rather obscure consist which suits me fine).

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4618/26489097058_295d0134d5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GmKxFY)

Runs OK, just suffering from what seems to be a common defect with Tomix EMUs of the 1990s/2000s, namely the casings which hold the worm gear in place over the bogie tower are prone to rattling about somewhat, making them uncomfortably noisy runners (as previously detailed here (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=27026.msg492213#msg492213)).

Fix is simple enough:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4625/39649140414_b40e213277_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23pEd6d)

Video with audible before/after difference will be forthcoming.
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Post by: railsquid on February 20, 2018, 01:49:15 pm
Not the best of videos but gives an idea of the difference.

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Post by: Railwaygun on February 20, 2018, 10:51:58 pm
https://youtu.be/VLtRg8I_43Q

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Post by: railsquid on March 01, 2018, 03:24:23 pm
A Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo'multi-system AC/DC two-unit EH500 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JR_Freight_Class_EH500) from Kato, combining the desirable properties of being a cheap non-runner yet easily fixable (the camshaft which connects the trailing unit had popped out).

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4678/39845348294_c4f261d23e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23GZPRG)
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Post by: railsquid on March 11, 2018, 11:37:31 pm
Something a little older, an EF15 from the 1940s/1950s (the prototype, the model is a lot newer of course).

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4794/40746940821_07ec49b1bc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/255EHUr)
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Post by: Bealman on March 12, 2018, 12:30:28 am
I like that one! Lot of character.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Quinn on March 12, 2018, 03:35:12 pm
I've had this set for a couple of months now - it's been too cold to do much modelling except a small non-railway military outpost diorama. Anyway, I took a shot of the boxes yesterday. I haven't set up a display track which will have to be 1.8m long. That'll come in time.

I've tested the powered carriage and the one with table lamps - they hardly seem subtle, look more like flat-topped LEDs poked up from the floor. But, well... I'm not over-impressed with what I got for my money.  The cabin framework isn't as in the real life photo(s). Never mind.

I'd have bought the Tomix Monterey JR set if it had been announced first.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/6107-120318153340.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62863)
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Post by: Railwaygun on March 13, 2018, 08:12:00 pm
what about the Piano? worth a small print of a keyboard stuck on, and some sound effects?
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Post by: Kiha40 on March 15, 2018, 03:39:31 pm
Long time lurker first time poster...

Here's my recently acquired 1+1 car Kiha40 Hokkaido South Railway on a work in progress layout which is (very) loosely based on Tsubojiri Station

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/6652-150318153904.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62956)

Giles
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Post by: RailGooner on March 15, 2018, 03:53:23 pm
Nice models Giles, thanks for sharing :thumbsup: and welcome aboard. :wave:
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Post by: Caz on March 15, 2018, 03:53:38 pm
Welcome from the shadows Kiha40, nice to have you fully on board.  Looks to be some serious mountains in your scenery, any chance of a bit more of a view please.
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Post by: Kiha40 on March 15, 2018, 04:00:38 pm
Of course - its 1600x600 - simple loop, one side scenic, the other side what will be a small fiddle years.

Formation is prototypical but heavily tweaked to get it into such a small space.

You'll note that passenger trains reverse to get in or out of the station as the line is on a rising 1:25 grade.

I'm about 6 weeks in at this stage!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/6652-150318155925.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62957)
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 15, 2018, 08:04:47 pm
Looks good - worth a thread in its own right. I find switchback stations fascinating - I am planning something along similar lines myself.

Always good to see another J-Trains fiend on here...
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Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 15, 2018, 08:16:27 pm
Great to see more Japanese trains :thumbsup:
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Post by: Kiha40 on March 15, 2018, 09:01:02 pm
Layout thread here - thx for the encouragement!

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=40807.msg497465#msg497465 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=40807.msg497465#msg497465)

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Post by: Quinn on March 17, 2018, 05:00:26 pm
what about the Piano? worth a small print of a keyboard stuck on, and some sound effects?

Quite. I had the tuner in - he took one look and asked how I hoped he'd tune it with no keys. He
wanted to play Chopin-san's Minute Waltz in n-gauge but thought the strings were so short it would end up ultrasonic.
:)
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Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 23, 2018, 08:47:50 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/32-230318203816.jpeg)

Today's arrival. Tomytec car collection N1, including four different Nissans. Most interesting for me is the X-trail.
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Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 29, 2018, 11:09:16 am
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/1490-290318105825.jpeg)

A used Kato 10-374 Class 201 four car add-on pack in Chūō Line orange livery, from a Spanish ebay seller for 32.40 Euros.

I've been after one of these for just over 4 years now, and all of a sudden 2 come up together, the other was a stonking £123.47 even before VAT and import duties so I was happy to be the highest bidder on the one from inside the EU :)




Flashback: A video from 2014 featuring the original 6 car pack.  At the time I didn't think I'd be waiting 4 years to finish the set!
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Post by: Lawrence on March 29, 2018, 11:20:18 am
Quite a bargain, I have the 6 car set but the lead car was damaged and I couldn't source the parts for it. Took me 18 months to find one and cost me about £35 buying through a third party agent  :(
The ten car set is nice but would be too big for my layout, look forward to seeing it in action though  :thumbsup:
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Post by: railsquid on March 29, 2018, 12:24:58 pm
They're getting more expensive in Japan, I snaffled one in good condition for a reasonable price a few months back. Come to think of it, it's almost a decade since they were removed from service, though there is one end car still visible at one of the depots on the line.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on March 29, 2018, 08:42:51 pm
 :hellosign: Nice find Steve, the best things come to those who wait
     regards Derek.
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Post by: Webbo on March 29, 2018, 10:14:55 pm
Very nice Steve

And, those coaches are coupled together very closely, I note.

Webbo
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Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on April 05, 2018, 04:33:08 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/1490-050418161241.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/1490-050418161320.jpeg)

'Tis the season of the tilty-thing, and while circumstances conspired to prevent me getting my paws on a Pendolino, I have managed to console myself with a Kato E351 :D

Packs 10-1342 and 10-1343 from Keith at Traintrax combine to give a full 12 car set.  I missed it last time around but snapped up the recent re-release, presumably timed to coincide with the real things' withdrawal and replacement by new E353 units.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on April 06, 2018, 01:10:26 pm
 :hellosign: Nice looking model Steve, hope to see it running soon
     regards Derek.
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Post by: railsquid on April 06, 2018, 03:53:10 pm
Packs 10-1342 and 10-1343 from Keith at Traintrax combine to give a full 12 car set.  I missed it last time around but snapped up the recent re-release, presumably timed to coincide with the real things' withdrawal and replacement by new E353 units.

Indeed; the last E351 is scheduled for tomorrow, then they're all off for scrap. Unfortunately the replacements look a lot less interesting.

For owners of older E351 models such as myself, Kato has produced an upgrade kit (part number 28-223), which I shall acquire soon-ish.
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Post by: railsquid on April 15, 2018, 02:50:37 pm
Packs 10-1342 and 10-1343 from Keith at Traintrax combine to give a full 12 car set.  I missed it last time around but snapped up the recent re-release, presumably timed to coincide with the real things' withdrawal and replacement by new E353 units.

Indeed; the last E351 is scheduled for tomorrow, then they're all off for scrap. Unfortunately the replacements look a lot less interesting.

For owners of older E351 models such as myself, Kato has produced an upgrade kit (part number 28-223), which I shall acquire soon-ish.

Aargh, sold out everywhere... Never mind...

Meanwhile not exactly a new purchase, but a Kato 101 series commuter EMU of the Chuo-Sobu line, a cheap auction acquisition from a while back produced in 2006, which is in beautiful exterior condition but suffering from Painfully Growly Motor Syndrome (for a moment I almost thought it was from Dapol ;) ) so put it away pending round tuits... Which arrived, and after some contemplation, careful application of oil to the motor bearings has resolved the issue and my commuters have a new (well OK, early 1960s design) train to look forward to.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/801/40579190165_1e5e2a82b2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24PQXtK)
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Post by: railsquid on April 22, 2018, 04:41:10 pm
From my pile of "whoops I bought this because it was damn cheap then put it away until I get round to fixing it" acqusitions, a Tomix Odakyu HiSE 10000 series Romance Car, which I presume I acquired as it reminds me of my student days in the mid 1990s when I commuted on the Odakyu line for a while, and I presume this springworm-drive model predates even that (it's listed in my 1991 Tomix catalogue), but after a little strip down and some new traction tyres it's not too bad, except I need to repair/replace some of the pantographs.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/870/39817584210_2a9fe17ca4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23ExwyA)

Anyway it runs quite nicely, inevitably a little noisy but within acceptable bounds. Moreover the short length of the cars (just 12 metres for the intermediate ones) means it doesn't look at all out of place on typical layout curves.
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Post by: railsquid on April 25, 2018, 05:12:23 pm
Another one from the same pile, except absolutely nothing wrong with it - a Kato kiha 110 series diesel railcar:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/982/39890700270_94d2efa431_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23M1gqj)

I was mildly perturbed to discover it dates from 1996 as it looks brand new and runs beautifully, but hey, it's Kato, what can you do? Also 1997 was the first time I ever encountered one of these in real life.
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Post by: railsquid on April 28, 2018, 06:37:26 am
Fresh off the Kato production line for once, an EF200 Bo-Bo-Bo freight locomotive:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/868/41033175404_50700d4db9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25vXKts)
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Post by: railsquid on April 29, 2018, 05:07:34 pm
Me again, with another one from the Needs Attention Box...

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/948/41063606324_2fe286f67f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25yDHwu)

This is a Tomytec 201 series Chuo-Sobu line train, for new readers Tomytec models are kind of like Del Prado in that they come unmotorized nominally as static display models, but parts (wheels, motors, weights, couplings, pantographs) are available to turn them into proper trains, and the requisite motor unit has just been released again, so it has finally entered service. I still need to attach some additional detailing bits, and maybe add directional lighting (3rd party kits available).
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Post by: railsquid on May 04, 2018, 03:03:02 pm
Does the madness ever stop? A Tomix EF65 2000 series in contemporary JR freight livery, and I must say Japan (with a few exceptions) is good at proper liveries, not these "brand" concepts applied-by-vinyl you see so often these days. Second-hand-as-new-condition, for less than the price of a Mk1 coach. Not sure about the plastic pantographs though.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/869/41886178841_6509a3a866_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26PkBFg)
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Post by: dannyboy on May 04, 2018, 03:11:04 pm
I must say, having recently acquired a loco and some carriages in JR blue, they do look nice.
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Post by: railsquid on May 30, 2018, 04:09:11 pm
So, where were we? Ah yes, buying incredibly reasonably priced Japanese N gauge trains.

Here a Kato 115 series, to go with its Tomix and MicroAce counterparts.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/946/41908593221_867d1dd427_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26RjuG6)[
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Post by: railsquid on May 30, 2018, 04:12:14 pm
An EF11. Only 4 of these were ever built in real life, and they ran on my preferred mountainous section of Chuo Line (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=41497.msg510269) so it would have been rude to say no, especially at the price it was going for.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/826/28026872468_381216e9d7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JGD3K7)
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Post by: railsquid on May 30, 2018, 04:15:52 pm
One of the tragedies of living in Japan is that you decide to focus on a fairly specific line, and research what obscure trains ran on it, and then find the precise same thing available in N gauge in close to new condition at a very reasonable price.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/967/41532359264_388d7f312f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26h5crJ)
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Post by: dannyboy on May 30, 2018, 04:23:49 pm
Some nice liveries, (especially the blue/cream  :)),  but what happened to the colour on the second picture?
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Post by: railsquid on May 31, 2018, 12:20:56 am
Some nice liveries, (especially the blue/cream  :)),  but what happened to the colour on the second picture?
Its from the olden days when everything was black and white ;)
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Post by: Bealman on June 02, 2018, 05:24:03 am
Ok..... time Bealman joined in here, and you can all blame the few beers I had with Railsquid  :D

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/255-020618050635.jpeg)

My first ever Kato locomotive, a DD13 shunter, and a Kyoto Railway Museum container wagon. Ok, the container wagon wasn't Railsquid's fault, it was bought as a souvenir before we had the beers  ;)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/255-020618050145.jpeg)

The guy in the shop tested it for me, and of course, being Kato, it's perfect. Dunno what I'm going to do with it.... probably a station pilot at Castle Eden on my layout  :)

The souvenir wagon is made by Tomy, and is what I guess to be the Japanese version of a container flat, with a quirky container with the museum logo on one side, and I don't know what on the other, but something to do with the museum, I guess. A mascot, perhaps?

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/255-020618050330.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/255-020618062426.jpeg)
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Post by: railsquid on June 02, 2018, 05:35:06 am
Paint it blue or green, and pretend it's a Class 17 ;)
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Post by: Bealman on June 02, 2018, 06:20:35 am
Actually, it has sorta got that look to it, hasn't it?

It would be sacrilege to me, though (especially if it were blue!),  because left as it is it'll bring back memories of my Japanese adventure.
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Post by: Webbo on June 02, 2018, 07:29:15 am
George,

You're just going to have to acquire a whole lot more Japanese locos and rolling stock to keep it company.

Webbo
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Post by: Bealman 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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Post by: Webbo on June 02, 2018, 10:19:36 am
Terrific plan.
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Post by: Bealman on June 02, 2018, 10:38:58 am
It would certainly improve running!
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Post by: railsquid 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.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1739/40726639580_44d02a665c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/253SF43)

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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Post by: railsquid 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.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1760/42012515794_8a6fee5a2e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/271v8fA)
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Post by: railsquid 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.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1787/42833715961_205929a523_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28g4Zsa)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1742/42116685924_fd54226c76_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27aH2pj)
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Post by: Webbo 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 (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 (https://www.modeltrainplus.net/collections/pre-order)

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Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid 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:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/915/43626287802_a2dc45b108.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29t78rU)

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.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/930/43644680102_96b16a3eb9.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29uJoQw)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Bealman on July 29, 2018, 01:43:46 am
That's a really nice looking locomotive, Ian. Bet it's a sweet runner, too!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid 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).
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on August 27, 2018, 03:25:56 pm
My lonely vigil down in the seedier parts of Yahoo Japan's auction site continues, it's a hard job but someone has to do it, a recent rummage in the bargain basement of lesser wanted MicroAce items brought these two into the light of day:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1842/44296794711_e98a605d85_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2aumDMR)

On the left, a 209-500 series EMU (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/209_series#209-500_series) dating from 2003, one of MicroAce's earlier models and it's OK but it's a tricky prototype and they didn't get some of the curves quite right, and the doors are too deep (Kato and Tomix have more recent and accurate models) but it's not as bad as I expected and looks passable when running. Also it was dirt cheap :D

On the right, a Tokyo Metro Tozai Line 5000 series (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Metro_5000_series), a much better and recent model dating from 2011, usually these go for mildly eye-watering prices as MicroAce is the only manufacturer, but this one came at quite a discount due to dirt on the roof of one of the cars, which turned out to be what looks like an iffy weathering job - it kind of looks OK in the picture but whatever it is hasn't been fixed into place and doesn't look good when views from above (it even came with a fingerprint). Fortunately it wipes off easily.

Both trains will have been in service in the depicted form on the same stretches of line between 2004 and 2007.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on September 03, 2018, 04:55:53 pm
I suppose I'd better keep this thread alive... another olde-style "electric kettle" (as they are sometimes referred to in Japanese), this time an EF10 from MicroAce, can't remember off-hand how little I paid for it, but in very good condition (though it is a MicroAce locomotive, so it's a bit on the rattly side).

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1853/30580154288_c390b55cdc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NAghts)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on September 07, 2018, 04:51:28 pm
Well someone has to keep hoovering up the cheap Japanese locomotives in good condition... Here a Tomix EF81:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1881/30642311918_7d7593b1fb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NFKRLJ)

The EF81 is a dual-voltage passenger/freight locomotive first introduced in 1968, though a few were built as late as 1989. Declining in numbers, the class is mainly used on freight duties.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on September 09, 2018, 04:30:02 pm
Tootle-pip, me again!

With a rhetorical question - what country would design an entire class of EMU especially for schoolchildren? Or more precisely to facilitate trips between the current and historical capitals, which form an important part of the school curriculum? Why, Japan of course, which created this brightly-coloured 155 series in the late 1950s for precisely this purpose:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1846/43853397124_1cdcdfd7d9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29Pb88S)

Bit of a Rule 1 / at that price it would be rude not to kind of purchase, for this is an early-ish (ca. 2000) MicroAce model which needs a bit of fettling to run reasonably, but I've spent more on a single British coach, so mustn't complain. Moreover, the cab of a very similar train (for anyone taking notes actually a 167 series in the same livery) is on display at the Railway Museum in Omiya, just north of Tokyo (think NRM in York) and ca. every 6 months I take the Squidlet there:


(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-jr-museum-may-2017.jpg)

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-jr-museum-nov-2017.jpg)
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: daffy on September 09, 2018, 06:04:54 pm
Reports are coming in that there is beginning to be a countrywide shortage of secondhand N Gauge locos in Japan. :o

Preliminary investigations - requiring only the reading of a recent series of posts ;) - suggests the reasons behind this shortage may be due to one avid collector and bargain spotter who, it is clear, has a nurtural tendency for the passion to continue unto the next generation.

Long may the bargain buying and the passion continue! :thumbsup:


Great bargains Squiddy - wish I could buy my Swiss trains so cheaply and so often  :'( - and neat pics of the Squidlet. :thumbsup:  I'm a little confused by the numbering on the silver sign he is standing behind though. Don't seem to be consistent in both pics as dates, for instance, if they show day, month and year from left to right. :-\ :hmmm:

Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on September 10, 2018, 02:18:58 am
I'm a little confused by the numbering on the silver sign he is standing behind though. Don't seem to be consistent in both pics as dates, for instance, if they show day, month and year from left to right. :-\ :hmmm:


Format is year-month-day from left to right. This year is Heisei 30, last year was Heisei 29 and next year will be Heisei 31, but only until the end of April, which is when the Emperor will be clocking out for the last time for a long-overdue retirement. Unfortunately for anyone in the calendar/diary business, they're not revealing the name of the new era until just before then.
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: Bealman on September 10, 2018, 02:38:17 am
Great pictures, Ian!!  :beers:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: RailGooner on September 11, 2018, 12:30:58 am
I'm a little confused by the numbering on the silver sign he is standing behind though. Don't seem to be consistent in both pics as dates, for instance, if they show day, month and year from left to right. :-\ :hmmm:


Format is year-month-day from left to right. This year is Heisei 30, last year was Heisei 29 and next year will be Heisei 31, but only until the end of April, which is when the Emperor will be clocking out for the last time for a long-overdue retirement. Unfortunately for anyone in the calendar/diary business, they're not revealing the name of the new era until just before then.

 :thankyousign:
Sometimes this forum is even better than QI. :D I really like QI - the Stephen Fry era. :beers:
Title: Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
Post by: railsquid on September 25, 2018, 03:18:48 pm
Looking at the date of the last post, I've been slacking somewhat, it would seem. To make up for things, here's a 6-car MicroAce Chuo Line 101 series acquired for loose change:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1927/44168301584_6245e50897_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ai16g7)

The model itself must be 15 or so years old and is the earlier MicroAce style with no flywheel so is a bit growly, but otherwise runs fine. Kato do a more recent, nicer model, but this one will make a nice restoration/detailing project.