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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #30 on: April 30, 2015, 04:45:32 pm »

The formal opening of Eitetsumura is now provisionally scheduled, in light pencil, for some date before the eventual heat death of the universe.

Sounds good. I'll wait for the pics then, shall I?

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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2015, 09:13:09 pm »
Could there be an informal opening a little earlier? :uneasy:
You know you're getting older when your mind makes commitments your body can't meet.

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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #32 on: May 01, 2015, 12:56:28 pm »
I'll see what can be done...

In the meantime I fear I will need another trip to IKEA for some more IVAR parts - the shelf plates are not as wide as I thought (note to self: take better measurements next time) and I can squeeze another half-unit in before running out of wall.

Anyway I've been shopping for some scenic elements:

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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #33 on: May 04, 2015, 11:42:38 am »
Seeing prices in yen on Peco products somehow looks strange  8)

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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #34 on: July 13, 2015, 03:45:24 pm »
Meanwhile, time passes and bit by bit the mysterious company backing the Eitetsumura project has been flexing its muscle to get some infrastructure projects finally implemented. The Ivar Range has been pummelled into shape (thanks to @GScaleBruce for the idea) and foam plates laid upon which the whole enterprise will ultimately rest. Here we see a provisional station layout which has since been somewhat rationalised, with the station reduced to a single island platform.


Another mockup of the station area from an earlier design; the right-hand platform has now been consigned to the dustbin of history, and the scissors crossover (an expedient measure while normal turnouts were being procured) has been replaced.


A small motive power depot graces the far end of the station area.


A modest downtown area abuts onto the station throat, with the inevitable level crossing. Barriers down while a local DMU service departs.
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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #35 on: July 13, 2015, 03:57:27 pm »
I'd be interested to know if the track noise echoes through the Kato track base and the foam please?

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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #36 on: July 13, 2015, 04:05:30 pm »
Meanwhile the structural engineers and architects have been hard at work coming up with practical solutions for a typical Japanese problem, i.e. maximising the utility of minimal available space. Despite being out in the boonies, Eitetsumura is not exactly blessed with space - Japan is not a small country (50% larger than the UK), but much of it is made up of steep-sided hills and mountains, and the area surrounding Eitetsumura is no exception. The station has been chiselled out of a thin shelf of land on the valley side, with much of the available space occupied by industrial sidings dedicated to cement-related railway activities (only partially represented here).

To this end some stone arches are being constructed, which will provide space for some typical British buildings which have been transported brick-by-brick from the UK, and which will form part of the whole "British railway attraction" central to the Eitetsumura concept. Here's the design concept:



and here's the arches in place:


A bystander has already found his way onto the road on top of the arches and is busy taking pictures with his mobile phone. He's still standing there when the official Eitetsumura photographer takes this next shot of the station area, although it's clear the cable-laying gang running somewhat behind schedule.



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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #37 on: July 13, 2015, 04:22:26 pm »
I'd be interested to know if the track noise echoes through the Kato track base and the foam please?
Hah, this is actually Tomix Finetrack, which is somewhat less bulky than Unitrack (which looked pretty awful on a long narrow shelf). The foam is 25mm thick and rests on the 15mm thick Ivar shelving, not plywood, so little potential for echo. And especially for you I just dug out my Dapol Class 58, which when I ran it on the main layout part (at the time Unitrack-loose-on-plywood) caused Mrs. Railsquid to enquire as to why I was drilling so late at night. On this combination... purrs along, no audible boom or echo, just the motor sound itself. Same goes for a Lima Class 86, which is a noisy little beast and doesn't exactly purr - here I can run it without risking waking the baby up from the vibrations.
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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #38 on: July 13, 2015, 05:06:17 pm »
By the way, this is sort-of the inspiration for Eitetsumura:


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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #39 on: July 19, 2015, 03:44:23 pm »
All those nasty overscale point control wires now hidden away:

The Director's Saloon Car has come to pay a visit (this is Japan, no-one would bat an eyelid at a diesel car painted with sea creatures).

Well, it's been about a year since I drifted into N-gauge and back into model railways, and I'm still amazed at how much detail you can pack into a 30-cm wide shelf. And it's not like I'm even really trying.
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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #40 on: July 22, 2015, 03:25:15 pm »
Here's a pretty 3D diagram drawn in SCARM:

There is actually a rationale for this track layout, which I'm too tired to write up now. It's also missing many of the scenic elevations. But imagine it's in an open-sided cutting, with hills to the "west" (left) and "north" (rear), and opening out to the south ("front"), where there would have been a much larger freight yard (to handle the the cement-related loads central to the line's original existence), of which we only see a couple of remaining sidings, and the passenger station. Originally the station was situated on a junction, with two lines leading off to the "west" (left) in tunnels, which are now closed and the remaining spurs used as headshunts.

But in case anyone thinks it was all designed digitally, here are the initial drafts:


and I then laid out the track on the board and played around with it for a while (at one point the station had two platforms, which turned out to be too much for the available space, even though they fitted) before finalising the design.
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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #41 on: July 28, 2015, 03:05:22 pm »
Some actual scenickery (incomplete) in place (sorry about the poor lighting, just a quick shot):

but I got that far and realised I probably should practice a little on this mini-diorama I just started to whip up of the Trans-Antarctic Railway:

Nasty stuff to work with, that packaging polystyrene, but I've collected a bag full which will do for experimenting.
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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #42 on: July 29, 2015, 04:18:04 pm »
Lights... camera... not much action (yet)


Cheap LED fairy lights from IKEA.
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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #43 on: July 29, 2015, 08:25:04 pm »
Rather than fairy lights I bet they had some unpronounceable name :D

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Re: Eitetsumura - British trains in Japan
« Reply #44 on: August 03, 2015, 01:35:10 am »
The upside with IKEA names is that some of them sound very rude in German :P

Anyway the landscapers have been out in earnest and created a steep hillside with a thick covering of vegetation, as one often finds in Japan.



Came out better than I expected. Need to weather the tunnel portals a teensy bit more, all that vegetation and water runoff above would leave more traces.
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