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Author Topic: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout  (Read 16510 times)

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Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
« on: April 27, 2011, 10:53:44 pm »
I mentioned a little while ago that I have an N gauge terminus layout under construction. For the last couple of months it has been away at a friend's house for the wiring...he is an expert at this, whereas I can just about wire a plug! Now it is fully wired up, I have taken delivery so the real fun can begin; the scenery.

Scenery is still being planned, however the station building, with platforms, is in place and I am currently going about the serious business of playing trains to bed it in, as well as flush out any issues before the ballast goes down in a couple of weeks time.

It will be set in a small town in central Honshu...deep in JR Eastern territory, and depicts a terminus junction between the 'main line' (JR Eastern operated) and a third sector branch. Unusually for the more central areas of Japan, this is a diesel line, almost exclusively operated by DMUs, with a small freight transfer between the lines.

The intention is for it to be an exhibition layout, with the aim to be more or less complete by next February. I have, as yet, to devise a suitable name.

Progress will be covered over the next few months, however to start with here are a few pictures. As can be seen, anything goes as far as operations at present...hence the Southern Turbostar, class 60, NS Koplopper, along with the more usual KiHa 110s... :o

An overall view of the station area...


A general view


Example of some rather neat wiring!


The control panel


Station, with an unsual visitor!


Fiddle yard area with stabling sidings.


Class 60 on an engineers train in the stabling sidings...


A Shark brakevan. This is one of the N gauge society kits, along with the ballast hoppers accompanying it.
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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2011, 12:32:56 am »
I love the Koploper EMU
Two rails good. Three better.

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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2011, 01:05:11 pm »
I love the Koploper EMU

The Minitrix model is a beautiful example. I especially like the fact it will run either from the track, or from overhead wires; should the fancy take you... Indeed, there are a couple of us with NS trains, which operate this way, and consideration is being given to a small Dutch layout where power is provided from the OHC.

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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2011, 07:56:14 pm »
That layout looks a solid construction, including the control panel. I'll have to work out something similar since all those amassments of shifters such as I'm currently using are not quite a fun to operate on a larger layout.

Indeed, there are a couple of us with NS trains, which operate this way, and consideration is being given to a small Dutch layout where power is provided from the OHC.


I heard of problems with electric contacts and data transmission when operating OHC on DCC layouts, concluding this should be avoided.


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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2011, 01:17:03 pm »
Thats looking lovely,  and it'll be great to be able to mix Kiha's with some electric stock.  Are you going to fit overhead catenary towers?
(I'm also envious of your wonderfully neat electrical work!.. I think I'm going to really be careful as I build my new layout and use these pictures to inspire me!)

Cheers

  Graham

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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2011, 09:15:01 pm »
Thats looking lovely,  and it'll be great to be able to mix Kiha's with some electric stock.  Are you going to fit overhead catenary towers?
(I'm also envious of your wonderfully neat electrical work!.. I think I'm going to really be careful as I build my new layout and use these pictures to inspire me!)



Thanks!

Currently the EMUs are running as part of my 'Anything goes' testing. Once complete it will be a diesel-only branch...our club layout has the catenery (Kato) for running the electric units.

More progress today, with the start of the scenery. Currently this has not been fixed down as yet, and is still being played with in terms of height.











The area to the right of the last picture will be the town...this rather flat area will be graded to give more interest.


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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2011, 06:17:02 pm »
Still plugging away...a lack of computer has led to me being unable to upload photos for the last couple of months.

More progress today, including more or less completing the station - there are still a couple of bits to do regarding the platform canopies, such as adding transfers, seats and other paraphernalia. More work has also gone on the ballasting, with a little extra 'greenery' (actually more 'yellowery', as the layout is set in summer and most of the grass has dried out).

I have also made a start on the superstructure of the scenery behind the station. Originally this was to be entirely of foam construction, however it is a bugger to sculpt, and makes quite a mess, so the more fiddly areas will be foamboard construction, with the insulation foam being used for the chunkier sections. I have a number of buildings, however as a starter we can see a few Tomytec offerings in more or less their situations.

 



The Kato station building does benefit from a little attention from a paintbrush and some scatter...


The station area is a little more advanced from the previous picture...but not much!


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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2011, 06:41:48 pm »
I recall seeing some of this elsewhere  ;)  nice to see it is still progressing, and I love your idea of staggering those houses, definitely logged that for future use  :thumbsup:

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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2011, 09:53:33 pm »
Your layout id looking great so looking forward to future developments. :thumbsup:
Keep on Smiling
Dave.

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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2011, 10:48:48 pm »
Work is still progressing slowly but surely here, with the addition of a couple more buildings for the town centre. So far I have painted roofs, as well as add some details to gardens. A Kato Toyota Crown saw a lick of paint, and is now fixed to the back yard of one of the buildings. Mainly this area will be commercial, with a few shops, restaurants and a building doubling up as a small Ryokan (the one immediately to the right of the station building on ground level). I have also given some of the buildings a coat of 'matt-cote' to take away the glossy shine of some of the plastic.







I really have to tidy that shed!

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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2011, 03:47:48 am »


I really have to tidy that shed!

I have that same problem, tidied mine last week looks just the same chaos again now,,,,
Charlie.

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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2011, 08:17:02 am »
It's coming along really well, Claude. :thumbsup:

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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2011, 09:25:13 am »
Progressing well Claude..... :thumbsup:
I like the way the town center is developing......... :thumbsup:

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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2011, 08:42:56 pm »
Town Centre is looking great! Where did you get the Southern Turbostar?
Just one Pendolino, give it to me, a beautiful train, from Italy

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Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2011, 09:39:07 pm »
Your layout is looking great Claude, have to hand it to the Japanese layouts as they always look bright and cheerful, are you going to plant some of those beautiful blossom trees that I have seen on Japanese layouts over here in Oz ?.
Keep on Smiling
Dave.

 

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