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Title: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on September 06, 2016, 04:58:00 PM
Theory:
(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/train-book.jpg)
(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-yamanote-line.jpg)

Practice:
(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-shinkansen.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on October 02, 2016, 01:13:38 PM
Today's lession: Shinkansen driving for toddlers.

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-0-kei-shinkansen.jpg)
(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-0-kei-shinkansen-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Zogbert Splod on October 02, 2016, 06:34:00 PM
Woah! Me next please!!!
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Mito on October 02, 2016, 09:51:15 PM
You've got his future well planned!! Or are you just jealous? :D
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Trainfish on October 03, 2016, 01:27:18 AM
Can you teach me too? You'll also need to pay my air fare of course  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Bob Tidbury on October 03, 2016, 09:22:53 AM
I would like to enroll ,but like trainfish can you pay air fair and hotel please.
Bob
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on March 28, 2017, 03:47:13 PM
No piccies, but the Squidlet continues to demand daily access to Daddy's Room, where Trains can be seen running round in circles. Recently he's been demanding to be held at eye level to see them trundle past, mainly a Japanese EH200 with a rake of green oil tankers with which he's familiar (most recent sighting last week) but today there was a Farish Class 40 hauling some blue/grey Mk1s and he was keen on those too, so I think we're on to something here.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on May 20, 2017, 05:49:37 PM
The Squidlet, wondering WTF Daddy is making him pose in front of this piece of classic 1970s traction while there's a train he actually recognises on the other plaftorm.
(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-189-shinjuku.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on May 20, 2017, 06:04:03 PM
Oooh, and from last week some locomotive driving practice:
(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-ef58.jpg)
(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-ed75.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: scottmitchell74 on May 20, 2017, 06:56:37 PM
Awesome!  :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: daffy on May 20, 2017, 07:18:35 PM
Shameless indoctrination! :o

You need to let him know that there are other things in life, like...... er...... er...... um........... wait .... they'll come to me in a minute..... :hmmm:

Carry on! :thumbsup:

These are probably the best set of photos yet posted to the forum. :thumbsup:

 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Bealman on May 21, 2017, 12:40:24 AM
Definitely a train enthusiast!

We'll done, Dad!  :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: njee20 on May 21, 2017, 03:02:39 AM
Great photos! I can't believe Ive not taken my son on a train yet, he's nearly 5 months old!
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on July 08, 2017, 12:50:11 PM
And this weekend's train museum comes to us (or vice-versa) courtesy of Tokyo Metro (http://www.chikahaku.jp/).
(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-marunouchi-300.jpg)

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-ginza-01.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: RailGooner on July 08, 2017, 01:02:07 PM
Have just discovered this charming thread. :greatpicturessign: :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: scotsoft on July 08, 2017, 01:38:59 PM
Needless to say I am very jealous  :D

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Malc on July 08, 2017, 02:36:06 PM
He's certainly enjoying himself. I was 7 or 8 before I got into a loco cab, mind you it was the Flying Scotsman at Kings X before we got on to go home.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Quinn on July 08, 2017, 05:51:37 PM
Simply brilliant! Lucky boy.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on July 30, 2017, 03:30:02 PM
Among many other things (the colour yellow, penguins, pandas, flowers, and anything which runs on the Chuo line in Tokyo) the Squidlet is utterly fascinated by the whole concept of tunnels, so I took him on a tour of various tunnels of interest, starting with Shinsen Station on the Inokashira Line, which is one of those implausible locations which would earn you jeers of derision if you presented a model of it to "real" modellers:

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

as it is a tunnel which opens out onto a level crossing after which the line goes into a tunnel with a station, and you can literally stand on the level crossing and touch the platform, if that kind of thing floats your boat. Google Street View here: https://goo.gl/maps/UHCDjuSF4J12 (https://goo.gl/maps/UHCDjuSF4J12)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: LeftToMyOwnDevices on July 30, 2017, 04:52:42 PM
...Shinsen Station on the Inokashira Line, which is one of those implausible locations which would earn you jeers of derision if you presented a model of it to "real" modellers:

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

as it is a tunnel which opens out onto a level crossing after which the line goes into a tunnel with a station, and you can literally stand on the level crossing and touch the platform, if that kind of thing floats your boat. Google Street View here: [url]https://goo.gl/maps/UHCDjuSF4J12[/url] ([url]https://goo.gl/maps/UHCDjuSF4J12[/url])


Thank you - that's amazing. :thankyousign:

I've just had a look at it, on the link you kindly posted. It looks like something you might also make up with a Lego Trainset (which I still have... :().

Have found your posts, on this thread, incredibly endearing; not least because your son looks like... ...well me, at that age! :worried:

Mind you, I can understand (sort of) why that location exists. Although, I have never been to Japan, given the known (extreme) pressure on available land use, such things will surely exist.

Keep up the good work; bringing your son up on the 'right lines', so to speak, but not quite literally...

Charles.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: scotsoft on July 30, 2017, 05:08:11 PM
What a fascinating view, thank you for posting the link  :thumbsup: the location really shows off the lack of space available.

I think it is brilliant how the little ones get hooked on particular things, when my Godson was the Squidlets age, it was the moon he was hooked on, especially a full moon and he made sure everyone present had to go to the window to see the moon. Great times when they soak up knowledge better than a sponge  :headbang:

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: daffy on July 30, 2017, 06:58:05 PM
Great photo Squiddy, and great link too  Thanks. :thumbsup:

I've been looking at that link for ages now, and I'm wondering why the trains aren't running. :hmmm: Maybe it's because there's an idiot with a 360 degree camera stood in the middle of the track! :o

 ;) :D
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: REGP on July 30, 2017, 07:17:36 PM
Delightful.

Thanks for posting.

Ray
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Bealman on July 31, 2017, 12:43:56 AM
That 360į view is really something!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on September 13, 2017, 04:00:17 PM
The Squidlet practicing N gauge.



The word he utters -"eki" - is Japanese for station.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: daffy on September 13, 2017, 04:05:30 PM
Very nice. He has such a gentle touch. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: David Asquith on September 13, 2017, 04:17:40 PM
Great thread with some lovely photos.

Dave
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on September 30, 2017, 03:05:50 PM
The Squidlet has been getting the hang of this whole speaking thing in the last few weeks, and we just spent a couple of days in a static caravan in the boonies (derived from a Tagalog word (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boondocks) if anyone's taking notes), anyway he pointed at the caravan and said "kasha" (which is Japanese for freight wagon (https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%B2%A8%E8%BB%8A) if you're still taking notes), which is admittedly easier to pronounce than the Japanese word for caravan, toreiraa hausu (https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%88%E3%83%AC%E3%83%BC%E3%83%A9%E3%83%BC%E3%83%8F%E3%82%A6%E3%82%B9).
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on September 30, 2017, 03:15:22 PM
boonies (derived from a Tagalog word (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boondocks) if anyone's taking notes)

Notes taken, I'd never heard of Tagalog before!  My first thought was something to do with The Bristol Stool Chart (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale) :-[
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on September 30, 2017, 03:35:26 PM
boonies (derived from a Tagalog word (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boondocks) if anyone's taking notes)

Notes taken, I'd never heard of Tagalog before!  My first thought was something to do with The Bristol Stool Chart (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale) :-[
Now that's something I hadn't heard of until relatively recently  (probably due to googling toddler-related ailments).

My knowledge of Tagalog derives mainly from the novel Cryptonomicon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptonomicon), which I can highly recommend for the technically/historically minded.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on September 30, 2017, 10:01:33 PM
My knowledge of Tagalog derives mainly from the novel Cryptonomicon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptonomicon), which I can highly recommend for the technically/historically minded.

Looks an interesting book, Iíve put it on my list :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on November 10, 2017, 04:42:44 PM
So, the Squidlet (ca. 2.75) wandered into my office/railway room and found a clump of foliage on my workbench (aka old desk which prevents accumulated stuff falling onto the floor).

"Bwoccolli?" he asks. For he eats the stuff, freaky little blighter.

"No, it's for making trees" I said. So I sat him on my lap, got some PVA out and demonstrated how it is applied to scenery. Utterly fascinated, he was.
(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-workbench.jpg)

Now every time he comes in, he insists "daddy! make twee!". Well it would be heartless to refuse, and I've got more scenic stuff done than I have for a long time, though I'm fast running out of ground which needs foliage cover.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: port perran on November 10, 2017, 04:49:24 PM
Lovely
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Mito on November 10, 2017, 05:50:02 PM
The only solution is to make the layout bigger, or move house. :D
It's great that he shows such interest. A future railway engineer? At 43 my son is too big to sit on my lap.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on November 10, 2017, 08:59:01 PM
"Bwoccolli?" he asks. For he eats the stuff, freaky little blighter.

Blimey! :sick:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on November 12, 2017, 02:15:07 PM
"Bwoccolli?" he asks. For he eats the stuff, freaky little blighter.


Blimey! :sick:


Nuffink wrong with broccoli, when properly done, but I draw the line at natto (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natt%C5%8D), which is where I appear to be a minority in this household.

Meanwhile the Squidlet discovers the magnifying glass and is intrigued how small things (trains, fingers etc.) look bigger.

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-magnifier.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Mito on November 12, 2017, 09:14:12 PM
Looking at those photos, natto is a no-no for me too. :sick2:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on November 12, 2017, 11:56:34 PM
Looking at those photos, natto is a no-no for me too. :sick2:
It's not all that different from baked beans...
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: NinOz on November 13, 2017, 04:19:16 AM
It's not all that different from baked beans...
LIAR!  :D
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Bealman on November 13, 2017, 05:18:04 AM
Hopefully I'll meet your freaky little blighter in May!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Mito on November 13, 2017, 05:47:30 PM
It's not all that different from baked beans...
LIAR!  :D

Are you into petomane as well? :-[
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on December 25, 2017, 12:25:10 AM
The Squidlet admires his Christmas present:

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

(For those keeping notes, a Plarail JR East E257 "Azusa", which is one of his favourite trains which we went on last week).
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Bealman on December 25, 2017, 02:50:41 AM
Merry Christmas, Squidlet!  :thumbsup:

We just got off Skype talking to Bealette in Japan!

Time to eat!  :beers:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on January 24, 2018, 05:07:44 PM
Lunch and a container train.

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-containers.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Bealman on January 24, 2018, 08:07:26 PM
Cool!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Newportnobby on January 24, 2018, 08:37:09 PM
And not a piece of litter to be seen, unlike the carpholes in the UK :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: kirky on January 25, 2018, 06:58:33 AM
Thanks Railsquid.
My pair of twins (now five) cabbed quite a few locos when I dragged Mrs Kirky round a RailEx open day at York about five and half years ago. She was 7 months pregnant. The kids loved it!!


Kirky
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: port perran on January 25, 2018, 09:35:05 AM
Brilliant.
Whatís he eating?
Looks like a giant cornish pasty in a bag!
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Bealman on January 25, 2018, 09:40:40 AM
I thought that, but going for a visit in May, thought better of a comment  :beers:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on January 25, 2018, 10:00:49 AM
Brilliant.
Whatís he eating?
Looks like a giant cornish pasty in a bag!

Nothing more exciting than a rectangle of cheese bread.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Bealman on January 25, 2018, 10:02:55 AM
So that's what I order when I arrive, then.  :beers:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on January 25, 2018, 10:05:20 AM
So that's what I order when I arrive, then.  :beers:

First you must find a decent bread shop, but they're quite rare. But no worries, I'm sure we can find some local delicacies for you.
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Newportnobby on January 25, 2018, 10:14:49 AM
Cheese?   ..........    Bread?

I've seen the future - Cheesebread
(with more than a nod to Peter Kay)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on June 03, 2018, 05:14:06 AM
Today's lession: Shinkansen driving for toddlers.

([url]http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-0-kei-shinkansen.jpg[/url])
([url]http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-0-kei-shinkansen-2.jpg[/url])


His license was up for renewal so we went in for another round of driver training.

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-shinkansen-2018-05-06.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on August 17, 2018, 12:16:49 PM
The Squidlet practicing with his push-along N gauge.

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-2018-08.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on November 17, 2018, 03:44:51 PM
As is conventional in Japan, we have had the Squidlet modified to carry a cranial pantograph.

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidelet-2018-11-17.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: daffy on November 17, 2018, 03:56:37 PM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on November 17, 2018, 08:25:34 PM
Thatís cruel, but I suppose heíll always have strong wi-fi :D
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Bealman on November 17, 2018, 08:54:10 PM
Where's that, Ian?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on May 07, 2019, 05:06:09 AM
Today's lession: Shinkansen driving for toddlers.

([url]http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-0-kei-shinkansen.jpg[/url])
([url]http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-0-kei-shinkansen-2.jpg[/url])


His license was up for renewal so we went in for another round of driver training.

([url]http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-shinkansen-2018-05-06.jpg[/url])


A year later to the day (pure coincidence!) we visited the same location (Ome Railway Park  (http://www.ejrcf.or.jp/ome/english/index.html)). Unfortunately the Shinkansen was closed for renovations (long overdue, it was getting a bit mildewy inside) but this time the Squidlet discovered the kettles and we spent most of the afternoon clambering in and out of cabs while I tried to explain the basic principles (which, bless him, he now kinds of understands to the extent that black stones go in the big box in the cab, steam comes out and the wheels move).

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-2019-05-06e.jpg)

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-2019-05-06d.jpg)

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-2019-05-06c.jpg)

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-2019-05-06b.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Bealman on May 07, 2019, 05:14:44 AM
Cool! Go Squidlet!

And he still likes his cheesebread, too!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: Train Waiting on May 07, 2019, 08:48:07 AM
What lovely pictures!

It's good to see a new generation of enginemen starting out.  Your little boy is naturally adopting the classic poses of a driver - staring into the distance and smiling benignly down upon the crowds of enthusiasts on the platform.

That's the great thing about the footplate of a 'new' steam locomotive, one soon works out what most things do.  I have an inkling that's a LNER-style regulator just making it into the picture.  It looks good in pink.

Many thanks.

John
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: railsquid on October 05, 2019, 11:03:06 AM
Before they can enter primary school, all children in Japan must, working in teams of two under adult supervision:

(https://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-2019-10-05a.jpg)

must prove themselves capable of pulling a 2-car 65 tonne train from a standing start and moving it by about 1.5 metres:

(https://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-2019-10-05b.jpg)

Later, they must stand facing away from the train and not flinch as it rolls up and stops behind them at low speed.

(https://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/squidlet-2019-10-05c.jpg)
Title: Re: Important educational experiences
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on October 05, 2019, 12:43:58 PM
A sound policy.  Over here the little Herberts have been running round loose ever since they stopped 'em sweeping chimneys ;)
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