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Title: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus 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...
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Overview.jpg)

A general view
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/OverallView.jpg)

Example of some rather neat wiring!
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Underside1.jpg)

The control panel
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Controlpanel.jpg)

Station, with an unsual visitor!
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Station.jpg)

Fiddle yard area with stabling sidings.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/FiddleYard-1.jpg)

Class 60 on an engineers train in the stabling sidings...
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/EngineersTrain.jpg)

A Shark brakevan. This is one of the N gauge society kits, along with the ballast hoppers accompanying it.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Brakevan.jpg)
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: tadpole on April 28, 2011, 12:32:56 AM
I love the Koploper EMU
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus 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.
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: haeckmaen 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.

Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: grumbeast 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
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus 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.

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

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

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/KiHa48.jpg)

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

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

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


Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus 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.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Picture001.jpg) 
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Picture003.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Picture004.jpg)

The Kato station building does benefit from a little attention from a paintbrush and some scatter...
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Picture002.jpg)

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

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Picture005.jpg)
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Lawrence 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:
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: longbridge on August 07, 2011, 09:53:33 PM
Your layout id looking great so looking forward to future developments. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus 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.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_6312.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_6309.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_6308.jpg)

I really have to tidy that shed!
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Fratton 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,,,,
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on September 08, 2011, 08:17:02 AM
It's coming along really well, Claude. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Dock Shunter on September 08, 2011, 09:25:13 AM
Progressing well Claude..... :thumbsup:
I like the way the town center is developing......... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Pengi on September 12, 2011, 08:42:56 PM
Town Centre is looking great! Where did you get the Southern Turbostar?
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: longbridge 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 ?.
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on September 12, 2011, 11:04:16 PM
Thanks for the comments all... :thumbsup:

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 ?.

There are plans for a few blossom trees towards the front of the layout. If you see the photos I posted back on 29th April, you will see a section of hillside with a small yellow pick up truck. This will be an orchard with a couple of small farm buildings in this area...hopefully to give a little more depth to the layout. There will also be quite an extensive woodland behind the layout, covering the hillside to be built over the fiddle yard.

Town Centre is looking great! Where did you get the Southern Turbostar?

Thanks... The Turbostar is a standard Farish model - part number 371-430. I've not seen them in production for quite a while, and there is no evidence of them in the current Farish catalogue. You do see them from time to time on second-hand stalls or on Ebay, so it's worth keeping an eye out.
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Pengi on October 22, 2011, 11:07:11 AM
Claude, will you be bringing the Southern Turbostar to the Liphook show tomorrow?
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: SymonC on October 22, 2011, 01:01:49 PM
Town Centre is looking great! Where did you get the Southern Turbostar?

If it's the same as the one I have it's a Bachfar release from 2007.
Title: Re: Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on October 22, 2011, 03:56:32 PM
Claude, will you be bringing the Southern Turbostar to the Liphook show tomorrow?

Sure, I'll bring it along.

Yamanouchi Oshika will be set up and running, along with another N gauge layout (a German layout belonging to a member) which is under construction... I'll be bringing a couple of Bullets to run, along with one or two other interesting bits...
Title: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 14, 2012, 06:26:48 PM
Finally now winter is at an end, I have had the chance to check out the layout and make sure all is okay electrically. All seems to be fine, with a couple of sticky points attended to, and a thorough clean has taken place.

First things first, they layout now has a name...Kanjiyama. This is meant to be a small town somewhere in the JR Eastern region, up in the Japanese Alps. It is a junction station between a diesel operated branch line and the Kanjiyama line, a small third-sector branch heading off into the mountains.

The scenery has changed a little. Carving the foam would have been a real hassle, to the point where this has been dropped, and a more solid base of hardboard has been adopted. The foam will be used for filling in gaps. The hillside will slowly climb behind the station, eventually swallowing both lines via a pair of Greenmax tunnels mouths, currently en route from Plaza Japan, along with a small selection of Sankei buildings to fill in some gaps.

Towards the top of the hill will be a small farm, which will have some open ground around it, before the landscape gets covered by trees. My first set of cheepo trees from China arrived the other week. Ideal for using in a forest, but probably not up to scratch for individual trees. Tomytec have provided a couple of bamboo trees, along with a couple of cherry blossoms, however the rest will come from Graham Avis. Some of these trees feature in pictures earlier in in this thread.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Overall-2.jpg)

I have finally managed to fit the platform canopies, following the addition of signage. I'm not too sure what other platform details will be added...perhaps some of the plant areas provided in the Kato station accessory pack may add an extra splash of colour.

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

Kanjiyama sees a little freight traffic. This will eventually be in the form of an occasional fuel-oil train to the stabling point, as well as a more regular sand train, which uses the third-sector line. JRF traction will almost invariably be the DE10, although an occasional DD51 will crop up. The Kanjiyama line has a DD16, which is mainly used for engineering trains, as well as a couple of DE10s from the Tarumi line, bought when the cement operations ceased a few years ago. These are very recent additions, and are not, as yet, being used on the sand trains, which remains in the hands of the line's two DF50 locos...one of which has been fitted with headboards by the loco staff; delusions of grandeur setting in!

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/DF50.jpg)

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

The sand trains will not properly start operations until I finally get round to obtaining a set of the Kato sand hoppers!

Operations is quite simple. The train arrives from the JR line and pulls into platform 3. The Kanjiyama line loco then runs out of the stabling sidings, hooks onto the end of the train and takes it up the branch. The JRF loco then runs to the stabling point to await the train's return. When it does return the whole process is reversed.

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

Neither lines are really heavily used, so the bulk of the traffic is handled by single-car units - KiHa110s for the JRE line, and either a KiHa40 or KiHa53 on the Kanjiyama line. Two-car sets do operate, and the Kanjiyama line has recently obtained a second-hand two-car KiHa58. Two-car KiHa110s and a recently delivered KiHa130 also show up on the JRE line.

Rush hour at Kanjiyama can get a little hectic!

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

In the main, platform 1 is used by the JR Eastern services, whilst platform 3 is used by the Kanjiyama line. Platform 2 is used occasionally, and is only accessible to the JRE line.

Just occasionally invisible catenary appears, allowing me to exercise some of the electric fleet. The local railfans got really excited with a couple of visitors from the Iida line turned up...

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

Now I am awaiting the arrival of the remaining buildings and the tunnel mouths before pressing on with the scenery behind the town. I also need to pay more attention to the stabling sidings and work out what buildings are going there...so far I have one portacabin.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: galway on March 14, 2012, 06:47:20 PM
Very nice looking layout  :thumbsup: and the storyline is great
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on March 14, 2012, 08:19:37 PM
Great to see this developing, Claude. I look forward to the updates :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: longbridge on March 14, 2012, 08:27:09 PM
Great looking layout Claude, reminds me of when I modelled Japanese :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Lawrence on March 15, 2012, 01:24:56 PM
Nice to see a certain DMU being put to good use, and I love that last photo too. Don't tell anyone but I just bagged myself a Modemo NT23 Enoden Type 600 "Red colour scheme", run only once then stored absolute bargain 32 delivered  ;D  Wasn't planning on buying any more but a new one is over 90 here  ::)

One day I will get as advanced as you, need to buy a lot of track first  :(
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 15, 2012, 01:59:22 PM
Thanks for the comments!

When I saw the KiHa58 for sale I thought it would fit in perfectly with the small but select fleet being put together for the third-sector line. Some things are just meant to be!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 02, 2012, 10:09:32 PM
More scenic progress to report...this time at the other end of the layout where I felt progress was clearly lacking.

Before this, however, I had one more Sankei structure to complete. This was the most complicated of the three, but made up a really nice model.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Flats-mid-point.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Flats-Completed.jpg)

Perhaps the pictures don't show it in the best possible light...and yes, I still need to line out the roof edging to get shot of the white from the tile paper.

Now the three Sankei buildings are complete, I was able to roughly position them on the layout in more or less where they will be living. The landscape still has to be properly formed, but I hope you get the idea. There will be a tree lined bank between the right-hand Sankei building and the much larger Kato structure beside it.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_6925.jpg)

A drawback with these very fine kits is that they are perhaps too fine compared with the altogether more 'rural' Tomytec offerings. This does look odd, so I have had to separate them to an extent...trees will come in very useful here!

The previously mentioned Kato apartment is the final town building to be added...save for a few small outbuildings etc. It was purchased to fill a large gap which I had not accounted for. It is still a bit bright, however will be toned down in due course.

This rather indifferent picture shows the overall townscape, awaiting the finer landscaping features before the first layer of paint and plaster is applied.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_6926.jpg)

At the other end, the fiddle yard has now been obscured by a new hillside.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_6924.jpg)

Just visible in the foreground is the start of the form work for the front hillside, which will be relatively high. I liked this idea as it would loose the trains in the landscape to a certain extent...and try to disguise the fact the layout is only 1'6'' wide. The area I have to play with in terms of the third-sector companies yard is now a little more apparent.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_6923.jpg)

This final image shows the front edging more clearly. This is to protect the scenery from the front, and at the board join. The pink foam will form the main basis of the hillside. The woodwork will be painted black to blend in with the framework at the front of the layout.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on April 03, 2012, 09:06:57 AM
Very nice, Claude :thumbsup:
Just don't be tempted to cut any layout grass with that Flymo :o
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Mustermark on April 03, 2012, 12:03:38 PM
Good stuff.   Great to see the layout going so well. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 03, 2012, 12:24:04 PM
Just don't be tempted to cut any layout grass with that Flymo :o

It may prove useful in trimming the hills down a little...

Hopefully the general detritus seen in many of the photos will be cleared out as part of the Easter 'project', which involves emptying out the shed, garage and cupboard under the stairs and putting everything back again - hopefully in some semblance of order, and hopefully thinned out a little!

Gives me more space to work on the layout, as well as having the ability to store things in a more organised way. It may even provide me with a flat, level surface for me to carry out some modelling over the summer!  :o
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on April 03, 2012, 12:39:01 PM
 :smiley-laughing:
Ah - the famous Easter clearout of outbuildings like garages/sheds. It's an institution.
Mine is getting a serious workover involving a skip :o
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Chris on April 05, 2012, 09:27:44 PM
Just catching up on the forum and noticed this layout. Great work on the wiring by your friend - he's done a great job! Nice to see another of your layouts progressing well, and good to see that the Japanese recognise a good loco for the engineers workings!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 08, 2012, 11:43:23 PM
Thanks for the comments...although now we are firmly in Japan we'll be having no more of these class 60s and the like visiting - unless JRF fancy funding a quick regauge for a couple!

The wiring is of a really high standard; far better than anything I could achieve. By virtue of someone else carrying out the wiring, I can say without any hint of bragging that it is also one of the most reliable layouts I have operated.

Back to my area...progress has been really good this weekend owing to the Easter break and my usual reluctance to go away over this period; really busy roads, still unpredictable weather etc. The scenic structure is more of less complete now, just some finer details to complete before starting on the colour. This is the state of play yesterday...

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Overall-3.jpg)

The hill has been completed on the left, whilst the road now heads into the background. Its sudden stop will be where the backscene cuts across from the back of the layout to run behind the half-hill hiding the fiddle yard.

Today was about completing (more or less) the hillside and start adding the plaster and mod-roc.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Tunnels-1.jpg)

There are still a few gaps around the tunnel mouths. This will be concrete retaining walls, which may be added tomorrow depending on the weather. The new road section can be seen on the right with the blue car marking its course. There needs to be another layer of plaster over the hillside to hide the bandages of the mod-roc.

Now that the hill is in place, access will be a little restrictive to the track accessing the yard. When complete most of this area will be covered with trees.

Talking of which...

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

I have a number of trees for Kanjiyama. First up is a box of cheepo Chinese trees, which will form the background of the woodland. Mixed in with these will be some of the Woodland Scenics 00 branches from their tree kits. Ideal for smaller N gauge trees. Finally are the trees in this picture.

They are produced by a company called 4D. Their shop is in London, more or less outside of Fenchurch Street station, and about 15 minutes walk from my work. They are mainly aimed at architectural modelling, and do a wide range of scales. These just happen to be 1/150!

Amongst this lot are beech trees, silver birch, pine and a more general deciduous...one of which is bare. There is also a tree in blossom, which will take over form the Tomytec blossom trees for the orchard at the front of the layout.

The next picture was taken this afternoon, now having had the first of the plaster surface added.

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

The white strips are intended for tow purposes. First to mark around the buildings, adding a little extra road height and therefore disguising the bases. Secondly was to mark out distinctive areas. The area around the station will have a very different road surface.

The roadway continues through the village...

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Town1-1.jpg)

I need to get that retaining wall behind the tracks completed as a next task, before getting the sand paper out to smooth those road surfaces...
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: tim-pelican on April 08, 2012, 11:56:17 PM
They are produced by a company called 4D. Their shop is in London, more or less outside of Fenchurch Street station, and about 15 minutes walk from my work. They are mainly aimed at architectural modelling, and do a wide range of scales. These just happen to be 1/150!

I do like 4D - great for popping in for bits and pieces at lunchtime, as they're very close to work for me too.

Layout looks to be coming along nicely!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 16, 2012, 12:57:02 PM
They are produced by a company called 4D. Their shop is in London, more or less outside of Fenchurch Street station, and about 15 minutes walk from my work. They are mainly aimed at architectural modelling, and do a wide range of scales. These just happen to be 1/150!

I do like 4D - great for popping in for bits and pieces at lunchtime, as they're very close to work for me too.

Layout looks to be coming along nicely!

Looks like I may pay another visit over the next week or so...more trees will be needed!

I have had a weekend off from the layout, but aim to add the sculpamould some time during the week. Still some sanding required for the roads, as well as the obligatory hole filling.

Need to get the 'wet stuff' finished before I finish off the retaining walls...which will involve a lot of mountboard. Also going to start the painting soon...which will make an enormous difference to the layout's appearence  :D

In the meantime, I am playing around with Photoshop to try to sort out a backscene. I don't find it too user-friendly, but I am a bit of a luddite when it comes to things like this. Failing that, I'll have to go back to the old-fashioned route of painting the scene in...
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 29, 2012, 10:34:17 PM
Today I was able to take a couple of hours adding the first layers of colour to the layout. The base colour is a mixture of brown and green poster and powder paints, which dry quickly, and will be absorbed by the scuptamould, hopefully disguising any of the inevitable chips and knocks that are bound to take place.

The tunnels are starting to look more in place now, although there is still some work to do inside to hide the white foamboard used for the superstructure. Some additional scattering has been added to the trackbed since this picture was taken...
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Tunnels-3.jpg)

That picture, and the next, show the first of the buildings to be fitted in place. This is a small farm building beside the orchard, which I have needed to build into the landscape as it has quite a prominent base. The white around and leading to it will be a farm track. In the distance, some further work has taken place in the yard...
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Overall1-1.jpg)

...which is seen a little clearer here.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Yard.jpg)

This is the basis for a hard standing area around the yard, which is formed from mountboard, with the joins filled in by the same fine plaster used for the road surfaces. Where the board ends is filled with a little balsa filler, and will lead on to a gravelled/dirt area. There may well be another small building towards the front of this area as well.

Another view of the orchard area and entrance to the yard.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Hillside1.jpg)

The other building to be attached is the second farm shed. This will be beside the farm house, and again is slightly built into the landscape. Both of these structures are Tomytec.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Farm.jpg)

This picture shows an overall view of the country end of the layout, with the farm, farm buildings and workers cottages visible. You can see in the very foreground the base for the factory unit in place and given an undercoat of grey paint.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Overall-4.jpg)

The retaining wall behind the station needs to be completed - I cut the plasticard for this today - as well as the road surface, before the niceties of scatter and attaching the buildings is looked at...
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on April 30, 2012, 12:38:29 PM
Good piccies of great work, Claude :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on May 06, 2012, 07:12:29 PM
More progress, and this time progress is certainly tangible. The flock powders are starting to be added...

Work has been carried out in almost all parts of the layout over the lest two days, so to save jumping around, below is a little photographic tour of the layout from the station to the yard...

In the town the first of the buildings have been stuck down and bedded in. The car park has had a surface added, and the road has been painted with a textured paint. This did require some sanding as the texture is a little too course. I do quite like the colour of the road, the grey is fairly light...I do find a lot of N gauge road too dark.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Tour1.jpg)

Moving on, the area around the apartments has been covered, and the first layers of grass added. The base of the factory unit is also in place and painted. Most of the buildings here have now been fitted in place and bedding in also taking place.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Tour2.jpg)

Further up the layout, the farm and out building are in place; although the Tomytec farm needs a little more work. A small yard is now in place at the front of the layout, now home to a portacabin. The beginnings of the orchard are on the right at the front.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Tour3.jpg)

The road at the front leading away from the yard serves a small outbuilding in the orchard. The main road disappears into the backscene at this point, and you can see the junction for the stabling yard clearly.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Tour4.jpg)

Finally we have the yard. There is still some work to do here, as it still looks very bare.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Tour5.jpg)

This final picture shows the retaining wall beside the station, which has now been completed...
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Wall.jpg)

It still looks very bare at the moment...hopefully the addition of the tress will change the appearance.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: OwL on May 07, 2012, 10:18:56 AM
Excellent Layout Claude, coming on really well. Great attention to detail. 10 out of 10. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on September 16, 2012, 05:40:43 PM
As some will no doubt be aware, I have recently been diverted into the world of pre-grouping Sussex. However fear not, my focus has not entirely left the far east, with work plodding on with Kanjiyama.

Since my last update, quite a bit has changed. Trees have been sprouting up, especially on the sidings board. The last time we saw this section it was still pretty bare..this has now changed!  :D

We are not quite there yet, but buildings, various bits of detritus and general undergrowth has appeared, as can be seen here.

A JRF DE10 rests between duties in the loco siding. The road tanker in the foreground is for refuelling the Kanjiyama line units that stable here.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/DE10.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/DE101.jpg)

Speaking of which, one of the units, a KiHa58 set rests in the yard in the outer siding.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/KiHa58.jpg)

A single car KiHa53 sits in the middle sidings.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/KiHa53.jpg)

The Kanjiyama line has a number of small locos of its own...this is their DD16 shunter.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/DD16.jpg)

Finally, some overall pictures of the yard board.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Overall2-1.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Overall1-3.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Overall3.jpg)

We have a club 'work day' at the end of the month, which should hopefully see more progress on the station board, and then the club open day at the end of October...the layout's debut showing... :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on December 08, 2012, 10:08:15 PM
Not too much has happened on the layout over the previous couple of months, although yesterday I finally managed to get a couple of hours in the dining room to put together the long overdue backscene for the station board.

I have been hunting around for quite some time for a suitable image to use. As Kanjiyama is set in the mountain, I wanted a mountainous scene, without looking too European, or American; however Japanese scenes are really tricky to get hold of, especially decent sized panoramas. European Alpine scenes would be fine, as many mountain views in Japan look German, or Swiss, with lots of pine and rocky outcrops.

In the end, it was not just one scene that was used. I had an overall image upon which I overlayed a number of smaller scenes, for example a closer hillside behind the farm. The various joins were disguised by trees and bushes.

This overall view shows the town board, although the light in the shed is not great.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0352.jpg)

The backscene runs behind the main station board, and along the station end. This is mainly to provide some protection for the buildings immediately behind the platforms along the end of the layout. This end board is still being completed, with a couple of additional pictures - including a view of the disused trackbed looking away from the station - to be added.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0354.jpg)

There are two roads which lead directly into the backscene in the town. The main road has a simple Japanese street scene culled from the net, whilst the other is simply a photo of one of the buildings already on the layout, cut out and fixed to the backscene. This keeps the style of building the same, as well as (and perhaps more importantly) the shade of road surface.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0355.jpg)

Finally we move up to the farm. The same technique as in the town has been used for the barn. In addition, an additional wooded hillside scene has been added to improve the visual effect...a number of trees have been added to try to blend the backscene.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0353.jpg)

It's not perfect...the colours are a little pale (although distance views often are) and you can see the joins. I am also not absolutely happy with the quality of the card used, it has not fixed to the backscene perfectly. That said, it looks pretty good, and I am reasonably pleased with it.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on December 08, 2012, 10:18:08 PM
You have good reason to be pleased, Claude.
I think it looks very, very good :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Pengi on December 09, 2012, 07:18:16 AM
I love your Japanese railways. It was seeing Yamanouchi Oshika at the Gaugemaster show that finally decided me to convert from OO to N.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Lawrence on December 09, 2012, 07:25:13 PM
Stunning CD, what a great village scene, love it.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Maurits71 on December 09, 2012, 07:34:47 PM
Owhaio gosaimos, have for some reason missed this topic, love it, well done.

would only suggest to do something about your hills, bit of plaster of Parish, some demolition and paint and it looks much better.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on December 09, 2012, 08:49:41 PM
Thanks for the comments all!

Not sure I want too many more hills...I already have a few! I don't really use plaster of Paris as it can be quite fragile and liable to crack if you are not careful.

If you like hillsides, my club's Japanese layout - Yamanouchi Oshika - has a few!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on January 05, 2013, 01:54:41 PM
Well, we are now into a new year...and this year the layout will be completed! It's only taken three years since delivery of the boards!

Over the last couple of months between jobs, I have been able to take advantage of some available time, and press on with those tasks that needed doing...just little things; extra foliage, a new shrine in the town centre, telegraph poles etc.

I am also on the homeward stretch as the layout is due at its first exhibition in February (the Midhurst show, Sunday 17th; the usual stamping ground for the club).

Today I was able to get a couple of pictures of the town board following an outing to the club last night for opinions (I have a list of minor tweaks and changes based on feedback!). This first shot shows the board with the board join dowels. These are really only guides, as the boards are held together by coach bolts.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Overall1-4_zpsaee0b19a.jpg)

Looking the other way, the main street can be seen clearly. I am still thinking about suitable road markings. At the very least I will need to unleash the steady hand (if one can be found!) and add the white lines along the shoulder of the road. The very front of the layout will need some attention as well. The front will be protected by a perspex sheet, so more growth and foliage will be added here.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Overall2-2_zps853517d6.jpg)

The idea for the station design is that it was originally on a through route, which was curtailed in the mid 1980s. This means the tracks stop suddenly, however the track bed continues. Some time was spend hunting down a suitable picture for the back scene, which was blended with the main backscene image by using the footbridge, plenty of trees and a fence.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Station3_zpseee4e561.jpg)

The opposite end of the station has had a couple of little details added. The foot crossing now has the yellow lining, and the two red stop lights have been added - orange poles - to guard the foot crossing. The small maintenance yard at the front still looks a little bare; I'll see what I can add without it getting cluttered. One of the new Kato Toyota Hiace vans - in JR Eastern livery - will be added to this area.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Town3_zpse48301bb.jpg)

Back to the main station, and a couple of shots of the station with a Kato KiHa110 two-car DMU in platform 1. I have two of these two-car units and another two single cars, which form the basis of the JR Eastern passenger service on the branch.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Station1_zps9c14bf3c.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Station2_zps1e4d2df5.jpg)

Finally I have more or less completed the factory scene. A few pallets have been dotted around, as well as some fencing along the back. I'm quite pleased with it, although the yard surface needs a little more weathering. The rather nice lorry is a Tomytec product.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Factory-1_zps8444febc.jpg)

We have a final working day in about a months time before this layout, along with five others (yes five!) represent the club in some shape or form at the Midhurst show...
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Oldman on January 05, 2013, 02:01:11 PM
Looks good. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Lawrence on January 05, 2013, 02:13:44 PM
Stunning  :heart2:  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on January 05, 2013, 02:40:47 PM
A lovely looking layout, Claude :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: grumbeast on January 05, 2013, 08:31:38 PM
Looking great Claude, love the simplicity of the scene.  As for the road markings, I've seen videos on YouTube where people use very fine lining tape.  I'm not sure what this is, but this would alleviate the need for a steady hand

Graham
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Oldman on January 05, 2013, 08:41:55 PM
I know its a smaller scale but would this help?
http://www.tgauge.com/product/51/4/traffic-sign-set (http://www.tgauge.com/product/51/4/traffic-sign-set)

Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on January 05, 2013, 08:49:01 PM
Thanks for the comments all!

The T gauge stuff looks interesting. The only draw-back with transfers is that the road surface is quite rough and may not adhere too well. I will be investigating.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Pengi on January 05, 2013, 09:45:06 PM
Excellent Claude. I shall look forward to seeing this at the Midhurst show!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 03, 2013, 11:15:11 PM
We have had another of our club's occasional working days, in preparation for an upcoming exhibition, which has given me the opportunity to carry out some long overdue work on Kanjiyama.

First up is the completion and positioning of the fuelling point. This is not a slavish copy of anything in particular, more my version of the fuelling point shown in an earlier prototype photograph. It is probably not accurate either, with pipes leading to apparatus which seems to me to be logical, but is probably totally wrong in reality!

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Refuelling_zps062058d5.jpg)

As you can see, it is of mixed parentage...with the pipe from the Tomytec lorry being wire casing, and the pipe to fuel the trains being black thread. I cannot recall the company that produced the really nice black and yellow fencing. The little man is a Preisler model, with just the right pose to fit behind the truck!

As well as some trees and stuff, the main addition to the layout is the plexiglass protection along the front...a necessity for exhibiting as it keeps fingers away from the stock and other fragile items! Here it is being fitted...

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/PlexiglassFitting_zps1bc7d366.jpg)

...and then following completion, with the addition of the curtain, especially made for the layout. Looks very smart!

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/OverallwithCurtain_zpsdf68f463.jpg)

Well, just a couple more weeks before showing, so I also sorted out my stock for the layout in a specific carry case. Saves all the hassle of unpacking and packing during the show... The case is the Parkwood 'Park 'n' Go'.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/03-02-13_zps6f691289.jpg)

Finally, this a shot of a rather busy looking yard. I need to remember to fit the number plate to that TDE10!

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Yard_zps1524318a.jpg)

Now only two weeks until Midhurst...hopefully see one or two there!  :wave:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: longbridge on February 04, 2013, 03:04:12 AM
As always a first class layout with lovely scenes, love the cheerful look of the Japanese Locos they are not over done like some of the British ones.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Sprintex on February 04, 2013, 07:13:02 AM
Got to say this is one of the best JR layouts I've seen. Too many seem to me to have lots of brightly coloured buildings plonked on which perpetuate the 'toy' element. You seem to have achieved a nice toned-down look with a few bright colours still in evidence  :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: rusticged on February 04, 2013, 08:08:17 AM
 :thumbsup:
Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the development of your layout. You have done a wonderful job and I really like the look of it all. I am sure it will be appreciated at the upcoming exhibition.
Cheers.

Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 04, 2013, 08:10:19 AM
Thanks  :thumbsup:

I too like the colourful nature of Japanese stick...certainly that TDE10 is distinctive.

I have tried to avoid the usual toy-like appearance of so many Japanese models. I'm not sure why this happens, but it's probably due to the huge amount of good-quality ready to plonk stuff...the same issue German modelling can suffer with. Take a look at some of the Japanese model magazines; some of the modelling in there is spectacular.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Dock Shunter on February 04, 2013, 11:36:19 AM
Fantastic looking Layout Claude..... :thumbsup:
I love Japanese DMUs....especially the KiHa 110s,120s,130s,and your layout is perfect for showing them off.
Hope the show goes well..... :thumbsup: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Chris on February 04, 2013, 07:19:02 PM
Wonderful work! Sadly cannot make Midhurst but hope you have a great time. This should certainly be a crowd-puller.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Pengi on February 04, 2013, 09:11:06 PM
Terrific work once again Claude.

Hope to make it to Midhurst but not sure yet (must remember to get there early as car-park fills up very quickly)
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 04, 2013, 09:26:42 PM
Terrific work once again Claude.

Hope to make it to Midhurst but not sure yet (must remember to get there early as car-park fills up very quickly)

Thanks... If you are going to Midhurst do get there early as half of the car park is being dug up, so parking is extra specially slim!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Pengi on February 05, 2013, 11:07:57 PM
Terrific work once again Claude.

Hope to make it to Midhurst but not sure yet (must remember to get there early as car-park fills up very quickly)

Thanks... If you are going to Midhurst do get there early as half of the car park is being dug up, so parking is extra specially slim!

That is really annoying - why dig up the car park when there is a major event such as the railway exhibition? Maybe they should restore the Middy line then I could get a train!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 18, 2013, 10:47:24 PM
Well, we had the Midhurst show on Sunday, and I was very pleased with the way Kanjiyama performed...more or less faultlessly. It is testament to the extremely high standard of electrics on the layout that I encountered no issues; I can say that with no hint of bragging as I did not do the electrics on the layout!  :no:  :D

I am in the process of sorting the pictures out, but here are a couple of snaps of the layout; which is now essentially complete. There will be some tinkering to do, and I will look to add a lighting pelmet over the next few months, but the major graft is done...  :claphappy:

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Station_zps5013c050.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Town1_zps8d217a85.jpg)

Now, what is THAT doing there?

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/CEP_zpse5c54532.jpg)

Finally, spot the odd one out in the yard!

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Yard3_zps24ab5762.jpg)

I'd better keep quiet about the Amtrak F40 sitting in the platform at the same time!  :worried:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Chetcombe on February 19, 2013, 12:03:14 AM
Great photos :thumbsup:

Gotta love those interlopers - they must have extended the Channel Tunnel by a few thousand miles since I last checked :doh:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: longbridge on February 19, 2013, 02:50:04 AM
Lovely pictures of a great layout, pleased everything went well for you  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Pengi on February 19, 2013, 05:48:35 AM
I was sorry not to get to this show and glad it all went well. Love the layout and great to see the Southern train appearing again
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on February 19, 2013, 07:55:49 AM
First class, Claude :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Caz on February 19, 2013, 09:47:58 AM
For a wormery it ain't half bad, lots of attention to detail and the back scene looks awesome, thanks for posting.  :beers:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 19, 2013, 10:11:45 PM
Thanks all... I could not resist the end of show larking around...I always try to get something interesting to run...

In a way it is on a hiding to nothing at shows. It's foreign (clearly a bad thing for a lot of visitors at a small local show!), 'modern' (i.e. not steam) and worse still predominantly operated by units; which in itself is unusual for an exhibition layout.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Phil Hendry on March 07, 2013, 10:32:48 PM
Lovely layout - I particularly like the 'semi-rural' feel, with slightly subdued colouring.  Makes a nice change from brash urban layouts, loaded with advertising hoardings, neon lights and vending machines in every corner (as they should be!).

Phil
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Phil Hendry on March 07, 2013, 10:42:27 PM
In a way it is on a hiding to nothing at shows. It's foreign (clearly a bad thing for a lot of visitors at a small local show!), 'modern' (i.e. not steam) and worse still predominantly operated by units; which in itself is unusual for an exhibition layout.


You just have to shock 'em...  If I think I'm getting an 'audience' that won't appreciate my usual stock of bland foreign suburban EMUs, I wheel out the Nankai Rapi:t - that makes even the most dyed-in-the-wool kettle-head blink!

http://www.nankai.co.jp/global/english/traffic/rapit/index.html (http://www.nankai.co.jp/global/english/traffic/rapit/index.html)

Cheers,
Phil
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 07, 2013, 11:13:53 PM
Thanks! In a way I am suprised there aren't that many rural Japanese layouts out there. There is plenty of stuff out there, and Japan boasts some lovely scenery.

One of the joys of Japanese layouts is the weird and wonderful selection of multiple units available. I once operated Yamanouchi Oshika solely with multiple units at one show...and yes, the Rap:t does generate a lot of interest!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Lawrence on March 08, 2013, 08:25:13 AM
I plan to make mine fairly rural, just a small town with very few modern buildings
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Phil Hendry on March 08, 2013, 08:49:07 AM
I sometimes ponder the idea of building a layout based on the Kansai Honsen - linking Nagoya with Namba.  Despite being a main line (Honsen), it is pretty rural, and a lot of the traffic on the most rural part is little KiHa 210 DMUs (the blue and silver 120-200s that Tomix make or made are right for the line).  There are some charming little traditional stations - the Kato rural station would be a good match.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 08, 2013, 10:03:21 AM
There are some very interesting little prototypes out there. I rather like the Okoba Loop in Kumamoto prefecture. A simple plan with plenty of operational interest.

On a slightly more main line perpective, I really like the idea of doing a switch-back style station based on Obasute station on the Shinonoi line. That is the leading contender for my next Japanese project!

With rural scenes, many of these Japanese communities have a mixture of modern buildings with the more traditional design. It always seems ironic to me that a society so connected with history and honouring the past and their ancestry, thinks nothing of plonking a modern concrete structure right in the heart of a picturesque country village....
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Phil Hendry on March 08, 2013, 11:46:08 AM
It always seems ironic to me that a society so connected with history and honouring the past and their ancestry, thinks nothing of plonking a modern concrete structure right in the heart of a picturesque country village....
Or of rebuilding a castle in concrete!

Phil
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Lawrence on March 08, 2013, 12:14:56 PM
I'm afraid you two have me beaten hands down for your knowledge of Japanese railways, not being able to read Japanese I have found it difficult to research so have gone for generic feel rather than any specific area (yes a cop out I know  ::) )  I did have one of those super view Odorikos, but I thought it was just too modern for what I wanted to achieve so I sold it last year and have some what I think are older style trains.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Phil Hendry on March 08, 2013, 12:27:22 PM
I'm afraid you two have me beaten hands down for your knowledge of Japanese railways, not being able to read Japanese I have found it difficult to research so have gone for generic feel rather than any specific area (yes a cop out I know  ::) )  I did have one of those super view Odorikos, but I thought it was just too modern for what I wanted to achieve so I sold it last year and have some what I think are older style trains.

I don't really read Japanese either, other than a few obvious things like 東京 (Tokyo), but if you persevere, you do gradually pick things up, particularly railway terminology - things like the system for identifying goods vehicles.  Written Japanese is complicated because there are three 'alphabets'/systems of characters in use - Hiragana (ひらがな), Katakana (カタカナ) and Kanji (漢字).  There are some useful files, compiled by Japanese speakers, in the Files section of the JRForum Yahoo Group - though I think you have to be a member to see them: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JRForum/files/Reference_data/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JRForum/files/Reference_data/)

Phil
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 08, 2013, 12:28:21 PM
I'm afraid you two have me beaten hands down for your knowledge of Japanese railways, not being able to read Japanese I have found it difficult to research so have gone for generic feel rather than any specific area (yes a cop out I know  ::) )  I did have one of those super view Odorikos, but I thought it was just too modern for what I wanted to achieve so I sold it last year and have some what I think are older style trains.

I wouldn't worry... I cannot understand japanese either; something I keep trying (and failing) to redress!

Both Kanjiyama and Yamanouchi Oshika are purely fictional, merely guided by looking at lots of photographs and some train DVDs I have managed to get hold of. Obviously (as you are well aware) the lot on the JNS forum have provided a very useful source of information.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Jack on June 07, 2013, 01:45:06 PM
Read all about it in the latest NGS Mag 3/13!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on June 07, 2013, 02:10:30 PM
Really? Great stuff, I submitted the article a few months ago, but have yet to see the latest journal. Hopefully it isn't too rambling!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Graham63 on June 29, 2013, 08:36:05 PM
Just like to say I really enjoyed the article in N Gauge mag :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on August 08, 2013, 12:48:13 PM
Took the opportunity the other day to go out to the shed and have a play!

A few snaps of the Kanjiyama line's DF50 - complete with headboards(!) - as it makes its way from the yard to the platform to collect its short rake of hoppers.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0735_zpsc3cd0c8d.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0729_zpsdaea0d1a.jpg)

Once collected, we head out of the station towards our final destination. The wagons are some of the premium Kawai products. Kawai, who have recently had some financial troubles, produce a wide range of wagons and accessories...some of the wagons are rather basic, but they do have a small selection of pricier, but far better quality offerings. These coal hoppers are three such offerings. They were initially quite the divas - especially over the points - but some minor tinkering around has made them run beautifully.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0738_zps9d347baf.jpg)

Coal is no hauled around Japan in the quantities or Europe or the US. These hoppers are actually owned by a cement company, and are pretty much the standard design of coal hopper in Japan.

The signals are Greenmax kits, whilst the funny little orange things are trimmed down, modified and repainted platform cameras; intended to replicate the warning lights for passengers using the foot crossing.

This is a view from the yard access siding, as the DF50 heads up the Kanjiyama line.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0747_zpsde3982c0.jpg)

The afternoon suns streams in on a KiHa40 resting at the fuelling point. The fuelling point has had to be hand made from the various bits and pieces I have, as nothing suitable was available commercially. The road tanker was a lucky find - managed to get it from an ebay shop in the UK - as this colour scheme is now long out of production. Only minor weathering was needed for this Tomytec model

You see? Even us Japanese modellers have to make our own stuff sometimes!  ;)

The DD51 in the foreground is resting in the loco spur having brought the hoppers from elsewhere on the JR network.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0748_zpsd80ed2c6.jpg)

Another view of the station, with a Micro Ace KiHaE131 on the JR Eastern lines, whilst a fellow MA model - a KiHa53 - rests in the Kanjiyama line platform. That fence is rather uneven...need to do something about that...
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0761_zps2c090baf.jpg)

Departing from Kanjiyama are a pair of Tomix KiHa120 railcars. These are fairly recent acquisitions - bought in time for the first exhibition the layout's completed state. It consists of one powered and one trailer car, and runs beautifully...
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0763_zps1db29284.jpg)

Now for some visitors...

This DF200 spends most of its time hauling high-speed freights on Hokkaido. It was an early purchase and does not really fit with the area I am modelling. It is, however a lovely model. It is caught here waiting to leave the yard.
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0707_zps2716f1b6.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0705_zpsc9d8536e.jpg)

This is a Kato C62 4-8-4 Express passenger loco. Some Japanese steam engines have suspect haulage capacity, but this one easily handles the 13 carriage set I bought along with this model. I need to fit those detailing parts!
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0711_zps169bd9d0.jpg)

Had a bit of play with some electric locos as well... All this lot are Kato, and from left to right they are a DD51 in blue livery, an EF16, and EF210 (I would argue this model has the best motor of any Kato product) and finally the DF200...
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0712_zps693e7097.jpg)

Finally, an overall view of the whole layout. The shed is actually less cluttered than this photo would suggest!
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_0715_zps6c2de8f5.jpg)
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on August 08, 2013, 04:04:42 PM
 :greatpicturessign: Claude,

Many thanks for posting them
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: tadpole on August 24, 2013, 11:35:49 AM
What a great layout - nice work Claude!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on August 24, 2013, 01:39:26 PM
Thanks both!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Bob Wild on January 31, 2014, 08:42:32 PM
My wife is obsessed with Japanese gardens. She even made me go on a tour viewing all the temples, which I must admit was quite an experience. But the highlight for me was staying on the twentieth floor of a hotel overlooking Fukyama railway station. It was fascinating to watch the continual stream of trains coming in and out, including a high level Shinkansen. It was just like watching a model railway - in fact that is what rekindled my interest in building one for myself.

Bob
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on January 31, 2014, 09:07:21 PM
It was a holiday in Japan back in 2008 that lead me astray into the world of Japanese models. Kanjiyama is the opposite to Tokyo and Kyoto, where I visited, but it is a side to Japan you don't see in many models; especially exhibition shows. I did not venture down toward Hiroshima, but I spend a a couple of hours on the roof of Kyoto station watching the Shinkansen at the high-level station as well as the JR West stock below.

Japanese gardens are something my wife is becoming more interested in...which is a good thing, but I suspect I may need to get the spade out this summer to attack the garden!

As an aside, Kanjiyama has a couple of dates this year:

N Gauge Forum Meet - 14th February
Berkshire N Gauge show - 5th April
East Surrey N Gauge show - 12th April (provisional)

I am also trying to get my head around another article for the layout; but need some decent up-to-date pictures.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 02, 2014, 11:01:51 PM
A little bit of progress, but not on the layout. I have set up a new website for the layout...

http://kanjiyama.moonfruit.com/# (http://kanjiyama.moonfruit.com/#)

The first serious use for my new laptop...
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 03, 2014, 08:19:21 AM
Very nice site - now bookmarked! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: roundhouse on February 03, 2014, 10:50:58 AM
Look forward to seeing the layout at the N Gauge Forum meet in just under two weeks time.

Ian
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: scotsoft on February 03, 2014, 10:55:33 AM
Very neat looking site and thank you for adding a link to the forum  :claphappy:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 04, 2014, 08:31:57 PM
Thanks chaps!

Now all I need to do is keep it more or less up-to-date,which I will endeavour to do as and when something interesting comes along.

Looking forward to the 15th and the chance to meeting a few other members!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Duncan83 on February 05, 2014, 04:54:42 PM
Really does look great, the detail on the layout is a credit to your self :D

Dunk
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 09, 2014, 08:51:33 PM
Nearly a disaster today...

I decided to get Kanjiyama out of the shed and into the garage to do some titivating, and to make it easier to load into the car on Saturday. I got to the shed only to find the heavy-duty padlock I use for the bolt had finally seized up.  :veryangry:

After much tinkering around, oathing and cursing, I had to resort to removing the screws in the bolt to open the door; and finding the right screw head was tricky (the bolt used star head screws).

Still, after spending time fiddling around with the lock and dodging rain/hail showers, Kanjiyama has now been erected in the garage. Hopefully I'll grab a couple of hours during the week before showtime on Saturday.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Tank on February 09, 2014, 08:53:44 PM
I'm glad to hear that you did this today and not Saturday morning!!! :D
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 09, 2014, 09:00:46 PM
So was I!!! Every now and then I do think in advance... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Bob Wild on February 09, 2014, 11:15:02 PM
I got to the shed only to find the heavy-duty padlock I use for the bolt had finally seized up.  :veryangry:

The lock on my shed seizes up every winter. In fact, this years seizure was discovered only this afternoon. I've developed a very quick technique with pliers, screwdrivers and copious amount of Wd40 for solving the problem. I suppose one day I'll get round to buying a new lock!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 10, 2014, 12:17:16 AM
I think this may be terminal!

Still, things were worse last week when the car went wrong. I was having nasty visions of having no car next weekend; however it turned out to be a burned out rotor arm. Duly fix...phew!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: roundhouse on February 12, 2014, 09:15:40 AM
Glad that you managed to 'break in' to your shed.
We have had our front door seizing up occasionally with all the rain. The problem is that we have quite a heavy security set up so at one point thought that we would be sleeping outside one night!!

I have now eased the door lock.

Next door though are having to go through their back garden to gain entry as their front door has completely seized!!

See you Saturday.

Ian
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 17, 2014, 09:52:43 PM
A good day was had at the open day on Saturday and fortunately there were no issues to report, with the layout running faultlessly once the points were properly cleaned!

A few pictures of Kanjiyama are below...

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Layout_zps9212c39d.jpg)
Overall picture of the layout, showing the KiHa53 and DF50 in the yard. The two posters attached to the front of the layout give some more information about various aspects of the layout; especially the stock.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Poster_zps53c507f3.jpg)
A beginners guide to Kanjiyama stock!

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Bus_zps725a04e8.jpg)
A rural scene as a local Fuji bus journeys down to the town and its connection at the station. The driver seems to have gone walkies!

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Kanjiyama_zpse8bfbfe0.jpg)
A peaceful scene in the town...

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Arrival_zps29cf660d.jpg)
Arrival at Kanjiyama
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Tank on February 17, 2014, 10:24:10 PM
A lovely layout, many thanks for coming to the meet up!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Mr.Grumpy on February 20, 2014, 07:47:28 PM
Absolutely gutted I let the meet-up pass me by. I hope you're bringing your layouts to more shows in future! I spent some time going through both the threads in your signature and I dayum I am jelly. Some wonderful, masterful work.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 20, 2014, 08:03:20 PM
Thank you very much!

Yamanouchi Oshika has one 'date' this year - Rotorail at Fareham in April; whilst Kanjiyama's next outing is to the Berkshire N Gauge group's open day at Wokingham - 5th April.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 16, 2014, 08:57:30 PM
As the weather was nice today, I did a few of those little tasks I have been putting off for ages. These included reworking the fence along the front of the layout - it was really crooked before, and was driving me nuts! Also I touched up some of those little gaps in the rock faces that only become apparent when photographing! Finally, I get rid of the dreadful brush marks on the concrete.

As well as doing these little jobs, I took one or two photographs as well...

JR Eastern
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Station1_zps839bc031.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Departure1_zps978765c5.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Departure_zpsf1a2876e.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/KiHaE131_zps89dece9c.jpg)

Kanjiyama Line
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/KiHa40Station_zps0c562bc8.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/KiHa40_zps045864ff.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Yard1_zps7acc5d8c.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/OverallYard_zps12b56d50.jpg)

Town
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Shops_zps88500fdb.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Road_zpsde39727f.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Houses_zps6a937c5a.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Appartments_zps1ab662a1.jpg)
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Mr.Grumpy on March 16, 2014, 09:28:28 PM
I love this layout. I hope to see it in real life one day.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 16, 2014, 09:34:52 PM
Thanks  :thumbsup:

The layout is at the beginning of its career, so you never know...
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on March 17, 2014, 09:36:01 AM
Smashing scenic detailing, Claude :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Lawrence on March 17, 2014, 01:14:02 PM
Stunning - love it  :heart2: something for me to aspire to  :thumbsup:
Are the platform flower beds hand made?
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Dock Shunter on March 17, 2014, 01:23:11 PM
Fantastic work Claude...... :thumbsup:
I really love the look of those DMU/EMUs and the switcher.
Will have to think hard about doing a small Japanese layout..... :hmmm:

 :thankyousign:.......Ste...
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 18, 2014, 01:52:11 PM
Thanks all!

Are the platform flower beds hand made?

I'd love to say yes, but the surrounds come with the Kato platform kit. I did fill them though!  ;)

I really love the look of those DMU/EMUs and the switcher.

I like multiple units; especially when they have as much variety as the Japanese units. The DD13 is quite a cute little model. The prototypes can still be seen in service; normally as private shunters, however I do believe at least a couple are used a yard shunters for container trains. As many have been retired, it made sense for the Kanjiyama line to take delivery of one!

Quote
Will have to think hard about doing a small Japanese layout..... :hmmm:

Go on, you know you want to!  :D

Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 01, 2014, 03:09:11 PM
I have just received the latest issue of the N Gauge Society's World Wide Group journal, the Globe, and Kanjiyama is featured. Although it appeared in the N Gauge Society magazine last year, this is a more specialised magazine, therefore has a brand new article more geared to those of us that like our N gauge a little more exotic!  ;)
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on April 01, 2014, 03:42:26 PM
Nice one, Claude :thumbsup:
Good to know the layout is getting the exposure it fully deserves
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: roundhouse on April 01, 2014, 08:30:23 PM
When is the layout next out at a show?

Ian
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 01, 2014, 09:30:13 PM
This Saturday, at the Berkshire N Gauge Society show at Wokingham, followed by Redhill the following Saturday.

As a further update, Kanjiyama will be at our club open day in Petersfield on 1st June, and then it is the summer off.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: roundhouse on April 01, 2014, 09:32:19 PM
After posting I then noticed where you were showing.
Have a good time at hose shows.

Ian
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on April 02, 2014, 01:59:58 AM

Have a good time at hose shows.

Ian

What with me wearing surgical support stockings, and Claude doing the rounds of hose shows - I'm not sure where this is all leading :hmmm:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Chatty on April 02, 2014, 04:09:10 AM

Have a good time at hose shows.

Ian

What with me wearing surgical support stockings, and Claude doing the rounds of hose shows - I'm not sure where this is all leading :hmmm:

Well at least they aren't fishnet stockings.





Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: roundhouse on April 02, 2014, 06:56:14 AM
My mistyping on my tablet strikes again!!!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: johnlambert on April 04, 2014, 09:28:03 PM
Some of those photos could almost pass for pictures of the real thing :)
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 05, 2014, 10:16:46 PM
Thanks!  :thumbsup:

Kanjiyama went out to play today - see Berkshire N Gauge open day group thread. It behaved really well, with only a couple of  tinkerings to points required throughout the day. On Friday, I took delivery of a rake of sand hoppers, which really look the business. They need some toning down; hopefully something I can look at before its next outing the following Saturday. A few pictures.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/OverallKanjiyama_zps0cfaafb1.jpg)
Overall view of the layout...

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_2974_zps2dc03f26.jpg)
A Kato DE10 arrives with the sand hoppers

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_2975_zpse2400615.jpg)
Another view of the sand train

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_2980_zpsc644dd32.jpg)
A Tarumi Line railbus departs from Kanjiyama...

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_2994_zps702f32dd.jpg)
...heading for the yard, where it goes for refueling.

P.S. Why does Photobucket lie? It runs its stupid video advertising with a glib statement telling me that the video will not interrupt the photo upload. Clearly this is  :censored:, as it takes twice a long when the video is running.  :veryangry:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Pete @ EGLM on April 05, 2014, 10:47:28 PM
 I really enjoyed looking at this layout today.  I worked in Japan for a  couple of weeks in a small town called Motegi a few years ago. It had a branch line running through it, (they even had steam occasionally, apparently), Kanjiyama really captured the feel of rural Japan as I remember it.  Well done.

Pete @ EGLM
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 05, 2014, 11:01:03 PM
Ah, although I spoke with many people today, I do recall talking to someone who mentioned they had been to Japan, and mentioned they knew of a branchline near where they were. That must have been you then. It does mean a lot when I get positive comments from those who have seen lines such as this in reality; hopefully something I will try to do when I spend a week out there in May.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Pete @ EGLM on April 05, 2014, 11:04:50 PM
Yes, that was me, and thanks for the compliment about the FGW 165!

Pete @ EGLM
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 07, 2014, 11:23:20 PM
Kanjiyama is now back in the shed following the weekend's endeavours, and Sunday gave me a chance to carry out a couple of modifications. The biggest change was the addition of some grot at the end of the platforms. Being a former through station, Kanjiyama once saw some fairly substantial trains. Today the platforms only see two or three-coach units on a a regular basis, which means over two-thirds of the platforms are unused. In rural japan, platform ends on some of the quieter lines can be quite scruffy, verging on overgrown.

For Kanjiyama, a base mixture of three different shades of scatter were initially added to a light brushing of white glue. I used  green/yellow, mid/dark green and olive green scatters (all Woodland Scenics). Once added, I had some darker, coarser scatter to create some smaller juvenile bushes. Finally, I have a few Noch bushes, which were fitted into the corners and cracks on the platforms.

It looks okay, although the photos below - taken on my phone - ain't great. I like the idea, but I will have to see how it looks in some better light (the shed is a bit dark) at Kanjiyama's next show - East Surrey N Gauge Society Show at Redhill, next Saturday.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/2014-04-06154006_zpse68bf751.jpg)

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/2014-04-06153939_zpsb1ad4f59.jpg)
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Oldman on April 07, 2014, 11:30:49 PM
Look forward to seeing the layout and you again on Saturday.

Might bring a little bit of stock with me if I can find where I have buried it.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 07, 2014, 11:33:59 PM
Hope to see you on Saturday...feel free to bring some bits along and have a play.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 12, 2014, 09:51:57 PM
Kanjiyama went out to play today at the East Surrey N gauge group's open day...

I carried out some further work last night, adding greenery to the Kanjiyama line tracks as well as further weeds and neglect at the end of the platforms. At the end of the show, a few older(i.e. JNR trains came out to play).

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/C11_zps3c427779.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/C11Kanjiyama_zps55e36ad4.jpg)
Class C11 tank engine

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Diesels2_zpse09cfddf.jpg)
DD51 and DF50 on passenger trains

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/KiHa58_zps0a8200b0.jpg)
KiHa58 arrives in the yard

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Car_zpsd3d4fd52.jpg)
Kanjiyama packs up very nicely into the back of the car! The legs are behind the front seats, whilst the tool box is to the left. The blue crate holds the stock, electrics and curtain. The other bag contains a scrap of carpet, useful when standing around on a hard floor.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Lawrence on April 12, 2014, 10:07:41 PM
Just gets better and better CD  :thumbsup:
BTW have you managed to get on to JNS recently, I can't get it to load at all  :worried:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 12, 2014, 10:10:40 PM
Thanks!

JNS not working for me either...
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Oldman on April 12, 2014, 10:36:40 PM
Nice to see you again today Nick.
As I mentioned this looks so much better in the flesh and better than the club Japanese layout.
Pleased my tram ran OK even after sitting un-used for so long.

I have also just tried JNS and not working for me either.

Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 12, 2014, 10:54:08 PM
Yes, it was good to see you again; thanks for the compliments!

Your tram was very pretty, but certainly found out that point! One of my tasks over the Easter period will be a thorough scrub of the points and track.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 19, 2014, 08:55:00 PM
A few weeks ago I got fed up with the perspex around the layout, so got shot of it. One thing I did find was yard area became very exposed, especially at the far end. To help protect the yard, I have added a new backscene...

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_3026_zps888b0acf.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_3030_zpsb8da4851.jpg)
(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_3027_zps6f748eef.jpg)

The image for scene is actually a photograph of the rock face behind the yard, taken in the highest resolution possible. Based on my usual MO, the image was pasted onto a spreadsheet and resized to fit onto a couple of A4 sheets of paper, which were fitted to a sheet of hardboard, which had been painted black to match the rest of the layout edging. The colours don't match completely sadly; my printer ain't great, but the photos do over-emphasise this...

The fence was dug out from my bits box, which fortunately was the correct length. It was given a coat of diluted brown paint.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Tank on April 21, 2014, 10:21:36 AM
It looks good.  I used to have perspex on one of my layouts, but it ruined so many good pictures.  :(  Well done!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: roundhouse on April 21, 2014, 07:37:20 PM
I have avoided using Perspex as it often gets scratched and certainly gets in the way of viewing but without it at the risk of little fingers poking delicate parts.

Ian
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on April 21, 2014, 08:08:06 PM
Being such a narrow layout, Kanjiyama certainly benefited from the protection the perspex offered, but it did have a nasty habit of getting caught on things when moving the layout about. Breaking the perspex on the way to a show would have been a disaster, and it did get in the way when viewing, so getting rid of it was the lesser of the two evils.

Thievable items, such as vehicles, towards the front of the layout are stuck down, whilst there is not too much right at the front that is easily breakable.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on June 01, 2014, 05:30:26 PM
Today Kanjiyama went out to play at our club's open day in Petersfield. I was been our first show in the town for many years, but we had a good turnout; aided in many ways by the farmers market in the town square, just around the corner...

Being an open day, as opposed to a serious show, prototypical fidelity was not adhered to strictly; which gave me the chance to run these two!  :goggleeyes:

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Tomix 300 series

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Kato 700 series

I could only run a much shorter version...a full-length Tokaido Shinkansen is the same length as the layout! But they were an obvious crowd-pleaser, even if they could only shuttle back and forth.

The next booked show is the Gaugemaster open weekend on 6th and 7th September, by which time I will hopefully have sorted out the auto-uncoupling needed for the freight train.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: roundhouse on June 02, 2014, 05:35:58 AM
We have done many such family type shows and it's a good chance to let your hair down and do such things which also entertains the non railway enthusiast type visitor.
Would like yo have done the Gaugemaster do but we have been drafted in to help on a layout at another show on the Saturday.

Ian
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on July 19, 2014, 10:01:59 PM
Just by way of an update, Kanjiyama is off out to a few more shows over the next year or so.

Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on July 20, 2014, 10:34:36 AM
Well done on getting the bookings, Claude, especially TINGS 2015 :thumbsup:
That's at least 3 NGF member layouts appearing next year.
Today Leamington - tomorrow the world! :laugh3:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Bealman on July 20, 2014, 10:43:45 AM
Echoed from Australia. Great layout and one I'd love to see.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on July 20, 2014, 12:08:51 PM
Thanks... It is nice that the layout has a steady stream of shows in the pipeline; gets me out of the house!
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on October 16, 2014, 12:44:21 PM
Read all about it!

Today is publication date for the November Continental Modeller, which features Kanjiyama...it even has a picture on the front cover (not the main picture mind)!

Six pages of inane ramblings which must have had some semblance of cohesion - they managed to get past the Editor...
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: roundhouse on October 16, 2014, 01:06:23 PM
Nick

Look forward  to seeing the article.

Ian
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on October 28, 2014, 10:10:37 PM
Last weekend saw Kanjiyama go out to play at two shows - Saturday was the Horsham MRC show, whilst the following day was our own open day.

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A Micro Ace Oranda Mura train (Holland Village Express) waits at the station.

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...before departure, and heading into the tunnel

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A KiHa40 - Cat Daughter (based on the manga cartoon GeGeGe no Kitarō) - awaits departure from Kanjiyama, whilst a DE10 is preparing to move to the stabling siding.

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My latest arrival - a 5' x 3' Japanese flag...a vain attempt to prevent the 'where is this layout set?' question.

http://youtu.be/0YP-4G_MxNA (http://youtu.be/0YP-4G_MxNA)
My first video of Kanjiyama...
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Newportnobby on October 29, 2014, 10:23:10 AM
Very nice :thumbsup:
I especially like the tunnel mouth shot and would suggest you bear it in mind for any future Photo Comp :hmmm:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Pengi on October 29, 2014, 10:37:39 AM
Very nice :thumbsup:
I especially like the tunnel mouth shot and would suggest you bear it in mind for any future Photo Comp :hmmm:
Fully agree - nice work  :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: DesertHound on October 29, 2014, 11:22:31 AM
My latest arrival - a 5' x 3' Japanese flag...a vain attempt to prevent the 'where is this layout set?' question.

... nah that won't help, you'll now just get "what flag is that then?" questions instead  ;D

A very inspiring layout. I was looking at a back issue of the NGS journal the other week, which featured this, and it really inspires me to want to go to Japan and travel on the railways.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on October 29, 2014, 12:24:42 PM
Thanks all...

Very nice :thumbsup:
I especially like the tunnel mouth shot and would suggest you bear it in mind for any future Photo Comp :hmmm:

You never know, I might have a play around with the idea. I was track cleaning, when I saw this angle and thought it might make a good frame.


... nah that won't help, you'll now just get "what flag is that then?" questions instead  ;D

A very inspiring layout. I was looking at a back issue of the NGS journal the other week, which featured this, and it really inspires me to want to go to Japan and travel on the railways.

Yes, it appeared in the NGS Journal last year (if memory serves). If you go visit Japan, be fully prepared to succumb to temptation...there is so much cool stuff out there.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: DesertHound on October 29, 2014, 03:48:54 PM
Yes, it appeared in the NGS Journal last year (if memory serves). If you go visit Japan, be fully prepared to succumb to temptation...there is so much cool stuff out there.

Like Kato galore  ;D I'm yet to lay my "ledge loop" around the room, but I'll be using Kato track for that. I know, I just know, that the temptation will arrive one day when I flee the nest (ok, to give you your grammatical fix NewportNobby, yes, I nearly did write flea  :wave:) that is Poole built Graham Farish and venture into Kato rolling stock. 'Tis the day I'd better have just won the lottery!

Dan
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 02, 2015, 10:45:32 PM
Kanjiyama is out to play again this month; answering a last-minute SOS from the Solent MRC and appearing at Eurotrack on the 21st - 22nd. We showed Yamanouchi Oshika there back in 2012, and it was an excellent show, although unfortunately I went down with a stinking cold and had to cry off on the Sunday.

More details here... http://solentmodelrailwaygroup.webs.com/modelrailwayexhibition.htm (http://solentmodelrailwaygroup.webs.com/modelrailwayexhibition.htm)

Anyone attending, do say hello!  :wave:
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 16, 2015, 10:22:16 PM
I said Kanjiyama would be out next weekend, but it turned out that I had a very-much last-minute invite to a show last Sunday. I arrived at the show yesterday at about 08:00 to assist with a couple of layouts being provided by our club, to find one had experienced an emergency the previous evening and was unavailable. A quick discussion, and I made the 15 mile trek to home to dig Kanjiyama out to bring to the show.

By 09:45 the layout was set up and trains were running. This proved to be a great opportunity to test the layout for the two-day show next weekend, but also to train some of the operators - it does take a little practice. I was also able to give some of my new arrivals a run-in...including my Tohoku Emotion set. Very nice!

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Kanjiyama_zpscde2e77a.jpg)
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on February 23, 2015, 09:06:45 PM
Kanjiyama went out to play at Eurotrack last weekend. It was a very enjoyable show, and despite a grumpy point for about 30 minutes on the Saturday, it behaved itself.

A few snaps...

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(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Kanjiyama_zps4aa27b6b.jpg)

A bit of end of show fun...

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Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Oldman on February 23, 2015, 10:46:37 PM
Same grumpy point my tram found?
Glad you are still getting out and about with it.
Title: Re: Kanjiyama - Japanese Terminus Layout
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on September 14, 2015, 09:50:16 PM
It has been ages since the last update on here...

Kanjiyama has been out and about a few times, most recently at TINGS.

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All set up on Friday and ready to roll.

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(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_6906_zpsy434w7yh.jpg)
A DF50 on a passenger train.

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Kato cuteness - a C56 tender locomotive

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/IMG_6909_zpsam0eyepc.jpg)
New toy! A Kato Imperial train...  :)

It was an enjoyable show, and in general Kanjiyama behaved well again. There was a point which played up intermittently, and the temperature in the hall did start to effect running qualities - the foot crossing started to lift slightly, fouling some of my regular units. It was good to talk to those who did stop to look at the layout.
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