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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 12839 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #465 on: Yesterday at 12:41:50 AM »
Is it a Kato 10-374?

I had just Googled 'orange Japanese commuter train photos' and something by 'tutenkhamunsleeping' on the N Gauge Forum from March 2018 came up about 8 pics down  :).

Actually 10-370, I think 10-374 is the 4-car add-on set.

This 201 series model dates from ca. 1997, the protoype from ca. 1980 when it was launched as the first of a new generation of commuter trains with more efficient electrickery bits resulting in substantial (ca. 30%?) power consumption reduction compared to the earlier designs. It replaced the mix of 101 and 103 series trains, though the latter survived on the outer branches for a few years.


Kato 201 series (Chuo Line) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

The cab windows were a new, more modern-looking design, but the car bodies followed the conventional commuter train pattern, thought this was the last class to carry the all-over colour.

Replace ca. 2006 - 2008 by the previously seen E233 series.


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #466 on: Yesterday at 12:44:58 AM »
Hi railsquid

I can see why you and others like Japanese railway modelling. The passenger trains you show look very good with great variety and the quality of the models looks excellent.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #467 on: Yesterday at 01:39:11 AM »
Since my trip, I must admit I've become very interested in Japanese models.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #468 on: Yesterday at 06:20:00 AM »
They certainly are addictive.  It's the advantage of N being the dominant scale here and a wide range of trains from multiple manufacturers being available at usually quite reasonable prices and with consistent quality. Though I'd say the level of detailing is generally somewhat behind current British models and there is often a bit of self-assembly required. On the other hand there's also a huge range of 3rd party detailing parts etc. available.


Kato 201 series (Chuo Line) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

The cab windows were a new, more modern-looking design, but the car bodies followed the conventional commuter train pattern, thought this was the last class to carry the all-over colour.

Taking a brief step away from the Chuo Line, this is the successor class, the 203 series, which is basically the underground version of the 201 series designed for through-running between JR's Joban Line in the north east of Tokyo and the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (which connects with the Odakyu line linking Shinjuku with Odawara/Hakone, though at the time these were running, JR trains didn't run on it at all). This class marks the transition to the aluminium body with horizontal colour stripe which was carried through to the E233 series, but retains the classic body design, the last class to do so.


MicroAce 203 series by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Model by MicroAce, special edition representing the set on its final run in 2011 with commemorative headmark etc. Unlike other manufacturers MicroAce tend to provide models completely complete and specialize in very specific representations of particular sets at particular times. They do then tend to be somewhat more expensive (unless you fine them as absolute bargains, like this one, new it cost me less than the RRP of two Farish Mk1s  :thumbsup:).


MicroAce 203 series by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #469 on: Yesterday at 07:33:52 AM »
Now that's a great price! I really wish I'd bought a few more Kato locos that day in Tokyo. They're such beautiful runners.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #470 on: Yesterday at 07:41:55 AM »
Hi railsquid

I can see why you and others like Japanese railway modelling. The passenger trains you show look very good with great variety and the quality of the models looks excellent.

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Yes, I fully agree.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #471 on: Yesterday at 10:50:47 AM »
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It's the advantage of ... a wide range of trains from multiple manufacturers being available at usually quite reasonable prices and with consistent quality. Though I'd say the level of detailing is generally somewhat behind current British models and there is often a bit of self-assembly required.

Here in the UK the reviews and the market stress mega detailing, which must raise prices. Japanese real railways seem to produce so many prototype variations, and we can only envy the speed with which the Japanese model market follows suit  :)

For someone who loves a multiple unit, it does make Japanese modelling more tempting!

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #472 on: Yesterday at 10:54:36 AM »
You and me both, Buff!  :beers:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #473 on: Yesterday at 04:52:04 PM »
Fascinating stuff, I remember the orange ones from my time in Japan in the late 90s'. I used to live one year in Ogikubo and one year near Mitaka (both West of Tokyo - see line map):

I'm getting quite nostalgic. I hope to get a business trip in to Japan maybe 2020 and I can check out all the new trains. I will ask advice from Squid-san and Bealeman on what railway related sightseeing I should do....still very interested to see the Maglev.

@railsquid  - Is there no part of the layout that could hide a few tunnels and a dead straight maglev line? Surely the Tokyo to Nagoya extension will pass right past Takahachikawa ?  :)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #474 on: Today at 01:21:33 AM »
The Maglev, I believe, will be largely built in tunnels, particularly underneath the Tokyo area, so anyone who wishes to imagine its presence swooshing by deep beneath the baseboards is free to do so.

Takara-Tomy (parent company of Tomix) do a toy-like representation of it, though to be honest it's not a mode of transport which particularly appeals to me, either as model or prototype.


Fascinating stuff, I remember the orange ones from my time in Japan in the late 90s'. I used to live one year in Ogikubo and one year near Mitaka (both West of Tokyo - see line map):


Ah yes, Chez Railsquid is literally up the road from Mitaka. I've spent a fair bit of time over the last couple of years with the Squidlet on the bridge over the depot there.
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