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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 18795 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #315 on: April 18, 2019, 05:39:51 AM »
:hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
     Thanks Ian, always good to see your layout & trains
    regards Derek.

Seconded! What a wonderful variety of trains.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #316 on: April 18, 2019, 06:21:21 AM »
Great photographs as ever
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #317 on: April 27, 2019, 04:31:47 PM »
In case anyone is wondering, that sound you are hearing is the
MOJO RECOVERY KLAXON!!!!
:claphappy: :toot: :claphappy:

for it has just occurred to me that much of my lack of inspiration comes from having ringfenced one corner of the layout for Knotmore Street, which has resulted in a number of compromises which look good on paper but less so in practice, and moreover the physical construction would be a recipe for dissatisfaction and not something I have been looking forward to.

So with no further ado, the plans for Knotmore Street have been put on ice then bagged up and shoved in the back of the freezer pending acquisition of more space, which is not going to happen in the forseeable future.

However, silver lining and all that, it then occurred to me that I have a stub of shelf space which was three fifths of the original "Eitetsumura" layout, which I have no particular concept for, and which would make an excellent location for a Minories-esque layout which we could pretend is a even more fictitious "New Knotmore Street" representing a suburban-traffic only stub off the GWR main line. Watch this space, as they say (but don't refrain from continuing reflexive respiratory oxygen acquisition as it may be a while before the round tuits arrive).

So, back in Japan, the core layout will remain the same, but the incline connecting upper and lower levels can be moved across the layout like this:


rear-left-corner-planning-2019-04-27_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

(which also has the advantage of making it quite visible as I put a lot of work into it and it was previously quite hidden) and also give a stretch of mainline runnign through some countryside, which will be another opportunity for some mountainous hills to hide the other end curve. Moreover, previously it cut diagonally across the lower layout level which was rather restrictive, and now opens up other possibilities such as a stretch of tramline down a street of olde-style buildings like this:


tramline-planning-2019-04-27_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

all of which had a place in the previous constellation but which were only visible from the rear.

Meanwhile a random picture from a section which will remain (almost) as-is:


MicroAce 155 series by Rail Squid, on Flickr
« Last Edit: April 27, 2019, 04:40:06 PM by railsquid »
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #318 on: April 27, 2019, 05:59:46 PM »
It's good to hear the klaxon again. :beers:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #319 on: April 29, 2019, 04:00:24 PM »
The observation drone has been up observing a sudden burst of construction activity:


overview-right-end-2019-04-29_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Some sort of elevated line is winding its way through the townscape:


elevated-single-line-2019-04-29_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

A tram passes by underneath:


tramline-planning-2019-04-29_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

(actually it's not really a tram, it's a former Tokyo Metro unit converted for single-car operation on the Choshi Railway, but it's close enough).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #320 on: April 29, 2019, 04:36:39 PM »
Thanks for the latest updates, Ian. You have made a lot of progress. It's good that you have more space for your Japanese layout to be less constricted but I am sorry to no longer see Birmingham Knotmore Street. However, there are some stretches of track which don't look too Japanese where you can still run British trains?

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #321 on: April 29, 2019, 05:22:18 PM »
Thanks for the latest updates, Ian. You have made a lot of progress. It's good that you have more space for your Japanese layout to be less constricted but I am sorry to no longer see Birmingham Knotmore Street. However, there are some stretches of track which don't look too Japanese where you can still run British trains?

Well hopefully at some point I'll get round to building, oh let's call it Knotmine Street for now on the shelf stub, that should provide somewhere for the smaller local trains to run, and of course the odd special (albeit short) excursion trains with more exotic haulage. I have in mind something along the lines of this:

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/117470-birmingham-hope-st-br-ex-gcr-minories-style-urban-layout-1965/

but GWR-inspired, and in N scale, of course.

The advantage is that it will be a self-contained sub-project, though there will be a link to the rest of the layout so it can server as a (very scenic) fiddle yard.

I have a vague idea I might be able to do something with interchangeable scenic blocks on the main layout to at least be able to swap in some more British-looking scenery, we'll see how it goes.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #322 on: April 29, 2019, 05:41:48 PM »
Many thanks, Ian. I very much like the look of that fictional small Birmingham terminus. Substituting LMR for WR would enable a similarly nice mix of rolling stock and locos. I hope you'll be able to get some time to work on it, this year.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #323 on: April 29, 2019, 07:06:04 PM »
Great photographs; thank you very much.

I really enjoy this layout; very different and much to be learned from it.

I'm so glad that your revised plan has resulted in your enthusiasm returning.

Thanks again and best wishes.

John
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #324 on: April 30, 2019, 07:08:27 AM »
 :greatpicturessign: looking very good, Ian.  :thankyousign:

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #325 on: April 30, 2019, 09:43:46 AM »
Thanks for the comments  :thankyousign:

One of the things I like about the Japanese N gauge system(s) is the "rapid protoyping" they make possible, especially as one doesn't need to fix down every single track piece.

Here is the lower level station, making use of the extra space to have two through lines and a small goods siding (the structure visible on the right is a Japanese old-style goods shed, literally a shed on the platform.


lower-level-station-2019-04-30_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

I am considering whether an additional siding makes sense, in the mean time I can play with the existing configuration to see if it "works".
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #326 on: April 30, 2019, 02:36:06 PM »
While I have some time to kill before a late night conference call, a bit of testing to make sure the British locos can still cope with the incline, which is basically the same as before but the lower approach has changed. Five "Blue Riband" Mk1 coaches is the benchmark, this late Poole-era Class 90 copes just fine:


incline-2019-04-30_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr


The sign says "Warning - unusual rolling stock overhead" ;)


incline-2019-04-30_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

The incline will need to be angled over so it connects with the inner curve (the one with the brown ballast, olde-style Tomix track) which is tight but doable; this is the area where I'll need some major construction work (including another Chopstick Mountain), but based on experience with the other end of the layout it's feasible.


left-curve-planning-2019-04-30_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Please excuse the mess of hastily removed scenic elements, they will be cut up and recycled as and when.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #327 on: April 30, 2019, 05:54:41 PM »
Very nice, Ian. Great to see a BR train, too.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #328 on: May 02, 2019, 10:54:51 PM »
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:
     Good to see much progress Ian,  :thumbsup:
   regards Derek.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #329 on: May 02, 2019, 11:04:37 PM »
Damn,  making me get my Japanese Mojo back on again!

 

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