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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 18794 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #345 on: May 12, 2019, 08:27:41 PM »
Thank you very much indeed for these lovely photographs of steam power in action on your super layout.

No. C62 1 looks very much like the 4-6-4 that George included a photograph of in his wonderful 'Japanese Adventure' thread.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #346 on: May 12, 2019, 08:44:21 PM »
2 posts with  a c62 and an EF66!  Thank you thank You!

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #347 on: May 13, 2019, 12:47:10 AM »
Really must get myself a C62, lovely looking locos and I have a rake of those coaches kicking about which will look good behind it. Were they used for Royal trains Ian?

A brief search appears to indicate this was very rarely the case, per Wikipedia only C62 25 and 30 on a couple of occasions.

I see C62 25 is in the Kyoto Museum, per @Bealman's picture here.

Thank you very much indeed for these lovely photographs of steam power in action on your super layout.

No. C62 1 looks very much like the 4-6-4 that George included a photograph of in his wonderful 'Japanese Adventure' thread.

Indeed!

2 posts with  a c62 and an EF66!  Thank you thank You!

I should point out neither are the latest models either, the EF66 is an old Tomix one with springworm drive probably from the 1980s or early 1990s, but which is quite reliable and I keep it around for testing the layout, though I'm also trying to do it up a little with spare parts from newer models when I get a chance. Here's a comparison between new (left) and old (right):


Tomix EF66 new vs old by Rail Squid, on Flickr

The C62 is a MicroAce model, ca. 20 years old, motor-in-the-cab foot-wide leading bogie tyres technology, but it and the set of coaches only set me back 20 quid or so and it's a solid runner, at least going forwards.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #348 on: May 13, 2019, 08:04:09 AM »
Only when I climbed up on it in Kyoto  ;)  :)

Harping back to Japanese track (ie Kato & Tomix), and especially in light of recent threads about disguising it, it really a shame it only comes in Code 80 flavours.

I can't spot Henry in that second pic, by the way.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #349 on: May 14, 2019, 04:01:51 AM »
I can't spot Henry in that second pic, by the way.

Have you tried looking behind you?

Harping back to Japanese track (ie Kato & Tomix), and especially in light of recent threads about disguising it, it really a shame it only comes in Code 80 flavours.

I suspect that is one of those things like the continuing DC-only orientation which works just fine for most people and there is little impetus to change.

Now what I would really like are some Tomix 7.5º curves for slighly more subtle changes of track direction than are currently possible; currently I have to resort to cutting 15º sections in half, which is doable but not-quite-satisfactory.


tomix-track-cut-2019-05-13_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #350 on: May 14, 2019, 04:14:44 AM »
Yes, it's difficult to get sweeping type curves with this track. I'm sure it's been asked before, but is flexible track available in these systems?
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #351 on: May 14, 2019, 04:27:24 AM »
Yes, it's difficult to get sweeping type curves with this track.

Not even sweeping curves; I just wanted to angle the front set of tracks on the main loop inwards slightly, so they're not running parallel to the edge of the front of the baseboard; 15º (the smallest curve) is too sharp.

I'm sure it's been asked before, but is flexible track available in these systems?

Kato will sell you lengths of flexitrack, but it's just Atlas stuff.

Should I ever reach a point where I know what the heck I'm doing, I could replace some straight sections with Peco code 55 flexitrack, but for now I'm more than happy with the flexibility (hah) this system offers, as I can iteratively construct the layout in the limited time I have available, while still running trains, which is the main thing right now :D
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #352 on: May 14, 2019, 08:55:42 AM »
Meanwhile, my skilled artisanal tentacles have hewn this section of embankment (the bit with the red diesel on it, a DD51 for those taking notes, @Bealman ) out of extruded foam stuff and given it a rough coat of brown paint.


upper-single-track-embankment-2019-05-13_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

This section used to be part of the incline, but as reported previously that has been shifted further around, and the entire connecting line now travels about 5/6ths of the way around the loop. The existing section of embankment leading to the tunnel has been jacked up to de-incline it.

I was also ecstatic to find I had all the bits to wire up the connecting track as its own block section, which makes running trains easier.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #353 on: May 14, 2019, 09:03:39 AM »
Great picture. It reminds me of Hakone, so if your layout reminds me of somewhere I've been, I think you're doing something right!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #354 on: May 14, 2019, 09:28:09 AM »
Great progress Ian, glad to hear your mojo has returned - lots of varitey on display and love the Thomas the Tank interludes :)   :beers:

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #355 on: May 14, 2019, 03:20:12 PM »
So, in today's hour of manic late evening activity, the embankment has been "faced off" with concrete "panelling" of a type frequently used in Japan to hold steep bits of scenery in place. Though currently it is itself being held in place by sellotape while the glue dries.


upper-single-track-embankment-2019-05-14_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

I would have liked a gentler, greener embankment here but that would look horribly unstable and I don't want to sacrifice the road space for a shallower slope.

I also hacked out an underbridge as it provides a nice low-level view through to the station building.


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(Please excuse the wire, it powers the rail up top, I will find a better route for it soon).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #356 on: May 15, 2019, 01:18:38 AM »
So, in today's hour of manic late evening activity, the embankment has been "faced off" with concrete "panelling" of a type frequently used in Japan to hold steep bits of scenery in place. Though currently it is itself being held in place by sellotape while the glue dries.


upper-single-track-embankment-2019-05-14_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr


Glue dried, well enough to be able to remove the sellotape.


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #357 on: May 15, 2019, 07:28:06 AM »
Looking good Ian. The underbridge is a great idea but will present some interesting difficulties when lining it. (Maybe you could pre-build the lining and then jack it in place?).

A very robust looking retaining wall too.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #358 on: May 15, 2019, 07:32:22 AM »
Thanks - what interesting difficulties when lining it do you envision?
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #359 on: May 15, 2019, 07:38:05 AM »
Nothing sinister, merely the scale. But I guess that your “artisanal tentacles “ will be able to make light work of it.  :)

 

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