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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #360 on: September 10, 2018, 02:18:58 AM »
I'm a little confused by the numbering on the silver sign he is standing behind though. Don't seem to be consistent in both pics as dates, for instance, if they show day, month and year from left to right. :-\ :hmmm:


Format is year-month-day from left to right. This year is Heisei 30, last year was Heisei 29 and next year will be Heisei 31, but only until the end of April, which is when the Emperor will be clocking out for the last time for a long-overdue retirement. Unfortunately for anyone in the calendar/diary business, they're not revealing the name of the new era until just before then.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #361 on: September 10, 2018, 02:38:17 AM »
Great pictures, Ian!!  :beers:
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #362 on: September 11, 2018, 12:30:58 AM »
I'm a little confused by the numbering on the silver sign he is standing behind though. Don't seem to be consistent in both pics as dates, for instance, if they show day, month and year from left to right. :-\ :hmmm:


Format is year-month-day from left to right. This year is Heisei 30, last year was Heisei 29 and next year will be Heisei 31, but only until the end of April, which is when the Emperor will be clocking out for the last time for a long-overdue retirement. Unfortunately for anyone in the calendar/diary business, they're not revealing the name of the new era until just before then.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #363 on: September 25, 2018, 03:18:48 PM »
Looking at the date of the last post, I've been slacking somewhat, it would seem. To make up for things, here's a 6-car MicroAce Chuo Line 101 series acquired for loose change:



The model itself must be 15 or so years old and is the earlier MicroAce style with no flywheel so is a bit growly, but otherwise runs fine. Kato do a more recent, nicer model, but this one will make a nice restoration/detailing project.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #364 on: November 12, 2018, 02:45:51 PM »
Oh dear, I've been slacking again... This time, for a change, a kettle in one of the many shades of colourful black so popular in Japan, in the form of a C62 4-6-4 (the largest passenger steam locomotive to run in Japan, and the second largest to run on Cape gauge), from MicroAce:



Not the best model (motor-in-the-cab, 12-inch wide leading bogie wheel treads etc.), but it is 20 years old and cost about as many pounds, runs nice and reliably with no fuss, and scratches a Rule 1 itch.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #365 on: November 19, 2018, 11:05:26 AM »
It is actually part of a set and came with six coaches, unfortunately my brain was not fully engaged while bidding and I got my Japanese birds confused, assuming this was a "Tsubame" ("Swallow") set, but it is actually a "Kamome" ("Seagull') one. "Tsubame" being the post-war, pre-Shinkansen express between Tokyo and Osaka, whereas Kamome ran (in the form depicted by the set) from Kyoto west to Kyushu ca. 1960, which is somewhat outside of my preferred bailiwick.





But never mind, I quite like it anyway, and I'm sure if I do a bit of research I can repurpose it to something a bit closer to "home".
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #366 on: November 19, 2018, 11:13:36 AM »
Annoyingly however this set fromMicroAce's "early" period in the very late 90's/early 2000s where I can only presume they sat down and decided that many modellers will be modelling stunt motorcyclists doing jumps between coaches, and left a correspondingly large gap (upper pair, note also the difference between original wheelsets on the left and replacements on the right):



Replacing them with Kato Coupler "N" (black, catalogue number 11-702, simple knuckle-coupler) improves the situation somewhat (middle pair), and replacing them with Kato Couple "N JP" (black, catalogue number 11-721, knuckle-coupler with jumper wire attachments) is even better (lower pair), unfortunately they don't sit well in the coupling sockets and are prone to binding with attendant uncoupling/derailing, so I settled on the middle variant as a compromise, which doesn't look too bad.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #367 on: November 19, 2018, 07:54:56 PM »
 :hellosign: :greatpicturessign:  Thanks for sharing Ian, looking good
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #368 on: November 23, 2018, 06:43:28 AM »
Continuing the brown theme, time for something... American!



Well, made in America and imported to Japan in 1926. Manufactured in N gauge much more recently by Tomytec as one of their unpowered "display" models, here acquired 2nd hand with the motor mechanism fitted, for about the same price as the unpowered model would cost new.



No working lights of course, though it wouldn't surprise me if someone does an after-market kit (at least for the front light, those tail lamps look a bit on the fiddly side).
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #369 on: November 23, 2018, 07:26:08 AM »
I used to be familiar with American locos, and I recognise the model.

However, old age along with being at bowling club while Anne is in Darwin have induced memory loss  ;)

What exactly is that locomotive?

Looks like a Pennsy beast.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #370 on: November 23, 2018, 07:35:26 AM »
I used to be familiar with American locos, and I recognise the model.

However, old age along with being at bowling club while Anne is in Darwin have induced memory loss  ;)

What exactly is that locomotive?

Looks like a Pennsy beast.

In Japan it's an ED14; it's made by General Electric. I have no idea whether it's a prototype which ever ran in the US, but Japan ordered a bunch of electric locomotives from various overseas manufacturers in the 1920s. It could well be a custom job for Japan, in the same way as this ED17 from English Electric:



(Apparently all 4 of the ED14s are preserved).
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #371 on: November 23, 2018, 07:45:03 AM »
Either way, it's a cool model, especially the way you have a knack of finding a bargain and breathing life into it.  :thumbsup: :beers:
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #372 on: November 24, 2018, 03:55:50 AM »
The ED14 does look not entirely dissimilar to these North American locos I happened on by chance just now:

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #373 on: November 24, 2018, 04:49:04 AM »
Would they have had one at Kyoto Railway Museum, I wonder?

Have to look back through my pics!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #374 on: November 24, 2018, 06:20:25 AM »
An equivalent GE Bo-Bo dating from 1916 and operated by Canadian National is shown in the Flickr link below....

https://www.flickr.com/photos/72399068@N08/11086189146/in/album-72157629102764952/

They remained in service until the mid 1990's!!

I've got an ED17, ED18 and EF57 on my US outline layout due to their similarities to some of the North American electric equipment (particularly due to the current lack of ready to run US electrics - Unless you want a large fleet of GG1's.....)

 

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