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Author Topic: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N  (Read 43789 times)

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #390 on: January 18, 2019, 01:24:28 PM »
One of the nice things about the Japanese N gauge market is that you can get sets represented in very specific states [1], such as this MicroAce 183 0/1500 series, which is as it would have run 1993/1994 on Kaiji/Azusa services from Tokyo westwards.


MicrAce 183 0/1500 series by Rail Squid, on Flickr

One of the other nice things about the Japanese N gauge market is that sellers will often heavily discount items if they are in less than perfect condition, and indeed this set is suffering from massive damage to the end of one car:


microace-a0569_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Or maybe it's just something any railsquid worthy of the name can replace from a pile of spare parts.  :beers

[1] though I have accidentally ended up with duplicates of the exact same protoype in subtly different configurations
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #391 on: February 02, 2019, 12:44:15 PM »
A new "cutting mat" for exclusive use in rolling stock repairs, as the existing one has become somewhat scenery-stained:



A somewhat lighter colour too, which should aid tracing errant parts.

Also a 2nd hand Kato E235 coach to bring my existing set up to 5 cars (11 would be prototypical, but 5 or 6 are a good compromise), and a small box of Tomix-branded workperson figures, which are however "Made in Germany" (Preiser? Noch?) and somewhat too tall and blond for local conditions, but I am sure work can be found for them on another part of the layout.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #392 on: April 18, 2019, 10:14:43 AM »
As the old saying goes, "while the mojo's away the credit card will play" and somehow I have ended up with a brand-new Kato E353 series (the prototype, introduced in 2017, is the latest generation of stock for Azusa/Kaiji services on the Chuo Line).


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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #393 on: May 13, 2019, 04:11:45 PM »
Time to take a break from all that layouty stuff and acquire some more bargain second-hand stock in need of a little lubrication, yes yet another 183/189 series:


Microace 183-1500/189 series by Rail Squid, on Flickr

This time in "Asama" livery, "Asama" being the traditional name of express trains running between Tokyo and Nagano, which were Shinkansen-ized in 1997, releasing a large amount of still serviceable stock which was cascaded to other services, including the Chuo Line, where in this configuration it worked "Hamakaiji" services between Yokohama and Matsumoto in central Japan.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #394 on: May 14, 2019, 03:18:09 PM »
 :hellosign:. Very nice addition Ian, thanks for sharing. I take it you are a fan of the 183/189 series  :thumbsup:
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #395 on: May 20, 2019, 03:40:47 PM »
Correct  :thumbsup:

Meanwhile, not N scale rolling stock but a book about N scale rolling stock - I came across this handy little volume in my local bookstore providing background information on Japanese N gauge freight wagons:


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