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Author Topic: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N  (Read 44475 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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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #396 on: August 29, 2019, 08:27:19 PM »
Well, here's my first Japanese outline purchase. Apparently it's a KuMoHa 12. But I just like that it looks a bit old fashioned but very Japanese!

It's not as silent as my other Kato model (an UP diesel; SD45 I think) so a quick question: is that normal and do I want to add some Peco oil to exposed gears? It's been running for about half an hour in each direction, and sounds a little quieter, but any advice would be welcomed!

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #397 on: August 29, 2019, 08:51:45 PM »
Looks like the thin end of a slippery slope to me, NeMo!

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #398 on: August 30, 2019, 12:31:51 AM »
Well, here's my first Japanese outline purchase. Apparently it's a KuMoHa 12. But I just like that it looks a bit old fashioned but very Japanese!

It's not as silent as my other Kato model (an UP diesel; SD45 I think) so a quick question: is that normal and do I want to add some Peco oil to exposed gears? It's been running for about half an hour in each direction, and sounds a little quieter, but any advice would be welcomed!


The versions ones I have seem a little on the not-silent-side, but within normal range for Kato multiple units.

BTW Kato (or any other Japanese manufacturer) don't specify running in.

And err welcome to the club  :claphappy:
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #399 on: September 13, 2019, 02:34:44 PM »
Uh oh. Despite counselling about the dangers, I have bought my first Japanese model. Duty of 25.69 included an 8 Royal Mail handling fee.

I do like the maker's packaging. It puts UK manufacturers to shame.



(OK, well that was my first attempt to post a picture here. Bear with me.)

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #400 on: September 13, 2019, 02:51:11 PM »
Here's what you see when you open the box.



I bought the basic 3-car set (the lower half of the box has space for the additional 3 cars). Thanks to Railsquid's erudite explanation of "hematopoiesis", I avoided choosing the 3 car add-on set. (It was to do with similarity of the Japanese words.)

I got them because I just love the colours. Now to clear some of the mess on the baseboard and put them on some track. This will require a longer pause!
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #401 on: September 13, 2019, 03:01:37 PM »


Now you're on the slippery slope, have a look next at it's rather splendid cousin, the E259 8)

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase. - Japanese N
« Reply #402 on: September 13, 2019, 03:04:52 PM »
Uh oh. Despite counselling about the dangers

What dangers?  :angel:

I have bought my first Japanese model. Duty of 25.69 included an 8 Royal Mail handling fee.

 :goggleeyes: :goggleeyes: :goggleeyes:

I do like the maker's packaging. It puts UK manufacturers to shame.



I was about to post that you have bought something from Tomix, when you posted the next picture ;)

Anyway congratulations, that happens to be a slightly improved reissue of the model which was (ca. 1991) a game changer in the Japanese N gauge world as it was a quantum leap in model quality (which at that time was still basically in the split-chassis-filling-the-driving-cab stage) and had all new features like close couplings.

The prototype is, as it says on the box, the Narita Express linking Tokyo to its somewhat distant Narita Airport, and was introduced ca. 1990 and replaced in 2009 (by the E259 posted above) due to being old and clapped out (in Japanese terms), though a couple of sets have been retained for lesser duties.
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