!!

Not Registered?

Welcome!  Please register to view all of the new posts and forum boards - some of which are hidden to guests.  After registering and gaining 10 posts you will be able to sell and buy items on our N'porium.

If you have any problems registering, then please check your spam filter before emailing us.  Hotmail users seem to find their emails in the Junk folder.


Thanks for reading,
The NGF Staff.

Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 40954 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline railsquid

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25547
  • Posts: 5819
  • Country: scotland
  • Gender: Male
    • My model railway website
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #135 on: November 29, 2018, 03:55:02 AM »
Cool pics!  :thumbsup:

This curve can become a landmark photo spot for the forum!

Dunno about that, however I was originally intending to hide the entire end curve in tunnels, at some point it occurred to me that it would not only be practical to set the tunnel entrances a bit further back, but it would also make a nice scenic location to photograph trains.
Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

Online Bealman

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 23151
  • Posts: 19550
  • Country: au
  • Gender: Male
  • Promotion remains in the future
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #136 on: November 29, 2018, 04:04:21 AM »
Good decision.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

Offline Train Waiting

  • Larger Gallery
  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 3357
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
  • The Table-Top Railway.
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #137 on: November 29, 2018, 09:03:59 AM »
Thank you for these excellent photographs.

Very inspirational!

John
'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1930s to the 1950s.

For the made-up background to the railway and list of characters, please see here: https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38281.msg607991#msg607991

Offline railsquid

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25547
  • Posts: 5819
  • Country: scotland
  • Gender: Male
    • My model railway website
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #138 on: November 30, 2018, 03:54:12 AM »
So, finally got one of the hills all "shrubbed-up", using mainly Heki "Flor" which is a bit messy to work with, but is a quick and fairly easy way of covering largish swathes of scenery in a way which looks reasonably typical for Japan. Moreover it is good at disguising gaps in the scenery; everything visible in this picture (there are 8 separate scenic "blocks") is removable for various practical reasons.


Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

Offline railsquid

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25547
  • Posts: 5819
  • Country: scotland
  • Gender: Male
    • My model railway website
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #139 on: November 30, 2018, 04:02:53 AM »
And just because...



Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

Online Bealman

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 23151
  • Posts: 19550
  • Country: au
  • Gender: Male
  • Promotion remains in the future
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #140 on: November 30, 2018, 04:57:23 AM »
You're bringing back memories of my trip - that really does look like Japan!  :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

Offline Train Waiting

  • Larger Gallery
  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 3357
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
  • The Table-Top Railway.
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #141 on: November 30, 2018, 09:06:18 AM »
So, finally got one of the hills all "shrubbed-up", using mainly Heki "Flor" which is a bit messy to work with, but is a quick and fairly easy way of covering largish swathes of scenery in a way which looks reasonably typical for Japan. Moreover it is good at disguising gaps in the scenery; everything visible in this picture (there are 8 separate scenic "blocks") is removable for various practical reasons.

This is excellent; absolutely excellent.  Your removable scenery is vastly better than mine (simply no comparison!), but it proves the soundness of the concept.  I expect that for track cleaning and suchlike, the very attractive scene breaks apart and is then re-assembled.

Thank you very much for this.

John
'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1930s to the 1950s.

For the made-up background to the railway and list of characters, please see here: https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38281.msg607991#msg607991

Offline railsquid

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25547
  • Posts: 5819
  • Country: scotland
  • Gender: Male
    • My model railway website
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #142 on: November 30, 2018, 09:29:57 AM »
So, finally got one of the hills all "shrubbed-up", using mainly Heki "Flor" which is a bit messy to work with, but is a quick and fairly easy way of covering largish swathes of scenery in a way which looks reasonably typical for Japan. Moreover it is good at disguising gaps in the scenery; everything visible in this picture (there are 8 separate scenic "blocks") is removable for various practical reasons.

This is excellent; absolutely excellent.  Your removable scenery is vastly better than mine (simply no comparison!), but it proves the soundness of the concept.  I expect that for track cleaning and suchlike, the very attractive scene breaks apart and is then re-assembled.

It does indeed, here's an older shot with the main hill removed:



Check out the first few pictures in this album for an impression of how it all fits together.

I am literally making this up as I go along. Though it helps that this is right next to my desk (I work from home mainly) so I have the opportunity to ponder at comparative leisure how it all should fit together.
Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

Offline railsquid

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25547
  • Posts: 5819
  • Country: scotland
  • Gender: Male
    • My model railway website
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #143 on: December 01, 2018, 03:12:12 PM »
And in today's episode of "Shrub all the Things" we see the hilly end of the layout from an atypical viewing angle which reveals an implausible number of tunnel portals.



Also if you look carefully you can see where the glue is still drying.

Checking my photographs, these things have been under construction for a whole year  :goggleeyes:
Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

Offline railsquid

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25547
  • Posts: 5819
  • Country: scotland
  • Gender: Male
    • My model railway website
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #144 on: December 01, 2018, 03:38:37 PM »
Meanwhile, down on the farm...

Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

Offline Chris in Prague

  • Trade Count: (+14)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 24400
  • Posts: 13189
  • Country: cz
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #145 on: December 01, 2018, 07:32:55 PM »
Excellent, highly realistic scenic work.

Offline railsquid

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25547
  • Posts: 5819
  • Country: scotland
  • Gender: Male
    • My model railway website
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #146 on: December 02, 2018, 01:54:43 PM »
Today it's 2013 or early 2014, and the JNR-era 115 series EMU (similar to the unit shown previously) is on the cusp of retirement (having been repainted into the "traditional" blue and cream "Yokosuka" livery), passing a modern (post-2000) EF210 Bo-Bo-Bo DC locomotive pulling a container train. The first two containers appear to contain chilled produce from inland agricultural regions, while the generic JRF containers behind might contain printers from Epson's factory in the castle city of Matsumoto.


Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

Offline Train Waiting

  • Larger Gallery
  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 3357
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
  • The Table-Top Railway.
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #147 on: December 02, 2018, 08:20:26 PM »

Check out the first few pictures in this album for an impression of how it all fits together.

I have now had a very good look at this and it very clever indeed.  That picture stuck on the wall ending up as part of the scene was a touch of brilliance!

Thanks again and all good wishes.

John
'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1930s to the 1950s.

For the made-up background to the railway and list of characters, please see here: https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38281.msg607991#msg607991

Offline railsquid

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25547
  • Posts: 5819
  • Country: scotland
  • Gender: Male
    • My model railway website
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #148 on: December 04, 2018, 02:53:21 PM »
We now turn our attention to the lower loop, which appears to be missing a tunnel portal, though a new stone embankment is sellotaped in place waiting for the glue to dry.





It's possible the landscapers will be called in to shift the green embankment on the left a few mm further away from the trains.
Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

Offline railsquid

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25547
  • Posts: 5819
  • Country: scotland
  • Gender: Male
    • My model railway website
    • Awards
Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #149 on: December 05, 2018, 02:40:51 PM »
Still no tunnel portal, but fencing has appeared. Also, I took the opportunity to straighten out the rear shed-like building, which is a Tomytec snap-together kit, but the parts were somewhat warped.





« Last Edit: December 05, 2018, 02:43:12 PM by railsquid »
Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

 

Please Support Us!
July Goal: £60.00
Due Date: Jul 31
Total Receipts: £15.00
Below Goal: £45.00
Site Currency: GBP
25% 
July Donations

SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal