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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 21940 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #405 on: June 13, 2019, 04:30:54 PM »
Chocolate trains - what a neat idea  :D

If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #406 on: June 13, 2019, 04:48:29 PM »
 :hellosign: Looking splendid Ian, thanks for posting
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #407 on: June 13, 2019, 07:40:54 PM »
Railsquid san - I've lost track of how many locos you must have! Always new photos! What's your guess?

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #408 on: June 13, 2019, 10:30:23 PM »
Now that one I most definitely like!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #409 on: June 14, 2019, 08:36:06 AM »
Railsquid san - I've lost track of how many locos you must have! Always new photos! What's your guess?

The number of locos (or more specifically powered stock) can be expressed as the "Hobby Constant", a hot topic of advanced mathematical research and which represents a paradoxical number which can never be precisely defined yet which is simultaneously Not Enough and Too Many, but which is increasing monotonically. In accordance with Einstein's little-known Theory of Domestic Relativity the size and rate of change appears different depending on the viewpoint of the observer and their role in the household (the "not another bloody train" phenomenon).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #410 on: June 14, 2019, 08:43:20 AM »
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

Well he did ask!
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #411 on: June 14, 2019, 08:47:07 AM »
It sounds a bit like Schrodinger's time independent equation.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #412 on: June 14, 2019, 09:15:33 AM »
Something like that, though I make sure I store my trains in boxes free of both cats and radioactive isotopes to minimize the risk of unintended quantum surprises.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #413 on: June 14, 2019, 10:23:36 AM »
Ah I recognise this theory, which is starting to gain lots of empirical support in the field of N gauge, and may soon become a "Law". I also subscribe to the Hobby Uncertainty principle - if members of the family believe a loco or train has been purchased, but they can't see it, does it really exist?

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #414 on: June 14, 2019, 10:36:50 AM »
I'd put Maxwell's equation in here,

Except I'm on me phone and don't know how to get the fancy symbols  :beers:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #415 on: June 14, 2019, 03:44:27 PM »
I'd put Maxwell's equation in here,


Is that the instant coffee formula?

Meanwhile I have rummaged in the Catproof Interdimensional Train Box (necessary to prevent the Stash from collapsing into a spontaneous black hole, though Mrs. Railsquid contends that has already occurred with the Railway Room/Office) and for a change we have an actual diesel, in a fetching brown livery albeit with a daring white stripe:

MicroAce DF50 (DF50 2) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

This is a DF50 (by MicroAce; Kato re-released their version to go with the coaches, but I have this one already...), and those of you who have been paying attention will remember the "D" stands for "Diesel" and the "F" (if converted into a number) represents the number of powered axles, i.e. 6, though that doesn't give you the bogie arrangement, but (surprise) it's Bo-Bo-Bo.

Now, the Chuo Line is the main railway artery running west from Tokyo, looping through the centre of Honshu and eventually reaching Nagoya, but the terrain is much less hospitable than the coastal route (Tokaido) so as built, the line was full of switchbacks and gradients etcetera. However the section from Tokyo to Kofu (the first big-ish town over the mountains) was electrified by 1931 and the line is associated with a fascinating plethora of electric stock, but whatever steam there was in the Tokyo area on this line appears to have largely faded from memory.

West of Kofu was a different matter, as electrification didn't kick off again until the 1960s, so the EF13 previously shown would have been taken off there and replaced with a kettle, or later a DF50 (or more likely a pair of DF50s) for the onward journey.

For an impression of the railway scene in the area I'm talking about, take a look at this page: http://kokuden.net/mc53/sub100/sub100-1/sub100-1-tyuse.htm

(Worryingly I appear to own models of most of the trains depicted apart from the one with the chimney).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #416 on: June 14, 2019, 03:59:29 PM »
I love the title! “Nostalgic Chou Line” and what great photos!

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #417 on: June 14, 2019, 10:39:13 PM »
 :hellosign: :greatpicturessign:
  Thanks Ian your a mine of really useful information
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #418 on: June 15, 2019, 12:06:15 AM »
A fascinating collection of photographs.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #419 on: June 15, 2019, 08:55:25 AM »
What a fascinating post!  Thank you very much indeed.

I noticed a very nice lower-quadrant stop signal in one of the photographs; it has a vaguely GWR look to it.

The mixture of Japanese and western characters is interesting.

Finally, would it be possible for you to post your recommended 'Beginners Guide to the Railways of Japan' map.  I could play 'Google Roulette' but it would be much better to have a map chosen by an expert.

Thanks again and all best wishes.

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