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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #660 on: September 07, 2019, 02:55:14 PM »

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #661 on: September 08, 2019, 02:11:51 PM »
Great progress your making and as many have said, you're educating the lot of us :)  great work
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #662 on: September 12, 2019, 01:36:56 PM »
A slight change of theme today...


Roco ET85 (BR485/885) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

If you close your eyes a little this could almost be somewhere in southern Germany, where we see this classic pre-war EMU traction sandwiching an "Umbauwagen", which is a classic (very) pre-war coach of some kind rebuilt to post-war standards.

Made by Roco ca. 1979-1985, this is very much a Rule 1 acquisition which I encountered a few years ago in one of Tokyo's many model railway shops which told me it needed a good home.

The prototype lasted in service until about 1977; see this delightful Flickr album with a bunch of pictures from their later years.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #663 on: September 12, 2019, 10:04:23 PM »
Nice looking coach.  :thumbsup:

And I love those tall pantographs! Reminds me of an exhibit in Kyoto where you could push a button and make a real one go up and down
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #664 on: September 13, 2019, 07:42:11 AM »
A very attractive and unusual DB EMU. Alas, I never saw the real-life ones in service.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #665 on: September 14, 2019, 04:31:44 PM »
So, getting a bit closer to home, a few pages back we saw this JR 209-0 series:


Tomix 209 series (Nanbu Line) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

and a bit later the wide-bodied 209-500 series:


MicroAce 209-500 series (Chuo-Sobu Line) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

To complete the trifecta, here's a 209-1000 series:


Tomix 209-1000 series (Chuo Line) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

aaaand... we're back to the narrow body. And if you look carefully it has a split front cab window, just like the E231-800 series from not so long ago, which is a sure sign it's designed to operate in underground metro-style tunnels, as a method of egress through the front of the cab is required as an evacuation route of last resort.

This is also the latest addition to the Chuo Line commuter fleet, but also the oldest, and does not interoperate with the metro network at all. Crazy, huh?

As it happens this (and its sister set) were recently retired from the Joban Line, where like the 203 series seen a while back, they operated through onto the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line. However they were knocking on a bit (almost 20 years old now) and as a couple of years back it was decided that trains from the (private) Odakyu Line, which is at the other end of the Chiyoda line, would run through onto the Joban line, and vice versa, so some modifications were necessary to cope with the Odakyu Line's signalling arrangements etc., and as an older, numerically very small class it was decided it wasn't worth the expense, and they were shuffled off into retirement.

Luckily for these sets, around the same time the E233-0 series (see here if you need a reminder ;) ) became due for an extensive mid-life refurbishment meaning a couple of sets would not be available, and the 209-1000s had just become surplus, so they were converted into Chuo Line orange and are providing a little variety. And Tomix were commendably quick to bring out a model.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #666 on: September 14, 2019, 07:37:22 PM »
 :hellosign:.   :greatpicturessign:
   Thanks Ian for the latest very interesting and informative lesson   :beers:
     regards Derek.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #667 on: September 17, 2019, 02:40:38 PM »
Another segment of handy portable embankment emerges from a heap of styrofoam blocks...


single-track-embankment-2019-09-17_91 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #668 on: September 19, 2019, 03:57:07 PM »
Having pimped up my elderly MacBook I thought I'd see if it makes video editing a little smoother, and it does, so here some random scenes which were lying about on the camera's memory card.



Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtSidxT1Z28
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #669 on: September 20, 2019, 10:33:48 AM »
 :hellosign:
Many thanks Ian an excellent video of your very interesting trains.  :thankyousign: for sharing
      regards Derek.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #670 on: September 22, 2019, 05:55:31 AM »
One of the problems with all these steep roads is that it makes it tricky to create the "interface" between road and roadside building, and for various reasons this one has ended up a metre or so higher than the road. Not entirely unprototypical, but I worry about how the people will get in and out - fortunately I found a variety pack of small 3d printed stairs with one which is just the right size.


rear-left-scenery-roadside-building_2019-09-22_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

I suspect it's not quite up to modern safety and accessibility standards, but utterly plausible for Japan.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #671 on: September 22, 2019, 07:33:17 AM »
New layout section alert klaxon!  :toot:

A depot, for trains, storage of. It has actually been there for quite a while, but I've only just worked out the best way of implementing it scenery-wise, as I have a phobia about sticking track (or anything) to the baseboard in case I need to move it (nothing you see in this picture is fixed to the baseboard other than by gravity :D ).


train-depot_2019-09-22_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 Anyway I realised the cheap 5mm foamboard is sturdy enough, while I'm not planning to make this removable-per se (it's close enough to the front of the baseboard to work on reasonably comfortably, it will be possible to shift it around a bit if needed (I'm still not 100% sure about the approach track, which I might need to move slightly).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #672 on: September 22, 2019, 07:54:01 AM »
Wots with all the wires?  :hmmm:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #673 on: September 22, 2019, 08:04:55 AM »
Wots with all the wires?  :hmmm:

Hes not DCC ;)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #674 on: September 22, 2019, 08:21:41 AM »
Wots with all the wires?  :hmmm:

Hes not DCC ;)

Correct, the wires will be threaded under the baseboard and attached to switches (with plenty of "play" in case of ground movement) once I work out what I want to do, some time next decade probably. (Actually the brown one belongs to the interior lighting of the brown shed).

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