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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 26354 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #690 on: September 29, 2019, 07:53:33 AM »
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #691 on: October 01, 2019, 02:47:40 PM »
A random reference shot showing the Chopstick Landscape Support in all its glory:


rear-left-scenery-2019-10-01_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Little by little I am working on covering up the "seam" between this complex multiway join of landscape sections:


rear-left-scenery-2019-10-01_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

(I count 7 separate landscape blocks visible in this photo).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #692 on: October 01, 2019, 09:03:29 PM »
A random reference shot showing the Chopstick Landscape Support in all its glory:

(I count 7 separate landscape blocks visible in this photo).

Blimey!  I think I might try a multi-level approach on my next layout as this is very impressive indeed.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #693 on: October 02, 2019, 11:02:51 AM »
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  Thanks for the updates Ian, as John said, very Impressive.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #694 on: October 02, 2019, 05:18:35 PM »
Little by little I am working on covering up the "seam" between this complex multiway join of landscape sections:


rear-left-scenery-2019-10-01_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr


Some random progress:


rear-left-scenery-2019-10-02_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

And a gratuitous look in the other direction where it's ca. 1975 and one of the last loco-hauled passenger trains on the Chuo Line is heading west out of Tokyo:


ef64-passenger-train-2019-10-02_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #695 on: October 03, 2019, 12:02:24 AM »
I think that's a very smart looking livery.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #696 on: October 03, 2019, 04:04:53 PM »
I've said this before, but once Japan got away from the "paint everything brown except the black kettles" era, trains for the most part were and are still given proper "train-like" liveries.

Meanwhile, in today's random burst of activity, the gap continues to close:


rear-left-scenery-2019-10-03_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

and I have started to sketch out the area to the rear of the train sheds:


train-yard-rear-2019-10-03_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

There will be a small "unprotected" crossing for pedestrians and two-wheeled vehicles in the gap where the front of the blue train is.

The apartment building on the left, although not the most modern (in fact it's one of the "classic" Tomix structures which has been in production since pretty much forever) is highly sought-after amongst the train fan community due to the excellent views it offers.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #697 on: October 05, 2019, 06:13:28 AM »
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  Superb updates Ian, looking good  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #698 on: October 05, 2019, 08:40:13 AM »
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  Superb updates Ian, looking good  :thumbsup:
       regards Derek.

Seconded!

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #699 on: October 05, 2019, 05:16:37 PM »
There will be a small "unprotected" crossing for pedestrians and two-wheeled vehicles in the gap where the front of the blue train is.

Something like this:


rear-left-crossing-2019-10-05_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Updated overview:

train-yard-rear-2019-10-05_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

No radical progress, but I have "painted" the sides of the visible rails to make them look more rail-like.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #700 on: October 06, 2019, 08:49:15 AM »
Slow but steady progress on the gap filling...


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #701 on: October 06, 2019, 08:52:40 AM »
Looking good, considering the confluence of all those joins at that location.

Still a few white bits to hide, though Ian!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #702 on: October 06, 2019, 03:46:46 PM »
Priority goes to hiding the plywood baseboards and swathes of bare styrofoam scenery base.

Speaking of which, the concreters have been busy around the back of the train shed:


train-yard-rear-2019-10-06_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

I also did some "proper modelling" (apparently you're only a "proper modeller" if you glue or solder together kits and paint them), specifically painted and assembled the buffer stops, which are a Greenmax kit I acquired years ago and realised would be just the thing here. Need to adjust the "concrete" base upwards a little, methinks. They will receive a more natural "embedding" as time permits.

The front now looks like this:


train-yard-front-2019-10-06_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Having had the opportunity to poke around a real-life version at the weekend, I have a much better idea of how this should be "organised".

Locos on the right are all dirt-cheap older (1980s or 1990s) models of no particular value but which run solidly and which more-or-less live on the layout for general track testing purposes, and occasionally standing in as placeholders in photographs.

Not visible are the little plugs I soldered onto the ends of the wires dangling under the layout providing optional power to the isolating sections on the locomotive sidings. This is so I can risk fixing the track in place without (hopefully) needing to un-fix it for electrickery porpoises. I did of course first remove the relevant track sections from the layout to do the actual soldering. I then connected the plugs straight back into the main feed for the block, due to lack of motivation to fit the individual switches.

(If, at this point, anyone is screaming "DCC!", you are welcome to pop round with a containerful of DCC chips and attach them to my vast collection of Japanese non-DCC stock, I'm sure it will only take a few months of full-time work).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #703 on: October 08, 2019, 04:27:30 AM »


This early electric locomotive could almost be of American or Swiss design:




Not too far off - this was the first "heavy" electric locomotive (2-Co-Co-2 arrangement) produced entirely within Japan, and was inspired in no small part by preceding classes imported from Switzerland, the USA and the UK.

Nine of these were produced between 1928 and 1931, though the last two examples were converted to another class.

Apparently they were initially not terribly successful, due to their partially experimental nature, but they were evidently good enough to last in service until 1974 in the Osaka area, and set the pattern for further electric loco development.

Now I know what you're thinking - something like "railsquid's only gone and bought a model hasn't he?".

Well we can blame @Bealman for that, because while looking up the EF52 in the Kyoto museum, I discovered evidence that at least one saw some service on the eastern Chuo Line, pictured here at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, and one need look no further than MicroAce for an N scale representation...


microace-ef52-ef52-7_A1001_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

(Second hand of course, due being out of production, the model dating from 2004).


Going back to the EF52, the other day I attended a screening of a 1931 film from the Japanese national film archive showing how one of these was made, starting from molten metal. Handouts from the event:



Silent film, so it was accompanied by an actual live piano player, which was kind of nice.

It is part of a series of events aimed at the general public so before the film was shown there was a 10 minute explanation of what an electric locomotive is.

In other news I have discovered a further picture (in a book) of one of these running on the Chuo Line.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #704 on: October 08, 2019, 05:14:29 AM »
Can't remember if I asked this at the time.... your model run ok? It looks great!
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