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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 26525 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #705 on: October 08, 2019, 06:49:28 AM »
Can't remember if I asked this at the time.... your model run ok? It looks great!

Yup, runs fine  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #706 on: October 10, 2019, 03:15:47 PM »
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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).


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In other news I have discovered a further picture (in a book) of one of these running on the Chuo Line.


And in further happy news I purchased this magazine today:

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which has a special feature on the Chuo Line (as it's 130 years old this year) including lots of excellent black and white pictures from the olden days of brown, including a third picture of an EF52 on a Chuo Line passenger train and some details about the allocation of the class which I didn't know about. Train on the front is a contemporary E233 series, vinyled-up in all-over orange for the occasion.

In other news, nothing much happening due to a pesky cold but the local photographer turned the time dial back to the 1970s and captured this stopping train up in the mountains.


Kato 115-800 series (Chuo Line) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

It is a 115 series (similar to models previously seen and superficially very similar to the 62 series) but I don't think we've seen this particular model before. However due to lack of brain power we'll have to continue the history lesson some other time.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #707 on: October 10, 2019, 04:25:19 PM »
And in today's episode of the Never-Ending Layout Story, some more work on integrating the Repurposed Scenic Block into the current scenery configuration:


left-side-hill-2019-06-25_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

...months pass...


left-side-hill-2019-10-10_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #708 on: October 10, 2019, 08:09:06 PM »
Very agreeable developments and great scenic work.

And the train on the lower line continues its stately progress...

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #709 on: October 11, 2019, 04:23:50 PM »
In other news, nothing much happening due to a pesky cold but the local photographer turned the time dial back to the 1970s and captured this stopping train up in the mountains.


Kato 115-800 series (Chuo Line) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

It is a 115 series (similar to models previously seen and superficially very similar to the 62 series) but I don't think we've seen this particular model before. However due to lack of brain power we'll have to continue the history lesson some other time.

Right, here's another no-holds-barred uncensored shot of a 115 series pantograph:

Kato 115-800 series (Chuo Line) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

If you look carefully, you can seen the section of roof where the pantograph is located is slightly lower than the surrounding sections - this is due to the low profile of the two major tunnels on the Chuo Line west of Tokyo, which at the time (late 19th century) were the first really long tunnels in Japan and were inconveniently not excavated with later electrification in mind. This means that the original standard roof-mounted pantograph would be an impractically tight fit, so the solution was simply to lower the roof. This solution was applied to quite a few "modernisation-era" train types running on the Chuo Line, which were generally given the subclass suffix "-800". Earlier types simply had the entire roof section lowered; more modern types benefited from advances in pantograph design which removed the need for a lower roof section.

In slightly related news, my visit to a train depot the other week resulted in the knowledge that one of them there pantographs can easily weigh a couple of tonnes. I forget the precise figure due to being in charge of the Squidlet, but it certainly gave food for thought.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #710 on: October 11, 2019, 07:04:37 PM »
I hope you manage to ride out the typhoon without too much trouble.  (Who put the T in Tokyo?)
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #711 on: October 11, 2019, 10:14:11 PM »
Yep, hope everything is ok, Ian.

I know the video that Bealette sent of the one that hit Osaka while she was there was positively scary.

The latest has certainly disrupted the rugby!
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #712 on: October 12, 2019, 12:35:20 AM »
So far so good, normally these typhoons blow through with the loss of a few trees, and some idiots who decide to go and take a look at the sea or their local river, this one is shaping up to be different. It's been raining non-stop for the last 12 hours and we are just starting to get the real typhoon rain coming through, which is going to be fun as the typhoon is still a few 100km SW of Tokyo. Fortunately we live right on the watershed of Tokyo's two major river systems so it can't flood here .

(Who put the T in Tokyo?)

The same people behind the Meiji Restoration, who moved the imperial capital here and renamed it from Edo.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #713 on: October 12, 2019, 07:04:38 AM »
The river in Hakone (which might be familar to @Bealman ) just now:



I think the bridge is the one in the 3rd photo down in this post:

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=44971.msg573737#msg573737
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #714 on: October 12, 2019, 07:31:55 AM »
Eeeeek!!!
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #715 on: October 12, 2019, 07:41:27 AM »
Hi Ian,

The BBC News here says that the main bit will be hitting Tokyo about 10 am UK time so thinking of you all over there.

Silly thing to say but take care.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #716 on: October 12, 2019, 08:19:56 AM »
Yup, the wind is just kicking off, accompanied by the mournful wailing of the flood alert sirens at the nearby river (which is downhill from Chez Railsquid).

Main issue right now is a bored 4-year old.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #717 on: October 12, 2019, 10:06:02 AM »
Stay safe Ian.
Hopefully it won’t be quite as bad as is predicted.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #718 on: October 12, 2019, 10:37:11 AM »
Thanks.

A quick earthquake for added fun:

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #719 on: October 12, 2019, 10:49:52 AM »
Thanks.

A quick earthquake for added fun:



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