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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 21783 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #675 on: September 22, 2019, 08:57:03 AM »
A very useful addition to this fascinating layout.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #676 on: September 22, 2019, 09:58:39 AM »
Glad to see it's a matching colour  :D ;)
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #677 on: September 22, 2019, 06:03:34 PM »
I've got a question: I notice from the video and photos there's a single line on an incline, on the left of the main double track. Where does that go?

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #678 on: September 22, 2019, 06:55:48 PM »
Excellent video. Thanks. Those were DB carriages at one point weren't they?
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #679 on: September 22, 2019, 07:08:32 PM »
A very useful addition to this fascinating layout.

Best wishes.

John

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #680 on: September 23, 2019, 12:10:11 AM »
Excellent video. Thanks. Those were DB carriages at one point weren't they?

Actually both sets were DR :D

I've got a question: I notice from the video and photos there's a single line on an incline, on the left of the main double track. Where does that go?

It joins upper and lower layout sections, but does a 3-quarters loop around the inside of the layout first.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #681 on: September 23, 2019, 01:47:04 AM »
Some temporary "hard standing" added outside the shed.


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Please ignore the wires.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #682 on: September 23, 2019, 02:03:03 AM »
Why temporary? Looks fine to me!

Heaps better than what I achieved with plaster on my layout!

What have you used there, Ian?

I suppose the track being straight helps.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #683 on: September 23, 2019, 02:09:14 AM »
Why temporary? Looks fine to me!

Just plonked in place to see what it looks like :D

Heaps better than what I achieved with plaster on my layout!

What have you used there, Ian?

I suppose the track being straight helps.

Parts from the Tomix tram track conversion kit (part number 3079).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #684 on: September 23, 2019, 02:54:09 AM »
Easy, then! Do they have curved bits?
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #685 on: September 23, 2019, 03:21:08 AM »
Easy, then! Do they have curved bits?

Yup, albeit for the tighter tram radii only, 103/140/177mm.

It is somewhat feasible to DIY with two layers of 3mm foamboard (the Tomix rail top is 6mm) and some careful cutting, which I may also do.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #686 on: September 24, 2019, 01:16:55 AM »
Not much obvious change, but on the way home yesterday I acquired a) some Tomix "slab" track (short section visible centre-left) which is a better match for the shed/hard standing environment, and some more of the cheap 5mm foam (which I'd run out of) to form a base for the track.


train-depot_2019-09-23_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

I then spent some quality time getting restoring power to all sections, as the track has been sitting there for months without being used. For a few anxious minutes I thought the Tomix 3-way point at the entrance had decided to stop routing power, but it turned out there was a loose fishplate on the preceding track section.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #687 on: September 25, 2019, 09:47:33 PM »
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    Thanks for the updates Ian, all looking good
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #688 on: September 29, 2019, 07:03:51 AM »
Rearranged things a little to make better use of the space.


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Most of the track comes "pre-ballasted" from the original layout section, specifically from loco storage sidings which means helpfully there are feed wires attached to the underside (and all now dangling below the layout) for the realisation of isolating sections.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #689 on: September 29, 2019, 07:42:25 AM »
Will Thomas be converted to overhead pickups?
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