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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 33346 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #810 on: November 24, 2019, 09:26:25 AM »
Thomas?

Excellent pics. Thank you. :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #811 on: November 24, 2019, 08:28:33 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
  Nice progress Ian, like the crossing
         regards Derek.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #812 on: November 28, 2019, 11:10:08 AM »
I'm finding this layout really interesting, not only because I have little knowledge of Japanese railways, but also because you are using the excellent Kato track and trains to replicate actual scenes from where you live.

Keep up the good work....
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #813 on: November 28, 2019, 09:37:25 PM »
I think itís Tomix track.A squiddy will be along rsn to correct me
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #814 on: November 28, 2019, 10:46:15 PM »
Correct, it's Tomix track.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #815 on: November 29, 2019, 06:57:35 AM »
Correct, it's Tomix track.
I stand corrected!

But it's still a great railway....
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #816 on: November 30, 2019, 11:32:51 AM »
Thank you kind sir! Still making it up as I go along, bit by bit...

Anyway, some readers may recall the ED61 introduced a couple of months back:

Meanwhile, running light-loco we see another Blast from the Brown Past, this time one of the early "modern" locos, an ED61:


Tomix ED61 (ED61-11) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Freshly out of the "applying the fiddly bits" workshop, only 2 fiddly bits lost to posterity (fortunately Tomix provides spares).

Well you know the drill, it's electric and has 4 powered axles, and being a "modern" one is bereft of unpowered axles (at this point in their history at least) so is a Bo-Bo.

This class of 18 was built in 1958/1959 specifically for freight services on the Chuo Line and were designed with regenerative braking, which however wasn't too successful. Often working in pairs, they lasted until the mid 1970s when they were transferred to the Iida Line, for which they were rebuilt as class ED62 and received an additional non-powered axle in the middle for weight reasons.


It is joined by a relatively new addition in an unusually colourful livery for its time, an ED70 (no English article in Wikipedia alas, so I've linked to the Japanese one):


MicroAce ED70 (ED70-14) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

This is somewhat out-of-scope for Takahachikawa, but acquired as it was extremely inexpensive (and in need of maintenance) and for historical reasons, as this class was the first mainline AC production locomotive to run in Japan (20Kv at 60hz for anyone taking notes, built between 1957 and 1959) and some of the electrickery innovations involved in the development of this class were adopted and adapted during the development of the previously-mentioned DC-only ED61. There is also a certain similarity in body style, though of course rooftop details differ.

The ED70s worked passenger and freight trains on the Hokuriku Main Line which is on the northern side of Honshu ("Sea of Japan side" as it is known here) which is notoriously cold in winter and apparently AC is better suited to deal with wintery conditions. The 455/475 series EMU previously introduced also ran on this line. However, the ED70s were had a much shorter service life and all were withdrawn by 1975; the first of the class is preserved statically.

This model is a MicroAce version from 2003 and is a decent model which I don't regret purchasing, but anyone specifically interested in ED70s would be advised to choose the much more recent and better detailed Kato version.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #817 on: November 30, 2019, 11:36:46 AM »
Cool post, as always, Ian.  :beers:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #818 on: December 01, 2019, 11:23:18 AM »
While we're off-topic, there has been a bit of discussion in recent days about the viability in N gauge of one-off prototypes which have long since been scrapped.

Here a, or rather the, ED46, Japan's first (experimental) AC/DC dual voltage locomotive built in 1959:


MicroAce ED46-1 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

This was required for the electrification of the Jōban Line, which runs northeast of Tokyo, which like many lines in the Tokyo area had been partially electrified with DC before WW2, however due to the presence of the Kakioka Magnetic Observatory, further electrification needed to be AC (20Kv at 50Khz this time), as DC would interfere with the magnetic observations. Apparently.

The locomotive did not last long in service, what with it being experimental and all, and was scrapped in 1975 after a long period in use at a JNR training establishment.

Model produced by MicroAce in 2004, works well and though not super-detailed looks good enough to me. Available on the 2nd-hand market for quite reasonable prices if you know where to look.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #819 on: December 01, 2019, 09:07:50 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
     Thanks Ian
       regards Derek.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #820 on: December 06, 2019, 04:12:01 AM »
Half-finished level crossing:


rear-central-level-crossing-2019-12-06_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Scenery removed for a spot of scenic scenicking:


rear-central-level-crossing-2019-12-06_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Crossing now three-quarters finished:


rear-central-level-crossing-2019-12-06_03 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #821 on: December 08, 2019, 03:01:03 PM »
Zooming back from the crossing, work is underway on the small-ish train depot:


train-depot-2019-12-08_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Behind the engine sheds:


train-depot-2019-12-08_03 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Looking in the other direction towards the "town" half of the layout, which we haven't seen for a while:


train-depot-2019-12-08_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #822 on: December 08, 2019, 04:13:16 PM »
You have probably already answered this question Ian, but are you using the Kato ballast or have you discovered an alternative?

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #823 on: December 08, 2019, 11:11:38 PM »
You have probably already answered this question Ian, but are you using the Kato ballast or have you discovered an alternative?

I have settled on this stuff:


Morin ballast ("local type") by Rail Squid, on Flickr

also available in grey. But probably hard to find outside Japan.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #824 on: December 09, 2019, 08:14:51 PM »
That is bargain "su-toh-nu ba-ra-su-to" - only 500 Yen!
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