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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 33354 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #840 on: December 27, 2019, 03:48:25 PM »
And while we're at it, a test shot at more-or-less ground level looking in the other direction:


layout-overview-2019-12-27_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

I may have mentioned previously that I am a proponent of the Flat Baseboard Theory (as well as being a paid-up member of the Church of There Can Never Be Too Much Track), but as this shot shows, nevertheless variations of height both subtle and not so subtle are certainly possible. The train depot is a whole 5mm higher than the track with the blue train (at mean baseboard level), which gives a small but pleasing change in elevation and perspective, in my humble opinion.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #841 on: December 28, 2019, 10:12:31 AM »
 :hellosign::greatpicturessign:
  Agreed Ian, looking good
       regards Derek.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #842 on: December 28, 2019, 04:38:14 PM »
Slightly different version of the previous shot, this time with models made to much newer standards:


layout-overview-2019-12-28_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #843 on: December 28, 2019, 04:57:26 PM »
This definitely ought to be the Flat Baseboard Society's Layout of the Year.

Marvellous picture; thank you.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #844 on: December 31, 2019, 06:53:13 AM »
Thank you most kindly  :beers:

Meanwhile some more images from the train depot area:






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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #845 on: January 01, 2020, 11:28:36 PM »
Well after all this end-of-year shenanigans I could murder a cup of tea, so time to put the kettle on.



Oh, sorry, wrong kind of kettle. Never mind. This is a JGR (Japanese Government Railways) 9600 series built from around ca. 1913, the first "large" freight locomotive designed and built in Japan. Model is by MicroAce and is ca. 20 years old, so please excuse the foot-wide leading wheels and the (here not visible) motor-in-cab. On the plus side it runs smoothly and reliably and was ridiculously cheap.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #846 on: January 01, 2020, 11:33:18 PM »
I am sipping tea from my thermos mug as I type. Great and educational pics as always.

Tomorrow I am going to try my hand at making alcohol-free Pina Colada.

Happy 2020!  :laugh3:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #847 on: January 01, 2020, 11:55:26 PM »
Why?  :confused2: ;)
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #848 on: January 08, 2020, 02:22:59 AM »
Confession time - for over a year now I've been consumed by resentment and jealousy as @Bealman has been in possession of a Japanese locomotive which I don't yet have, a DD13 like this:

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Mind you this is partly because I was after the earlier version (with the single large headlight), a couple of examples of which were allocated to Hachioji depot (the "Hachi" in "Takahachikawa") and they have been hard to come by. Slightly annoyingly the Kato version comes with plates for DD13-80 but not DD13-81 ~ 83, which are the ones I "need" (must see if I can source alternative plates, if not I'm sure no-one will really notice).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #849 on: January 08, 2020, 02:55:13 AM »
Is mine the same loco?

Just took a look, and the plates in the little plastic bag are DD13211, DD13248, DD13255, DD13257.  :hmmm:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #850 on: January 08, 2020, 03:50:50 AM »
You certainly have the later version (with double headlights), catalogue number 7014-1.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #851 on: January 08, 2020, 03:57:11 AM »
Yeah, I was thinking mine didn't have the headlight. I was going to ask if it was in the bag of bits!

It's been a while since I gave it a run, but looking at a video on me phone, it has two lights on, and the number on the box is indeed 7014-1.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #852 on: January 10, 2020, 02:12:25 PM »
Today was the day I finally got round to painting a few bits'n'bobs white (I find even a few drops of modelling paint go a surprisingly long way, so prefer to do things in batches when enough have accumulated). Not that I particularly enjoy this kind of painting (smelly messy process) but if I don't do it, no-one else will.

Anyway one of the targets of said painting activity is this tiny dummy manual point lever:



just about visible in the bottom of the photo, which is one of a selection of dummy levers/motors provided by Tomix with their points. It seemed a good idea at the time to try and paint the lower half of the "indicator disc" (for want of a better word) white, as I was inspired by this photo of Hachioji depot, which shows one of the DD13s mentioned above. Ballast still needs tidying up, which will involve attacking it (once the glue has dried) with coarse sandpaper, which I have found surprisingly effective at compacting ballast and breaking it down so it looks more plausible at this scale.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #853 on: January 10, 2020, 03:46:15 PM »
What a fascinating photograph; thank you very much.

Looks like black semicircle at top means facing points set for diverging line.  White at top means set straight ahead.  Simple route indicator for within yard limits.

A turntable as well.. and just look at the height of that clock!

Thanks again and best wishes.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #854 on: January 10, 2020, 11:22:46 PM »
What a fascinating photograph; thank you very much.

Looks like black semicircle at top means facing points set for diverging line.  White at top means set straight ahead.  Simple route indicator for within yard limits.

A turntable as well.. and just look at the height of that clock!


Sadly Hachioji Depot is no more, though a few sidings remain which are used for ballast trains and occasional locomotive stabling. There also seems to be a shunter stationed there which is used to shunt oil tankers to/from a nearby depot.

It just occurred to me to look at an aerial view: https://goo.gl/maps/5FXDV1iyz6T8GJro7
which is above the location of the photograph; you can clearly see the location of the turntable (though it seems to have been filled in) and the pointwork itself complete with levers appears to be partially in place.

I must go and have a poke around some day soon.
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