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Author Topic: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!  (Read 9761 times)

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #150 on: May 04, 2019, 07:19:01 AM »
Yes, I found meself walking around in circles a few times over there!

It's been a year ago now, but if I recall, that's the way that app worked... you loaded the map before you set out.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #151 on: May 04, 2019, 08:13:11 AM »
sound like you had a good time in Kyoto, even if you thought you were getting lost. A feeling I had as well, although I was only there for about 8hrs, even then had to sit on a bench for about an hour of that because I twisted my ankle and it blew up to about twice the size. Never got to the Railway museum, something for a trip sometime in the future.

loving the blog George.

cheers
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #152 on: May 04, 2019, 08:44:47 AM »
This is terrific stuff, George.

Thank you very much.

I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

Best wishes.

John
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #153 on: May 04, 2019, 08:59:38 AM »
Glad folks are enjoying it!  :beers:
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #154 on: May 04, 2019, 09:22:04 AM »
Because, it turned out after much sweaty wandering around in rectangles, there were two very similar-looking temples-or-shrines close by.

The Tomytec factor :D

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« Reply #155 on: May 04, 2019, 11:25:02 AM »
What's the Tomytec factor?  ??? :hmmm:
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« Reply #156 on: May 04, 2019, 09:24:56 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
    Many thanks George, following with interest
        regards Derek.

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« Reply #157 on: May 05, 2019, 05:38:25 AM »
.....once through the main entrance, one is immediately confronted by the original Shinkansen:





It's quite easy to see where the name "Bullet Train" came from. There was an exhibit further in showing the construction of the original nose cone and pantagraphs.

Also in the entrance foyer was this kettle:



....looking at the almost Southern type wheels, it could have been a Bulleid design!



There was also this, which looks to Bealman like some commuter or branch railcar set:



So far, none of this is in the museum proper, and Bealman was not sure what was happening here - looks like some form of eatery:



Just to show off my knowledge to Squiddy, I'll include this locomotive:



It's DO54 Type#33, the first Japanese medium sized diesel locomotive, introduced in 1971.

Likewise this Columbia type tank loco - the oldest, introduced in 1902:



The further one ventured, more wonders awaited:



Plus a few surprises - a model of Stephenson's Rocket:



...and Locomotion! I used to clamber all over that as a kid, when it was on display at Darlington Banktop station! It was still there during my college days, but has since been moved, I believe.



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



...and contrasts sharply with the sleek lines of this West Japan JR500 Shinkansen (which railsquid tells me is already 20 year old):



I thought this two-wheeled carriage to be, well, different:



....while I presume this is some sort of guard's van:



...and this covered wagon has a decidedly British look to it:



There are many interactive exhibits in the museum, more of which in a future installment. However, this gandy dancer was popular with the youngsters:



....and a novel way to cross the tracks:



....To be continued......
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #158 on: May 05, 2019, 08:44:09 AM »
Thanks for the latest instalment george. Glad you found the japanese version of the nrm, the bullet shinkansen, rocket and locomotion

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #159 on: May 05, 2019, 09:12:05 AM »
Hi George,

Great pics. Looks like a lovely Museum and looking forward to more.

I still prefer the first Bullet train. I don't really like the new 'space like' ones. They're similar in Spain with their stupid (to me) duck noses. Just looks wrong.

Great stuff.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. As football was mentioned earlier, thought I'd just say may the best team win when my Pompey and your Sunderland face each other yet again. Both Big Chickened up and both shouldn't have let Barnsley and Charlton be above us. 'Tis the beautiful game I suppose.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #160 on: May 05, 2019, 09:18:05 AM »
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

All good, mate. Hope the gate is just as good!  :thumbsup:

Glad you're enjoying my Nippon adventure.  :beers:

George
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #161 on: May 05, 2019, 12:41:24 PM »
Thanks for the great pics, George.
Not sure about the 'gandy dancer', though :confused2:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandy_dancer

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« Reply #162 on: May 05, 2019, 11:11:37 PM »
Dunno.... I thought that's what those hand powered railcarts were called?

Even though this one had pedals anorl.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #163 on: May 06, 2019, 05:39:06 AM »
....anyway, regardless of what they're called, Bealman continued to be surrounded by Japanese locomotive history....





An Osaka train!



Not sure what the beasties in the above pics are, but maybe railsquid can enlighten us?

However, I'm pretty sure that this is the prototype of my first ever Kato model that I bought in Tokyo the day we left:



Seems to be a similarity? Here is the intruder running on the Beal & Castle Eden when I got home, along with other intruders, including a wagon from this very museum:



There were numerous genuine cabs on display, which you could sit at and play with the controls. This is a diesel, I believe.







This is the cab from the original (O Series) Shinkansen, which I was informed has the master control handle reversed from conventional lines:



And then this quite amazing cockpit from a DE10 type diesel, where the driver sits sideways to the motion of the train!!!



Here is "The Tailights Express", whatever that is  ???



These views give an idea of the layout of the main interior part of the museum:





At one end of the upper concourse was a large HO layout which was only operated at certain times, apparently.The only thing moving at the time was the railcar on the single line at the front that was shuttling from one end to the other on automatic. But the layout had a roundhouse (Fleischmann turntable by the looks of it, though) and an impressive control panel:







Don't ask me what all this stuff is about..... I assume some sort of railway related entertainment from the seventies and eighties, by the look of it.....  :worried:





....to be continued......






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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #164 on: May 06, 2019, 06:03:13 AM »
Posting from a train museum right  now (waiting for the Squidlet to finish eating), so no fancy quoting, but the big red diesel is a DD51 (Bo-Bo-Bo), yours IIRC is a DD13 (Bo-Bo)
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