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Author Topic: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!  (Read 6818 times)

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #300 on: June 04, 2019, 07:20:36 AM »
really enjoying the tour of Japan George,

cheers
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #301 on: June 04, 2019, 07:52:18 AM »
Spotted this - railsquid indentification?



Aha, now we're back in familiar territory - this is an Odakyu VSE 50000
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #302 on: June 04, 2019, 07:57:57 AM »
Thanks, Graham!

Thanks, Ian!

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #303 on: June 04, 2019, 08:28:48 AM »
Just looked at the link. That's a nice looking unit. Very smart.

You got the model version?
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #304 on: June 04, 2019, 09:00:07 AM »
Just looked at the link. That's a nice looking unit. Very smart.

You got the model version?

Nope, much as I'd like to there is a stupendous amount of nice models at reasonable prices out there, and I have to set my focus somewhere otherwise I'd run out of money and storage space...
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #305 on: June 04, 2019, 09:19:50 AM »
Ok.... but that one to me is a great looking set!

You can probably hide it somewhere.....

Or is it a wee bit expensive? Who makes it?
« Last Edit: June 04, 2019, 09:21:22 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #306 on: June 06, 2019, 04:39:44 AM »
.....by now, we were on our way back to Tokyo, but we wanted to stop somewhere not quite as urbanised. Ideally, we wanted to stay a couple of nights right next to Mount Fuji, and while possible, getting there seemed awkward, trainwise. Looking at a map, we plonked for Hakone. This basically involved getting off the Tokyo-bound Shinkansen at a place called Odowara, and boarding a local train to Hakone.

The line wandered up a steep, heavily wooded ravine, following the course of a river. This eventually terminated at a nice two-platform terminus station. Here is our train:



Just as we arrived, a rather nice looking unit was pulling away from the other platform:





Squiddy might have some idea what it was! As can be seen, the station nestles right up against the side of the valley.



It's quite an attractive arched structure:



Anyway, we crossed the street and waited with a number of other people for the shuttle bus to take us to our hotel. Turns out we needn't have bothered, as the place was quite easy walking distance, but we didn't know that at the time.





By now the heat was beginning to build in this little valley, and the bus was a while away, so Bealman went for a walk around the corner to be greeted by this:



I like this place, I thought!





Shortly, the shuttle came and deposited us at our hotel, another ryokan, so it was shoes off on the tatami floors. Notice the floor level chairs!



The views from the window were quite splendid:





But there was a problem (as far as Bealman was concerned, anyway)....



This was a real ryokan....



.....which of course meant.....



.....SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR!!! This was going to be a rough night!
« Last Edit: June 06, 2019, 04:43:00 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #307 on: June 06, 2019, 05:08:27 AM »
Ok.... but that one to me is a great looking set!

You can probably hide it somewhere.....

Yeah, but like I kind of said, I have a backlog of stuff which needs hiding somewhere... This isn't even on my Rule 1 Impulse Buy If Cheap list (though that list does contain the forefather of these, the 3000 series SE).

Or is it a wee bit expensive? Who makes it?

Tomix: https://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/n/92754.html

Price is in the normal range, i.e. shop around and the whole set can probably found for less than the price of a new British loco (though with the way the pound is falling against the yen, I'll probably be afford to use British stock for juggling practice soon).
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #308 on: June 06, 2019, 05:13:16 AM »

Just as we arrived, a rather nice looking unit was pulling away from the other platform:





Squiddy might have some idea what it was!

This is a 7000 series LSE, you were lucky to have seen it as they were withdrawn a few months later.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #309 on: June 06, 2019, 05:36:15 AM »
thanks for sharing

how did you manage to get up / down off the floor ?
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #310 on: June 06, 2019, 06:17:47 AM »
With great difficulty!
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #311 on: June 06, 2019, 06:28:22 AM »
Guess it was an experience trying a traditional japanese bed and the view must have been interesting. What . . . With a dodgy ankle it looked low. The trains were interesting too
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #312 on: June 06, 2019, 10:35:06 AM »
I don't really want to talk about the view from down there  ;)
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #313 on: June 06, 2019, 10:41:51 AM »
I meant out of the window not the floor
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #314 on: June 06, 2019, 11:51:52 PM »
Enjoying the pictures Bealman! Very nostalgic for me too. I've not been to Nagoya but I am recognising Odawara - did you go to Hakone next?

 

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