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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #375 on: June 22, 2019, 09:00:25 AM »
Looking at the prices in your robot links, Ian, I'm sure glad we gave that a miss!!  :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: June 22, 2019, 11:58:34 PM by Bealman »
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #376 on: June 22, 2019, 01:56:32 PM »
Poor Squiddy. Little does he know that life after meeting Bealman is never the same. I had to take out another mortgage to afford the psychiatrist's bills necessary after an encounter or two with George ;)

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #377 on: June 22, 2019, 04:03:09 PM »
Looked like a lot of fun!

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« Reply #378 on: June 23, 2019, 04:03:46 AM »
...our final day in Tokyo was spent resting at the streetside bar, as the flight home wasn't until late afternoon, and it was going to be a long trip with a change of plane at Cairns. However, railsquid kindly texted a map showing me how to get to the model railway store, which was near Shinjuku station.

The model railway store turned out to be a small section of a huge, and I mean like HUGE, department store called KEIO. To my surprise, the model railway department was well stocked with model railway supplies, on a floor next to stationary. An even better surprise was the prices of the large selection of Kato locomotives. Compared to prices in stores in Australia, these were a bargain! Here I picked up the diesel mentioned earlier in the thread:



In hindsight, I wish I'd bought more. Thanks to railsquid's excellent layout thread, building a small Japanese layout is starting to look not such a bad idea. However, at the time, I thought there's not much point, as I model BR green. Squiddy has suggested I paint the diesel green to represent a Class 17, which also isn't such a bad idea, as it would seem that the commercial model isn't going to happen.

While the assistant was testing the loco for me (he spoke excellent English, and informed me he had two British locomotives, one by Farish, and the other by Dapol), Mrs B went into the stationary section and picked up an inkpad and some cute panda stamps which have proven to be a smash hit with her classes at school.

All loaded up, it was time to head to the station. an art deco-ish clock tower:



Trains coming and going....





We were waiting for the NEX (Narita Airport Express), which of course pulled in right on time:



Personally, I think it's a strange ugly-looking beast, but there is no doubt that it is well designed for the job. It's fast, comfortable, and most importantly, has heaps of luggage space for all the baggage which inevitably goes with air travellers.



As Mrs B fell asleep on the train, I took my last, not very good, parting shot of Japan.....



....until next time!.....  :thumbsup: :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #379 on: June 23, 2019, 05:34:13 AM »
Thanks ive certainly enjoyed every minute of your adventure. Heres to next time

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #380 on: June 23, 2019, 06:54:23 AM »
Me too,

Has been a very enjoyable trip. We haven't been on holiday for about 4 years now so it has been great to have been an armchair traveller with you.

Cheers weave  :beers:


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« Reply #381 on: June 23, 2019, 08:32:33 AM »
Thank you very much indeed, George.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this thread and the photographs have been absolutely fascinating.

Best wishes.

John
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« Reply #382 on: June 23, 2019, 08:52:36 AM »
Really enjoyed your adventure. Thanks for taking the trouble to post it.

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« Reply #383 on: June 23, 2019, 09:35:40 AM »
Thanks for a very enjoyable saga.

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« Reply #384 on: June 23, 2019, 10:10:39 AM »
It's all been most entertaining, George.
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« Reply #385 on: June 23, 2019, 10:17:19 AM »
I'm hoping that by the time cars are outlawed well be able to do exactly that.
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« Reply #386 on: June 23, 2019, 10:18:45 AM »
Like the bloke who got done for contempt of court when asked if he had anything to say for himself.

"Beam me up, Scotty"

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« Reply #387 on: June 23, 2019, 10:21:14 AM »
Anyway, the saga ain't quite finished yet.... I came away from Japan with most definite opinions. Epilogue to come   :beers:
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #388 on: June 23, 2019, 10:56:44 AM »
I also want to thank you for this very enjoyable series of posts. :thumbsup:

I havenít been to Japan but my mother visited about a decade ago, and your photos reminded me very much of her pictures as she had visited some of the same places (she even got to see the giant Buddha ;) ), and like you she didnít take enough photos of Shinkansens. :D

Looking forward to the epilogue! :)
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« Reply #389 on: June 23, 2019, 11:05:16 AM »
...our final day in Tokyo was spent resting at the streetside bar, as the flight home wasn't until late afternoon, and it was going to be a long trip with a change of plane at Cairns. However, railsquid kindly texted a map showing me how to get to the model railway store, which was near Shinjuku station.

The model railway store turned out to be a small section of a huge, and I mean like HUGE, department store called KEIO. To my surprise, the model railway department was well stocked with model railway supplies, on a floor next to stationary.

If I may release my inner pedant, the model railway store is a store-within-a-store, not run directly by the department store but a branch of a fairly large model railway shop chain. 20 years ago that would probably have been the case, but the monolithic department stores have outsourced the more specialist stuff.

Anyway the entire department store is built on top of the Keio Line's Shinjuku terminus, and guess what the neighbouring Odakyu department store is built on top of? Very common pattern with private railway lines, they're actually more than just railways and are usually associated with a chain of department stores, supermarkets etc. in the areas they serve.

An even better surprise was the prices of the large selection of Kato locomotives.
Compared to prices in stores in Australia, these were a bargain! Here I picked up the diesel mentioned earlier in the thread:



In hindsight, I wish I'd bought more. Thanks to railsquid's excellent layout thread, building a small Japanese layout is starting to look not such a bad idea.

Go, you know you it makes sense  :bounce:

We were waiting for the NEX (Narita Airport Express), which of course pulled in right on time:



Personally, I think it's a strange ugly-looking beast, but there is no doubt that it is well designed for the job. It's fast, comfortable, and most importantly, has heaps of luggage space for all the baggage which inevitably goes with air travellers.


You should be able to identify the train on the left too now ;)
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