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  2. Kamome

    Another Sheffie layout

    As you have a rural line winding up the hill, plus you seem to have some interest in Kyushu rolling stock, perhaps consider a switchback to add a different dynamic to the operations?
  3. lighthouse

    Video: Got N gauge overhead wire parts!

    The overhead line in the video is filigree, but then depends too deep. The right height is missing here. It might be suitable for simple masts, as they were or are used in private rail companies The desire for a 310mm wire, unfortunately, I can not meet. My wires are made on an A4 sheet, maximum is 290mm.
  4. Keith

    Another Sheffie layout

    Hi, would it also be worth just sketching up a version with the main lines in front of the sidings just to see how it looks. It would only push the sidings back a small amount, but would allow more sweeping curves. Another possibility is have the line that goes to the sidings continue on and connect to the main line on the left hand side, this would also allow for a long sweeping run with a backdrop of the yards. Just random thoughts from someone who can’t get his mind around his own design. Regards keith
  5. cteno4

    Video: Got N gauge overhead wire parts!

    Yeah this is made to clip down well to standard Tomix and Kato long straight segments. Ttrak ar 310mm is a bit off... jeff
  6. https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B01N2W4DNZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 holds 5 standard caskets. Also doubles as a sporting Japanese Rail diaper bag! jeff
  7. railsquid

    What did you order or the post deliver? (N Gauge)

    Somewhere I've seen a rucksack advertised which is designed for carrying N gauge book cases...
  8. IST

    Video: Got N gauge overhead wire parts!

    Looks great, but I would need in 310 mm length to cover one T-trak module.
  9. Need stuff to put the stuff in you put your stuff in... Where’s George? jeff
  10. Sheffie

    Another Sheffie layout

    Not really sure about a turntable. I realize that it's a practical way of getting lots of locos onto a single track. But I don't particularly want my locos hidden in sheds, i'm not sure about the size, and I'm concerned about possible maintenance issues. Update: the size isn't a deal breaker, according to SCARM. So it's a possibility.
  11. Kiha66

    Another Sheffie layout

    Looks good Tim! While I'm not sure about the footprint, have you considered adding the kato turntable and roundhouse in this layout? It'd be a nice way to show off motive power and be more than just another yard. You could also use it to turn locomotives.
  12. Sheffie

    Another Sheffie layout

    And here's a shot of the plan, for those who want the overview. - I like the idea that the locomotives can go back from their sidings, through the engine shed to be fixed up, and hook directly up to a freight or passenger train. This does mean that there's a separate power feed for those tracks (F62 in the lower centre of the layout), but I do have a third controller, so it won't be an issue. - I also like the way that all trains will feed in to the outer loop and (if desired) can immediately switch to the inner loop. I think I can have trains going in opposite directions (on inner/outer loops) without too much hassle, although I can really only do that with EMUs, since they are inherently reversible.
  13. Sheffie

    Another Sheffie layout

    Alright, here are a couple of early renders. The first image is from the right hand end. You'd need to be standing in the wall to see this view. The second is from the left hand end, which people will actually be able to view. Notes - I'm considering making the two tracks in the lower left corner into a tunnel section. This would leave the user looking at a higher than usual amount of "edging", but I hope to distract them with my Shinto shrine model. - The infield section is very much unfinished. It's pretty much just me throwing the curves I already have into the mix. (I also had to use a flex track piece to make it join up.) I'm considering everything from a tiny rural freight station and siding up to a coal mine, depending on what I can find. - Curves on the outer loops are R315 and R348, which will allow just abut anything to go around. Curves on the infield section are R249 and R150, which limits that line to the DE10 locomotive and industrial freight. I actually really like this restriction. - The forest loop climbs at about 2% gradient for much of its length. After going over the truss bridge, it drops at 4% down the spiral. This means that the forest loop is effectively a one-way section of track. Again, I'm happy with this restriction. - The sidings you see allow me room to purchase two EMUs, one freight train, and two sets of coaches before everything is full. And a couple of Kokis 🙂
  14. I need to get some more cases for my trains, my loose cars are starting to overwhelm my shelves. The cases also make it much easier to take them to the local club.
  15. railsquid

    What did you order or the post deliver? (N Gauge)

    I actually didn't realise Casco do small sized ones too, but there's a constant stream of cheap 2nd hand Kato ones available in the second hand stores of Tokyo so no worries on that front. Now to compactify the Tetsukore trains which are taking up space in their unwieldy packaging.
  16. Yesterday
  17. July 24th - August 9th: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Summer_Olympics#Calendar The main O-Bon holiday week in 2020 will be the week after that.
  18. In Los Angeles during the 1984 games similar insane traffic was predicted and everyone braced for the end of times. However all the people avoiding the area out of fear of traffic actually caused the opposite to occur, with mostly unclogged freeways as locals headed out of town or tried to stay home. This happened again when a bridge was to be demolished leading to a major pass being closed for the weekend and months of worry about the impending "carmageddon", only for everyone to stay home and the crisis to be averted. Hopefully something similar will happen with the Tokyo games as regular commuters may try to take time off rather than brave the expected hoards of people, leading to a much less stressed system than expected.
  19. chadbag

    Japanese Model Railroading - Basic guide for beginners

    While Amazon JP is a separate account, when I first did mine I was able to login using the US account info and it created a new account based on the US one IIRC. Also, the same thing happened when I went to Amazon Germany
  20. While on the Keiyo line this past week, checking out the new Aquatic Center they are building for the Olympics, I thought about how crowded it was going to be for the Olympics. The Keiyo line sucks in the sense that you have to walk about 300 miles from the main part of Tokyo Station to get to it, going down about 100 levels. Then the platforms are not overly large and crowd accommodating , and at rush hour the trains are really packed. Plus all the people going to Disney ride that line as well. Good luck
  21. gcmr_new_zealand

    What did you do on your layout today?

    You are setting a high standard for us to follow! Love your attention to detail.
  22. Yes I have seen a few comments about traveling while the Olympics are on. I believe it will be the first time the most workers from Tokyo actually take their annual leave. I have a mate in Tokyo whom is a ALT. There is discussion about pausing classes for a week just in an attempt to dodge the craziness.
  23. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver? (N Gauge)

    Casco make mini-sized cases which can hold six or seven, if you run out of Kato ones to convert. I'm up to four so far holding everything from 5/6ths of a Panorama Express Alps to half the Fuji, with a RhB Ge 4/4II and two coaches in another.
  24. If you're desperate for OHaNe 25s then look up the plastic kit ones branded Micro Ace/Arii. Really not bad models when painted and built, although the wheels desperately need changing and the bogies aren't much better. They are silly cheap though which helps. I know I have a parcel waiting which is hopefully the KaNi 24 from the range, will add some work in progress shots to my topic about the OHaNeFu 25 when I get into it.
  25. cteno4

    Video: Got N gauge overhead wire parts!

    The trainsetter ones seem to have a bit more vertical height on them to be closer to raised pantographs. jeff
  26. gavino200

    Video: Got N gauge overhead wire parts!

    Looks amazing. I'm tempted. Are curves a problem?
  27. bill937ca

    JAM- 20th International Railway Model Convention

    Video by MCY ch. View prototypes at the KATO booth
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