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  2. Kiran

    Tomix and DCC

    I wonder what this is?
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  4. chadbag

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Got our yearly care package from my MIL/SILs today. They always send it EMS for some reason and today's was large and heavy and the postage on it was 25,500 yen. Ouch. Besides the normal cookies, seaweed, snacks, misc other foods, and some Arashi paraphernalia, was the stuff my SIL has been accumulating at her house for me -- mostly Amazon marketplace purchases from vendors who don't ship outside Japan, and the Bright-Chips lights. I'll post more on the Bright-Chips in that thread, once I get some time to actually try them out. The "Haruka" was my son's wish for Christmas, and I found this one "used" for a good deal. It looks new, unused to me. The KATO KoKI 104 is interesting. Much lighter blue color on the wagons than my Tomix KoKi 104. The Greenmax Huis ten Bosch KiHa 200 should go well with my other Kyushu KiHa 200 in red and blue.
  5. Kiha66

    Tomix and DCC

    Sadly as far as I'm aware there are no sound files on the market for a shinkansen. Hopefully someone will make one eventually! I have a feeling kato will do a sound card sooner or later, but I really wish they'd sell the sound files for decoders as well.
  6. ecfitzgerald

    Hi-rise models from ebay

    Have you thought about how to light it? I'm thinking I'd like to do something powered by AA batteries, so I just just put the building wherever, since it's for T-Trak.
  7. chadbag

    Tomix and DCC

    Use whatever you are standardizing on. I believe you can load your own soundfiles if you have the ESU programmer. (I am standardizing on D&H decoders and sound modules for that reason)
  8. bikkuri bahn

    Elephant Logo Truck

    Daiichi Freight System, based out of Yamagata Prefecture. The main sales division is in Tokyo, Toyosu, however. The truck is in the older colors, the newer scheme uses green instead of orange. http://www.daiichi-kamotsu.co.jp/
  9. gavino200

    Found: Truck for a Kato SD45

    Thanks again for the advice. The Hustle Muscle rides the rail once more!! 🙂
  10. gavino200

    Kato - New Releases

    At exactly 1:25 in the video, can anyone tell what instructions Kato are giving? Are they saying to apply some tape to join the light board to the diffuser?
  11. Kiran

    Tomix and DCC

    I can send them your way Kiha66 when you have some time to work on them. Don't suppose ESU makes any locsound for Shinkansens.
  12. maihama eki

    Elephant Logo Truck

    Can anyone identify the company that this truck belongs to? This was in Tokyo.
  13. Hi, I´m searching for the number-plate for KATO 7008-4 (DD51 Late Cold Region Type, Japan Freight Railway Renewaled Design A https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10046469) I need only the number 1147 or 1165 or 1166 for a Hokkaido version. Thanks.
  14. katoftw

    Kato - New Releases

    Got a good view of the directional lighting on the end car. As discussed much earlier in the thread.
  15. Kiha66

    Tomix and DCC

    Shouldn't be too hard, it may be slightly visible through the window but tomix trains are usually a pretty straightforward wired install.
  16. chadbag

    Tomix and DCC

    You can install DCC in Tomix Shinkansens (I did the Kyushu N700) but it is a hardwire installation. There is no in-built facility for DCC in the Tomix trains. I only did the motor car so far on my Tomix N700 Kysuhu version. I have not yet done any end (cab) cars or interior lighting.
  17. Kiran

    Tomix and DCC

    Now that I discovered DCC, I am trying to see which of my trains I can convert. My 2 Shinkansens are Tomix N500 (92815) and the the N700a (92486). What are the chances of being able to install a decoder into these? Or should I consider getting Kato's DCC friendly versions?
  18. bill937ca

    Tokyu Q Seat

    Video by Ayokoi
  19. bill937ca

    Tokyu Q Seat

    Video by Around the Time
  20. Today, the JR group companies released information about the March 2019 timetable revision. I will try to summarise the JR East changes in this post. Shinkansen Services Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen Along with increasing the maximum speed in the Seikan Tunnel from 140 km/h to 160 km/h, Hayabusa services will become four minutes faster. Along with the introduction of the E5 Series, one of the remaining Hayate services between Tokyo and Morioka will be renamed Hayabusa. Joetsu Shinkansen E7 Series will be introduced on some Joetsu Shinkansen services, which also means the introduction of Gran Class on this line. Connections at Niigata between Toki Shinkansen and Inaho ltd. exp. services will be improved. Limited Express Services Boso Area Home Liner Chiba services will be abolished. Chuo Main Line All Azusa and Kaiji services will be standardised using E353 Series, which means the end of the E257 Series on this line. Fuji Kyuko Line through running Fuji Kaiyu services using 3-car E353 series will be introduced. The new ltd. exp. services Hachioji and Ome using E353 Series will replace existing Chuo Liner and Ome Liner services. Shinonoi Line Abolishment of Ohayo Liner services with 189 Series trains, which will be replaced by a rapid service train. Removal of E257 Series from local train services. Commuter Services Tokyo Metropolitan Area Some extra services and slight timetable changes here and there, but nothing special. Joban Line Opening of J village station in Fukushima prefecture. Source: http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2018/20181213.pdf
  21. Today, the JR group companies released information about the March 2019 timetable revision. I will try to summarise the JR West changes in this post. Shinkansen Mizuho The amount of Mizuho return trips will be increased by one. Nozomi Some Nozomi services will get a quicker timetable. Limited Expresses Hokuriku Main Line One extra Thunderbird return trip during the evening rush hour, and an extension of Ohayo/Oyasumi Express services to Tsuruga. Rakuraku Harima A new commuter ltd. express between Himeji and Osaka stations, similar to existing Biwako Express services. Commuter Trains Kinki Area Umekoji-Kyotonishi station on the Sagano Line (Sanin Main Line) will be opened. A-Seat reserved seat cars will be introduced on some rush hour Special Rapid A services between Aboshi/Himeji and Yasu. The Osaka Higashi Line section between Kyuhoji and Shin-Osaka will be opened, with up to 4 local trains (201 Series) and 2 Yamatoji Line interconnecting rapid trains (207 or 321 Series) during the rush hours. 227 Series trains will be introduced on the Sakurai Line and Wakayama Line. Okayama Area The new Onomichi station building will be opened. Many connections between Shinkansen and local trains at Fukuyama and Mihara stations will be shortened. Uno Line trains will now run from Okayama to either Uno or Kashima in a more regular interval. Hiroshima Area 227 Series will be introduced on all Hiroshima Area local trains. This also means that all JNR-era multiple units will be withdrawn. Source: https://www.westjr.co.jp/press/article/2018/12/page_13525.html
  22. cteno4

    Japanese vs US Build Quality

    Usually the designers do a lot more. I remeber an article on the v2 being so air design simulated design that designers only got to work on some little transitions and such. Sadly American car design (and I expect elsewhere) has also gotten very comparmentalized. A friend from high school went into design to do car design. Starting out he was at a company that contracted with the car companies to do primarily door panels and side mirrors! They got the rough design and then just finished it, sometimes in the dark about the final tiny design details being done elsewhere. It explained why you saw some really odd front grills that did not match say front fenders... he took a call one day from a Finnish cell phone manufacturer. Very early days of cell phones and they were designed like bricks and they thought they needed some design and who else to ask for cool design but american car design company (hey they were thinking earlier I guess) so they called frank’s company. His boss said we do cars not phones! He was able to convince them to do a small prelimina contract to just kick around ideas. Went well and phone folks wanted to continue but the car folks said no not interested. So the phone folks asked frank if he wanted to come work for them. Well he ended up making all those cool Nokia phones in the 90s and 00s. Funny to one day turn over the business section of ny times and 2/3rd Page spread on him! Was fun as I was teaching back at my old high school for a year at the time (20 years after graduating) and great to show the students what one of their alumna was now doing! jeff
  23. Gryphr

    Tomix KoKi spare parts

    It doesn't seem like they made extra spare parts for it, but you can take the motor chassis for the normal E3 (only need to change interior parts then): https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10304709 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10443438 The first one seems to be for the original E3 Series model, the second for the later E3-2000 model. The E3-700 is based on the original E3 Series, but if the the Kato model for the E3 and E3-2000 Series is the same under the hood you should be able to take the newer part. Both are sold out though, so you'd have to source it from Kato directly or from Yahoo Auction. If you can't find this specific one, you could see if you can get your hands on a power unit from another Kato model using the DCC friendly chassis/motor and switch only the motor.
  24. chadbag

    Japanese vs US Build Quality

    Sounds like normal car design to me. Engineers design it to work. Marketers then destroy the design. 🙂
  25. cteno4

    Japanese vs US Build Quality

    Prius design was not normal car design process. It was first done for just pure efficiency and few things smoothed over. That resulted in the dumpy teardrop design. Later marketing folks rode in hard on this and got puckers and sharp edges put in to make it look sporty to sell that way (and lowered efficiencies) and you got that really ugly combo of effency marketing design (if you have every had marketers in a design meeting where they start to call the shots in design...). Slowly it’s going back to more pure effeceny now with the prime and some design features from the get go, ot grafted. jeff
  26. Today, the JR group companies released information about the March 2019 timetable revision. I will try to summarise the JR Shikoku changes in this post. Other JR companies will follow. Limited Expresses Yosan Line Several Shiokaze limited expresses will now offer better connection to Nozomi Shinkansen services to and from Tokyo. Some Shiokaze and Ishizuchi services for Matsuyama will now also couple together at Tadotsu station instead of Utazu station. Dosan Line There will be some changes in the routes of Nanpu, Shimanto and Ashizuri services. All Nanpu services will from now on run between Okayama and Kochi. Shimanto services will run between Takamatsu and Kochi, except for one service from Sukumo to Takamatsu. Ashizuri services will run between Kochi and Nakamura, except for one service from and one service to Sukumo. Local Trains Honshi-Bisan Line The local trains between Okayama - Kotohira/Kanonji that cross the Seto-Ohashi Bridge will be abolished. This means no more JR West 113 Series and 115 Series on Shikoku, and no more JR Shikoku 113 Series and 6000 Series on Honshu. Mugi Line JR Shikoku will introduce a timetable with regular intervals on the Mugi Line. This means no more having to look up departure and arrival times if you remember the hourly repeating schedule. The amount of return trips per day between Tokushima and Anan will also increase by 8. Sources: http://www.jr-shikoku.co.jp/03_news/press/2018 12 14 02.pdf https://www.westjr.co.jp/press/article/items/181214_00_okayama_1.pdf
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