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  2. How about some Keihan? Elegant Saloon 8000 Series arriving at Chuushojima Station. The new Premium Car. Not many people rode this, but I think it's well worth the extra cost if you ride the whole line, especially during rush hour. 5000 & 7200 series at Kuzuha station. I only noticed the amazing afterglow after taking the photo. I've never seen such colours before.
  3. A Brompton? There's a small but growing number of those new-fangled bicycle rentals where you can rent the bike from an unmanned bicycle parking lot, but in Tokyo I wouldn't say it's particularly widespread, and it would not be a good idea to assume you can turn up at any given station and find one. It might be more prevalent in touristy locations outside Tokyo, but I haven't been travelling much to those kinds of places recently. Are you sure the "rental" places you saw weren't just manned bicycle parking lots? You will find those close to (or under or over) most stations. It's conceivable, though probably a relatively small proportion, in Tokyo at least, and probably more prevalent among people who commute to stations outside the central area and have a long walk to the work location. Also, except in the unlikely event the company provides bicycle parking, you'd very likely have to pay to park your bike near the place of work...
  4. Right now the number one issue with freight forwarders seems to be the lack of staff. There is a move to use driverless trucks and to get customers to come out to the truck by contacting them with a smartphone and then have them remove the parcel themselves. With the two hour delivery windows and the obedience of the Japanese people this might just work. Rail is only 5% of Japan's freight. Road and ship are about 45% each. My source if you haven't seen it.
  5. How about the possibility that freight companies will own shares of JR Freight. JR Freight is very active on the Tokyo to Hakata corridor and they could work with the likes of Yamato Transport and Sagawa to turn that entire corridor into a high-speed freight corridor. Too bad Japan isn't on standard gauge because the country would have been perfect for RoadRailer service.
  6. Aha, that's how a Brompton would be useful in Japan!
  7. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Thanks Paul. As always, the advice is much appreciated!
  8. Khaul

    How did you improve your rolling stock?

    I have done some long due maintenance in my DE10. The brass flat spring was warped and needed replacement. I also installed back the original knuckle coupler after experimenting with a magnetic one that did not work so well. Then I remembered Kiha66 painted the inside of the cabin green. I though that was a good idea. One thing lead to another... This is the official photo. The head of the proud driver can be seen through the cab. The number plates fell when I took the cab off. I now know they always do. The driver is visible in this one. Well, his back is. Adding some scenery... I only learnt to do this edits a little while ago.
  9. Suica

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    MicroAce Keihan Elegant Saloon 8000 Series Big thanks to Sammy for this one!
  10. RichLai

    Hello from Hong Kong

    We probably bumped into each other around Y or Uah Valley campuses during those years.
  11. yakumo381

    First Japan Rail Layout

    It appears that the freight handlers have now moved into the first dock at Iyo-Mishima... Started work on the freight dock for the opposite side to be based on a picture from the 1970s I have of Kubokawa. Trying something different for this as it will also be low relief but with the missing "half" being on the viewing side so that looking across the dock at eye level will be as if you were within the dock looking out across the sidings. Not sure if it will work but I am going to give it a try... First step was to build the platform using Evergreen polystyrene sections and making sure the clearance is correct. The clearance between WAMU and the platform edge needs to be tight as will be in direct line of sight so needs to be a very small, realistic gap at loading height. I deliberately did not place the sidings parallel to the edge of the layout board, to avoid the "train set" look, so I have given myself an adding complication with a trapezoid plan outline for the dock as well as not having space for all of the supporting H columns one side. I have overcome this by adding the two tubular supports which will be painted matt black so as to hopefully disappear from sight in the shadow under the dock.
  12. Pauljag900

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    If I can offer a piece of advice here buddy,make your access as easy as you possibly can! i m having some issues with mine at the moment,I think I know what it is and itโ€™s easily rectified but having to lift the mountain off is a major pain in the backside mate,mainly due to its size I guess.At the moment I ve removed it completely to modify it slightly but I may look at other ways and not re use it. just trying to offer a bit of advice based on my own shortcomings๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  13. katoftw

    Yamato Transport Containers

    front half was shipping companies of various description. must be the overnight mail train.
  14. Train hit things all the time. Animals are fairly common. So I understand this drivers thoughts. In an area where humans aren't normally present. Hears bang. Feels nothing due to 50-60kg vs 160t @300kph. Cannot see what he hit or see nose cone damage. Continues on.
  15. Imho it looks more like a metro than a train service, but at least the route allows pretty high speeds due to being mostly staight.
  16. Quite a normal sight on some lake Balaton limited expresses in Hungary. One of the reasons many of these sets are using multiple half baggage combine cars. The most i've seen have been 9 cars with 3 combines (designated bicycle cars) and one full baggage, 50% of the train. On the other hand once when the normally 6 car north shore Ladybug resort limited express (1.5 hour non stop to the lake, then all stops along the coast) was ran with a lone desiro railcar (ok it does look like a ladybug), it was a really hard game of tetris to pack all the people and bikes in. Then gradually unpack them at each stop. I think the Boso bicycle train aims at the same tourist market. On the other hand, having two bikes for commuting is a real testament to japanese efficiency. This gives the highest commuter density and efficiency of all possible solutions.
  17. Bubule

    JNS Forum World Tour 2018 - Discussion

    After a discution with Paul, the car will made a stop into France. Happy to join you on the tour !
  18. He did notice something just didn't care that much. On the other hand if that nosecone fully detached and got under the wheels, and would probably cause a derailment at 300 km/h, that would have been a bad thing and not just for the driver. Maybe hearing it only is good for his mental health, but not checking afterwards was dangerous and will probably cost him his work. The same applies in most countries if you hit something on the road and don't stop to check what or who was it.
  19. A train mainly of Yamato Transport containers. Between Lee Han Hwa โ†’ Hiroshima. Video by superknightrider3000
  20. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Thanks JR. Good question. I'm planning on breaking the city into a few sections that will lift out. They'll need to lift out to access the tunnel, but also so I can get at the wiring for LEDs, signals, etc. I probably should leave the tunnel segments that don't have a "window" unbolted, so it's easier to lift them out, without using a screwdriver and wrench. I could also make the lift out city pieces line up with the tunnel segments, so iI could access a derailed train without opening up the whole thing. So I guess, tunnel sections 1 and 2, as well as sections 3 and 4 would be permanently bolted together. So the tunnel would be comprised of three lift out sections. I could have city sections, approx the same shape, directly over them for access. I may add a short straight segment to the tunnel at the back of the layout. But I'll wait on that until I have some concept of how the city will look. My main question about the city is how I can get from low elevation to high elevation in a convincing way. I'll have to research it for a while. I'd really like to make a city with gradients but I think I probably don't have the skill or experience to pull that off.
  21. Yes, I've got two of them. One is currently dismantled for repairs and DCC conversion, so here is the other: If you can find one for a realistic price it will be worth having. They have good details and finish, interior lighting and run sweetly. All the best, Mark.
  22. Tbh the driver not noticing is probably the best outcome for their mental wellbeing. I've read more than a handful of tales where the driver noticed a person on the track, nearly pulled the horn switch off from sounding it as hard as they could to warn them, and saw the impact. Many either don't drive again or give up within a short time. Doesn't say good things about JR that this poor chap may face criminal charges rather than an offer of counselling.
  23. JR 500็ณป

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Wow! Amazing Tunnel Gavin! It really looks like a tunnel, even structurally! Will the city above the tunnel be able to be lifted up in sections too or as a full segment? I'm afraid of trains derailing in the tunnel which can be an issue if there is no way to access them... Happen to me too, if my trains derail in the table layout then I have no choice but to lift up the glass which can be quite an effort...
  24. cteno4

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Excellent Gavin! no worries on the city you have done great on a super hard challenge here! Just keep experimenting. cheers jeff
  25. Pauljag900

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Very much so buddy๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€But you re doing just fine,the level of detailing is superb mate๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€
  26. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Thanks for your wise words Paul. One step at a time ๐Ÿ™‚
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