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  2. A passenger train has derailed during the morning rush hour in Hong Kong, forcing the evacuation of 500 passengers and leaving eight people injured. Images from the scene showed three carriages had left the tracks and were zigzagged across the rails near Hung Hom station in Kowloon – a busy interchange that provides services to mainland China. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/17/hong-kong-injured-train-derails-morning-rush-hour
  3. i've heard these number plates referred to a license plates. Is this true?
  4. Today
  5. Sascha

    Seibu's 'Laview' express

    "l" stands for "luxurious living," the "a" is for "speedy like an arrow," and the "view" is pretty self-explanatory!!!
  6. RogerMc

    Tomix - New Releases

    I ordered the yellow Mickey from Amazon as well. I chose yellow because I wanted some contrast with Mickey's shorts. Is it Halloween yet?
  7. In the US numbers were usually painted on the loco, so those would be lost when the loco was scrapped. With later diesel locos occasionally the number glass from the number boards will be saved when a loco is scrapped, and museums will often have a few of those on the wall somewhere. My local model railroad club has a few, along with some EMD builder's plates.
  8. I imagine people collect whatever is easily detachable. What is easily detachable will depend on the traditions of the country/region in question. For example, I imagine people in the UK collect fewer number plates because usually numbers were painted on (with the exception of the GWR [1] and to a certain extent the BR Western Region). [1] http://www.gwr.org.uk/liveriesnoplate.html
  9. Folks, On my visits to railway museums in Japan, often a big feature there is a wall of a hundred or so locomotive number plates Is this peculiar to Japan? In Australia, and Britain ,people usually collect locomotive builder's plates, or in the UK, locomotive name plates. but not often number plates. What's the setup in other parts of the world? Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
  10. JR 500系

    Tomix - New Releases

    I just pre-ordered the Red Mickey on Amazon... it looks really nice on red and had Minnie in there as well! Got my Hello Kitty buses from MTP.. i missed the 2 coach buses and aint gonna miss these local ones!
  11. Yesterday
  12. dennis

    Hall Effect Sensors

    I have been playing with a latching hall effect sensor, Honeywell SS461C . This sensor will switch when, say a south pole gets near and will stay there until an opposite pole gets there. This means that (depending on which way up the sensor is glued) if you put a north pole followed by a south pole on the front of the train and the reverse on the end it will activate the switch when the train passes and the switch will remain on until the train leaves the sensor in either direction. In my case the North sets the sensor output high which is the default. So as the first north pole passes it does nothing. Then as the south passes the sensor switches. When the train leaves the south pole at either end does nothing but the north pole switches the sensor back to high. It all works at 5V logic levels so its easy to connect to an arduino or even just drive LEDS. I currently use them to switch points on a reversing loop but I am adding more to use as block switches. I don't remember where I saw this first but it was on a blogg somewhere.
  13. Nice haul Tim! They all sound like reasonable prices and when you factor in the cost of shipping (especially on the track) it was a good deal and you got to look at it before buying and like you say support local sales of Japanese stuff. Sounds like you can now do a large viaduct loop to run trains on! It works well on the floor as the tracks are not on the ground and schmutz issues. Also the double viaduct track is very sturdy and puts up to abuse and irregularities in the flooring. have fun! jeff
  14. cteno4

    AsiaNrail layout at the Narrow Gauge Convention

    Kudos guys! Looks like a great setup at an interesting show! Jeff
  15. Not so much ordered/delivered, but it was the Annual International N Gauge show in the UK over the weekend so me and my partner went, as it's one of the few occasions in the year that we can do somewhere and it's gaurenteed to have some Japanese stock for sale. So over the weekend, we bought: loads of the twin track viaduct track, enough for a decent size oval with the piers to support it all it came to £111 ( $136/14,600Yen) The Viaduct Station Entrance for £28 ($34/3700Yen) Viaduct station extensions x 4 for £60 ($74/7,900Yen) Video Camera Equipped Train System Set (Series E233-3000) for £169 ($207/22,300Yen) I also bought an old Kato bookset (the old White and Blue sleeve) with a C57 and Coaches in it for £90 ($110/11,900Yen) Not all of it was particularly cheap, but I try if I'm fortunate to enough to have enough money to buy something no matter how little it is from each stall that has some Japanese stock (though I focus on stuff I actually want) to try and encourage people to sell Japanese stuff 🙂 and to be fair, I was happy with the prices I paid 🙂
  16. Earlier this month Paul, (railtunes), Sam (kiha66), and I had our biggest yet AsiaNrail layout set up at the 2019 Narrow Gauge Convention in Sacramento, California. We also had help from Richard who I don't think is on this forum. The layout room was only open to convention attendees but there were a lot of them including a few from Japan and China and our layout was really well received. This convention was quite well organized and we operated the layout in a morning (8:00am to noon) and evening (6:00pm to 10:00pm) which made for a long day but gave us a chance to go on some layout tours in the afternoons. We rotated staffing at the layout so we all also got a chance to go to clinics and visit the other layouts and contest room. The layout was a triangle of 2+ meters on each side with a long branch line and a short branch line. Here are a few photos and a link to a short video. My new highway module was part of the long branch. Paul also had his new port module in this layout at the end of the long branch. Another new module that Paul is working on.
  17. cteno4

    Seibu's 'Laview' express

    The name is not meant to make sense or be cool outside japan really. Not much sillier than drug, car, and many other product names around the world. jeff
  18. GDorsett

    Tomytec 1/80 narrow gauge

    I'm tempted to get some, myself.
  19. Minitrix 2019 autumn news Trix 16224 - DB Diesellocomotive V 200 €279,99 (DCC+Sound only) MHI Store exclusive Trix 15132 - DB Set Fernzug „MERKUR” €249,99 MHI Store exclusive Trix 15389 - NS Intercity ICRm / HST PRIO (FYRA) 6 part set €309,99 In the demo images of the ICRm cars they don't use the correct window layout for the 1st class cars. Not sure if that is an error or a Minitrix feature.
  20. ben_issacs

    Seibu's 'Laview' express

    Folks, Looking at a shot of Seibu's new 'Laview' (What a silly name!) express, one wonders if the office tea boy was responsible for the design around the front coupler. A smooth front, then down to the coupler area, and a big gap! Or does that lower section slide back to give a smooth front and the coupling retract? Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
  21. Martijn Meerts

    Tomytec 1/80 narrow gauge

    Go on, you know you can't resist forever 😉 Just stick to 1/80 though rather than 1/87 😄
  22. cteno4

    Tomytec 1/80 narrow gauge

    Tempting, very tempting! thanks mucho! jeff
  23. Kamome

    Tomytec 1/80 narrow gauge

    I have a few of the Tomytec Naro Kiha railcars. They are indeed a very low cost way to get started. They generally use one of two motor units. The rail cars are all based around the same motor unit and the small locos the other. As I’m sure you’ve seen, they have since introduced a steam loco version which comes boxed with the compatible sets. What I like: -They are super cheap. - They are an unusual/interesting prototype -expanding range - some interesting additions coming soon. -super easy to add power units -good detailing/weathering project -nice range of complimenting figures. What I don’t like -The Tomytec metal upgrade parts all come with super shiny metal wheels - The rapido couplers look horrible and don’t work well. - lack of interior details - Due to weight, the small motor units are ok but not great runners. Here is one of my examples. As a little test, I added a few detail parts from my spares box. (circled) You can can also make some very interesting scenes from rural Japan
  24. brill27mcb

    Disney monorail spotted

    In the past I have seen a second radius of "beamway" and other things offered by people on Ebay, who made these into more serious modeling efforts. Then of course, Disney offered the Contemporary Hotel, for these to run through, and other accessories. Check out Youtube... Rich K.
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  26. toc36

    Museum of Poop now open in Tokyo

    Why did Tigger put his head in the toilet???? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Wait for it ? ? ? ? ? ? ? He was looking for Pooh!!! Couldn't help myself .........................
  27. RogerMc

    Disney monorail spotted

    To my eyes, the Disneyland Monorail is not as nice looking. I much prefer the mark 1 & 2 days. But that was a long long time ago.
  28. TD6239

    New Layout build

    Car cable carry clips have been a godsend for tidying up the ‘leccy side of things
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