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  2. It’s a good week, a local retailer was selling some odd track, mainly curves at cheap prices so I grabbed some and it arrived today.
  3. @Densha If I recall properly, that was a diagnostics/geometry car. It got ran on whatever it would fit with, although has since been retired.
  4. I'm going to try the JC70 double headed coupler for the EF210. If the height is good I'll see if cutting the wings off of tomix clip-on tn works.
  5. ben_issacs

    Tokaido Main Line Green

    Steve, These trains were the JNR's crack expresses, Tokyo-Osaka-Kobe. First Division, 'Tsubame' (Swallow), Second Division, 'Hato' (Dove). Usually thirteen cars. The green sets were sometimes called 'Aodaisho', sometimes translated as 'Big Green Snake' which they certainly looked like, sometimes 'Big Green General". Kato put out a double set of the Tsubame, six and seven cars, one set of which was Cat. No.10-428. On a trip to Japan I found in a second hand model shop a bookcase box for 10-428, which had been converted to take twelve of the cars, so grabbed it! The green EF 58 loco wasn't easy to get, for a while it ran with a grape coloured EF 58, but finally one turned up. There was also an an additional first class car available, also later bought. These first class cars, also the observation car, first class, were air-conditioned, obviously for foreign tourists. On a big layout, this makes an impressive train. Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
  6. I have seen a few. I think Sammy has on his layout.
  7. Folks, In my travels in Japan, I notice the very frequent groups of camera carrying rail fans on many station platforms, usually grouped at the end, awaiting that special shot. Also, even for ordinary passengers, sometimes when watching people alighting from just a local train, one or two of them will stop and take a shot or two of the train. It'd be nice to stick a few groups of fans on the ends of our model platforms, Tomytec do a group of photographers, one could even do a lineside group. Indeed, it seems that many of the model stations shown on this forum aren't anywhere as crowded as a real-life station. Yes, I know that there is a cost in putting a number of bods on a platform, or in the street, but it could add to the scene. Regards, Bill, Melbourne
  8. ben_issacs

    Golf driving range

    Jeff, Good old initialisation! Just the thing to confuse people! Bill, Melbourne.
  9. cteno4

    Spring Story

    When the elevation changes happen at a track joint you get the worst results. Best if you can make the change happen in the middle of a longer section of track and then put a long slow vertical bend in the Unitrak. You can also use a razor saw or make slices thru the shoulders of the roadbed from the bottom every quarter inch or so to make it easier. jeff
  10. someone knows how to extract the plain text from these videos? (the kanji)
  11. serotta1972

    World High Speed Trains

    Bachmann Spectrum re-released the Amtrak Acela and not wanting to wait for the N Scale version so I got one in HO. It just so happens that one of end cars is the same road number as the one I rode from DC to Philadelphia back in 2017. How cool is that. Now I have an HST United States representative.
  12. serotta1972

    World High Speed Trains

    Thank you guys for your sharing your experiences on the HST's from the other countries.
  13. So I had this great table saw outfeed table that I purchased about 6 months ago but had not gotten around to assembling (many many bolts). So I have a wood working project to do for a friend and decided the outfeed would really be great, so I assembled it all and man it’s nice! So nice to not have to try to set up the roller stands when ripping longer pieces that never work well. The outfeed table gives great support and quickly folds down out of the way when not needed. I had also purchased a hold down system for the fence recently and got it installed as well! It really great as the wheels push the stock into the fence and hold it down well at the same time, so all you need to do is push the wood thru. No more worrying about the piece wobbling a little against the fence as it goes thru and causing a bad cut. Really important now with a more powerful saw and very sharp blades as any little wiggle and it will just chop off the straight cut easily! glad they are now installed and working as really great additions! Cheers jeff
  14. Chotsootrain

    Unitrack "masterpiece" M2 endless

    Hi katoftw. Thanks for your input. Now am decided on using 3'x6' layout for my M2+v5.
  15. Chotsootrain

    Unitrack "masterpiece" M2 endless

    Hi Yavianice. Sure this helped a lot in deciding whether to DCC or just DC. Since I'm going Japanese, am now decided in just DC and really won't mind having two power packs. And besides, I'm just doing simple 2-track layout, maybe with viaduct later on. Thanks for your feedback.
  16. cteno4

    Golf driving range

    Sorry oos is “out of stock” not meant as out of scale. jeff
  17. cteno4

    Most basic DC power question ever...

    A Kato power pack should do you for 45 feet, but I would have like 4 or 5 equally spaced power drops to a central feed to the powerpack. We use to have a folded figure 8 loop on our old layout that had about 45’ or so and I think we had 5 power drops on it like every 6-10’ depending on siding locations. These used pretty wimpy feeders of like 18 or 20g wire and did fine. Newer layouts we use 16g buss and 20g feeders. you can try just using 2 of the Kato 3 way splitters to go from the power pack to 5 leads (3 will get you 7 drops). Then use kato extensions to get to your feeder tracks. There are other ways to make your own feeders as well, but if you are just starting with some temp setups then Kato cords may be your best bet but could get expensive to run a long lengths. If you are handy as soldering you can just snip a regular Kato extension In the middle and splice in a longer pair of wires to what ever lengths you need. Just solder up and heat shrink. You can twist and tape but may not hold up with any tugs, but in a pinch! jeff
  18. DanielMackay

    Most basic DC power question ever...

    Will have some time - and space - over the next few weeks to set up a temporary layout on our enclosed porch, and expect to have a two-track set-up that will have about 35 linear feet of track and a single track setup that will likely be about 45 feet in length. What is the maximum length of track a basic Kato transformer will power, and (if less than lengths referenced above), what do I need to do to wire for continuous power across these distances. No switches or yards planned in these plans.
  19. ben_issacs

    Golf driving range

    Jeff, The golf course mod is a goody, and Woodland Scenics do make golfers, so the figures can be got. Surprised with your comments about Preiser figures, they usually seem to be pretty close to correct scale. And a mini golf course is another possibility, simpler than a driving range, and taking up less space. Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
  20. ben_issacs

    A trip to Nikko and beyond, 2012.

    Densha, Got some shots, trying to work out how to put these into the system. Pretty dumb with regard to this electronic stuff! Will see what I can work out. Bill, Melbourne.
  21. Yesterday
  22. Sheffie

    Spring Story

    Finishing
  23. Sheffie

    Spring Story

    Testing...
  24. Sheffie

    Spring Story

    Track repairs! Step one, use flat head screwdriver to dig up the ballast/glue 2. Clean up using tiny dustpan and brush 3. Insert shim under track
  25. railsquid

    Railway Maps of Japan

    Tsurugi. Apparently a shuttle to Toyama replacing the former through express trains from the Osaka area which now terminate at Kanazawa.
  26. Sheffie

    What did you do on your layout today?

    Alright. I have done thing number two. The portals are about a millimetre to the left, the C57 is back on its siding having passed through both without incident. I have discovered that the missing pantograph is not in the EF510 box, so it looks like I will be ordering some new pantography soon. Finally, I’m all set to go digging again, this time to adjust the slope of this F62 straight.
  27. katoftw

    Kato - New Releases

    It is a new release. New engine and coaches. M1 is the same.
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