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  2. Jiji Press report on the press preview/track connection ceremony at Sotetsu's new station that connects the new Sotetsu Line extension to Shin-Yokohama/Hiyoshi with the JR Freight Line via a junction just past the platforms. Scheduled to be operational/open 11/30 this year, presumably in conjunction with the autumn timetable revision.
  3. bikkuri bahn

    Sangi Freight Railway Museum

    Website works. Next open day is May 5. http://frm.kans.jp/
  4. Takahama Trainwatcher

    Spectacular derailment in Western Australia.

    162 km/h!
  5. Martijn Meerts

    Models IMON H0j

    I'm very much considering getting 1 of the Models IMON H0j kits sometime this year (probably after tax returns and/or holiday money), however, I was wondering if anyone knows a good way of ordering things there. I know from other threads in the forum that while they do have an online store, they don't ship outside of Japan. I've also noticed that for example Hobby Search has very few Models IMON items, and most of those are sold out (for example, a set of couplers for my Hokutan #2 loco). I did look at the Buyee option, but again, very hard to find any H0j kits there, at least, at first glance, haven't spent that much time searching. I'd also prefer a reputable source of course, no weird, half-built 2nd hand kits, or kits that might miss parts. I'd really like a C11 kit, but I know those have been sold out for quite a while already, but they still have several 9600 kits. Anyone have any tips of a good way to buy them? I guess I could wait until I go to Japan again, and just go to their store there, but the earliest I'm going to Japan again will be autumn 2020 ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. railsquid

    Modelling Idea

    They"re actually undercover ninjas ๐Ÿ˜‰
  7. Will be interested to see if the custom decoder will work, I'd definitely be needing a whole lot of lighting boards if it all works and remains at a reasonable price. I also received those brass cups that you can install in coaches for power pickup. I haven't tried installing them yet though. They're actually really small, and will be fun to solder wires on. I ordered 4 with wires pre-soldered just to see how they do it, and another 20 without wires, as well as the set of drills to create the holes for the cups. Might give it a go this weekend, depending a bit on whether or not I feel up to trying to fix my GS4 (again), and I'll likely work a little more on my H0j locomotive kit.
  8. Martijn Meerts

    Modelling Idea

    Before reading the text and just looking at the image real quick, I thought you meant the different coloured rectangles on the building. Only noticed the window washers after reading the text (early in the morning over here ...) Also, they look more like a SWAT team rather than window washers ๐Ÿ˜‰
  9. Martijn Meerts

    C56 with backwards axle bearing

    I've seen all sorts of weird things going on with these type of Kato bearings, but this has to be the first time I've actually seen one that's flipped. I've had a very similar looking problem when I was installed the replacement wheels in the GS4, it was actually possible to install them with the bearing outside the frame, and after installed it looked pretty much exactly like this issue. It does seem Kato has some issues with steam locomotives though. The Mikado had it's issues way back, then the GS4 with the cracking axles, then the replacement axles not fitting correctly in the frame of the 1st run locomotives, and now the replacement axles not being straight. The FEF-3 is also reported to have several issues, also mostly related to the wheels. I also came across a site about the GS4 replacement wheels, it seems they're all slightly out of gauge, slightly narrower than the standard. The guy had checked 5 different sets of replacement wheels, and had to re-gauge them all. As for service, Kato US probably won't have the wheels in stock, but I've found them generally fairly helpful, so I'd probably check with them first. They might be able to get a set of wheels from Kato Japan and send them over.
  10. cteno4

    Modelling Idea

    Kawow! jeff
  11. serotta1972

    Modelling Idea

    Those with tall buildings on their layout, here's a little detail you can add to it. I have seen my share of window washers in San Francisco but always on hanging platforms, this was a first.
  12. GCRailways

    Let There Be Light!

    So my Kato D51 not only has the honor of being my first Japanese steam locomotive, itโ€™s now also the first to be converted to DCC. However, I also decided to take this opportunity to finally convert the dummy headlight into an operating one. I drilled a #55 hole through the headlamp into the feedwater heater. To my surprise, the feedwater heater turns out to be a separate part that popped off, so that made the second hole easier to drill, which is straight down under the feedwater heater (the smokebox prevented drilling upward). The new light pipe was fabricated from a leftover sprue that I purposely set aside for this project. The boiler weight required extensive modification to make room for the LED, wires, and resistor. The resistor is centered under the dome on the boiler. The wires are routed up between the frames either side of the drive shaft. After everything was reassembled, I painted the exposed light pipe between the headlamp and feedwater heater. It's barely noticeable between two components. Before and after shots:
  13. GiantRoboJustin

    C56 with backwards axle bearing

    Thanks for all the replies! Yeah, it's definitely flipped. I wasn't sure if it was wrong at first, like maybe it was supposed to be like that to give clearance for the drive gears or something, but then I found a Japanese how-to site on fitting DCC and saw theirs had all the bearings slotted in the correct way. I was also pretty surprised but then again everyone makes mistakes every once in a while (or quite often if they're like me, lol) Anyways, I'll give Hobbysearch a couple more days to respond and then try Kato. But would I need to contact Kato Japan, or USA? Has anyone had Kato USA work on their Japanese models? I think I read somewhere on their site once that they can do it, but it may take longer/cost more to source parts or something. Though lucky for me all the parts are already there, lol
  14. ben_issacs

    Spectacular derailment in Western Australia.

    Folks, More info is now available on the ATSB web site, giving details of the action that the driver took, amongst other things, But the final report looks to be still a long way off! Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
  15. ben_issacs

    A couple of unusual Japanese road vehicles.

    Folks, We don't have to have these sound truck models from Tomytec or others, they could be made up by most modellers. The two videos show some simple prototypes, a small bus, with a couple of windows opened up, some suitable hand waving figures inside, perhaps not so easy to get a couple of flat loud speakers that could be made from flat plastic cut to shape. And, finally, there's the banners. To avoid offence to anyone, these could say, 'Vote 1 Densha' or 'Kato', or some imaginary person or thing, perhaps, as I wrote earlier on 'Godzilla', although this word as written in Roman is hard to replicate in Kanji. Similar vans could be done to advertise sporting teams, I was thinking of the only Japanese baseball team that I know of, the Hankyu Tigers, a van painted with black and yellow tiger stripes and a suitable banner could be made up, with a couple of fans with black and yellow scarves hanging out the windows.. Although there would no doubt be complaints that there should be buses for all the other teams! Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
  16. nscalestation

    A couple of unusual Japanese road vehicles.

    I just returned from a month in Japan and saw these vans quite a bit. As I think of it there seems to have always been an election going on whenever I have been there. Another related thing I saw this time was for the candidate to be just outside a station giving a speech and several cohorts around trying to hand out political material.
  17. Kamome

    Spring Story

    I have done some tests adding ballast to unitrack. Iโ€™ve found painting the whole track bed and sleepers with a deep brown first gives a good definition once you add ballast. This also means your rail sides are painted. I also begin by applying glue to the track bed around the sleepers and on the preformed bank so that ballast adheres to it. I would say the less is more when adding ballast as it can easily look overfilled.
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  19. I made a grave error: I started with H0m. But wait! Not RhB, no Bemo in sight! But I always adored the Tram 2000. Now I'll just need some track. And don't worry, next .jp trains are ordered and on the way.
  20. bill937ca

    Sangi Freight Railway Museum

    Reviving an old thread. Japanese Wikipedia has photos of the preserved stock. The museum's own web site no longer seems to work. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/่ฒจ็‰ฉ้‰„้“ๅš็‰ฉ้คจ A blog entry from 2016 with photos of inside the museum. https://blog.goo.ne.jp/sgk3514/e/5758338c843e578d136d25f6494aa988 Another article https://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/feature/railnews/list/CK2019011902000232.html
  21. We are looking at building a house next year and I've been looking at roofs. They are not cheap. I am looking at Zinc as a roof material. As my train room will be in the "bonus room" above the garage, I agree with you, no fun having it leak on the train collection!
  22. Keith

    A couple of unusual Japanese road vehicles.

    Well I couldnโ€™t have been more wrong. Keith
  23. I ordered a Pickit 3 clone programmer, and a SOP8 to DIP8 adapter and a cheap clip, and a small number of the SOP8 format PIC chips as well as a small number of all the other components necessary for the raw DCC decoder. Once I have everything I will try to breadboard the decoder and get it working. Then I will breadboard it together with the lights and get that working.
  24. I've ordered some PCBs to test V2 circuit, as well as 2 aux designs for driving factory lights and LED strips. Probably about 1.5 to 2 weeks.
  25. Pauljag900

    What did you do on your layout today?

    Itโ€™s not lost,it s been saved from the scrap heap and fully restored to its former glory by a consortium of anonymous Japanese buisness men and over the Easter weekend it was touring around Fukuoka station๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚(as if!!)
  26. Martijn Meerts

    JR-Chiisai

    Yeah, it's a problematic locomotive it seems.. My first one had the original plastic axles with the wheels pushed into the axles. The axles were too brittle though, so they cracked open, allowing you to freely spin the wheels. That meant terrible running of course. Replaced the wheels with a new set where the axles were metal, installed those and it was definitely an improvement, but it was still bouncing heavily when running. Then I noticed that the wheels were crooked, and at some points the wheels were actually lifting of the track which caused derailments. I thought maybe I had bent them when installing them though, so figured I'd get another set of wheels. Those came in today, I take them out of the box, and they're also not straight. So, either they're not meant to be straight, and installed in such a way that the crookedness of 1 set equalizes the crookedness of the other set, or there's something very wrong with their production process of these wheels. Of course, their FEF-3 is said to have similar issues.
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