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  1. Indoctrinating children

    Excellent, now I can show this to Mrs Railsquid and say "now that's what a *lot* of Plarail looks like". The Squid household collection fits inside one of those boxes to the left of your guy (we have one of the same design, the box that is I mean). I got my first proper trainset (HO/OO) when I was about 4, and still have most of the stock. The Squidlet (ca. 2.85 years) is quite adept at pushing some N scale cars along a length of track and is generally very careful about things, so I reckon he might be recipient of a simply-decorated oval of Kato track for Christmas next year, but we'll see how things go.
  2. Yup, Youtube itself is a mid-2000s thing, if you're lucky videos will contain approximate dates in the description. You can safely assume that apart from miscellaneous 185s and 205s, anything from even the late JNR era is gone as of 2011-2012 ish, at least around Tokyo.
  3. There have been a couple of articles in the British N Gauge Society magazine about Irish conversions and 3d printing options. The N Gauge Forum might also be worth perusing, in particular anything by Captain Electra who does various conversion vinyls, e.g. for these Irish Rail Mark 4 Coaches.
  4. 1998 - 1990 "were" is the operative word here, some were converted for use with 211s, but those are also long gone (from the Tokyo area at least). The E-series double-decker cars are all newer models (without the aluminum "ribbing" typical of the earlier versions). Disclaimer: not an expert, these are mainly my observations + a little wikipedia-ing.
  5. Going by the catalogue, you could add additional support piers (presumably part 23-020), not all Shinkansen stations are filled end-to-end with shops etc., e.g. Kumagaya: https://goo.gl/maps/ZDHBHS2pgM82 The space is often used for carparking, storage, etc.
  6. What did you order or the post deliver?

    As Seibu is what got me (re)started in these model train thingies and it's my local line, I have a reasonable excuse :D Actually this my second E851, the first was cheap "junk" missing decals etc., the set has enough spares that I can fit it out properly.
  7. What did you order or the post deliver?

    Seibu E851 and freight set from Kato. Kato Seibu E851 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
  8. What did you order or the post deliver?

    MicroAce have got this right, much easier to scan a row of shelved MA cases than Tomix or Kato ones.
  9. And the news cycle goes full swing, with the overseas reporting on the incident being reported in Japan. https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20171117-00010000-huffpost-int
  10. Makes a change from the constant barrage of apologies for the train being as much as several minutes late.
  11. What did you do on your layout today?

    I turned the time dial way back into the Showa era :D Blast from the Showa past by Rail Squid, on Flickr
  12. Eizan Elipse

    Looks like it ran into an oversized silvery toilet seat lid.
  13. Where to get/how to choose bookshelf cases

    Height may also be an issue... A solution I've adopted to home the increasing amount of cheap unboxed stock I keep acquiring is to customize some empty Kato clear plastic cases by lining the bottom with foamboard and cutting surplus foam inserts from various booksets to size to hold each item in place, then keep store the boxes inside an empty Kato case (e.g. 10-213). Not pretty but it works. Kato customized boxes by Rail Squid, on Flickr
  14. I have a feeling it was a JNR 301 series by one of the minor manufacturers, will check next time I pass by to see if it's still there.
  15. German language N-scale websites?