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  1. Digging about a bit, I notice these appear to have been split from a starter set, which would explain why the locomotive box itself doesn't have a product number (the product number associated with the order, 931702, is for the starter set itself). Not that I'm complaining.
  2. Primarily adventure and languages. I was only going to spend a year in Berlin in 1991 before going to university, but it was 1991 and an absolutely fascinating time to be there, and I ended up going to university in Berlin and studying Japanese (well it seemed like a good idea at the time 😉 ).
  3. railsquid

    Which prefecture has the fewest train lines?

    Stats from 2013, with absolute lengths, and km/100km2 and km/10,000 of population: https://uub.jp/pdr/t/k.html Ishikawa Pref. has the least by kilometre route miles, Hokkaido the most.
  4. Production series from 1987. Post-1994 a lot of stock was running round in its pre-DB AG livery with DB AG logos on, and as the 120s didn't really make it to Berlin until after 1994 I will not sleep soundly until it looks something like this: http://www.gerdboehmer-berlinereisenbahnarchiv.de/Bildergalerien/1997-11/19971106-974007.html (Random Railsquid fact: I worked in the building behind the locomotive for a couple of years in the late 90s/early 2000s)
  5. This is a DB BR 120: P1020844 by Rail Squid, on Flickr and at the risk of being lynched, I think when it was being designed, they sat down and said "let's take the most boring elements of all the locomotives we've designed so far, and make a locomotive which redefines 'boring'". Because when I lived in Berlin, though I wasn't far gone enough down the train rabbit hole to care much class numbers etc. , I liked looking at various kinds of trains and have been delighted to recognise many in model form, but I'm hard pressed to ever remember seeing this one. Now, having taken a careful look through this excellent archive of Berlin rail pictures from the 1990s, I see the BR 120s were a fairly common visitor to Berlin once it was properly connected to the rest of Germany, and I must have seen them dozens if not hundreds of times, yet they seem to have left very little impression , I didn't even realise what the loco pictured above (taken in 2014) was until I joined the dots just now. Anyway DM Toys have one on sale at EUR 80, so it would have been rude not to, even though it has the wrong logo, but thanks to @Suica's suggestion it arrived with a bunch of DB AG "Keks" logos which I might get round to applying some time before 2030. Fleischmann BR 120 by Rail Squid, on Flickr Nice solid little locomotive, looks the part, runs smoothly and quietly, Railsquid is happy.
  6. railsquid


    For no particular reason, an EF15 heading into the tunnel at the head of a freight train. microace-ef15 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
  7. 185 series passing Yurakucho station heading towards Shinagawa. yurakucho-station-185-series-2018-07-21 by Rail Squid, on Flickr Not the best photo, but gotta catch 'em while they're still around.
  8. railsquid

    What did you do on your layout today?

    All I know is that it's a red sports car :P. Package says "Toyota Celica XX".
  9. railsquid

    What did you do on your layout today?

    Farm before: farm-overview by Rail Squid, on Flickr After: farm-2018-07-19 by Rail Squid, on Flickr The farmer finally has somewhere to plant his crops, and in anticipation of the rich harvest to come, has bought a nice red car.
  10. railsquid

    Indoctrinating children

    Seem's they're planning on keeping it around for a couple more months: http://tetsudo-shimbun.com/headline/entry-1461.html
  11. railsquid

    Yamanote LIne 1980

    Wikipedia gives 1984 for the opening date of the Mylord building. I haven't watched every minute but all the Yamanote line trains going the other way were 103s; as the 205s were introduced between 1985 and 1988 I'd put the video in 1984 or 1985. Probably very early in the morning judging by the lack of people on the platforms.
  12. Not shunters, though they look a bit like a stretched version of a Class 08; actually light freight locos (with some limited passenger haulage), usually couples in pairs with the cabs at opposite ends for better visibility.
  13. railsquid

    Yamanote LIne 1980

    Nice. Note the caption says "1980s" ("1980年代"), and I suspect it's a little later than 1980 as the Odakyu "Mylord" building in Shinjuku is visible, which IIRC was early/mid 80s.
  14. railsquid

    Best camera for fun pics?

    You can get cameras which are basically built into a USB stick for a few $currency_units, I have one I use for running shots which fits onto a flat wagon. Picture quality is not that great but good enough. It could also be used for static shots. Otherwise I use a Panasonic DMC-TZ30 compact-ish, which is good for close-up shots in macro mode, though obviously doesn't fit everywhere.
  15. I heard yo and yo dawg likes yo yos so we put yo dawg in yo yo yo so yo dawg can yo yo while yo yo yo.