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  1. Philphil

    Suburban Tokyo Themed Layout

    I was just nosing around on eBay, and the Peco SL-E383F double crossovers range from $99 to $167, each. Those things might as well be gold-plated for that price! I'd be willing to bet I could find a cheaper price for them elsewhere, but I haven't looked yet. The Kato double crossovers are only around $35, so at the moment, they're the obvious choice, though I haven't checked on the Tomix track prices yet. Huh, that's a very good point... I didn't realize that Tomix had non-powered switches, but that might be the economical solution if the Peco track turns out to be more expensive. I'll have to do some investigations into this!
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    Suburban Tokyo Themed Layout

    Quick update: I've always wanted a big yard somewhere on the layout, but with the high cost of switches, I've always held off. SO, I'm slowly trying to design a plan for the Tobu Tojo Line's Shinrin-koen Depot, but shrunk down a bit and straightened out. The main lines are still Kato, while the storage tracks, switches, (and everything else besides the double crossovers, WHICH ARE LIKE $120 EACH 😯 ) will be PECO track laid down on HO Scale cork roadbed, to raise it up to about the height of the Kato Unitrack. The double crossovers used in the yard will be Kato, again, due to price. The design shown is not complete, and is still just a concept, missing all of the main yard tracks. Part of the reason(s) I decided to go with PECO track, rather than Unitrack for the yard was the lack of switches/other parts, and because of how large the spacing in between storage track would have to be if Kato track was used. Tracks in the actual yard are really packed in there, so my spacing should be about 1 track per inch, give or take depending on how many tracks I can get under each catenary pole. (Hoping to get at least 22 storage tracks within 2' 10" of space, not including the main line behind the yard, or the Chichibu main in front of it.) Yard catenary will be mostly made up of Tomix 3007 variable-width catenary poles. Also, yes, in the track plan, the straight track at the bottom of the AnyRail plan represents the Chichibu Railway main line, which will host occasional passenger traffic, along with freight traffic, and hopefully Tobu equipment moves with Chichibu electric locomotives leading. Though the biggest challenge for this all might just be modeling the nearly full-sized maintenance building at Shinrinkoen (which can be partly seen in the top-right corner of the Google Earth image. It has five separate tracks, each able to hold a full 10-car train, the model will (hopefully) have that same ability. This will be quite the scratchbuilding project, and I'm not quite sure where to start, so I'll get back to that later. If anyone has any good articles or tips for building large structures, they would be greatly appreciated!
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    Suburban Tokyo Themed Layout

    Those are both very good suggestions, though the use of magnets does sound interesting, it may be the harder of the two. Once day I hope to add an actual fascia onto the shelving and tables to make it look more like an "actual" layout. Though that's going to have to wait until the layout is more finalized, which could be awhile. Once I get to that step, I'll have to try both ways, for fun! (To be completely honest, I probably should do it now, and also remove the two floating curves that go off of the edge of the layout, because the only thing that'll happen is another (yes, another, haha) train will fly off of the table, and this time, it's probably going to be a bit more expensive than just a Kato E655!)
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    How did you improve your rolling stock?

    Does burning out a Microace motor count as an improvement?
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Just a couple of things from a small AmiAmi package. I pre ordered two of the Tomix busses long ago, and when the time for payment came, I decided to add a few things onto it. Just some couplers from Kato and Tomix, along with a set of track painting markers to try out. Nothing big amazing should arrive for awhile.
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    I'm trying not to stray too far from a couple of railroads, since that's what I did in HO scale, and it turned into a huge mess of having a ton of trains for every railroad, a lot of which didn't belong on a Norfolk Southern-themed layout. I'll probably start working on a small fleet of Chichibu equipment next, once I have a bit more money, but who knows when that will be, ha! The other part of it is I'd like to have a big yard for one railroad, which is what I'm working on now, and it'll need to be filled with rolling stock, since there's not a lot of point to having an empty yard. @JR 500系 Now were you serious about selling that 6-car Crayon Shin Chan set?
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    Tomytec - Painted & Anything Bus Related

    Woaaaaaah, you're using ZM! Now you need to get six more of those sets!
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    To top it off, the long-awaited Tobu 10000-series 10-car set finally showed up! Along with another 30000-series 4-car set. But knowing my history with those things, I probably shouldn't have gotten it, since I'll just crash it into another train, like I always do! 😂 (Hey, wait, when did the emojis get updated?!)
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Finally had a few parts and pieces roll in from ZM. Got some JC25 couplers, along with some wheels and other misc couplers for a few small projects. Everything was nicely packed in their own, individual plastic bags, which was very nice compared to Buyee throwing everything inside of a tube of bubble wrap...
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    The Model Train Wreck Thread

    Haha, yeah, ultimately it's all my fault, as one of the two motors on the 6-car set was having issues seizing up, so I had to take it out, but that left the set too underpowered to make it up any small grade (which I didn't realize until it was too late!)
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    The Model Train Wreck Thread

    Oh no! The poor things! Wow, I'm surprised that those cars are brittle enough to just fall apart like that, especially since they're Kato!
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    General Sales / Auctions Thread

    https://www.m.ebay.com/sch/i.html?sid=tamkarum-jp&isRefine=true&_pgn=1 This guy is selling an interesting assortment of JNR, JRF, and other rolling stock, along with lots of electric locomotives, if anyone is interested.
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Yes indeed it did.
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    The Model Train Wreck Thread

    This week I managed to crash a Tobu 30000-series set into a stalled 30000-series set, and the impact was so hard that I bashed one of the couplers into the underbody (as seen in the picture.)
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    The Model Train Wreck Thread

    Hello guys, I didn't see any other threads specifically about this topic, so I thought I'd make a new one: MODEL TRAIN WRECKS! This is the perfect thread to tell us about the latest accident, derailment, or other model train mishap that happen on your layout! Please don't forget to post lots of pictures!