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  • Birthday 09/10/1949

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    Crime in Japan

    I'm afraid this is going to become more common in many countries. Society is breaking down. We used to take care of our elderly citizens, but they are beginning to fall through the cracks more and more often. At almost 70, I begin to wonder what my declining years will be like. I can understand the plight of these women and their desire to have a place where they are taken care of.
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    My Bracket is Broken

    Sorry, I shouldn't laugh, but UMBC handed them their heads on a silver platter. Perhaps that's why it's called March Madness.
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    Eizan Elipse

    Maybe it will look better in real life...one can hope. If not, then it is even more important that I share it so others don't have to go through the agony of seeing it up close and personally. It just goes to show not everyone in Japan has good design sense. Another stereotype blown to smithereens.
  4. In addition to my replacement Shikishima Express, I received my new Kiha47 from Tomix, which I would share an image of if I could figure out how to insert a jpeg into my message. I'm guessing from what I have read here and at Sumida Crossing in the past I can use a standard Digitrax decoder in the model. Kurt
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    Eizan Elipse

    I'll take pictures when I ride it in September and share them with you all, so go buy your barf bags now.
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    Sankei Miniatuart kit: Diorama MP03-38 Shrine

    I have put together 5 sankei kits in the last couple weeks and have about 7 more in the pile to go. I have found them to be well made with great details. It is important to look carefully at how the pieces go together though or you will end up with pieces that don't go fit the way they are supposed to. Don't ask me how I know this.
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    What did you do on your layout today?

    Hey Jeff, We just put a track on the back side of the yard module that is right up against the edge--something you are never supposed to do. I had parked the train there so I could grab the boxes and put it away. One of the younger members of the group leaned over the module to do something on the mainline track. He was wearing a zip up sweatshirt that was open (another no-no) and caught the train when he leaned back. End of train. We actually used those 2x2 blocks, but they were on the outside of the layout, where most people work. That was part of the reason I went to the back of the layout. We are going to put up a 2" acrylic panel along the back edge to prevent a future event like mine. Before I was in the group somebody lost a pair of Big Boys when somebody lifted the bridge without looking. I guess that was a spectacular crash--two locos and 45 grain cars. They put a kill switch on the tracks after that. Live and learn.
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    What did you do on your layout today?

    The only price I have seen in the US is $600. The price from Japan, including shipping was $330. Yes, it was expensive, but no more expensive than the Milwaukee Road Hiawatha Olympian, and it is a much more spectacular train. I am lucky to have a loving spouse who allows me to such expensive toys.
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    What did you do on your layout today?

    Half the cars were not damaged so I can add 4 more cars to a train. Yes, it was an expensive silver lining, but I love the train and I love the expression on people's faces when they see it. It's like "What is that?" "Is that a real train?" When I tell them how much it costs to ride the 1:1 version, their eyes glaze over and I get to talk about the train and why I decided to buy the model. Besides, I'm building a 6' module just to show off the model, so I HAD to have another one. (How's that for justification for busting model railroading budget for three months?) Kurt
  10. True, but it might help some people on the list.
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    What did you do on your layout today?

    I don't know if I got all the pieces or not. Putting it back together is going to be tough. I was able to contact HobbySearch, and, after describing my loss, they agreed to sell me another one even though their policy was one per household. At least now I have a parts bin...(looking for the silver lining here).
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    What did you do on your layout today?

    What I did yesterday on my module layout at a train show in Monroe, WA was watch my brand new Shikishima Express take a 4' fall onto a concrete floor when somebody pulled it off the layout. 4 people helped me get down on the floor to find pieces of plastic and bogies. Needless to say, I am not a happy camper right now. I wrote to Hobby Search to see if they would sell me another, even though the site says limited to one per household. I explained my situation and they agreed to put a new one in the mail. If this keeps up, the model will eventually cost as much as a ride on the 1:1.
  13. Forget about the Shikishima Express unless you have extremely deep pockets. I checked it out and the price was $8000.00 per person for two nights (the minimum you could spend). I decided it was cheaper to order a model of the train, which is Kato 10-1447.
  14. Japan Railway Journal has its own archive on its website. Go to: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/japanrailway/ (Well, at least you can watch the most recent show. But as they say, "This program is available on video on demand after broadcasting."
  15. I watch Japan Railway Journal religiously. It's where I first came across the Shikishima Express. Does anybody know where the cafe/bar is that they used to use? It was filled with model trains. I'm guessing it is in Tokyo, but I don't know. Kurt
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