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GDorsett

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    North American passenger service
    Japanese freight service
    Eventually getting my car to be reliable.

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  1. All my stuff is the Power Functions.
  2. Wait, there's another new control system?
  3. GDorsett

    Kato Custom Shop

    Yeah, I'm not worried about customizing it. Really just want the DCC/sound. I don't trust mt soldering abilities ro do it myself and I have no idea where to find the files to put sound into it...
  4. GDorsett

    Kato Custom Shop

    Specifically, I'm looking at this: http://www.katomodels.com/custom/service/ho/ef510_500/ Of course, that is for an HO EF510, but I assume the process is similar for N scale. I would check but my crappy connection won't load any of the graphics...
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    ED79, the general work horse?

    I know it's not a direct comparison, but more as it filling similar shoes. I had completely forgotten about them being AC only.
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    ED79, the general work horse?

    Curious about that as well. Only engines I've seen with one cab at one end is the DD14. Everything else is either articulated, double headed, or has a centred cabin.
  7. GDorsett

    Kato Custom Shop

    Has anyone used Kato's in-house customs shop at all for either N or HO? Do they do a good job? How does shipping work, since I can't exactly deliver anything myself? And do they work on a new locomotive that you purchase as part of it or do you mail in a locomotive to be worked on?
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    ED79, the general work horse?

    Makes sense to me. So, yeah, the ED7x would be the equivalent of the NA F-Series. Learned something new today! Thank you!
  9. GDorsett

    ED79, the general work horse?

    I notice that in a lot of videos online, the ED79 is run in pairs. Microace also sells their ED79 models in a box of two. Is this the Japanese equivalent of the North American F-Unit? A small, reliable 4-axle that can be run alone or consisted together to pull heavier loads and had many built?
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    Hokutosei DD51s in HO?

    Okay, thank you!
  11. So, I acquired an EF510 in the Hokutosei livery and was hoping to convert it to DCC and run it with the appropriate train...then found out how they worked and that nobody around me will touch it to convert and that my soldering skills are...less than good. I know HO DD51s in Hokutosei/Cassiopia blue exist, but I can't find them unless they're ludicrously over priced. PlazaJapan on EBay has DD51s from Kato in HO, but only the standard red/silver livery. Their model is priced at approximately $110 USD and I was hoping to find the blue/silver livery for around the same price. Everything I've seen so far has been grossly over priced anywhere from 160 to almost 300 US dollars! And all but one of those was factory new, assembled. I found a Tomix Prestiege model, but I can't afford $400 dollars worth of DC locomotive. (Would have had myself Santa Fe #3751 from Broadway Limited by now if I could have). Any thoughts?
  12. GDorsett

    Area specific EMUs?

    Yeah, I know it's a bit of everything. Like I said, still in beginner mode. But thank you! I guess I'll go look for a 7-car 115 set to start with and go from there. Are there any specific variants of electrics for cold regions like with the diesels? I'll probably get a few more EF-81s if there isn't a cold version.
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    Area specific EMUs?

    I planned on getting a pair of DE10s in the cold version on my next order, that way I know I had at least one compatible engine.
  14. Aah, okay. Then that's where I got confused. I had the freight version which came with a number already on it.
  15. GDorsett

    Area specific EMUs?

    My current fleet is still in beginner mode. Bought an EF66 first because I wanted one. It is in the first livery, not any of the later ones So far, I've got the ED61 from Tomix's track cleaning car set, the EF81 from the Nihonkai set, and an EF510-500 because I had it in HO. And a C11.
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