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  1. katoftw

    Suburban Tokyo Themed Layout

    Where are you buying these gold plated crossovers from? I've never seen Kato or Tomix that high priced before.
  2. katoftw

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Most expensive order I have done in a long time. haha 500 yen for a 2 pack of 883/885 pantographs. Lost the head collector part of the 885 pantograph long ago in a running session.
  3. I remember that line in closure conversation a while back. Low ridership and parralel running near a main line.
  4. katoftw

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    And then there was nine. haha
  5. katoftw

    Keihan Ōtsu Lines model trains

    Done quite well.
  6. I actually really like it. If you placed the power feed between the turnouts. Then the bridge section would be unpower if both points are in the reverse posotion. So you can have two trains point to point station to station. And another along the bridge section also doing in loop.
  7. buy one of these https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10112102 then buy one of these https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10112104 then buy three of these https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10112106
  8. katoftw

    How to bid in Japanese auctions for dummies.

    Buyee used to do that years ago also.
  9. katoftw

    Basic track questions from a newbie

    If you are buying from Japan. It will normally work out cheaper to buy the individual 4 packs compared to a larger oval pack etc. This is due to volume of poly-styene in the bigger packs that is just useless weight and volume to pay for extra shipping cost.
  10. katoftw

    SL Yamaguchi C56 Last Run

    D51 is only 6-12 months removed from its time in Kyoto after its 2 year overhaul. I think it is still 8-9 years away from needing a mainline cert full overhaul again. C571 probably is need of some work soon(ish?) C56-160 isn't strong enough to pull the 5 coaches on the Yamaguchi Line, so it always has assistance diesel along for the ride. Hence why I think the D51 made it west as far as it did.
  11. katoftw

    GreenMax - New Releases

    Surprized with all the 817 series trains GM has been pumping out the 819 Dencha hasn't been made sooner.
  12. katoftw

    Tomix - New Releases

    Series 35 yamaguchi coaches with balcony lighting looks good. Seems Tomix have gone down asimilar route and offering the C57-1 instead of Katos D51-200.
  13. New webpage just for the reopening. Aim to promote tourism back to the area. Although with the Yufuin no Mori going back down the full length of the Kyudai Line, I'm sure tourist from China and S.E.Asia will come flooding back. (No pun intended). http://kyudai-line.com/
  14. katoftw

    Knuckle coupler to replace Tomix JC04?

    Kato for example have their instruction sheet viewable online, click the "assy" link. http://www.katomodels.com/product/nmi/ef510.shtml
  15. katoftw

    Knuckle coupler to replace Tomix JC04?

    The instruction sheet in normally in the jewel case under the foam for Kato models. Not sure for Tomix but would assume the same. And as I said, you can search Hobby search, I used the terms "KATO EF510" and the couplers are half way down... https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/search?typ1_c=104&cat=&state=&sold=0&sortid=0&searchkey=kato+ef510 And one Tomix EF510 listing with the assessories (including coupler) listed... https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10258507 The google translation on hobby search are never 100% correct. So I'd confirm the info or read an instruction sheet for better confirmation.