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  1. yakumo381

    First Japan Rail Layout

    Decided to use a thin brush and Revell acrylic paint (brown and rust) to paint the rails by hand as do not want to risk messing up the turnouts. Done first pass and whilst it's drying hard, I'm adding cable ducting made from mylar strip as needs to be in place prior to ballasting. Having a guess at where the signals and signal box will be as do not have them yet. Using this photograph, that I took a few years ago, of the back end of the freight terminal at Ajikawaguchi on the Sakurajima Line for reference and inspiration...
  2. yakumo381

    First Japan Rail Layout

    Jobs for next week will be track painting and ballasting (the things in building a layout I find the most tedious... ) before I can get into the overall scenic development (the part I find most interesting...).
  3. yakumo381

    First Japan Rail Layout

    Track laid and basic wiring installed to prove all connections, board mounted in place and I'm starting to look at how to scenically disguise the incoming track. Probably going to be a tunnel entrance with a "concrete hill" - the type of construction used in Japan on a steep hill prone to slipping or slides. Trick will be to get a neat interface with the underside of the Niihama baseboard.
  4. Interesting 1930s Japan Government Railways Roster Locomotives Technical Drawings Book for sale on eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1930s-Japan-Government-Railways-Roster-Locomotives-Technical-Drawings-Book/392040906590?hash=item5b47757f5e:g:D68AAOSw0dha7KSm
  5. M51 entering death row in this video from "Ichi Pika" along with various Azusa sets...☹️
  6. yakumo381

    First Japan Rail Layout

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    First Japan Rail Layout

  8. yakumo381

    First Japan Rail Layout

    Construction started. Pictures 1 & 2: Baseboard temporarily in position running under Niihama - basically a section of seasoned pine with an added stiffening rib, to counteract any potential for warpage, set into it longitudinally in a machined slot then glued and screwed. An additional rib down the wall side to position it off the mounting attached to the wall above the radiator. A series of vertical screws will then hold the baseboard on to the wall mounting. I have left a gap to enable a back scene mounted on picture framing card to be slotted in behind the baseboard against the wall. Third picture is the baseboard on the floor of my work room where I have glued cork sheet over the whole baseboard and then set out the turnout positions around a key scenic feature of a land drain as a common sight in Japan. Decided against using sundeala as it would take away too much vertical height that I may want to use for scenery, the Peco N gauge track pins easily go into the pine through the cork as long as struck cleanly. The land drain was created by chiseling a slot across at an angle then lining it with mylar strip, 90 deg angle strips down the sides and a flat textured strip down the middle. Painted with acrylic and later will have water and weeds added using varnish, foam clumps and possibly suitable, dried bits of plant from the garden. Track crossing the land drain will be supported on girders (more mylar sections) dropped into the slots routed into either bank. Layout uses Peco flexi-track and 4 turnouts (2 LH and 2 RH), however already spotted that adding an extra LH turnout would add some extra operational interest by creating a short holding track for Brake Vans. I've decided against any form of remote decoupling, as this reduces flexibility, and will just use a manual probe as on Niihama.
  9. yakumo381

    First Japan Rail Layout

    Had household management permission for a new layout....thinking of something like a compressed "inglenook" sidings only layout based on one of these plans at "https://huntervalleylines.wordpress.com/layout-designs/small-layouts/" suitably adjusted for Japanese railway practice. Not to be as a replacement for Niihama but to complement it as it will be in the same room, using a long, narrow outline (approx 15 cm by 150 cm) positioned at right angles to one end of Niihama and set up at a lower level so that the incoming line is hidden under the Niihama baseboard. Currently working on the plan and then will be starting the woodwork to support a traditional sundeala top surface that allows easy pinning down of the track. The new layout will be bracketed off the wall so no legs underneath to get in the way of accessing under either the new layout or Niihama. Will be using PECO track with electrofrog turnouts, laid on cork and with woodland scenics ballast, to give an overall different look compared to the Kato track of Niihama so as to bring out the difference in time periods. Period will be c. 1987 right at the end of JNR and to feature a rusting DE10 and numerous WAMU, and, most importantly, I will need to come up with a suitable name and a location in Japan to base it on. Any suggestions would be welcome... Will document the build as I get into it so please watch this space....
  10. yakumo381

    Where can you buy this laptop bag?

    Saw these for sale in Omiya Station, Saitama, at the "General Store Railyard" shop.
  11. yakumo381

    First Japan Rail Layout

  12. yakumo381

    First Japan Rail Layout

    At the end of last year, JR Freight put out a press release about changing the branding on all of their freight depots. In line with this, the JRF workers in Niihama have been hard at work and have now updated all of their signage...
  13. yakumo381

    First Japan Rail Layout

    Niihama has had its annual strip down, spring clean and is now back up and running well again.
  14. I was a bit too quick to write off EF66-30 as it is now back at Suita ready for further use, presumably having had repairs and/or servicing at Hiroshima Plant:
  15. yakumo381

    Old vans at Takasaki

    KVP - Thanks for the input. Digging a bit further, the テム300 may have or does belong to the Chichibu Railway ( https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/秩父鉄道 ) based on the logo on the restored wagon. The Chichibu is based in Kumagaya which is not far from Takasaki. I was not aware of the Joshin Railway when I was in Takasaki so I was not looking for any other railway lines apart from JR East. It is now added to my "to do" list for the next time I visit this area. Same goes for the Chichibu, which again I was not aware of, which apparently runs freight on its own line through Kumagaya Freight Terminal. I did visit this terminal, which is run by Kita Kanto Logistics for JRF and who also run the freight terminal at Kuragano, but it seems to be in decline and I did not see any JRF freight locos there let alone any from the Chichibu. This DE10 at Kumagaya is in the typical condition of Kita Kanto's second hand shunters...