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  1. The 200 series might be the first to be replaced by the 500 series because it is far more technically obsolete, as it was built using parts salvaged from withdrawn 1700 and 1720 series trainsets (1956) such as the old resistor control, motors and seats, than the 100 series (wich was introduced in 1990), altough the only 250 series set introduced in 1998 (wich is aestetically identical to the 200 series) might last a decade more due to being an entirely newly built set with up-to-date components (such as the IGBT-VVVF control).
  2. Might not be a mamachari, but still it's a (E7 series) Shinkansen Bycicle! https://item.rakuten.co.jp/55cycling/4981973803460 Now you too can travel at 300 Kilometers per hour!
  3. The E233 series (and E231-1000s as well) with double-deck green cars are used on local and rapid services on JR East's portion of the Tokaido Line. The E257 series will replace 185-0 series trainsets from 1981 on Odoriko services from Tokyo or Ikebukuro to Izukyu-Shimoda. Also i've found some fan-made photoshops about what the E257 series would look like with 185 series livieries: Original Odoriko https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BURrYUGCMAE4YUk.png from https://twitter.com/nittetsuren/status/379546334270734336 Shonan Odoriko https://stat.ameba.jp/user_images/20140804/17/vd231/eb/02/j/o0640048013024303520.jpg from https://ameblo.jp/vd231/entry-11904762173.html JNR Revival express colors https://blog-001.west.edge.storage-yahoo.jp/res/blog-a8-d3/usodentrain/folder/175771/62/13856262/img_0_m?1457619541 from https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/usodentrain/13856262.html
  4. Socimi

    Trains in anime/manga

    Found just by accident this obscure horror/thriller/comedy OVA from 1987: "Take the X Train" ("X Densha De Ikou") The plot revolves around EF58 61, wich suddently becomes a ghost and starts running uncontrolled. In the first scene, during a marketing meeting, it's proposed to use EF58 61 as the locomotive of choice for a "retro-styled" tourist train. It's also correctly stated that it was used as the locomotive for the imperial train. https://s31.postimg.cc/o8gr7a0gr/ef5861.png http://ef58.info/EF58/gazou/ef5861/1994/1994P40-09-1201-2.jpg By chance, the project manager happens to be a railway enthusiast. https://s31.postimg.cc/4rw1kxsjv/modeltrains.png In the background on the left a poster of the EF58 and on the right a shelf with model trains (from top to bottom: unidentified Bo-Bo loco, EF81, D51 and a postwar-type blue passenger car). In the foreground, the black box on the left is supposed to be a power controller and on the right the model of an EF58. Here we see the model of the EF58 running. https://s31.postimg.cc/re5yb4laj/modelef58-1.png On the top left quarter of the screen there's an issue of the Japan Railfan Magazine, wich has a Yamanote line 205 series on the front page and intrestingly enough, it's missing it's Year, but the issue number is present, 13, wich is impossible since the Japan Railfan Magazine numbers it's issues with a year and a number from 1 to 12 indicating the month. Another shot of the model EF58 running on what seems to be the old brown tomix tracks. Also visible on the top left quarter of the screen is a TAKI900-type tank car still with it's Mitsubishi Cement logo. https://s31.postimg.cc/p9lla31ob/modelef58-2.png An important scene happens at Yotsuya-Sanchome station on the Maronouchi line. An Eidan 500 series departs platform 2 (Ikebukuro-bound trains). https://s31.postimg.cc/n6b62lwsb/maro500.png https://s31.postimg.cc/rs7ab25hn/maro500-2.png Intrestingly enough the running number is 130. Unit 130 was part of the Tokyo Rapid Railway 100 series, one of the two companies that built the Ginza line (the other being the Tokyo Underground Railway), they will be both merged into TRTA (Eidan) in 1941. 130 was scrapped shortly after the war but it's brother units 101 to 110 were repainted red and white and transferred to the Maronouchi Honancho Branch line in 1962. Another scene in a subway tunnel, where the ghost train passes by what seems to be a Toei Mita Line 6000 series. https://s31.postimg.cc/qpx3sk4or/eidan5000.png https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Toei6121_2.jpg An Odakyu 7000 series LSE is very briefly seen in a scene taking place at a level crossing. https://s31.postimg.cc/915d0fssb/romancecar.png https://s31.postimg.cc/hjet589q3/romancecarside.png https://img.likejapan.com/v2/d//2016/10/editors/2722/20161020114759_5wFOx87G.jpg And mid-movie an early-styled Eidan Ginza Line 2000 series nearly hits the protagonist. https://s31.postimg.cc/eqlllaou3/ginza2000.png https://blog-001.west.edge.storage-yahoo.jp/res/blog-3d-c6/mohane5812001/folder/644663/73/55231573/img_0 Intrestingly enough, all logos, names and trademarks are left in place in this OVA, such as the ones of the then newly-formed JR East (wich happens to be the company the protagonist is working for). To those interested it can be viewed here http://www.veoh.com/watch/v20830799f9RaP9qY Warning: contains a couple splatter scenes towards the end.
  5. Socimi

    The Model Train Wreck Thread

    Seems similar to what happened in1972 at Nippori Station, when an Omiya-bound Keihin-Tohoku Line 103 series was rear-ended by an inner-loop Yamanote Line set of the same type*. The collision occourred at about 20Km/h (the Yamanote Line train had applied emergency brakes) and thanks to the low speed and excepitonal body strenght of the 103 series, nobody on the two trains was hurt. *Between Tamachi and Tabata, due to maintainance, Yamanote Line trains are occasionally rerouted onto Keihin-Tohoku Line tracks and vice-versa. It's still used as of today and that was the case in the 1972 Nippori Incident.
  6. Socimi

    Japanese H0 Lima Trains.

    XPT - Original Red liviery: Lima http://mmiwakoh.de/Eigene Webs/5165 NSWGR XPT.JPG Reality http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/images/img999.jpg XPT - Original Countrylink liviery: Lima http://mmiwakoh.de/Eigene Webs/5175 XPT Countrylink.JPG Reality https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1648/26351132611_aacbf6ef3f_b.jpg XPT - Second Countrylink Liviery (Version not produced by Lima). http://www.firstlighttravel.com.au/sites/default/files/Countrylink XPT.jpg?itok=mydGYkr7
  7. Socimi

    Turkish Railways

    From what i recall, the only two Turkish model railway sets ever produced were both H0: a 3-coach pack made by ACME of Milan, Italy in a veeeeery limited series (100 for members of Turkish railway enthusiast club and 50 for internatinal sale), as part of their "international expresses" series and two local coaches from Tillig (one combined first/second class and one first class only). http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=27277 https://www.reynaulds.com/products/Tillig/74833.aspx For N scale, most models would have to be kitbashed, either simple repaints or more complex build-from-zero. Some ideas: Diesel Locomotives: DH6500 (DB V60 - Fleischmann, Minitrix...) - Shunting and Light Freight/Passenger duties on branchlines. New livery http://spz.logout.cz/foto2007/dh6529is_kast.jpg Old livery (similar to the original Deutusche Bundesbahnn colors) http://www.bahnbilder.de/1024/dh-6538-adana-110692--404841.jpg DH11500 (DB V100 - Fleischmann, Minitrix...) - Shunting and Light Freight/Passenger duties on mainlines (acquired second-hand from Germany in 1982) https://img.webme.com/pic/c/catalagzidepo/11509.jpg DH7000 (DHG 700C - Arnold/Hornby) - Shunting in industrial areas or ports. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wPjEYeCpgVo/U1F1pjlqaII/AAAAAAAAA94/qJGQt-aozZQ/s1600/DSCN4938.JPG DE11000 - Heavy Shunting and mainline friehgts ("Roadswitc her"-type loco) Could be kitbashed out of a Mak G1206 chassis (Minitrix, Piko) and a DHG 700C body (Arnold/Hornby) https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--nwuVLjDEHU/ThMI23ohvjI/AAAAAAAAM-M/xbbUpvHYy3g/s2048-Ic42/basmane_544.jpg DE21500 (C-C) - Mainline diesel locomotive (GE U20C) http://www.trainsofturkey.com/uploads/Traction/de21506_karabuk_pw.jpg Frateschi of Brazil makes them in H0 scale (in brazilian colors), not sure about N gauge tho. DE22000 and DE33000 (both C-C) - Mainline diesel locomotive (GE G26CW) http://www.trainsofturkey.com/uploads/Traction/de33001_tulomsas.jpg Cold be kitbashed out of a tipical northen ameircan roadswitcher (SD40 for example) DE18000, DE18100 and DE24000 (B-B, A1A-A1A, C-C respectively) - Turkish-built mainline diesel loco (on license by GE) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DX_58qnWAAAWLv3.jpg Cold be kitbashed out of a tipical northen ameircan roadswitcher (C30-7 example) Trivia: one of these was fetaured in the James Bond movie "Skyfall". Electric Locomotives: E4000 (Alsthom) - Mainline electric locomotive (the first ever electric locomotive to run on Turkish tracks) https://css.trainspo.com/uploads/photos/1024/hansscherpenhuizen-14610952721364.jpg Cold be kitashed out of a Delprado CC7107, with some parts from a Minitrix BB22200, shortened and fitted onto the chassis of the latter. E40000 (Alsthom) - Mainline electric locomotive. New liviery http://spz.logout.cz/foto_album/tr_e_40000_0_0001.jpg Original liviery http://www.trainsofturkey.com/uploads/Traction/E40000_coopers2a.jpg Modified original liviery https://css.trainspo.com/uploads/photos/1024/hansscherpenhuizen-15112607051364.jpg Could be kitbashed out of a Piko SNCF BB25600 E43000 (Toshiba) - Mainline heavy haul electric locomotive (the only turkish locomotive with a B-B-B wheel arrangment) New liviery https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/TCDD_E43012_at_Haydarpaşa.jpg Old liviery http://www.bahnbilder.de/1024/tcdd-e43041-boacuteboacuteboacute-toshibatuelomsas1987-rot-weiss-blauer-379800.jpg Could be kitbashed out of an EF81 electric locomotive (either Kato or Tomix) E52500 (Koncar of Croatia-then Yugoslavia, on ASEA license) - Rented from Bosnia-Herzegovina Railways in 1998. Old liviery https://i.pinimg.com/originals/53/62/96/53629679c3e8209ca8a31a32119ffcb4.jpg New liviery http://spz.logout.cz/foto2007/e52512ta_jiku.jpg Could be kitbashed out of a Fleischmann SJ RC4 locomotive. Railbusses: RM3000 (Uendingen Schienebus VT98) https://css.trainspo.com/uploads/photos/1024/hansscherpenhuizen-14866376321364.jpg Repaint of a VT98 (either Piko, Fleischmann, Minitrix, Arnold...) Electric multiple units: E14000 Old liviery http://www.trainsofturkey.com/uploads/MUs/e14018_i1.jpg Modern liviery https://farm1.static.flickr.com/576/23246302513_508976c460_b.jpg Could be kitbashed out of an ET420 (Arnold, Minitrix...), you have to rebuild the front part tho. For the passenger carriages, the Turkish railway use a variety of them (mostly german-made models) such as umbwauwagens (both in the DB dark green color and in TCDD blue/Red/white standard liviery), UIC-Xs, Eurofima-type and seems even East-German built type Y coaches along with locally built type TSV2000 by Tuvolas. In 1992 they also rented a few DB coaches, wich operated still in their german ICE livery. http://users.metu.edu.tr/tonuk/E40003/Vagon_Yolcu/Alman_Vagonlari_4_FS.jpg Other -Turkish railways follow German operative procedures (including an identical signalling system), most of the network is composed of single-track non electrified lines. Electrified lines (French-type 25'000V AC) are concentrated around Istanbul and Ankara (and connect the two cities). Useful links: Turkish model layout in H0 scale. https://eguraydin.page.tl/ Turkish railway enthusiast website (in english), includes complete rolling stock list, signalling station diagrams... http://www.trainsofturkey.com/index.php Turkish model railway forum. http://modeltrenciler.com/forum/index.php?topic=142.new Passenger wagons photos and reference: http://users.metu.edu.tr/tonuk/E40003/Vagon_Yolcu/ Railfaneurope.net http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix_frameset.html
  8. Updated info concerning the Tobu 70000 series, Keio 5000 series and E231-3000 series. Added the 209-3500 series.
  9. A little thread to discuss strange, uncommon or just plain weird aspects, sales, operations or compositions that could be interesting for us modellers, because as the title says, there's always the prototype for evryting... ...like the one time when a popular italian DMU ended up running in Chicago leased to the Rock Island Railroad... http://www.trenomania.org/fotogallery/albums/userpics/10229/FS_ALn668_920_Chicago_(101).JPG (3:23) ...or when a british company needed a slightly more powerful shunter than the class 08s, and they ended up with an american SW1001... https://photos.smugmug.com/Industrial/Ind-DE/i-3nG98WL/1/0162e656/L/00044b-L.jpg ...or when an Australian railway bought second-hand diesel locomotives from Denmark... https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c9/MZ_Locomotive_Blayney_NSW.jpg ...and when Estonia's railway bought second-hand GE C30-7s from the US to replace USSR-built M62 from about the same era... http://4rail.taragany.fi/est/est_evr_c36nr1529_narvayard_31_2010_L.jpg
  10. Socimi

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Yep. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayame_(train)#/media/File:JRE_seriesE257_type500_LimitedExpressAyame.jpg
  11. Socimi

    Looks like Fyra is history

    They will be used on "Frecciargento (Silver Arrow *)" services connecting north-east italy with the south, supplementing the existing ETR600s and ETR480/ETR485s. They will be called "ETR 700" and of them 16 will be in service plus one stored for spare parts. Commerical services will start in December 2018 with the full roster in operation by June 2019. How they will probably look like: http://www.ferrovie.info/images/news4/V250_Frecciargento_1.jpg *Frecciarossa ("Red Arrow") are high-speed services operated mostly on dedicated highspeed lines using ETR500 and ETR400 ("Frecciarossa 1000") series trainsets. Frecciargento ("Silver Arrow") are high-speed services operated mostly on conventional lines using ETR480 and ETR485 ( second generation "pendolino" from the 1990s) and ETR600 (third generation "pendolino" from the 2010s) trainsets. Frecciabianca ("White Arrow") are upgraded and rebranded intercity services on convetional lines using E414 and E402B locomotives plus UIC-Z type coaches.
  12. Could also be the markers for the beginning and the end of ATS-fitted sections https://blog-001.west.edge.storage-yahoo.jp/res/blog-6f-85/cdt30870/folder/515701/15/14323215/img_2?1456767417 Left could be "ATS in" and right "ATS out"
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    Kim Jong Un train in Beijing

    According to wikipedia The DF11Z is a derivative of the prototype DF11G, wich are two DF11 without one cab and attached togheter. The DF11Z was introduced in 2002, and there are 12 veichles (for a total of 6 locomotives) in service. They are used for offical trains both in North Korea and China (althoug rarely, as most Chinese party members prefer to use the CRH High-Speed trains), so it's possible one (or two) were gifted to North Korea. They're nicknamed "Great Z" by Chinese railfans. An original DF11, the prototype DF11G kept the same colors. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/China_railways_DF11_locomotive_at_Hangzhou_station_in_2009.jpg/1280px-China_railways_DF11_locomotive_at_Hangzhou_station_in_2009.jpg The standard series DF11G were introduced in 2003, but while they are mechanically similar to the DF11, they have more modern-looking cabs. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/78/DF11G.jpg/1200px-DF11G.jpg
  14. Like this? https://storage.canalblog.com/84/01/129048/119580102_o.jpg In the true style of the original 2000 series trains for the Honancho Branch Line (wich were former Ginza Line 2000 series trainsets transferred in 1959 and repainted). Also i found a couple of alternative, railfan-made designs: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkgtZs5VEAUt_Ch.jpg https://pds.exblog.jp/pds/1/201712/28/14/f0184514_13502548.png
  15. Updated info concerning the Maronouchi Line's new rolling stock.