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  1. Hello and welcome, Arnold. And thank you very much as well. :)
  2. German Intercity (IC) trains models.

    That's not really the case in Germany. Only Intercity and TEE trains featured restaurants with pantographs. Those trains always had electric heating. The pantograph is never used when the train is moving. The whole purpose of it is to power the equipment when there's no loco coupled to the train.
  3. Kato - New Releases

    Meh... Pandas suck :x Looking forward to that 221 though!
  4. German Intercity (IC) trains models.

    That's because the one in the photos is the prototype. A proof of concept if you will. After testing they considered it to be a success and ordered a bunch of cars, which were also further improved and featured the pantograph.
  5. German Intercity (IC) trains models.

    Yup, I think a mensa is a good comparison! Maybe this link will work for you: https://www.drehscheibe-online.de/foren/read.php?017,8003542,8006056#msg-8006056
  6. German Intercity (IC) trains models.

    It's basically a buffet car. You take a tray, put whatever you want on it and pay at the end. Here are a few photos of the prototype cars' interior https://www.drehscheibe-online.de/foren/read.php?17,8003542,8003542
  7. German Intercity (IC) trains models.

    The Quick Pick cars were used from 1975 to 1987. They weren't uncommon. The baggage cars were quite common. Postal cars were also used http://www.mobadaten.info/wiki/FLM_5189_DB_IV_Post_mrz_Postwagen A typical 1980s IC could look like this: (loco)(postal car)(baggage car)(2nd class cars)(Restaurant/Quick Pick)(1st class cars) The cars can all have the same colour or be mixed. The most common mix would be red 1st class cars (maybe plus a red restaurant, though a blue one works as well) with all other cars being blue.
  8. What did you order or the post deliver?

    Which one do you mean? The 381 Yuttari Yakumo? That's 6 cars. However, it can be prototypically arranged as a 4 car set as well. The head mark? Mine came attached.
  9. What did you do on your layout today?

    It can't wait to see your layout with complete scenery, Paul!
  10. What did you order or the post deliver?

    I also received my 381 Yuttari Yakumo.
  11. That place was Bar Ginza Panorama Shinjuku. It closed last year though.
  12. What did you order or the post deliver?

    That's the one. Also, one of the packages I sent home from Japan has arrived. In it was the Greenmax Tie Tamper which I got for 5,400 Yen because it wasn't in running. Apparently, all that was wrong with it was the motor mount had come loose. So I had the extremely complicated task of clipping it back into place to get it running again. Almost took me a whole minute.
  13. What did you do on your layout today?

    It's usually two days of setting up and two days of running trains. Yup!
  14. What did you do on your layout today?

    Nah, everyone brought something to run. It took us two days to set up.