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  1. Aha, that's how a Brompton would be useful in Japan!
  2. Khaul

    How did you improve your rolling stock?

    I have done some long due maintenance in my DE10. The brass flat spring was warped and needed replacement. I also installed back the original knuckle coupler after experimenting with a magnetic one that did not work so well. Then I remembered Kiha66 painted the inside of the cabin green. I though that was a good idea. One thing lead to another... This is the official photo. The head of the proud driver can be seen through the cab. The number plates fell when I took the cab off. I now know they always do. The driver is visible in this one. Well, his back is. Adding some scenery... I only learnt to do this edits a little while ago.
  3. Khaul

    Planning Aizu

    Very nice scene indeed. Are the KiHas sitting on track? Maybe Peco 55?
  4. Khaul

    Console City: The Floor at Waisneed's

    Wow! That’s so cool. I think there is another Swiss forum member who does equally crazy, in a fun way, temporary layouts. He goes the whimsical small thing way.
  5. Khaul

    The Introduction Thread...

    Welcome Waisneed. I can see you have gone a long way since February.
  6. Khaul

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Well done KiHa! I should consider airbrushing some time myself.
  7. Khaul

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Oh, is that painted and ballasted track?
  8. I found a few more pictures. I did not like the original very much so I went creative with the editing. EZ line, I think. This one was completely mad! That's also from the switching layout.
  9. Today I went to Rosehill for the Epping Model Railway Show. There were quite a few high quality layouts, most of them Australian (NSW) inspired. Not much Japanese apart from a tram layout and Tomix moving bus and tram demonstrator from a local shop selling lots of Tomix stuff. I bought a couple of Bandai shorty kits for $5 a piece. A NSW river crossing. One of the N layouts. The biggest local N scale club is very American. Nice details in this American winter layout. That's N, by the way. Mostly Japanese trains and buildings pretending to be somewhere else. This was automated but the trams were running way too fast. I talked to the very nice people who made it. A Sydney trains style overhead over modern Aussie freight. H0, of course. Some other aspects of the layout above. A NSW country town in the 50's. Attacked by zombies. Gosh! The zombie layout people know how to make nice bridges... ...and water. They were running this lovely petrol rail motor up and down. A similar one was today taking people in excursions out of Central. Very Aussie station and town. American steam H0 action, but well, the trees look suspiciously Australian. I think this was called Coffs Harbour, which is in the way to Queensland, but somehow the Norfolk Southern got there. Wow, I do like this one! And this, from the same layout as above. Still the same layout. Great! Aussie H0 again. A general view of a NSW switching layout. There was a fiddle yard at 90 degrees from the scenic area. Nice NSWGRR little shunter. That's my favourite one again. Zombie Olde Town again. I don't remember what this one was about. I think it is another view of the MotoRail layout below. NSWGRR MotorRail. Australian train practice combines British, American and continental European elements. That looks like Leura or Katoomba station in the Blue Mountains, a place we sometimes go in the weekend for a hike. The switching layout again. And again. Another favourite of mine, in H0n30. Just a loop with a very small scenic area about 500mm long. A siding in the other side allows for changing the train running. Whimsical and cool. That's from the Coffs Habour layout. Look at the truck and the dude in from of the shed. Some people are very talented around here. More river crossing.
  10. There are two gauge change systems in Spain that require different gauge change infrastructure. One is the Talgo system which originally was not available for motorised axles. CAF’s Brava system relies on Swiss patents, I think. Both Brava and Talgo can operate with motorised bogies so there self propelled gauge change trains in Spain. Cost may be indeed the culprit for the Japanese not to adopt the Spanish technology and indeed, railways in Spain are run in a political rather than economically efficient way. Every third rate provincial capital wants an AVE to Madrid so they get maybe four daily change gauge trains and that’s it. Madrid Barcelona and Madrid Andalusia have decent patronage but the rest is a disaster.
  11. There variable gauge high speed trains in daily usage in Spain. I don’t get why the Japanese engineers cannot make their system work.
  12. Khaul

    Kato - New Releases

    The station platform looks interesting as well. It seems to have lights, at least. If I could open in in Acrobat I could Google translate, but I don't have time now for that.
  13. Khaul

    How did you improve your rolling stock?

    I mounted the details in my Kumoha 12. That was fairly easy apart from the air hoses. I also put the destination and service number stickers, which I find always challenging to do well. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ja/4/4d/JNR-クモハ12-1.jpg
  14. Khaul

    Industrial mini-layout

    I already got two sets of 30 cm drawer slides which are the heart of the traverser. They come out 27cm on each side and they are very solid steel so they will also provide structural strength. I am in the process of getting some timber to build the frames and the baseboard. Hopefully I'll get that done sometime next week. I plan to use Toni's approach for electrical connection. You will find a nice video is you click in Kabutoni. I am planning two traversers to feed a double track main line in one side and the same double track plus a freight branch on the other. So I will need 5 of the adjustable track pieces! But well, this way my trains will run in the correct track and the correct direction. .
  15. Khaul

    How to change couplings on a Kato DE10?

    I have been there mate! Even worse, I managed to bent mine. I bought some replacement ones...