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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    On a YouTube film I've seen taken at the Hokkaido changeover point,the Cassiopeia arrives with the ED79 carrying the headboard followed by the Twilight Express which doesn't have a headboard..Both trains leave behind the customary pairs of DD51s with headboards. The two trains are reversed during the changeover process and are in the platform's simultaneously
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    Kato - New Releases

    I'll leave the field open to you for these three! Seriously I'm more likely to be selling some Hornby to them next!!!!
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    Kato - New Releases

    Sammy . There's an amusing story here.Early on I bought a 10-1177 Gold Band Asakaze to run with an EF510.Last year Hattons came up with a Hokutusei so that came here .It was followed a few months later by a damaged Cassiopeia which I use with a Cruise train pack to cover the two damaged end coaches.So I thought that's that.A couple of months ago I Spotted a Twilight Express EF81 on eBay locally but it got away. The week after my 70th birthday Hattons completed the trio with a mint Twilight Express to which I was able to acquire another EF81! So if you look at Pages 132/3 of the 2015 Kato catalogue ,the only thing I'm missing is the Asakaze add on set which I'm happy to leave! I think someone wanted me to get into this!!! Alex
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    Kato - New Releases

  5. I watched the NHK world news yesterday afternoon.After a description of the devastation being caused,the item was ended with a note that the Shin -Osaka to Hakata Shinkansen had restarted! Note to Britains Network Rail !!!
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    I picked up a mint condition Kato set recently.Its a beautiful train and the green livery reminds me of the earliest British Rail DMUs! Lovely train!
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    Kato - New Releases

    I'm laughing at Today's notice because I bought the Takis a couple of years ago but came on a Twilight Express just a few weeks ago and it's now here! I've a list of this year's reissues but I've bought them all from previous releases!!
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    What's in Your Roster?

    Paul knows I'm already 70 and just as big a kid when it comes to my trains. I think collecting the various trains is part of the nature of the beast . Anyway I love it and I've got something tangible to show for my money
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    Tramways of Japan, Twelfth Edition 2018

    Robert Schwandl publishing of Berlin has published two volumes of a three volume set titled Metros and Trams of Japan.These are softback and printed I German and English. Volum1 covers Tokyo Region while volume 2 covers North and Central Japan,Shikoku and Okinawa.Volume 3 will cover the rest. Very interesting and well illustrated. I got my copies from Platform 5 publishing in Sheffield
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Don't worry! I'm using a folding dining table 6ft by 2 ft 6 but in addition to a full Twilight Express ,I've also got a Hokutusei,a Cassiopeia and a nine coach Asakaze! I'm optimistic about someday getting a chance to make a bigger layout!
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    new NHK World show: Japan Railway Journal

    For those who can get them, the new Sky Q box is linked to the Internet thus providing a connection to YouTube.Japanese trains look great on it!
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    I suspect that while the Asakaze vehicle was satisfactory,it was working on 1500v DC.Other routes would have had 20kv going through the pantographs with the need for high voltage transformers and feeding that into a vehicle with close connection to the public was a factor Incidentally many (50) of the Asakaze coaches went to Thailand as a gift(!) where they were fitted with underfloor generator sets. If I hadn't got the 2005 set (10-249),I probably wouldn't have investigated it myself! Up to four or five years ago,I knew virtually nothing about Japan,never mind the railways(obviously other than the Shinkansen!). The Internet has a lot to answer for!!!
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    The SuHa-25-300 was fitted with an electric current invertorr to supply the train heating and lighting using the overhead power supply.This was instead of the more usual diesel generator / baggage coach coupled at one end as in the Hokutusei for example.The voltage between Tokyo and Shimonoseki was the same throughout making it a straightforward feed The set was previously issued in 2005 as a 9 coach Farewell Asakaze set with an EF 66 loco included .I picked one up recently on eBay in the UK
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    New Ebay Business - Kato, Tomix et al in UK

    I bought the EF81! I missed out on one a few weeks back but on Wednesday 13th I noticed Hattons had a complete Twilight Express train minus loco for sale secondhand. So I ordered it which arrived on Friday- mint unused it appears. I therefore ordered the EF81 to go with it and received it yesterday .A big thank you. I've now got complete sets of Twilight Express, Cassiopeia and Hokutusei! The coaches for all three came from Hattons!!! Now I need a decent space to run them!!!
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Hattons currently have a 10-238 which has a coupling problem and they're wanting 180gbp for it.I got my 10-158 from them! Actually I've been surprised at what I've seen and bought in 3 cases recently. I'm now an avid eBay watcher!