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  1. Takahama Trainwatcher

    Yamanote Line Rilakkuma Train

    Another excuse to avoid purchase is that it is the same train number (545) as the green wrap version.
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    Kato - New Releases

    Oh dear. Just when I thought I could cease my involuntary acquisition of Yamanote E231-500 variants. (I have drawn the line and will not get the E235.) 10-1227 is actually news to me. Expensive to get now. Somehow its release (2014 as far as I can tell) eluded my attention.
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    Split structures on the edge of a layout

    Do it well enough, and you could have 2 buildings for the price of one... kind of.
  4. Human nature being what it is, we will always rush for trains. When I was at uni, it was an 18 minute walk to the station. So, if I left with less than 18 minutes available, what did I do? I ran. Like KVP, I thought a countdown clock (like at traffic lights in Hong Kong) would be an idea, but then, if there was a "you are 3 minutes away from the train" sign and you knew that it was leaving in 2 minutes, there's a reasonable chance you would run to reduce that travel time. If there was a "you are 2 minutes away if you run" sign, you'd probably just try to run faster. Maybe the best solution would be to make the train invisible and silent. That being impossible, full height opaque platform doors might do the trick. You wouldn't know if the train was there or not, so there might be less inclination to dash.
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    AmiAmi Character and Hobby

    I think maybe Amazon, in response to the Australian government's demands regarding the collection of GST, said "sod it". According to news reports they intended to block us Aussies from their site come the GST introduction. They were then going to open an Australian site with much more limited buying options. That being the case, we should appreciate that the Japanese hobby shops are continuing on with their Australian customers (excluding Tam Tam).
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    Chinese floating bus/tram

    The Sydney tram light rail project has, according to recent media reports, descended further into farce. The company building it are demanding an extra $1 billion plus, and are taking the government to court. The project is, apparently, a year late. 2 interesting news articles about the trams we used to have and what is happening now: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-12/sydneys-original-tram-network-what-happened-curious-sydney/9610328 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-13/sydney-cbds-light-rail-woes-predicted-six-years-ago/9651672
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    Japanese Music

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    Ugliest Trains?

    With that higher centre of gravity, I'd be worried that it could easily "roll" in a sharp turn.
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    Likewise, I really like the knowledge that it is on its way. One day there's that happy surprise of the parcel waiting at the front door. It makes every day until that point kind of happy, too.
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    What Track Plan Software Do You Use?

    I was using SCARM which was nice. The beta versions was free, but it is no longer available. The full version is , I think $50 US; there is a limited free version too, from memory (but too limiting for me to use to adapt the plan I already made when it was free ).
  11. Takahama Trainwatcher

    JR Central 2017 desktop calendar

    And the 2018 JR Central calendar (the first 8 months) images can be found at: http://company.jr-central.co.jp/company/others/calendar/
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    Train hits buffer in Sydney

    There was a train accident this morning when a train approaching the terminus of the suburban branch to Richmond did not stop in time. It hit the buffer with enough force to injure 16 people. The news links below describe what happened. The TV news included video of the actual impact (in the first link). https://tenplay.com.au/news/national/2018/1/22/train-incident http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-22/sydney-train-crashes-at-richmond-station-injuring-passengers/9348398 https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/rouse-hill-times/injuries-people-trapped-after-reports-of-train-derailment-at-richmond-station/news-story/ad218fea29bf525a721fffbc1fe6612e The meeting between government officials and the train drivers' union was suspended as the accident was checked; we are headed for a 24 hour train strike in a week.
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    My E001 can from MTP via SAL. It was pretty much the usual shipping time, so I think it was probably posted within a couple of days of payment. There was no email to indicate it had shipped. A previous order had the email for shipping sent several days after it was sent (Nariichi-san had been particularly busy, he had indicated, so I think he prioritised sending the parcels over sending the emails).
  14. Ha, ha, somewhere there's a happy medium between "angular" and "rounded". 8600s = too round. GV-E400 = too angular. I think 211s, E130s, E231s and E233s nail that sweet spot.
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    Indeed, it is a good site. The Malwarebytes trial having ended a few hours ago, I can now happily peruse the site again. Good for entertainment, bad for wallet.