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  • Birthday 03/27/1976

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    Railways in Korea and Manchuria past and present and JNR Aizu (Takinohara) Line primarily, also JNR Tadami and Nitchuu Lines and early electric locomotives, SP Coast Line, St Clair Tunnel (Sarnia-Port Huron) etc etc etc...

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  1. Well, my idea with that was to have it go along with some TTj models... that idea is no longer current. If I do ever end up getting one of these sets it'll simply be for its value as a curio.
  2. I hope you did get a picture, I'd love to see that! My first exposure to model trains was on a visit to family in Hungary for Christmas 1979, there was a BTTB trainset running around under the tree...
  3. The Lima thread reminded me of another model oddity - in the late 1960s, Zeuke-TT of East Germany, later called Berliner TT-Bahnen, produced a model of the 0 series Shinkansen in sorta 1:120. These were I think on the same 2-axle chassis they used for a number of other starter set toys, like an SNCF CC7100... I haven't seen a Shinkansen in person but the CC7100 were moulded nicely enough that one could certainly use the cabs to build a decent scale model. Zeuke sold the Shinkansen set as "Transitus". When I first discovered these, I had the thought of buying some to kitbash into a more or less scale version.... my mentioning this on a German modelling forum was met with near-rage that I would want to "ruin" these "rare collectors items", and got me basically blackballed... lol
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    Planning Aizu

    Well... that's an interesting question! I've started cutting some parts for the Kuragawa Bridge, having decided that the first section I want to focus on is Kamimiyori - Narahara. But since then I've decided to further narrow that down, to start with the section between the south end of the Mukaiyama Tunnel and the #1 Onumazaki Tunnel - that is, to model Kuwabara and the #1 Ogawa Bridge first. I've started sketching some things I'll need to build, namely the #1 Onumazaki Tunnel and the water tower at Kuwabara. I've also started looking at how I'll compress the station area; I'll use the Tomix island platform set, kitbashed to suit. There's also the main station building and a secondary building at Kuwabara. I've only found a couple of partial views of the station building itself, so for that I'll just go "close enough" and use the MicroAce/Arii #10 Station kit; for the secondary building, I'll be using one of the Kato section houses, perhaps with some modifications if necessary. Then there will be the bigger task of drawing out the #1 Ogawa Bridge and the road bridge alongside. For the #1 Ogawa Bridge, since it's a fairly simple deck girder bridge, I'll be looking into what readily available deck girder bridge kits I can use/adapt for the role. I want to start building these structures first, as then I can lay them out and work out accurately how to arrange and build the modules themselves on which they'll be placed.
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    First Japan Rail Layout

    Looking great, and super inspiring as I start inching closer towards construction of my own! From what I can tell from the photos, I think I quite like the idea of the half-relief loading dock on the viewing side. Could you maybe share a pic or two looking through it at the eye level of a 1:150 person standing on the dock?
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    Planning Aizu

    So, I've done some more research on the section between Kuwabara and Yunokami - the #1, #2, and #3 Ogawa Bridges, the four Onumazaki Tunnels, and the former Oto Tunnel (the actual name of that tunnel seems unknown now, that name is the name of the new tunnel whose southern mouth it immediately adjacent to the southern mouth of the old tunnel just north of #3 Ogawa Bridge. The old Oto Tunnel was about 300m long. The original tunnel wall was made entirely of concrete bricks, with a lining of poured concrete up until about halfway up the side walls; this was a feature of tunnels built in the late Taisho and early Showa periods. Later, the poured concrete layer on the lower half of the walls was given an extra layer, and a layer of wooden boards was applied to the arch of the ceiling where the brick was exposed; this was fastened in place by iron ribs that ran all the way around the arch from floor to floor. Another interesting feature was that the ballasting was quite thin - the sleepers were buried halfway into the hard soil, and a thin layer of riverine gravel was poured over top. That river gravel ballast is still there, indicating that it was still that ballast when the old section of the line was abandoned, and that it had last been reballasted - if ever - prior to 1955, as the collection of riverine gravel was banned sometime in the Showa 30s. The inside of the #4 Onumazaki Tunnel was the same as that of the old Oto Tunnel; this was the 400m-long tunnel into which the line went (upwards) immediately off the north end of the #2 Ogawa Bridge. After exiting the #4 tunnel, the line ran through cedar forest. The approach to the southern mouth of #3 Onumazaki Tunnel had a long retaining wall on the cliff side (of the round-rocks-in-concrete variety), and there was a short bridge 30m south of the southern entrance to the tunnel. Unlike the other tunnels, the inside of this very short tunnel was lined entirely in concrete, including on the ceiling. Heading north from the north mouth of the tunnel, the line continued on a ledge between the cliff and the river, with a short retaining wall at the tunnel mouth; adjacent to the line, just north of the tunnel, the old route of the National Highway had a concrete arch bridge. Heading towards the #2 tunnel the line went through a flat plateau of agricultural land south of the village of Koide, where the line made a turn to the east before continuing northwards again. #2 Onumazaki Tunnel was quite short, about 100m in length, and the inside was the same as that of the #4 tunnel. The #1 Onumazaki Tunnel was another extremely short tunnel, but it's at present under water; its north mouth opened directly onto the south end of the #1 Ogawa Bridge. I haven't yet found anything on the old Mukaiyama Tunnel between Kuwabara and Funako, and the old Funako Tunnel between Funako and the Kuragawa Bridge. I think it's safe to assume that the interior of these tunnels was the same as the Oto Tunnel and the #2 and #4 Onumazaki Tunnels. However, I will try to find photos of the tunnel mouths - at least of the north end of the Funako Tunnel and the south end of the Mukaiyama Tunnel; I'm thinking that's somewhere where I can compress the Kamimiyori-Narahara section of the line, omitting Funako. Funako is kinda an interesting spot, though - it wasn't officially considered a station after 1967, but it had a permanent station structure, and all passenger trains stopped there despite the fact that it wasn't officially a station. Another interesting tidbit I discovered about the line... as I'd mentioned before, the line was originally envisioned as part of a "second Tohoku main line" to run from Aizu-Wakamatsu to Tokyo; the first section to be opened, from Nishi-Wakamatsu to Kamimiyori, was opened in 1927 and called the Yagan'u Line (野岩羽線). I've also mentioned in passing another nearby short line, the Nitchuu Line, of about 11 km from Kitakata to Atsushio; well,it seems that that was to be part of the envisioned main line, and its name, Nitchuu, referring (I'm guessing) to "Central Japan" - 日中, might've been the name intended for the completed Wakamatsu-Tokyo line.
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    Rental Layouts in Japan

    Cool! I haven't been inside Leipzig Hbf since before it was rebuilt, though did see it from outside in 2009 when there with my dad (he'd worked in Leipzig in 1968-69)
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    Rental Layouts in Japan

    I saw those at a number of stations around (West) Germany, Nürnberg Hbf being one...
  9. Also re identifiability : that specific shade of pink on its own is enough to identify it as hello kitty
  10. I might consider getting a model... it started out as an ironic joke by a friend, but over the years I've amassed a bit of a collection of Hello Kitty stuff... I have a few old airsick bags, too, and some safety cards... those have a hardcore following. I got a card from a Siberia Airlines plane around 2000, I put it up on ebay and got like $100 for it... and then there are timetable collectors... I have a few of those too, specific things that I like (BOAC, BPAL, Pennsy, etc), but nowhere near as bonkers as some get with it.
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    Hello from Hong Kong

    Welcome here, Rich! I'm sure you'll love it here, really great group here. 🙂
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    Planning Aizu

    Thanks! Yeah they're on track - a piece of Atlas sectional bridged between two pieces of Unitrack. XD
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    Planning Aizu

    Playing around a little... KiHa16 38 and KiHa23 504 ready to depart...
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    What did you order or the post deliver?

    I just received a small package too. I'm quite pleased with the books - lots of detail photos, diagrams, scratchbuilding instructions/guides, etc... and one of the bridge diagrams is of the design used on several bridges on the Aizu Line. Haven't opened the package yet but the precoloured Greenmax signals look quite nice.