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  1. ModelTrainPlus

    Yeah - it's definitely much better than a Google translation, but still obviously not done by someone who is a native speaker of English.
  2. Still Trying!

    Precisely what I like about riding trains - at slower speeds. Traveling by driving or riding a bus, all you see is boring interstates and gas stations, etc. Trains let you see that part of the landscape that isn't prettified up - backyards, etc. I have no idea what one sees from a Shinkansen (distant vistas?) - I was on a TGV two decades ago and hated it.
  3. JR Freight: Etchujima Line

    Thanks, Jeff - I looked at snippets, but remember the line from the port scene topic.
  4. Dirty Old Girls.

    Are you using MT equipment, or something else? Are the couplers at the correct height, based on the gauge? Which uncouplers are you using? I've seen this sometimes happen (in HO) with the hidden/buried magnets, which I think might be stronger. It generally shouldn't happen so long as there is no slack between the couplers.
  5. Dirty Old Girls.

    How so?
  6. Dirty Old Girls.

    Nope - not unless you get excessively carried away with it ;-) There's a special plier designed for it. http://www.micromark.com/Trip-Pin-Bending-Plier-N-Scale If Japanese rolling stock does tend to have the coupler mount too low, you might need to customize your height gauge. https://www.micro-trains.com/index.php?_route_=coupler-height-gauge-1055-98800031
  7. B-Train Small Layout #2

    Nick - thought you'd like the density and complexity of this. I tried to find some other views without success, although perhaps one of the Japan-based members is familiar with it. http://cal9para.asablo.jp/blog/2013/08/05/
  8. While following a link from the forum I was tempted by this video. At 5:15 there are several shots of a really well done backwater river port scene, with excellent details and weathering. Up to this point almost all of the scenes are only displayed for a frustratingly short period, but thankfully these are available for a longer time. Most of it is still images - in fact, I was almost shocked to see moving trains some 10 minutes in. The last five minutes or so appears to have been shot at a different location, and is somewhat repetitive, although there is some very fine custom bridge work. This is also the first time that I've seen flex track used in Japanese exhibition layouts, and on a fair number of them too. It's good to see such wide, flowing curves without overly thick ballast.
  9. Dirty Old Girls.

    I thought that MT offers their couplers mounted at various heights on the shank? Also - it sounds like the trip pin is your issue and those can easily be bent up.
  10. JR-Chiisai: Enoden T-Trak

    Yeah - he doesn't seem highly energized "Feel free to let me know if you find the new locations of the links and I'll see if I can update the content."
  11. JR-Chiisai: Enoden T-Trak

    Kato - I wrote the guy, and this is his response: "I'm pleased it's still being read but no, sorry, I ended up retiring the boards. I've built a couple of other layouts since then - if you search for my name on Flickr you should be able to find them."
  12. JR-Chiisai: Enoden T-Trak

    Martijn - I just came across this blog http://www.secondintention.com/pleasure/enoden/
  13. Freight train archives "Seino Railway"

    I've seen that tunnel of piping at 2:40 before and always thought it would make an impressive model.
  14. High speed rail in Australia

    It's hard to imagine there would be enough demand to fund the annual operational and maintenance costs, much less pay for design and construction. I'm not trying to put a damper on anyone's enthusiasm, just my take on the apparent situation. A private firm wouldn't have eminent domain, so couldn't put together the requisite land parcels, etc.