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  1. kevsmiththai

    Tenshodo Z D51

    Hi all Still on a roll catching up with reviewing what is available in Z and how well it performs. This is a belated review of the game changing Z Gauge Tenshodo D51. The model has been out for quite a while and when it came out was a revelation with its tender mounted motor with a cardan shaft drive to the loco, heavy boiler weight, full valve gear, separate number plates and a highly detailed body. They are getting hard to find now and I'm glad i managed to get one of each body style Anyway full video review here Next up will be the first of some rolling stock reviews which will eventually encompass, Tenshodo, Rokuhan and PRMloco items Cheers Kev
  2. Sakahilin is a Russian island located north of Hokkaido. Originally part of the Russian Empire, after the Russo-Japanese war of 1905, the southern half of the island was handed over to Japan, but after World War 2, the southern part changed hands again, retourning to the Soviet Union. Nowdays it's part of the Russian Federation. But what is interesting for us? Seems familiar right? http://photos.wikimapia.org/p/00/03/67/34/00_big.jpg Well, from the early 1900s to 1945, the Japanese built a 700Km 1067mm gauge railway network in their part of the island. In 1948, the Soviet Railways lacked of cape gauge equipment, so they brougth 30 2nd-hand D51 from the JGR. They were used until 1979, 7 years after Japanese Railways stopped using steam trains, replaced by TG16 double-section diesel-electric locomotives built by Lydunovo works. In 1993, another second-hand Japanese train made it's debut on the Sakahilin railway, this time a DMU, the KiHa 58. http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/9066/43672373.18/0_b9210_932cd8e4_XXL.jpg Built between 1961 and 1969by Nippon Sharyo, Fuji Heavy Ind., Tokyu Car Corp. and many others. After the replacement with KiHa 110s in the early 90s, 29 Units were sold by JR East to the financially struggling island railways. Classified "K1 class" They were in use on suburban and commuter services around Yuzno-Sakahilinsk, temporarily replacing the spare-parts awaiting D2 (Fuji Heavy industries, 1985 - even if it resembles a Soviet train down to the bone). With spare parts avaible, the K1 were phased out in favor of the D2, and they all ceased service by 2000. Atleast one (the one pictured) has been preserved in the island railway museum. More infos: English Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakhalin_Railway Japanese Wikipedia https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%B5%E3%83%8F%E3%83%AA%E3%83%B3%E3%81%AE%E9%89%84%E9%81%93 KiHa 58 - Russian Wikipedia https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9A%D0%B8%D1%85%D0%B058 Now, if you always secretly dreamed of mixing Soviet Ladas and JNR KiHas, here is the prototype for you!
  3. For forum members in Japan, next Saturday Sept. 17, 10-10:30 pm on TV Tokyo program [bi no Kyojintachi], the topic will be Shima Hideo's D51 and 0 series Shinkansen designs. As this is an art program, focus will be on the mechanical beauty of these rolling stock designs. http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/kyojin/
  4. Some good color film of action on the Kansai Main Line between Kabuto and Tsuge, a Mecca of steam action in the twilight years. The 25 permil gradient in the Kabuto area (nicknamed "Kabuto goe", or "over the Kabuto summit"), attracted many rail fans. This particular series is good because you can see some of the consists of the freight trains, which now in 2016 are just as interesting, or perhaps more so, than the steam locomotives themselves. Valuable visual record for the prototype modeler.
  5. This is interesting. Someone has made a 1:1 scale model of a D51--out of cardboard. It has about 1500 parts and weighs 1.25 tons. Currently it's in a shopping mall called IMS, in the Tenjin neighborhood of Fukuoka. Built by Hideo Shima, 64, an architect from Nagasaki-ken, 4000 cardboard boxes were needed to construct it over the course of 10 months. He has the same name as the man behind the real D51, as well as the 0 series Shinkansen, but written with different kanji. The last real D51 built was #1161. http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASG7F5TWMG7FTQIP005.html http://d51-1162.jimdo.com/
  6. Kato has pictures of the new Hokkaido style D51s on the Japanese language version of the website. The web address is set out below: - http://www.katomodels.com/n/d51/
  7. On the English and Japanese wikpedia pages for the D51 there's mention of some that were abandoned in the area of Dalny (I've seen various English spellings of this). With the help of a Russian speaking friend I was able to figure out which word is the name in Russian, and after some copy/paste I was googling it. Here are a few images I found: http://otktravels.narod.ru/travels/sakhalin/SAKH_185.htm http://otktravels.narod.ru/travels/sakhalin/SAKH_186.htm http://trainpix.org/vehicle/30319/#n29604 one that looks operational: http://trainpix.org/vehicle/70220/#n79098 an English page: http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk/trains/russia02.htm If anyone is inclined to do more searching, the Russian spelling of the place name is Дальнее I still want to find it on google maps.
  8. mattdwnunder

    Real Line D51 710

    I purchased a Real Line D51 710 second hand from Japan. The loco does not run at all although it appears not to have been out of the box. It does not seem that there is a contact problem but it is like it is not getting any current at all. Has anyone taken one of these engine units apart as I suspect that something might be loose?
  9. mattdwnunder

    Replacement Wheels Kato D51 (2016)

    Does anyone make replacement wheels for the front truck of the Kato D51 (2016)? The wheels of the front truck are spoked but not see through and while I am aware of an article where the author drills out between the spokes I would like to find a simple replacement (which will also be more durable). Can anyone assist?
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  11. Answering a question by member upwpfan in the HO scale section. First of all, D52 heavy mikado type. Most famous use was on the Gotemba Line, hauling local passenger trains between Kozu and Numazu. Typically a 5 car consist, with a coach/baggage at the front end for down trains (suhani type): http://home.a00.itscom.net/yosan/jyoki/gotenba/gotenba.html (first section) D52 types were also used on passenger/parcels trains on the Hakodate Main Line between Oshamambe and Hakodate. Most notably, trains 41/42, a passenger and parcels train between Sapporo/Otaru and Hakodate via the Hakodate Main Line "mountain route". D51 haulage between Otaru and Oshamambe, then D52 to Hakodate. This is a sequence of train 41 arriving at Mori Station and taking on water (1972): http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/br1020er/25809575.html
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