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  1. Thanks for looking. It's time again to let go some of the train sets that have been decided to be out-of-region, out-of-era, out-of-company and out-of-likeness... Up for grabs are: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MicroAce A8380 Kiha185 J.N.R. Color, Improved Product (5-Car Set) - Listed as Junk - read for details Packaging - In original MA Urethane, placed into Tomix bookcase with sleeve . No original MA bookcase. Condition - 5.0/10 Running time - unknown, bought as used set Motor - YES in the 1st car, tested running Couplers - Original MA Rapido couplers. Two Couplers are missing (check photos) Directional Lighting - White headlights with top lighted destination board & red taillights on both end cars. Interior Lighting - NO. Misc. parts - NO parts included. Instructional booklet - NO, NOT included. Decals - NO, NOT included. Additional information - Listed as a junk set as several items are not ideal, such as missing 2 couplers, front of 2nd carriage end of train being painted blue instead of green (check photos), motor included, not smooth as silk but running, lights tested ok. Ideal for advance modelers to cannibalize parts or for customization. SOLD Please check photos of the set below: SHIPPING* FREE SHIPPING JUST FOR THIS ITEM! NO COMBINATION OF OTHER ITEMS ALLOWED.
  2. Continuing my personal reflections on the models currently available in Japanese Z I turn to the electric outline locos available. Now it was never my intention to buy any Electric locos and certainly I don't intend to put any catenary up (not after last time!) but Alison at Contikits had bought a collection of Japanese Z and was offering it at very reasonable prices. So I indulged in a Rokuhan EF 66 and a PRMloco EF 64 The EF66 in Early version livery is in the foreground with the 64 in JRF Blue and white behind. Compared to the rolling stock the PRMloco EF64 is very nicely painted and its performance was very good indeed with one small quibble which you will see on the video The pair together outside the loco maintenance shed on 'Shasta' In the video I test the locos on a variety of my layouts including young Brooklyn's Alpine layout with its evil curves and gradients and Republic Steel and most of my Japanese stock getting let off the leash on my big 'Shasta' layout. This had been out in full length form at the recent Derby model railway exhibition in Union Pacific/Southern guise This show was set in the spectacular surroundings of the original Midland Railway 'Derby' roundhouse with its unusual timber roof and crane gantries set over the turntable (Still in situ) which is now part of Derby College Link to video in a minute Kev
  3. C12 at Tanigawa Station area, junction between the Kakogawa Line and the Fukuchiyama Line: Miki Line C12 and Takasago Line C11:
  4. Hello, I am still looking for the following models: - 1x Kato 3076-1 E-Lok ED79-0 mit Single-Arm Pantograph -> http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10226808 - 1x Kato 7008-7 Diesellok DD51 Cold-Specification -> http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10261542 - 1x Kato 7008-2 Diesellok DD51 Hokutosei -> http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10046468 Thank you for looking!
  5. Here's a very interesting video, estimated by the uploader to be 1987, soon after the privatization of JNR. This is a ride on an 8-car formation of 12 series coaches behind DD51 1190 between Kyoto and Umahori. There's a lot of interesting things to be seen; the old San'in platforms at the old Kyoto Station with an escape track(?), sidings and trackside structures that no longer exist, the original Nijo station building, the section between Saga Arashiyama and Umahori that still uses what's now the Sagano Scenic Railway, and some views of the construction of the tunnels that bypass it. The uploader is 旅一郎, perhaps Tabitaro based on his blog URL http://ameblo.jp/tabitaro1234/ although I had guessed Tabi Ichiro. His YT channel has several other mid/late '80s era videos, check 'em out.
  6. Lately I have been looking into modelling (parts of) the Suigun Line. In recent days, there have been plenty of runs with steam locomotives of the C11, C56, C58 and C61 series. However, I am having trouble finding information about what steam locomotives exactly ran on this railway line back in the days when steam trains still ran in actual service. The Japanese Wikipedia article on the Suigun Line mentions that until 1960 the 8700 type and 8620 type steam locomotives towed both passenger and freight trains on this line after which they were replaced by DD13 type diesels. Since I am much more interested in C series steam locomotives, especially the C11 and C56, I am wondering whether these ran on this line as well back in the day. I have been looking all over the Japanese internet, but I just can't seem to find affirmation that they did, if they did at all. Does any of you have better Google search skills or a better view on this subject?
  7. While trying to figure out these prefixes and suffixes in the nomenclature thread (http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/667-kuha-saha-moha-kiha-japanese-rail-car-nomenclature/page-3?do=findComment&comment=152634), I came across these pictures of a ReTe12000 JNR refrigerator car by Adachi. I see Mark has mentioned the manufacturer before, but otherwise there isn't much, so... http://poppo.plala.jp/new_page_682.htm http://www.jmra.gr.jp/adachi/ Now, what does Te mean...
  8. While i was looking for something completly different, i found a few nice pictures: Shinagawa station, aerial photo looking south: http://marutetsu.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2011/12/post-1c3b.html (i didn't know that the old shinkansen yard was there) Yoyogi, Tokyo, with interesting train at the crossing: http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2143253141127899601/2143374700589184403 (i would be interested in the exact location too if someone could recognize it) and an english page, Shinjuku station histroy: http://www.shinjukustation.com/shinjuku-station-history i really like this photo from the page above: (from the 1970ies) http://netmobius.global.ssl.fastly.net/images-stn-shinjuku/1-Shinjuku_History-3.jpg (imho it's a pretty nice and compact enterance for a large station)
  9. While staying in Japan during the early 1960s, I had a large number of colleagues and friends who regularly rode the trains. Two stand out as real rail-fans. A fellow by the name of McDougal, regularly visited local hobby shops and every payday, twice a month, for a period of four years he purchased an HO scale brass locomotive. He liked old steam and mostly purchased brass produced by the Tenshodo company. It is an interesting story: Tenshodo was a major watch and jewelry store located on an expensive parcel of land on the Ginza, in Tokyo. After the disastrous end of the war, the economy was in shambles and no one could afford to buy jewelry or watches. Tenshodo had an abundance of skilled jewelry craftsman and the capability to manufacture in metal. Someone at the company had the bright idea of producing high quality HO brass model trains for the Occupation troops and later to the American military personal who were stationed in Japan. The venture succeeded and Tenshodo survived the economic downturn. Once Japan recovered, and especially during the boom years of the 1960s, the company returned to its root business of selling high quality imported and domestic watches, as well as manufacturing jewelry. The brass model business was slowly phased out; first it was outsourced to Korea, later production runs became fewer and prices rose with inflation. While in the early 1960s a Tenshodo brass engine retailed for US$ 10 to 15, by the lathe 1970s prices increased over the $100 mark. The store itself was rebuilt into a narrow high rise with the Omega watch company's symbol on the top floor. The Green Max company, manufacturers of Japanese plastic structure kits, reproduced the building and it was on sale in the 1980s. The Ginza Tenshodo store maintained its hobby shop on the top floor of their building and it remained a popular destination for model railroad hobbyists, both local and foreign visitors. Another railroad nut friend, his name was Jerry Day, loved looking at working trains. Near the U.S. Air Force base of Yokota in Western Tokyo, was the small town of Haijima. It was a relatively small local station on the Ome-line that connected Tachikawa to Okutama. Haijima was also the terminal point for the Itsukaichi-line. In addition, there was a small yard with a highway overpass right by over the yard throat. Jerry used to spend his Saturday mornings sitting on the highway embankment and watch a little steam kettle of a switch engine work the yard. Since he was also a trained photographer, he also accumulated a collection of pictures of the various engines and cars that populated the yard. Most freight cars were of the old style LCL type covered wagons, but by the mid-1960s the first green JNR 20' containers appeared. There were also smaller containers, but can't recall their size. Fork lifts could put the containers on and off from little trucks that could maneuver the narrow Japanese roads. Some of these little trucks were three wheelers and enter areas where a normal size rig would not fit. I also recall that the Yokota Base had a hobby and recreational center with a fairly large room dedicated to the model railroaders. A large HO gauge layout was a work in progress, but I can't recall what prototype was followed. The base hobbyshop also carried model railroad equipment, mostly locally sourced, and it was the least expensive source for brass locomotives and rolling stock in Japan or anywhere else for that matter. I wish I had bought and saved some myself, even though I could not be using them now as this was way before the popularity of N scale. More later.
  10. This is GOLD! http://116.81.4.156/tecs/meisai/meisai.html Detailed operation manuals of ED75 , EF71 , 453 series, 103 series and many more. Including electrical circuits diagrams!
  11. 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.
  12. I think these will be very popular models, not just with JNR modellers. There's also private railway versions being made, such as Ohmi and Seibu. Cheers, Mark.
  13. The Series 153 EMUs have been available previously, but the KUMONI 83 is a new model. Cheers, Mark.
  14. In this video, RailKingJP and his son visit car 951-1, which is on display across from the Railway Technical Research Institute in Kokubunji, Tokyo. It appears that during the daytime, the car is open to the public, and has displays and a small library inside. I'll check it out when I drop off my résumé at RTRI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_951_Shinkansen location: https://goo.gl/maps/LGaZoVmHu8p
  15. NHK's Shin-Nihon Kikou. First aired July 25th, 1979.
  16. Period documentary from 1970, complete with atmospheric soundtrack and apropos editing effects. A view of the modern JNR, one emphasizing "cybernetics". https://youtube.com/watch?v=75N2GV9ZCuE Starting from the old JNR of iron trains and iron men (Joban Line steam), we are whisked to the new look railway of Shinkansen CTC, MARS online reservation system, ticket vending machines (some even sell express tickets!), newfangled automated ticket gates from Omron, automated maintenance of emu traction motors, computerized hump yards, computer traffic simulations, automated printing of string diagrams, testing of the 0 series at 250km/h for running on the future Sanyo Shinkansen, and what do we have here at 17:58, an early version of touch panel to modify the running diagram?? Lots and lots of blinking lights.
  17. Good documentary from 1963 (Showa 38). Mainly centers around activity at Maibara Station, then as now an important junction between the Tokaido and Hokuriku Lines, the latter dominated by steam locomotive hauled trains. Loads of railway scenes we no longer can see- shonan color 80 series, long bonnet Kodama trains, SL hauled passenger trains off the Hokuriku Main Line, parcels traffic...
  18. Have we decided on whether we're writing KUHANE or KuHaNe? Anywho, KuHaNe 581-53, which is now all that's left of JR West 583 series formation B6, had been stored at Suita since its last Kitaguni run, a seasonal service sometime around new year 2013. It's now at Umekoji, to be displayed at the Kyoto Railway Museum that's set to open in a little over a year. It has been restored to its JNR-era livery, and as you can see in the link, JNR emblems have been put in place below the cab windows, as they would have been. http://railf.jp/news/2015/02/15/193000.html on a related note, it looks like the old Modern Transportation Museum domain is hosting a page for the new museum: http://www.mtm.or.jp/kyoto
  19. Still image slideshow of Kyoto Station and environs, about 50 years ago. This is the previous station building. I've read there was some opposition to the current design, that it doesn't really fit in with the city. I never really made up my mind about it. I do like this older building, looks like it had great JNR atmosphere :). Reminds me of a small airport for some reason, I guess it's that tower. Uploaded by KoichiImai. Kyoto Station, San'in Line platform area and Tambaguchi Station, April 25th and 26th ,1971, apparently the last day of regular steam operations. YT uploader lodgershinmeishrine has a lot of great footage which has been posted here many times before. It's really interesting to see this area before the track was elevated, featured toward the end of the video.
  20. bikkuri bahn

    8600 class mogul

    Related to the recent announcement by Tramway of an HO scale 8600, a bit of vintage prototype footage. Other than a few scenes in Wakamatsu in Kyushu in the beginning, the scenes are on the Gonou Line in Aomori, where these types were used on mixed trains.
  21. It was reported by the Hokkaido Shimbun last year that JR Hokkaido would be retiring the remaining 711 series emus by the March timetable revision, one year earlier than previously announced. However, that time has passed, and units are still running to date. A trip to Teine Station this evening confirmed this, with the usual 3+3 711 series on the 18:16 Teine-Iwamizawa stopper. Schedules posted on the station platforms and dated 3/15/2014 also still have notations for 711 series services. It appears the akaden still have a few months more operation, at least. Winter scenes of 711 series on the Sassho Line:
  22. Some nice scenes of older JNR rolling stock by youtube contributor yocchelexp. Wonderful axle-hung traction motor sound. At Ina Shinmachi: Another scene at Ina Shinmachi, two trains meet at the loop station, one of them is a 80 series in shonan colors: Between Miyaki and Ina Shinmachi (good views of the underfloor equipment and bogies):
  23. Another video from yocchel, with lots of dd51 action pulling mixed freight, passenger, and parcels over the mountainous portion of the Kansai Main Line. Back in JNR days this was a much more active line than now, which only sees railbuses. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKl5DfWLBIk
  24. Just want to recommend the latest issue of Japan Railfan Magazine, especially those interested in older rolling stock. The edition has a special section on the design and coloring of JNR's rolling stock from the late 50's to early 60's, and includes a nice fold out plate and color pictures. Also an insert for major private railway rolling stock rosters as of April of this year, very informative. http://railf.jp/japan_railfan_magazine/point/628.html
  25. Uploader of these is, I assume, the Sagamihara municipal government. This is their 'town info' kind of thing from April 15, 1990. Coverage of the then-new Hashimoto Station starts at 2:33. Waiting rooms were non-smoking from the beginning, seems quite forward-thinking to me. In another episode of this, from November 1984, locations along the then-JNR, then-unelectrified Sagami Line are featured. At the time, the line had KIHA 35s, tablet safeworking, and apparently some manual and spring switches.
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