Hello, This is my first post!
My name is Jason and I live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
In 2013 I went to Japan for 2 weeks with a group of musicians and worked on their shows. Whilst we did travel quite a bit by train, I didn't really get to see many places. However on a day off I was able to go to Akihabara, and somehow found myself in Tamtam hobby shop. I really appreciated the model trains but didn't really have the money or space to bring home such items at the time.
Fast forward to April 2016, and after a few years of saving, I decided to go and explore Japan by myself. JR rail pass in hand I flew to Tokyo, and explored the country for 3 weeks. Tokyo, Fuji, Nagoya, Kyoto, Izumo (on the Sunrise Express), Yonago, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nara, Sendai, Hokkaido….Just to name a few places. I did some very interesting train related adventures, including going from Tokyo to Izumo on the Sunrise Express - little sleep was had but the sights and sounds of the overnight train were definitely worth it! I also went to the Island of Hokkaido for a day trip from Sendai on the E5 Hayabusa, only 2 weeks after it opened. I love the E5! It is an amazing looking machine! I also went to the JR railway park in Nagoya and to the new Kato Shop in Kyoto shortly after it opened.
During this recent trip I remembered how much I had liked the model trains at Tamtam and decided that i would put some of my spending money towards a train, a Shinkansen as I think it is an amazing form of transport, and as much as I like air travel, the Shinkansen is genius in my opinion. So, I did some research as I travelled, went to quite a few different model shops and eventually decided on an N scale train, so that I could model my future layout on Japan. After an afternoon at the Kato store in Tokyo I decided on an E5! - don't get me wrong, I wanted one of each shinkansen that was on the shelf, but i decided on the wonderful green 10 car set.
I have also since acquired:
A 923 Dr Yellow, that a friend brought back from Japan for me.
A Kato Pocket line, Green Chibi steam locomotive
Kato N700A starter set (to be completed in the future…)
and on the way via ebay, an EF210-100 Loco
These are going to be run on my in progress starter layout consisting on double concrete tie track with super-elevated corners. This will be my starting track, however in the future I am thinking of basing my layout on T-Trak, setup at home and certain elements going to (possible) club meets when I join a club.
I will probably put some more updates (and photos) on here before making a layout thread in the future.
Thanks so much, Have a great day!
Edited by jasona2z, 08 January 2017 - 05:44 AM.