Not sure what to tell you about myself, but in short i've had an interest in Japanese trains, primarily Shinkansens, since i was about 8 years old...and i'm now 48.
I finally got round to visiting Japan back in September 2016 and got to ride on 3 different N700A Series (Odawara to Nagoya, Kyoto to Hiroshima & Hiroshima to Osaka).
Was kind of hoping that would 'scratch the itch' and get it out of my system...but far from it, it's basically opened a can of worms!!
I didn't realise there were so many different types of Shinkansen and i am now planning a return trip to japan, hopefully taking in the Hokuriku E7/W7 from Tokyo to Nagano, 500 Series from Osaka to Hakata, as well as the Kyushu 800 Series from Hakata to Kagoshima..plus any other trips i can squeeze out of a 7 day JR rail pass. Would love to ride the 500 'Type Eva' but may not get there in time for spring 2018.
As for modelling, i am a huge fan of Kato N Gauge. I wanted to buy a Kato set in the gift shop when i visited Kyoto Railway Museum, but couldn't fit one into my suitcase.
Since returning back to the UK i have sourced 2 Kato Unitrack sets (V11 & V12) along with 2 controllers and a pair of 8 car Shinkansens (N700A & 500 Series)...so not a bad start, all be it a pricey introduction!! Sadly i don't have room for a permanent layout, so the snap together/snap apart aspect of the Kato double track really appeals to me.
My current wish list includes a Kato Kyushu 800 Series and a Hokuriku E7/W7...as well as a 500 'Type Eva' if i can get hold of one when they come out.
Sorry to go on...and to think, i started this post unsure if i had much to say about myself :-)
Edited by Snakeman4968, 03 December 2016 - 08:31 AM.