I am Mike from The Netherlands, and have had model trains since I was very young. I got my first train set when I was 5 years old, H0 gauge from Fleischmann. Over the years, I built up a small collection of mostly dutch H0 trains. However, I moved very frequently (every 3 years on average) and did not have parents that appreciated H0 gauge very much, so over time, the collection did not get taken care of well.
Last year I went to Japan for 4 weeks. This year for another 5 weeks, both in summer. There I encountered the magnificence that is Japanese Railways, having travelled around on all of the main islands (apart from Shikoku) with Shinkansen and local trains, and attempted to go on as many of the 'Joyful' trains I could squeeze into my schedule. For next trips, I always try to go on as many as I can.
So far I have been on the:
> Kyushu <
- SL Hitoyoshi
- Hayato no Kaze
- Ibusuki no Tamatebako
> Tohoku <
- Resort Shirakami (the 2016 green hybrid train)
- SL Banetsu Monogatari
- SL Ginga (my favorite of all of the joyful trains, I wish KATO/Tomix would make this for N-Gauge)
> Hokkaido <
Besides trains, I also try to collect stamps of all the stations/destinations/joyful trains that I go to. I now have around 200-300.
While I was in Japan, I also found out about KATO for the first time, and immediately fell in love. I already have a small collection of Shinkansen trains, such as the E3 (new color), E4 (new color), E6, E7, 500, 500 EVA and 700 Doctor Yellow. Furthermore, I have a TOMIX goods train/track maintenance train with the EF210 locomotive. While I want to keep my track Japanese, I made an exception for a ‘nostalgic train’ in the form of the NS 1200 (my favorite locomotive of all time) with Dutch IC+/ICK cars.
On my wish list are the H5 and SL C11 (2017 edition), as well as the joyful trains I have been on (if KATO/Tomix are ever going to make them).
Edited by Yavianice, 11 December 2016 - 03:51 AM.