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  2. I'll do so - without and with cars. These will be the first boxes I bought since the beginning of model railroading at around 1970! Crazy me ...
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  4. Please share some pictures of those Boxes when they‘ve arrived 🙂
  5. roadstar_na6

    Lighting Trains

    You can solder wires to the pickup strips below the seats and get them up through where the Kato light unit would sit (top side on your 2nd photo)
  6. Shipment with Storage boxes for 7 pcs. 20m coaches arrived in customs in FRA after 5 day between airport Tokyo and airport in Germany. I am curious for the storage boxes. And will get some Tracksetta templates (by PECO) offered as *bargain* items. These were cheaper including shipping and tax compared to stores here (and even chaeper considering the BREXIT to come).
  7. AhmadKane

    Lighting Trains

    Hey Guys, I just got the 10-005 KATO D51 steam starter set with 3 passenger carriages. I'm thinking of customizing interior lights for these carriages similar to old tomix and micro-ace units, where the cables could be run from the hole on the running plate. Using a simple clip, some Yellow 9V bulbs and a cable. However, I see that though these carriages do have supports for lighting, I can't seem to find where to attach the cable and the lamp from? Are they attached from the sides between the clips? Or do they need to be drilled into for installation? Many thanks Kane
  8. As a full-time remote worker, let me tell you about the out-and-back routes I use when a change of scenery is in order... Chuo Line out to Otsuki and back is a nice one. You don't get a table of course, but that's why it's called a laptop...
  9. gavino200

    People’s Republic of China N Scale trains

    Everything I've done on Taobao has been with great difficulty. Are you aware that it's regionalized? You need to join Taobao USA or "Meiguo". Google translate is your friend here. That and lots of trial and error. I seem to remember having to do something with Alipay when I joined first, though I may have done that through a misunderstanding. Taoo is a bit of a head wrecker but it's worth the considerable effort.
  10. Kiha66

    People’s Republic of China N Scale trains

    I've found that I have to disable all add block type applications before I can access taobao, otherwise I have that slider issue you mentioned. Good luck, its been very hit and miss for me but I've usually gotten what I ordered from them!
  11. Bingo, I was poking around the JR museum in Omiya a while back and found a small display showing how over the course of July 1925 all screw-link/buffer arrangements were replaced with knuckle couplers (except IIRC on Hokkaido, where the North American system was in use from the start). Will need a bit of cleaning and maybe some weathering to disguise a few glue marks, but otherwise in surprisingly good condition and runs very well for such a small loco.
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  13. JeTFiN

    People’s Republic of China N Scale trains

    Would someone be willing to help me create a TaoBao account? I've made 5 accounts, all of which became immediately frozen, and all attempts to contact customer service end with a failure of the verification slider that I have to get through after claiming I can't get into my account.
  14. Nick_Burman

    Sourcing 3rd Rail Parts and Trucks?

    Peco makes 3rd rail insulators and flat-bottomed rail to match. These are based on Southern Railway/London Underground practice, though. Cheers Nicholas
  15. Tired of teleworking from home? Get a change of atmosphere by working in an express train! A N'EX train will be available as for people to rent a space/seat as a work station. Only two day, though. At Ryogoku Station. https://soranews24.com/2020/11/25/tired-of-teleworking-from-home-get-a-change-of-atmosphere-by-working-in-an-express-train/ Grant
  16. Yugamu Tsuki

    Roadside America closes after 85 years in business

    I always wondered if the House on the Rock would ever be interested on one of these collections. I visit there more than I should and I never really see a model train area and imagine they may have enough space and it would fit in with their other "collections".
  17. katoftw

    Akihabara: has other stuff apart from trains

    Cats, rabbits and hedgehogs will all be skittish if the haven't had exposure to humans for long periods of time. Normally from birth, but can be mid life if rescues. You cannot approach a wild rabbit in the wild and not have it run for their hides when to gey close. Hedgebogs, Ginea Pigs, mice and rats and all skittish animals also. We mostly see the domesticed versions handled since birth. But in the wild the run away long before we even know they are there. Alley cat vs house cat. You get the deal. Bird are no different. Bird of prey like owls do have preprogrammed genetics that they will flight before fight. But like eagles eyc, they will fight a little more than other birds. But as long as they don't see us as a threat, they they relax just the same as the animals a mentioned above. p.s. Sorry to all for the off topic tangent.
  18. cteno4

    The Next Console City (on Tables)

    It’s incredible now what you can do with a bit of old equipment or hacking a few $2 ebay toys to liven things up! jeff
  19. Because it's starting to look a bit more civilized with, supposedly, knuckle couplers instead of the original screw-couplers + buffer setup, I would guess? Nice catch, ever since reading Dan Frees excellent "Early Japanese Railways" I've nursed a small interest in early Japanese steam, though I guess I'm slightly more biased towards the American built locomotives as opposed to the British built examples (though I think they are fascinating in their own way). Seems like she'll need some work though, doesn't she?
  20. Havn't had a new episode in a long time.
  21. Yeah and in this case it’s a pretty odd business to model and price! No a lot of compatibles. jeff
  22. Sr.Horn

    Hello from Spain!

    Thanks to all! Gracias! As Hokutosei said, there's a few japanese model fans in Spain. I think because the old age of most of railfans. They prefer some Spanish or european-theme collection, but little by little we are more that are looking for japanese brands.
  23. Thanks for posting, the earlier electric locos were certainly cleaner - do you know if the tunnel doors are still there? I am at that age that I can still remenber the original electrics and the later Toshiba replacements and of course steam locos cutting through the snow.
  24. bill937ca

    Roadside America closes after 85 years in business

    Actually 3 years to sell a business isn't that long. I've heard it can take 5-10 years depending on expectations and business cycles. I think they just gave up.
  25. Something British for a change: Kawai B6 (2157) by Rail Squid, on Flickr Built in 1906 by Dübs and Company in Glasgow. Presumably the model represents the post-1925 state (anyone want to guess why I think that?). Model itself presumably dates from 1997 or earlier (judging by the 3-digit postal code on the packaging). Prototype was in Omiya between 1948 and 1959, when it was withdrawn and scrapped.
  26. railsquid

    Akihabara: has other stuff apart from trains

    I wonder if maid cafes work on the same general principle?
  27. I hadn't noticed that, but where there's space they usually put the distance in metres to the line(s) in question. Half the battle is being familiar with the general layout, a lot of stations are so sprawling it's often much quicker (and nicer) to stay above ground and walk to the most convenient entrance. For example, if your intent was to go on the Ginza Line at Ginza station, you'd be doing yourself a massive disservice by going down this entrance.
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