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  1. It will be designated the 500 series. Eight 3 car sets will be built by KHI. Features include full active suspension on all cars and permanent magnet synchronous motors. The three car sets will be designed to couple/uncouple en route with other three car sets to expand/shrink consists depending on passenger demand and service patterns. Introduction scheduled for spring 2017. This is the first order for rolling stock by Tobu awarded to KHI since 1946. http://www.tobu.co.jp/file/pdf/4c10174fc83e8d1045e7adde5e16c37a/150422.pdf?date=20150421135208
  2. G scale trains on 45mm track you can drive with full size train master controller and brakes and watch on a big screen monitor. This view looks very impressive with HSR trains, large buildings and those controls. Drool, drool... http://odamaki1031.cocolog-nifty.com/photos/uncategorized/2011/03/27/011.jpg But as the focus of this layout is on train safety, signals appear on the screen as you are running the train. Ever notice how much focus the Japanese put on duplicating the drivers view from the cab rather than just weathering their trains? Its just not just museums that do that but train shows too that do this. What I find interesting is that the rail joints are bonded (that's those little wires you see). This would suggest that the overhead is live and that the "feeders" from the rails are actually negative returns. This is exactly how the prototype works in the real world instead of the model train world. Too bad the Series 321 EMUs have no under body details. Official web page with details in Japanese: http://www.mtm.or.jp/pavilion/safe/ English language Museum page: http://www.mtm.or.jp/eng/index.html And a video that provides a good tour of the rest of the exhibits. Another video of the museum. G scale layout appears at 1:35.
  3. I'm a bit baffled as I've got two sets of Series 500 Shinkansens, both Kato and both with the same set number (10-382). However, they have different coloured headlights - one set with amber headlights and one set with blue headlights. The packaging is also different between the two. I've been trying to find out some more information but I haven't been able to find anything that indicates the set was released in two different versions. The only thing I can think off is that the version with the blue headlights is a re-release of the original set with the modification of the headlight colour. I'd be grateful if anyone out there can shed any light on this (pun intended)!
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