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From here on I am doing construction of my last plan. The tables are set up, and the width cut to 48 inches. I am waiting on one more table which when added will bring the layout to 3400mm long by 48 inches wide. I suppose I will have to get better at taking pictures, loading them into my computer and then displaying them on here. Sounds like a lot of work. So, here goes. Gerry
I recently purchased a Tomytec Hiroden 3000 series articulated tram and it wasn't until I started digging into these cars on Japanese wikipedia that I realized these were part of larger fleet once operated in Kyushu by Nishitetsu in Kitakyushu and Fukuoka. Links to Japanese Wikipedia articles are included. The oldest of these cars date back to 1953 and could be applied to any era since then. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/西鉄1000形電車_(軌道) Today the Nishitetsu tram lines in Kitakyushu and Fukuoka are gone, but these trams continue to run in Kumamoto, on the Chikuho Electric Railway, and in Hiroshima. Kumamoto Kumamoto acquired four articulated trams in 1976 and 1978. Today only 5014 remains active on the Kumamoto City Transit Authority. This tram was retired in 2009 due to aging, but was restored and returned to service in March 2017 in Nishitetsu colors. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10421143 http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10389870 https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/熊本市交通局5000形電車 Chikuho Electric Railway Chikuho Electric Railway acquired 25 articulated cars in two groups between 1976 and 1985. All 7 2000 series trams existed in March 2012 and were operated mainly at rush hours. Tram 2003 continued to run through March 2016, when one-man operation was implemented. Tram 2103 was the last surviving although parked 2100 circa 2006. Tomytec has issued four 2000 series variations so far. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10513497 http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10513496 http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10442539 http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10442538 https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/筑豊電気鉄道2000形電車 Hiroshima In 1976 the Hiroshima Electric Railway (aka Hiroden) acquired 8 articulated trams from Nishitetsu. These trams were originally acquired for the railway line to Miyajima. After arriving in Hiroshima a third section was added. To this day these cars continue to be equipped with a conductor's position just inside the rear door. After 1998 these trams were transferred from the railway line to city operation. The five surviving 3000s can often be found on lines 1 and 5 during rush hours. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10495963 http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10495962 https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/広島電鉄3000形電車 There are differences in doors, windows, headlights and other details on each of these three groups. All three series have different headlight positioning and hardware.
Some photos of a recent parade of preserved trams in Moscow: http://sputniknews.com/photo/20150412/1020783370.html They're all very interesting cars, but I particularly like the MTV-82. The PCC influence is obvious, but it still manages to look very Soviet-era Russian as well. I want one! :) Cheers, Mark