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Jeff,

 

The fences are from Casco. They print them on transparent plastic. You need to be carefull with the angle of the lighting to prevent reflections.

 

JR500,

 

The hotel is a www.scalescenes.com office building (I actually built it in Z-gauge for my previous layout, but it will do for this background location for the time being). I can highly recommend scalescenes for high quality downloadable card model kits. Most kits are UK outline and I use them extensively on my BR layout. See the off topic photo for an UK example. 

 

The bridge spans are greenmax plastic kits. The piers are card with printed textures.

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cteno4

Ian,

 

Thanks, I suspected so but you got the right angle to totally drop out the acetate!

 

Jeff

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ianlaw

A sneak preview of things to come. :) I really like japanese trams and because I decided there was insufficient space for a double track tram stop in front of the JR station building (yet to be built) I needed to find another spot. I decided I would run the tram "up the hill" to the pagoda utilizing some of the planned non-scenic area. The pagoda as a main tourist attraction would be a good excuse for a tram terminus and depot. This required some heavy civil engineering in the form of a deep rock cutting and two concrete bridges as I had to pass under the JR line before I could gain height. 

 

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ianlaw

I had a bit of spare time on my hands this weekend so I made a platform and shelter for my tram terminus... Just a bit of scrap card, a few textures I had laying around and a little paint. The photos help to improve the model as they show where I need to improve before I install it on the layout, where of course any alterations will be more difficult.

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ianlaw

Done some more work on the tram loop. The aerial view shows the full loop I put in in the area which was designated to be non-scenic. The scenic break will now be where the EPS boards are. The full JR loop and half the tram loop will be hidden. The JR loop wil be partially under a road embankment and partially through hollow buildings.

I'd hoped to eventually put a hakone style railway in this area, so that's now become a slightly non-prototypically routed tram line (through a gorge).

As this routing was an after-thought I cannot put point motors in. You can see one set of points is on a bridge and the underside of the bridge is visible from below (and has been modelled).

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I love the multiple levels and how busy that bridge scene is without looking like a train set.

 

You're now making me think about another layout...  Only problem is grades since I use B-Trains and they are not grade friendly.  I guess if I kept grades shallow and restricted it for 2 car trams, that might work out okay.  I guess I will see what happens!!

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After a little bit of scenic detailing work I did some tram spotting... The 5014 has been motorised and is out and about. I also noticed a new tram lurking in the deep cutting.

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cteno4

Ian,

 

That printed stone work is awesome! Really well done, kudos!

 

Jeff

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ianlaw

My tram terminus is nearing completion. Just a few minutes here and there gets the job done.

The station building is modelled after the street side of Dogo-Onsen tram station in Matsuyama. It's new name is Horyuji Temple after the pagoda on the hillside. 

I really have no excuse for the fact that the three trams and the bus are from different companies... :icon_scratch:

I need to think about some suitable catenary masts now...

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cteno4

Nice work ian!

 

Jeff

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ianlaw

It's been a while since the last update. I have built a fire station (painted card with plastic roof) and two fire engines just arrived from PlazaJapan. I also used a few items I bought in Japan this summer. The tram depot is slowly taking shape nextdoor...

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cteno4

Yet again ian, nice work!

 

jeff

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Matthias

Hello

 

Very nice Layout.

 

Best Regards Matthias

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ianlaw

Hello,

 

I'm still around. Just somehow too busy to do much modelling work. Just a small step towards my small tram depot. Using a scalescenes print I started building a shed into the backboard. I noticed that many steam age buildings in Japan have a european style so I hope this looks appropriate.

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After a few hour's work, more progress. I still need to put up some catenary and the buildings are not yet fixed in place. I'm still considering if I should clad the shed with corrugated iron sheeting. Even after some wife-assisted-google-searches I didn't manage to find any examples of a brick tram shed.

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Ian,

 

Did you scratch build the white with blue roof building next to the shed? Nice little fire station!

 

jeff

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ianlaw

Jeff,

 

Yes, plastic roofing, card walls painted with undiluted quick drying paint. Modelled after an example I found on google maps, just scaled down a little to fit the available space.

 

Ian. 

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cteno4

Ian,

 

cool very nicely done!

 

jeff

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I finished the tram depot and adjacent tram stop. I covered the shed in corrugated iron as I thought that looked better. 

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cteno4

Ian,  beautiful work again!

 

jeff

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tossedman

This looks like baby bear’s porridge. Just right! Well done Ian. 

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I decided I needed to incorporate a diesel depot on my layout to display some of my locos and kihas. The photo shows its position in the trackplan I posted earlier in this thread (the bottom section of the trackplan). Scalescenes had a suitable stone paper download available and the peco finescale points I needed arrived today. As I'm DC I needed quite some insulated fishplates and solder connections to create enough sections. Anyone know which depot it's modelled after?

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Kiha66

That looks amazing Ian!  I know Kyushu had a few similar stone engine houses during the JNR period.  Most are gone now, but I believe JRK has one preserved at hitoyoshi station for their SL hitoyoshi Joyful train.

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