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My take on a UK style presevation line in Japan


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TimWay4

So I've had this idea, and I really quite like it so I've decided to build it. Based on the research I've done and asking other members, it seems like Japan doesn't really have Heritage/Preservation lines to the same degree or in the same way that we have in the UK, so my Idea is to make up my idea of what one might look like if they did. So a lot of my design is in my head because I'm not super artistic and I don't want to spend a lot of time mocking it up. 

 

My trains to start with are likely to be C11's with a coach or two depending on length, if there is the space (i haven't checked yet) maybe a support diesel, if there isn't I might make a space to have a support diesel sat in a shed somewhere so it could be used if necessary. I'm hoping to make some areas to have some static exhibts, but I'll see how I do with space for those as running trains are the priority. 

 

I've bought a bunch of modular baseboards from https://www.scalemodelscenery.co.uk/ so all my boards are the same size, I have 6 modules (at the moment) to build this on, it has to be modules as I don't have the space for a full permanent layout at home and this way it'll be easier to take with me, should I want to take it out places. The layout will be an end to end layout with a station at either end. Beyond the stations, I have a couple of features I'd like, but it all comes down to space as the boards are only 370mm x 207mm.

 

Features I'd like:

2 stations

1 Level crossing (possibly the Kato Automated one but we'll see)

1 Turning wye (I'm not sure how realistic this is in the space given)

 

On Friday last week, I acquired a small local line station and platforms as well as the boards I need to get started, I've already ordered another platform to make both sides the same length and I have a footbridge to build. I've attached images of two different station placements, I hope you enjoy 🙂 Also the layout currently doesn't have a name and I'm open to suggestions on that. 

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Looks like a fun project!  the kato rural station is a really nice set.  While it is true Japan doesn't have heritage railways like the US or UK, the private Ōigawa Railway is probably the closest equivalent in terms of operations and facilities.  You may be able to find inspiration for your line from them.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ōigawa_Railway_Ōigawa_Main_Line

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11 minutes ago, katoftw said:

What is a Heritage/preservation railway?

 

From wikipedia "A heritage railway or heritage railroad (US usage) is a railway operated as living history to re-create or preserve railway scenes of the past. Heritage railways are often old railway lines preserved in a state depicting a period (or periods) in the history of rail transport."  

Generally this also has the connotation the line is run as a museum operated by volunteers, rather than a for profit enterprise.  

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gavino200

I really like this idea. It allows you to run classic trains without having to make everything all "old-timey". Very clever!

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bill937ca

There also are miniature railways which are narrow gauge railways often built for mining operations.  There is a Britain's Great Little Railways (BGLR) website. 

 

https://www.bglr.org/

 

https://www.bglr.org/category/bure-valley-railway/

 

For standard gauge, The Severn Valley Railway is an example.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severn_Valley_Railway

 

https://www.svr.co.uk/

 

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My father is a volunteer at the Mid Hants Railway, also known as the Watercress Line. It’s relatively short compared to others in the UK, only 10 miles, but they do have a good range of steam and diesel stock.  Regular trains no longer use that stretch of track so it is classed as a heritage railway. There is a connection to the regular railway at one end though. 

 

These organisations run on very tight budgets. Mid hants make most of their money by having Thomas the Tank Engine days, which they own the locomotive for, or leasing TTE out to other preserved lines.  One other big expense is the maintenance of locomotives as well as the coke needed to run them. I believe most comes from China but the cost has risen considerably in the last few years. 

 

Mid Hants do goods train (freight/cargo) days for photographers to get some shots of steam engines hauling wagons.  Boxing Day usually has a 40s event with lots of people dressed up in period costumes. 

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TimWay4
8 hours ago, Kamome said:

My father is a volunteer at the Mid Hants Railway, also known as the Watercress Line. It’s relatively short compared to others in the UK, only 10 miles, but they do have a good range of steam and diesel stock.  Regular trains no longer use that stretch of track so it is classed as a heritage railway. There is a connection to the regular railway at one end though. 

 

These organisations run on very tight budgets. Mid hants make most of their money by having Thomas the Tank Engine days, which they own the locomotive for, or leasing TTE out to other preserved lines.  One other big expense is the maintenance of locomotives as well as the coke needed to run them. I believe most comes from China but the cost has risen considerably in the last few years. 

 

Mid Hants do goods train (freight/cargo) days for photographers to get some shots of steam engines hauling wagons.  Boxing Day usually has a 40s event with lots of people dressed up in period costumes. 

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That's amazing, the Watercress line is about a 20 minute train ride from me and is a fantastic day out but yes for those that don't know, the UK has many Steam and old diesel locos that are kept in working order and ran on lines away from the Mainline (with the exception of a few which are certified for mainline running), though as mentioned above some line the Watercress line do have a link to the mainline. They usually keep a small rotation of locos on hand so they have a few to choose from but they lend them to each other as well. As @Kiha66 mentioned, the Ōigawa railway is the closest I'm aware of that Japan has.  

 

In modelling terms, they are a decent reason to run a variety of steam/Old diesel together because the preservation/heritage lines aren't that fussed about mixing regions. A lot of them do have some form of Thomas the Tank, which to be fair I have the Oigawa model on Order so I'll be using that on this layout. As @Kamomementioned they also tend to keep freight as well, so I'll be doing the same with this as I have a selection of freight so it'll be easy for me to do Japanese Freight days to do something different with 🙂 

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TimWay4

I spent some time over the weekend in my hobby room. I built up a couple more boards and some other bits and pieces and started to dry fit it on the board to see how it all looks. So far I'm really pleased with the look I've gotten. There are plenty of little accessory bits to add on to the station, I might see if I can print off some little posters/adverts to stick onto the bridge that'll link the two platforms. Anyway I took a couple of pictures, including some before I started building of a C11 sitting at the platform. I need to paint the board (probably gray) and find out the conbini building I have and start making the rest of the board look pretty before I start gluing things down and moving onto the second board. 

 

One of the things I wanted was a turning wye, mostly because it'd be easier than having a turntable, but I'f I'm honest I don't think I have space for either, so I may have to use runaround tracks and just have the trains run forwards on one journey and backwards on the other journey, which is acceptable if not what I had originally envisiged. 

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TimWay4

Progress recently has stalled, but today I've ordered a bunch of different people so they should arrive in the not too distant future. 

My next steps are to:

Try and add the details to the train station

File the middle of the crossing down so it sits flush against the track

Paint the board brown

Put some flock down 

Work out what the fudge I'm going to do with the space at the front of the board

 

I'm hoping to get into the Hobby room this weekend if I can get some motivation together. I think for the space at the front of the board I may want some greenery and then some paving probably as the boards are a bit narrow there isn't a lot of room to fill which is handy.

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Kamome

Can you not use single wooden tie straights and then the crossing would fit into the gap? That would mean not having to butcher your crossing if you decided to use it elsewhere in future. The space between tracks could have some storm drainage or other track related adornments.

 

I do like that new rural station. It is annoying that the platform pieces still have a sort of rounded edge which leaves a very visible gap between sections. It was the same on the older one. 

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TimWay4

You raise a great point the @Kamome when I get a moment I might have a look at other options, though I'm not sure what they would be/look like. I may just sacrifice the crossing, it shouldn't be too big a deal.

 

I love the rural station and if I push them together the gap almost disappears, but it would have benefitted from a bit more thought going into it to make it look and fit nicer. 

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