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bsoplinger

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Them wacky Japanese
« on: December 14, 2007, 08:36:28 AM »
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Actually just unusual prototypes....

Got my weekly "what's new" email from my Japanese etailer and thought I'd pass along a few interesting items:

A snow removal loco, available in numerous colors price about :
Blue: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10061639

Kato starter sets [loco, 3 cars, oval of Unitrack, Kato DC powerpack] price about $150:
Steam: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10063369

Electric: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10065814

How about an entire Z scale layout? Price about $250 + shipping:
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10056841

Nice 2-8-2 Steam loco with pair of 4 wheel trucks, looks like a nice bashing fodder:
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10059086

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Re: Them wacky Japanese
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2007, 01:18:41 PM »
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The snow removal loco looks kinda like a Zamboni on rails, but has potential.
Now seeking Pacific NW N scalers to create a Modutrak-style modular club featuring NP's shared mainline between Seattle and Portland. PM me if interested.

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Re: Them wacky Japanese
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2007, 03:53:41 PM »
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Speaking of wacky, has anyone bit on those close to N scale vehicles that are being touted in the magazines and Ebay? - They would be so out of place on any US layout. The names are used for vehicles in Japan.
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Re: Them wacky Japanese
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2007, 03:13:30 AM »
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  The little Snow Plow loco is used to remove snow from the various electric commuter lines that run Subway style cars, some of the lines ending underground, but running on the surface for most of their routes. The different colors on the mini locos matches the colors used on the various train lines cars to identify the routes much like Los Angeles has the "Blue Line" light rail "Red Line" subway etc.              The 2-8-2 locomotive is the same locomotive class that has been modeled by Kato, some U.S. dealers imported the Kato locos in the late 1980's  ,I have one which I thought about Americanizing. The drive train (mech) I believe is what Kato adapted for their USRA 2-8-2. Now the manufacturer of the loco you have the link to "Real Line" appears to sell a number of interesting locos and detail items.                       Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake, Utah.

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Re: Them wacky Japanese
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2007, 09:58:19 AM »
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Now the manufacturer of the loco you have the link to "Real Line" appears to sell a number of interesting locos and detail items.

In the vein of 'interesting' are a pair of local tram/trolley cars, paper model type kits to make the body and a tacky real cheap looking mechanism:
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10062179

And these couplers. although I don't know where one could buy any:
http://asahi21.zero-yen.com/singatajiren.html

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Re: Them wacky Japanese
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2007, 01:46:02 AM »
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   The couplers could probably be ordered by Doug Coster at Japanese Model Supply in Austrailia. http://www.japanesemodelsupply.com  ,he travels to Japan several times a year,had a nice urban modular Japanese layout that he took to shows and reciently retired it. He was able to find me several Micro Ace and Kato out of production sets I wanted and the couplers would appear to be a standard easy to obtain item. Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake, Utah.