With some down time during the holidays, I've taken the time to put together some links that I've found useful.
Sections: 5Modeling Japanese RailroadsWed Dec 22, 2010 Link to this entry— Thomas M. Tuerke
Most of these pages are N scale, since that's the scale (or gauge, to be precise) of choice in Japan. That said, there is a huge selection of Japanese rolling stock available from vendors.
- Akihabara Station - Don Goodman-Wilson's site, covering the construction of this eponymous layout, as well as ventures into other related subjects.
- Japanese Trains - Doug Coster's meta-site covering his several Japanese-inspired railroads, both past and present (including Enoshima, Setagaya, and Nihon Mokei Tetsudo) and a wealth of other information, too.
- Quinntopia - Jerry Quinn's blog and site, featuring a more freelanced model, including Japanese, European, and other cool looking rolling stock.
- Sumida Crossing - Ken Shores' site depicting a "protolanced" Japanese urban station and surrounds.Clubs and ForumsWed Dec 22, 2010 Link to this entry— Thomas M. Tuerke
There's a thriving community of modelers of Japanese rail, even here in North America.
- Japan Rail Modelers of Washington, DC, a well-known organization.
- http://www.jnsforum.com/ - Forum for modelers and railfans of Japanese rail.
- TrainWeb's Tomix site - Outside of Japan, Tomix FineTrack is not nearly as well known as Kato's UniTrack, but in-country, it's a very strong rival. Unfortunately, that also means that non-Japanese resources are scant, which is where this site comes in (for English speakers, anyway.)MiscellaneousThu Dec 30, 2010 Link to this entry— Thomas M. Tuerke
Various interesting odds and ends.
- All About Japanese Trains is a site by journalist and railfan Mike Nakada, with details about much of what rolls on Japanese railways.
- Three related blogs: 1-450.blogspot.com, 1-220.blogspot.com">http://1-220.blogspot.com/">1-220.blogspot.com, and 1-160.blogspot.com">http://1-160.blogspot.com/">1-160.blogspot.com (unfortunately, all three are fallen flags, so the links point to the Wayback Machine) - Various scale-specific blogs by David K. Smith covering small-scale modeling efforts.
- You have to see this! Yes, this is N scale! Stummis Modellbahnforum - Specific thread (in German, and translated to English by Google) by a finescale modeler making unbelievable trains, track and scenery. Lots of pictures; the entire page takes a while to load. Raises the state of the art to new levels.
- Japanese car classification system - find out what those terms, like KUHA, OHANE, and designations such as EF81 and DD51 mean. (Brought to you by Plaza Japan.)T-TrakSat Jan 1, 2011 Link to this entry— Thomas M. TuerkeWhy Model Japan?Fri Mar 18, 2011 Link to this entry— Thomas M. Tuerke
Here are some other folks' reasons for modeling Japan:
- Modeling Japan, by Bob Tomasko.
See also another article by Bob, Trains of Japan for some really nice prototype pictures.
- Why Model Japanese Trains, by Doug Coster. A teensie bit sales pitch (he used to sell sets) but that shouldn't detract from the facts themselves.
- 7 Reasons why Japanese Trains are Different - a blog entry with some interesting facts about Japanese rail prototypes.
- Real World Action at Oji Station - a short blog/essay on the appeal of Japanese rail, featuring a 9 minute youtube video showing real-world action (or three quarters of it, as the article makes clear.)