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New Tomix Steam loco !!!

Tomix have announced their 4th attempt at modelling Japanese steam …

  1. Their first attempt was in 1976 (as their 2nd release) with a rather crude (by today’s standards) ‘C’ type tank loco.
  2. In 1982 they did a C57, which again would not stand up against today’s models.
  3. There was a break for quite a while until 09/06/1999 when they released the 9600 class loco, which had the motor in the tender, thereby bypassing the problem everyone elses SL’s had at the time of the motor sticking out the back of the cab. Unfortunately I don’t think the quality of this model somehow was consistent, as I had one that ran like a dream, and others that were not up to scratch !!!
  4. Now at this weekend’s Shizuoka Hobby Show, they plan to announce a high quality model of C57-135. The detail looks excellent, and it will be interesting to see how much it is expected to sell for. This time there is no motor visible in the cab, and no shaft between the loco and tender, so somehow they have managed to fit a small motor with flywheels inside the boiler. Have a look at these photos and judge the quality for yourself …

C57 front C57 left C57-right C57-fl C57-rr

May 15, 2009 - Posted by | Tomix


  1. […] New Tomix C57 SL For those readers who are not using RSS (why not?) to be notified when I publish a new post, I have added a photo of the mechanism of the new Tomix C57 steam loco, so you can see how the motor, flywheels and weights are positioned inside the boiler shell … […]

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  2. What Kadee will fit the tender?

    Comment by George | May 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. Looks good. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the Micro Ace version of C57 135. The Kato version of the C57 is longer and they have yet to make the Hokkaido version.

    Comment by Malcolm | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  4. Looks very good. I’m a little sceptical about the performance from a relatively small motor, and probably the price will set new ‘standards’.

    Comment by Angus McLean | May 16, 2009 | Reply

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