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New trains & buildings on ‘Enoshima’

Here are some photos of my latest acquisitions/changes on the layout from last weekend’s Canberra exhibition …


  • My colleague Edo ordered the new Kato E5 shinkansen, and it arrived 2 days before the exhibition 🙂

My review of it is mixed – it looks very good, but is a bugger to get on the track because of the full width skirts. Of course that is not Kato’s fault, because they  have replicated the prototype very well, and they do provide a re-railer in the case with the train. However even though it has their ‘sprung’ bogies which should allow a little extra play, it constantly derailed on one section of not-quite-100%-perfect trackwork. Other trains did not have a problem on that section, but once I fixed the track a bit better, the E5 ran very well.  However I am a bit suspicious of the couplers, and can see the little hooks getting easily broken. Because of all this, I am happy to wait for Tomix to release their version !!! Here are some photos from its first run.

  • My own new acquisitions were the Tomix JR Kyushu N700 ‘Sakura’, and the Modemo Enoden 10 series.

The Tomix set ran flawlessly over the whole two days, and I just hope the axles have not worn out, as their trains now have a tendency to do !!! The Modemo tram was also one of their most consistent runners when combined with one of the new 500 series sets.


I used as many of the new Tomytec buildings as I could, as well as some recent Kato kitbashes. The new Studio Mid construction crane also found a place, after an old apartment building was demolished. This item looks good, especially if you apply a little paint in places to make it look like not just a hunk of yellow plastic.

I will admit the building lot does look a ‘little’ small, but I couldn’t find another suitable location !!!

The new Tomytec ‘Showa Era’ buildings (see here for their construction) – I couldn’t find a suitable location for the smallest version of Building ‘A’.

Tomytec Ryokan ‘B’ replaced a duplicate of an older style building (see here for its construction).

The latest Kato Diotown buildings had some ‘window dressing’, as well as a slight change of location.

The kitbashes of some older Kato buildings also got new homes (see here for their construction) – the green building is in the first photo above.

Many of the above photos were taken through the layout’s protective perspex barriers, so please excuse any reflections or lack of focus 😦

PS – I was pleased to win the award for ‘Most Popular Layout’, as judged by the attending public 🙂

Also Godzilla was not to be found this time, but Mothra made a surprise appearance looking for him 🙂


April 5, 2011 - Posted by | Enoshima, Kato, Modemo, Tomix, Tomytec


  1. WOW! What a layout.

    I love all the Shinkansens running on the same line.

    The Enodens are so cute. You need a Kamakura Buddha to go to. Perhaps enlightened n scale companies will produce one. I know you can get a shrine kit.

    Comment by Bob Pierce | April 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Bob. I do have a Buddha, but couldn’t find space on the layout to fit it in. It came from a store selling Chinese religious artifacts, but is exactly the right size and shape. It will go on the ‘next’ Enoshima’ layout !!

      Comment by redracer | April 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thanks so much for the update,Just love all the things you have done. Will look forward to a catch up with you one day as I am also a Japanese N railroader Cheers Jim

    Comment by Jim | April 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Jim – come to one of the last two exhibitions then …

      Epping June long weekend
      Liverpool (probably (October long weekend)

      Comment by redracer | April 9, 2011 | Reply

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