Japan's Railway History

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Japan's Railway History

Postby rogerfarnworth » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:35 pm

Cape Gauge was used in many countries throughout the world. It has been identified primarily with the Cape Colony in South Africa but was used first in the UK on a variety of tramways. Later its use extended into a number of countries in the Far East including New Zealand, Indonesia and in particular Japan.

Cape Gauge was chosen as the 'standard gauge' in Japan. This post provides an introduction to the historic railways of Japan. The story includes a variety of different gauges. The use of different gauges seems at least as complex as the situation in the UK.

This post is an introduction to the railways of Japan and centres around the use of Cape Gauge. ........

https://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/09/j ... cape-gauge

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby Mountain » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:26 pm

Was a very sensible gauge width to use. Is a type of "Jack of all trades" gauge.

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby b308 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:22 pm

Also worth bearing in mind that the secondary gauge in Japan was 2ft 6ins (and still is). The Japanese produce some very nice HOe models. British influence in both cases.

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby rogerfarnworth » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:45 pm

I hope to produce a short series of short posts over the next little while which look at some of the 2ft 6in track-gauge railway in Japan. This is the first. The Kurobe Gorge Railway is both as tourist railway and a supply line to the hydroelectric power stations along the Kurobe River Gorge.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/30/ja ... ge-railway

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby rogerfarnworth » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:58 pm

The Kiso Forest Railways - Part A

This next post provides an introduction to the Logging Railways in the Kiso Forest. Only a
short tourist railway now remains of what was once a very large system of 762mm lines. I am currently working on a short survey of one of the lines which made up the network.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/11/ja ... way-part-a

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby Mountain » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:48 pm

Are those little railcars with the faces the same at the rear as they are at the front?

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby rogerfarnworth » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:59 pm

No Mountain, it seems as though they needed to be turned as they only had the one driving position. here is a link to pictures of No. 20 whre is is on static display near Yabihara Station!

http://c5557.kiteki.jp/html/kisosin-No20.htm

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby Mountain » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:26 pm

OK. Thanks. Was just puzzled what they looked like from behind. They are neat little things! Will look at the link. Thanks.
Wow. They are ideal to scratchbuild. :)

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:34 pm

I don't know if those particular little railcars had one, but many that size had a bottle jack with a large square foot mounted at the centre of the wheel base. They could be turned by winding down the jack until the wheels were clear of the rails, then pushing them round to face the other way before letting them down again.
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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby Mountain » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:38 am

Straying into the realms of dccity here. I think a simple turntable or back to back running would sufice. :D (Not heard about the jack idea. Is interesting).

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby Bufferstop » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:18 am

Somewhere on YouTube there's a vid of one they even had some bits of rail so that it could be run off the track like they do with Whickam trollies.
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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby Mountain » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:21 pm

Wouldn't it make an ideal candidate for a scratchbuilders competition? They could be made in standard gauge or narrow gauge forms and in different scales etc.

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:53 pm

The Kiso Forest Railways - Part B

This post covers one of the main logging railway networks in the Kiso Valley. ... The Otaki Forest Railway. Them little railcars get a bit of a role in this post as well.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/16/ja ... st-railway

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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby End2end » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:32 pm

Another interesting read. :)
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Re: Japan's Railway History

Postby rogerfarnworth » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:00 pm

The Kiso Forest Railways - Part C

This next post covers another of the significant 762mm railways in the Kiso Forest. The Ogawa Forest Railway. This railway was connected directly to the Otaki Forest Railway.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/21/ja ... st-railway


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