Is this the most far-out train you have ever seen ???

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by redracer, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. redracer

    redracer Member

    MicroAce have just released a model of the Nankai Railway (around Osaka, Japan) 50000 series 'Rapi:t' train. Yes folks, that IS a colon in the name, but it is pronounced 'Rapito'. It is one of the choices available to take you to osaka if you fly in to Kansai Airport, the floating (but sinking) airport recently built in the middle of the bay .

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  2. redracer

    redracer Member

    Here is a picture of the model ...

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  3. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Looks cool. Is it a fast model too?

    TrainClown :)
  4. CharlesH.

    CharlesH. Member

    Hmm... with a little kitbashing, I could have my very own 1930's streamliner if only they made those in HO.
  5. redracer

    redracer Member

    Depends on how many volts you apply to the track :D :D :D
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    It may be fast but UGLY too, but then I am a steambuff
  7. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Flash Gordon!!!!!!!!
  8. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Yikes...looks like Godzilla's next opponent :D Too Cool :thumb: :thumb:
  9. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Have to get one, after I clean up the house.
  10. engineshop

    engineshop Member

    The biggest problem with fast train is the amount of air they push in front of them. If you got two high-speed trains in the opposite direction meeting in a tunnel, you need a special design of the cab to guaranty a nice airflow or it will blew all the windows.

  11. redracer

    redracer Member

    Yes - that's why Japan's Bullet trains look like this (the E4 - just 1 of the 12 or so different types currently running).

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  12. Topo

    Topo Member

    Humm. This E4 have an "family likeness" to the Talgo 350. I suppose that all these high-speed trains born out of a wind-tunnel will end looking alike.

    This is the spanish «duck»:

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  13. NWP-fan

    NWP-fan Guest

    Spanish duck? All hail El Quacko!

    Seriously, these things may well be a marvel of modern computer aided design and wind-tunnel engineering, but they're also ugly enough to peel paint. I wouldn't be surprised to see an increase in passenger injuries, from people passing out on the platform at the sight of them.

    And I thought P42s were funny looking. I guess whatever the new thing is will always seem funny looking. *shrug*

    The important question is, can you get a good cup of coffee on board?
  14. engineshop

    engineshop Member

  15. NWP-fan

    NWP-fan Guest

    Greetings from the other side of the Big Orange Bridge!

    Those duck-bill locos are going to take some getting used to all right, but wow, that interior is something else! Even the second-class car is travelling in style. Thanks for the link.
  16. Topo

    Topo Member

    All these hi-speed trains are trying to be an alternative to the flights in medium distances and, curiously enough, they look a lot (externally and internally) to the planes that they intend to replace.

    The engineer in these trains must feel like sitting in a F18 cockpit! :eek: Watch out with the ordnance... er, the passengers, I mean!! :rolleyes:
  17. cool_marxcat

    cool_marxcat cool_marxcat

    Pretty cool train. reminds me of Flash Gordon. If I ever make it to Japan I hope to ride it. Love riding trains whenever I have the chance.

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