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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexMaria View Post
    [continues from preceeding post]

    Due to the introduction of E231-1000 Series, in the mid-2000s several Takasaki and Utsunomiya Line 211-3000 Series sets became surplus. Of these, fourteen 5-car sets (a total of 70 cars) were transferred to the Makuhari Veichle Center to replace the ageing 113 Series sets still running local services on several "Boso area" (the Boso penisnula of Chiba prefecture) lines. These had suffered for a long time from saltwater corrosion damage, as they ran close to the sea. The introduction of stainless steel rolling stock was seen as a possible solution to this problem.

    Repainted in a yellow and blue livery, the fourteen 211-3000 Series sets began services on the 21st of October 2006 on five lines: the Narita, Uchibo, Togane, Kashima and Sotobo Lines. These 211-3000 Series sets were always formed as 5-car sets, with sometimes two sets being coupled togheter to form a 10-car set during rush hour services.

    However, these sets were always intended as a stop-gap mesaure until a more "permanent" solution could be found. Said permanent replacement came to be in 2009 in the form of former Keihin-Tohoku Line 209-0 Series sets, refurbished and converted to 209-2000 and 209-2100 Series sets for regional services. The first 209-2000/2100 Series set entered service on the 1st of October 2009, first replacing the last surviving 113 Series set by 2011, and then later outright replacing the 211-3000 Series sets as well, wich were completely withdrawn from Boso area services with the timetable change of March 2013, their career having been relatively short and uneventful yet interesting.

    Back in the Tokyo area, 211 Series sets of both the -0 and -2000 subserieses operating on the Tokaido Line were finally replaced by the E233-3000 Series in March 2012 and were subsequently scrapped, while the -1000 and -3000 subserieses were withdrawn from Ustunomiya Line services in March 2013 and from Takasaki Line services in March 2014. Surviving 211-3000 Series sets still assigned to the Takasaki vehicle center were diverted to Ryomo Line services, replacing some of the very last 115 Series sets operating in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area.

    Many other 211-3000 Series sets were also transferred to Nagano prefecture to replace the last remaining 115 Series sets there as well. Re-formed in 3-car sets, lightly refurbished (their pantographs having been changed to a more modern single-arm type) and repainted in the pleasant "Nagano Area" light blue livery, the Nagano area 211-3000 Series sets began services on the 15th of March 2013, initially on the Oito Line, but later on the Chuo Line eastern section, the Shin'etsu Main Line and the Shinonoi Line as well.

    As of today, JR East still owns 326 211 Series cars, subdivided between Nagano depot (192 cars) and Takasaki depot (134 cars).

    Besides JR East, JR Central was also a crucial user of 211 Series cars. Following the success of the two 211-0 Series sets introduced by JNR in 1986, JR Central decided to order new 211 Series sets as well, however, unlike JR East, JR Central decided to do a little "reworking" of the design to better suit it's needs. Designated as the -5000 subseries, to cope with rush hour overcrowding JR Central's new 211 Series sets were built without toilets and with all-longitudinal seating. Front visibility was also improved as well, with the front window on the assistant driver's side being slightly widened. Finally, a more powerful air conditioning system was installed, with two units instead of one. The -5000 Subseries was also designed for an higher M/T ratio, 2M2T or 2M1T instead of JR East's 2M3T.

    Manufactured by Nippon Sharyo (a company owned by JR Central itself), the new 211-5000 Series sets were introduced in 1988, formed as 4 and 3-car sets, for both the Nagoya and Shizuoka metropolitan areas. These new sets were painted in the same Shonan livery as JR East's Tokaido Line 211-0s. JR Central's two 211-0 Series sets were also repainted in the Shonan livery shortly afterwards. A few years after the -5000 subseries, JR Central introduced yet another 211 Series derivative: the -6000 Series. These were a handful of 2-car sets that were intended to work as "attached formations" for the -5000 Series or to run by themselves on low-ridership lines.
    By 1991, JR Central had a total of 242 cars of the -5000 and -6000 subserieses, dwarfing the eight cars introduced by JNR just a few years earlier. All three subserieses were used interchangeably thruought JR Central's network, mainly on the Tokaido Line between Hamamatsu and Shizuoka and on the very busy Nagoya area section of the Chuo Main Line.

    In 2005, several 211 Series sets were used to run temporary special "Expo Shuttle" services between Nagoya and Yakusa Station on the Aichi Loop Railway Line, the nearest station to the grounds of the 2005 world expo. These services ran between the 1st of March and the 30th of September.
    As of today, altough having been replaced on most important services by the 313 Series, JR Central's new standard commuter train, the 211 Series still plays an important role in the Tokai area, with all cars still in service. However, replacement plans, in the form of the to-be introduced 315 Series, are already being made.

    The 211 Series has also been particularily influential on several other serieses' design both pre- and post-privatization, starting from the 213 Series for western Japan rapid services, the 415-1500 AC/DC multivoltage EMU for Joban Line and Kyushu area services, the AC-only 719 Series and the JR Shikoku 6000 Series. However, there are even more subtle and widespread design influences, primarily with the bodyshell design and dimensions, wich have remained a standard for many companies for a lot of time (and for JR Kyushu and JR Central still is to this day), and, the FRP-front mask, an elegant solution pioneered by the 211 Series that has become the standard of the vast majority of stainless steel electric multiple units in Japan, starting from JR East's famous Shin-Keiretsu Densha family, beginning with the 209 Series of 1993 annd continuing to this day with the E231, E233 and E235 Serieses.

    Trivia #1
    Thanks to the lightweight stainless steel bodyshells, JNR's designers calculated that a five-car 211 Series in a 2M3T formation (two motor cars and three trailer cars) had the same overall performance as a four-car 113 Series in a 2M2T formation. In other words, it was possible to have an additional trailer car without hindering the train's performance, and thus without affecting the timetables, wich had been designed with the 113 Series in mind.

    Trivia#2
    In the early 2000s it was possible to go from Tokyo to Nagoya using only 211 Series trains: JR East's Tokaido Line trains from Tokyo to Atami and then JR Central's trains, changing at Hamamatsu or Shizuoka.

    Model Trivia#1
    As you might already know, this 211 Series pack is my first with fully animated doors

    Model Trivia#2
    With all due probability, the most "thorough" pack i've ever made - evry possible variant in evry possible livery.

    Model Trivia#3
    This is the first 3D model where i used model trains from my fleet as a reference - not one but two: an older Tomix 211-0 Series from the 1990s on the left and a slightly newer Kato 211-0 Series on the right.



    (apologies for the humongous text - i've never done so much research on a single train as in this case!)

    It took me a time to read but as always VERY informative. Also congrats on this landmark release. Will start using it on my route in various services that I yet have to makeup. Mostly secondary services or special services. I have also just installed some of the 485 series which are very nice.
    I believe we have to make our own consists though as they don't come with consist files? No worries though I can look most consist formations online.

    Thanks for making the time and the extensive research you are constantly putting into your trains. I am a fan . And which each step they are getting better and better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSpeedMaglev View Post

    (Not actually Japan or a Japanese Route but I hope you all enjoy something a bit different! )

    Japan - 1914

    A member of the 'JGR Class 8620' thunders by a simple village Halt with an express. The train appears to be making good time, no doubt due to the excellent workmanship of both the Driver and Fireman as a team.
    Nice to see some Japanese steam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowletmaster View Post
    but what about now? would it be possible to do so now?
    Here's the current list of my impending to-do models:
    Part of the 211 Series megapack:
    -213 Series
    -415-1500 Series
    -719 Series
    -JR Shikoku 6000 Series

    Then i'm collaborating on a Keio railway pack with duskeyduskey wich will include the following:
    -6000 Series
    -7000 Series
    -8000 Series
    -9000 Series
    -New 5000 Series
    -DeYa, SaYa, KuYa 900 Series maintainance trains

    And then i was also requested to do the Mermec Roger 800 track inspection vehicle from a friend.

    Your KiHa 110 can fit behind these. I was actually planning to do it next year, but i can shift things around. Do i have to take it as an official request?


    Quote Originally Posted by pagroove View Post
    It took me a time to read but as always VERY informative. Also congrats on this landmark release. Will start using it on my route in various services that I yet have to makeup. Mostly secondary services or special services. I have also just installed some of the 485 series which are very nice.
    I believe we have to make our own consists though as they don't come with consist files? No worries though I can look most consist formations online. Thanks for making the time and the extensive research you are constantly putting into your trains. I am a fan . And which each step they are getting better and better.
    Thank you very much. I do actually always prepare several consists for my packages - eactly to avoid forcing the end user to go and look for consists online, and also to simplify setting up a "quick drive" or session. All of them should be avaible in the "consists" page.

    When naming my consists i use a similar pattern to the one i use when naming individual cars:
    Company name - series - subseries/ livery/variant - line(s) served - additional notes - no. of cars

    For example, a standard Tokaido Line 211 Series would be listed as:
    "JR East 211-o Series - Tokaido Line - 10+5-car set"

    In other news, today (the 4th of August) marks the first anniversary of my website!

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexMaria View Post
    Very nice work! I curious to see it once it's finished!
    My website is now open for business!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexMaria View Post
    Welp. That took far longer than i originally expected, however, now i'm glad to say that i'm now back on track!

    Also, you may remember my "things i'd like to do in 2021 list" from the 1st of January - well, there have been some changes: the KiHa 58 reskin megapack has been postponed to another year, and will be replaced (togheter with some others) by a few other trains i'm currently more keen on doing (i'd like to keep them a a surprise, however they've been all mentioned atleast once as "something someone would like to see" in this thread sometime after the 1st of January ;-) )
    Oooh, some surprises coming up? I have a feeling I know what one of them is gonna be, but I'll keep my lips zipped : )
    Bored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexMaria View Post

    Your KiHa 110 can fit behind these. I was actually planning to do it next year, but i can shift things around. Do i have to take it as an official request?

    Yea sure! by the way whats the other thing for "official request"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexMaria View Post
    Here's the current list of my impending to-do models:

    In other news, today (the 4th of August) marks the first anniversary of my website!
    What are we doing for the celebration!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowletmaster View Post
    Yea sure! by the way whats the other thing for "official request"?
    I'll explain myself:

    usually when i get a generic request or inquiry along the lines of "could you do this train in the future", i do a little study of the train in question, then, if it's not too complex or it has other problems, i'll generally accept said train as a "suggestion". In other words, i'll start collecting a couple of reference images, without making a too deep research, then i'll pack those in a folder and i'll put that into my "Trainz Models" folder. Once in a while, if i have nothing else to model, i'll pick one at random of the models from the "Trainz Models" folder and i'll make it.

    With an "official request" instead, the model is put on an "impending to-do list" of various models to be made in the very near future.
    In other words, i consider "suggested models" somewheat of a lower priority than "official request" ones.

    For a matter of courtesy, collaborations with other trainzers are considered of equal (if not higher) priority as "official requests", as are paid commissions.
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    Looks like Arigo Gaming has:

    Checked us out?

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    Quick question, guys: Is there any 1067mm slab track available for Trainz? Since I'm trying to make a route where I really need those but I dont have any 1067mm slab tracks yet and I can't really find them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TreinspotterJeffrey View Post
    Quick question, guys: Is there any 1067mm slab track available for Trainz? Since I'm trying to make a route where I really need those but I dont have any 1067mm slab tracks yet and I can't really find them.
    I have few. download here if u want.

    I also uploaded them to DLS. Just uploaded today, so it's not available yet.
    <kuid:501228:2106082>,<kuid:501228:2106081>


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    Very nice!
    I'm sure they'll be very useful for many!
    My trainz downloads are here and my youtube is here.

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    Thank you, Rizky. Just what I was looking for a couple of pages back. I like the lighter ones for long distances and the darker for yards and multiple side-by-side tracks.

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    Thanks Rizky! Those tracks look amazing, exactly what I needed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rizky_Adiputra View Post
    I have few. download here if u want.

    I also uploaded them to DLS. Just uploaded today, so it's not available yet.
    <kuid:501228:2106082>,<kuid:501228:2106081>
    NICE! Perfect! I'm so happy I cant even explain.

    Also whats that TM 03 series? Is it freeware?
    Last edited by duskeyduskey; August 6th, 2021 at 07:39 AM.

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    Really much thank you Rizky. That will come in handy .

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