Review: Tomix ED75-1000 (early version)

This is my first Japanese locomotive.  I have have a few Kato commuter trains, shinkansen (they don’t run on my current layout due to curve radius) and Kato trams.  The rest of my experience is with American prototypes.  This is also my first Tomix locomotive.  I would like to say right off the bat that this engine runs beautifully right out of the box.  Very smooth operation and a large flywheel keeps the locomotive running even during poor pickup.  This train is very fast, probably much faster than prototypical speeds, but is also capable of creeping as slow as my two Life Like GP9s double-heading.  The ED75-100 is a very finely detailed locomotive and easily pulls the six freight cars I have equipped with rapido couplers.  The ED75-1000 ships with rapido couplers, but it comes with a pair of knuckle couplers.  I have not looked into installing these yet.

One of the major downsides of this locomotive is that many of the detail parts come separately and must be installed.  While glue is not needed for installation, the parts are so small that installation can be very frustrating.  I had to use a little bit of glue to keep one of the name plates secured.  I spent about 45 minutes assembling this and a majority of that time was spent searching the floor for parts that had popped off.  This locomotive is also very delicate and is easy to derail on my layout, I must watch the speed closely.

Overall, I am very pleased with the look and performance of the Tomix ED75-1000 locomotive.  Without any other Japanese trains to compare it to, I cannot really say if this is better than other locomotives in her class, but I am very pleased with the performance.  Just be aware of the difficulty to install the addon parts.  This locomotive really feels like it is missing something without at least the number plates.

Construction Site and Playground

I have started work on the construction site and the playground in the residential area.  It is mostly complete, in the construction site, I am thinking about adding a few more decals and then doing a bit of weathering.  The playground is a little plastic looking and will need some weathering and a little bit of landscaping around it.  Here are pictures of what I’ve got so far.

ED75-1000 Japanese Electric Locomotive

My shipment finally arrived.  Out of the blue a few days ago a failed delivery notice appeared in my mailbox.  I went to the post office and they had the package.  When I asked why it had been marked undeliverable and return to sender (I have been in contact with the sender and they had not yet received the return and we were preparing to make an insurance claim), I was told that it had arrived 2 weeks ago and they did not know why it had not been delivered.  The box was undamaged and addressed correctly.  They also had no explanation for why they said they did not have the package when I called the post office.

Anywhere here are a few pics!  On the ED75-1000, I have not yet put on the detailing parts like the number plates.

City Street

While my package from Japan may have had delivery problems today, another package sent via UPS arrived.  Several cars, a building and some other detail objects.  Here’s an updated picture of the layout.

Landscaping Pictures

A Northern Pacific GP18 travels through the country-side.  I know a GP18 doesn’t exactly belong an a Japanese layout, but this is such a great running engine that I can’t resist.  Take a close look and you’ll notice that detailed weathering on it.  I weathered this loco using chalk several years ago, it still looks great.  I have two of these and the look really good slowly towing a long freight train.

 

 

I finished adding the small park with a path connecting the residential area with the more industrial area.  On the right you can see the construction yard.  I have ordered some fences and other construction equipment to complete these scene.

 

Bandai B-Train Shorty

B-Train Shorties are n-scale snap-together kits of Japanese prototypes.  These trains are the correct scale, but much shorter in length.  They can be motorized using a separately purchased motor.  For about $35 I got the motor and a kit of two trams.  They are quite detailed, but have no lights.  The motor itself has difficulty running much below about 35 scale mph.  But really, what do you expect for a $35 powered car?  The switch in the picture is masked because the glue from some touch-up landscaping is still drying.