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    Default Japanese MOW Engine

    Can anyone identify this little jewel? I'm working on building a model of it, and I'm looking for any details (manufacture, model, etc) and additional photos.

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    I can read 'yunion' on the cab (the katakana) which is probably just meant to be the English word 'union'. The kanji are just too crusty to read, but the first one might be the word for road (dou). The rest I can't read, both because it's too blurred and I don't know that much kanji...yet.

    If it's named according to the system the JR companies usually use, it should be a DBxx, but something that small might not. Private lines...who knows?

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    This appears to be some sort of industrial switcher, possibly some kind of shop-built creation. With a locomotive this small, I would assume it's a private owner.
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    Finding info on Japanese rolling stock is bloody difficult. There's very little actually in English.

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    Maybe a DB500?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JR_Freight_Class_DB500

    I've managed to find just one image online, and while it looked quite similar, it wasn't quite the same
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    Here's a couple of more shots, one of a similar engine in the same location. I've seen these both on a siding at the Yokosuka JR station many times.
    DSC_0348.jpgImage16.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebnertra000 View Post
    Maybe a DB500?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JR_Freight_Class_DB500

    I've managed to find just one image online, and while it looked quite similar, it wasn't quite the same
    Thanks! That gives me some measurements, at least.
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    Even if it's not totally accurate, it is still good to see someone building Japanese content. I started a replacement KiHa a few years back, but then lost it in a hard drive crash. I do have a couple 3'6" gauge routes laying around if you need a testbed...

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    I've been working on the Omura Line (Sasebo to Nagasaki) for several years now. I made up Japanese signals and lots of scenery objects (whick this loco will be), I enjoy that kind of work, but I decided to stick with the standard (MSTS) track gauge due to a lack of stock that would fit the 3'6" Japanese gauge. I know it's not accurate, but I didn't want to deal with creating a bunch of track and rolling stock. So even when I finish I probably won't release it because I don't want to deal with the rivet-counters.
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    Interesting...I started work on replacements for the two default routes from Japan. Odakyu has track from just outside Shinjuku to about Yurigaoka as it is today (Shimo-Kitazawa - Kitami is mostly either elevated or underground). Hisatsu has track from Yatsushiro to about Isshochi, but it needs re-aligning due to a new terrain source.

    I used 3-6 track, as a set was started beforehand. I expanded it by quite a bit, and while there are some bugs to work out, it looks pretty good. I figure that there's no real prototype stock anyway, so why not use the right gauge?

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