SIDE 1 - 'Edogawa' - Japan in the days of late steam.                                                           SIDE 2 - 'Enoshima' - modern Japan with Bullet trains.

The Multi-Award winning ....

  

As seen in Continental Modeller (July 2011)


  1. The Concept - who is involved and how it started.

  2. Initial Plans

  3. Module & train specifications

  4. End of 'Setagaya' - commencement of construction & decision of the layout's names

  5. Construction log

  6. Exhibitions of 'Enoshima' (see below)

  7. Going to Japan in 2011 ?

  8. Changes made before going to Japan 

  9. Multimedia (Audio/Video Effects)

  10. Exhibition History

  11. awardlist

  12. Comments made about the layout

  13. About 'Edogawa'

Other pages you may be interested in ...

  1. The model Japanese buildings I have built & used on my layouts

  2. Tips for modelling realistic Japanese buildings


EXHIBITIONS OF ENOSHIMA

CASTLE HILL - HMRS 25th Annual Exhibition

25/07/2008

Friday night (after a call to the organisers to say we would be later than expected) we worked through the night and decided at around 5:30am that we had better start packing up. We eventhually arrived at the hall at 8am for a 9am start. Needless to say, we were not quite ready by the time the doors opened, but most people rush first to find bargains on the sell stand anyway. At this point I found that in the rush, I did not bring enough power connectors to power all the tracks, so we had to alternate running trains on some of the track by swapping the cords over !!! Sunday I remembered to bring the appropriate leads, as well as some cars and other items to add more details. Considering that the tracks were not cleaned after the working sessions, and a little plaint and plaster had to be rubbed off, the layout ran reasonably well for 2 days without any wheels or rails being cleaned. I myself was a little buggered with 3 hours sleep in 48 hours, as well as having stood on my feet for around 5 days continuously - I'm not as young as I used to be:-( Of course the layout looked a little unfinished in spots, particularly where we ran out of time to put in all the trees, and there was just a painted plaster surface. Also there were very few people (and cars on the Saturday) on the streets, no video or audio playing and the trains were all run manually rather than automatically. All these things and more will be done before the next show at Hurstville in October. I did want to at least have something to show rather than let the organisers down with a large hole in the floor plan by not turning up. As a many-time exhibition organiser myself, I know how bad it is when an exhibitor doesn't turn up at the last minute !!!

Here is a stiched together panorama shot of the layout, as well as views from each end ...


August 2008

I had a bit of a rest this month, and didn't even get the layout out of the trailer until later in the month, and then I only took the two city boards, so I could more easily set them up with space around them to work. I tried many ways of placing buildings to get interesting cityscapes, as well as hiding the things I didn't want people to see !!! I had to decide on this first, before I was able to lay down the roads/footpaths etc. Looking at a couple of the photos here, you can see how different it is to the final result, and also how much extra detail is added on top of the bare asphalt-painted baseboards.

September/October 2008

I finally managed to get all the modules out of the trailer, and work on the extra scenery detail started in earnest. I procured another 600 trees from the same supplier as before, and spent many hours (myself this time) once again dyeing them a darking shade of green. Then a full day was spent adding them to the layout, to enhance areas that had already been done, and fill in the spaces where I had ran out of trees before.Before 'planting' the trees, I added ground cover in various shades of green & brown. I also managed to hook up the Tomix Automatic Train Controller to the Enoden line, and tested it on the main line but didn't finish the wiring to have those lines working for the exhibition. The PSP hooked up and fitted into the building to make a giant video screen, and the Dreamplayer sound system also connected and tested. This time it worked fine, unlike on 'Setagaya' where I installed it and it refused to work :-(

The week before the exhibition, I still hadn't worked out how I was going to finish the farming area at the RH end, and finally used some strips of cork for roads and levee banks, with plaster around the sides to create slopes. These were then painted the appropriate colours, and scenery material added to look like some type of crop. The farm buildings ware raised with sheets of timber, and 'stone walls' were placed around the edges to lift them up above the surrounding land like many Japanese buildings are.

Cars, vending machines, light & power poles etc were added to give more detail, but I didn't have time to add any people other than those that were already on building bases. I did put the Tomytec festival stands and parade along the street in from of the Enoden station though.

03/10/2008

Did a lot of extra finishing work on the layout in the morning, before Edo arrived at around midday. We then commenced dismantling everything and loading it in the trailer, according to the check & position lists I had made to make sure everything was taken and fitted in the appropriate place. We arrived at the venue at around 6:30pm and was able to unload very quickly. Unfortunately the caretakers of the venue specified that they had to close up at 9pm, and at that stage we were still setting up. I estimated it would take another 2 hours, and we were lucky that they were willing to open in the morning a little earlier than normal to let us keep going.


HURSTVILLE - AMRA 46th Sydney Model Railway Exhibition

04-06/10/2008

We were pretty well set up by the time the doors opened and the layout ran reasonably well, considering I had not done a lot of test running, and had not even setup the bullet train lines since the last show. The Enoden line trams ran up and back by themselves OK, and we put a couple of trains on each suburban & bullet tracks for variety.

On the Saturday night, a social evening was held at the rooms of the hosting club, and I was pleased to receive an award for the 'Best N Scale Layout' at the show :-)

Monday afternoon, we were packed up and on the road in just over 2.5 hours, and as of this writing (18/10), everything is still packed in the trailer.

Following are some photos of the layout, as displayed at the exhibition .... they basically move from the LH end (city to the RH end (country).

Overall view RH end Overall view LH end (most of the weekend, there were big crowds in front of the layout :-)
The edge of the city end, which isn't meant to be viewed directly. Here the suburban train disappears by way of the end of a station under an overhead roadway, and the bullet train line above also disappears under an elevated freeway. So there are actually 4 levels here - rail - road - rail - road.
This is the front edge of the city end, looking down the length of the layout. Right on the corner is a bus terminal in front of the building that is the entrance to the Enoden station.
Here is a close-up of the bus terminal.
Now we are moving along the front, and here again is the bus terminal, and the Enoden station. Even though the station is at the 'Fujisawa' end of the line (according to the placement of scenic highlights), the station is more like at Kamakura because I didn't have time to build the elevated track or the large covered station building at Fujisawa. Also you can see the road closed off for the festival parade (being filmed by the local TV station).
Looking back, you can see the two double tracks curving around to the storage yards at the back of the layout. You will notice my tendancy to put buildings in FRONT of the train lines rather than have the trains right at the front of the layout. This makes it look more like the trains are part of a whole scene rather than the scenery being just background for the trains. I have also used the BACKS of a lot of buildings this time, rather than always trying to make the fronts visible.
Here you can see the giant video billboard, which pumped out Kumi Koda music videos and TV advertising all weekend.
I made extensive use of the many excellent Kato Diotown items in this area, with a parking area, convenience stores, police box, ATM, subway entrance etc.
A view of this area back toward the end. You can see the working colour light signals (I had to judiciously place buildings in such a way the the signals were visible from the front of the layout, as well as purposely angle some of the tracks towrds the front to make the signals more visible - on the main line I used the 4 & 5 light signals, and the Enoden uses the 3 light ones).
I also used the Kato Diotown park, with some nice cherry blossoms in full bloom :-)
Nothing special here, just the typical continuous Japanese urban sprawl.
In front of the Shinto Shrine complex is a bus and car parking area, to cater for all the visitors. Also in the background you can see the use of land under the bullet train line for a bus depot and transport company terminal. I made all of these scenes because I had collected so many damn buses and trucks, I had to do something with them !!!
This is a view you will not see from the public side, looking back over the bus depot.
In front of the shrine area is a small graveyard.
Then we get to the Enoden street trackage section, which starts with a tight S-curve.
A view up a side street.
It was very difficult to fit rectangular buildings in when the rail line was at an angle to the side of the layout - here I have filled it in with a car parking area.
The train then exits the street back into the narrow right-of-way between buildings, and eventually into a tunnel where it goes to the back of the layout to the storage yard..
A hill, into which all the rail lines tunnel, forms a scenic ridge between the urban & rural ends of the layout.
On the other side of the hill, the suburban line curves through a farming community, and the bullet train continues on overhead bridges.
On the top of the hill in the corner is a Buddist temple, with expensive accomodation nearby.
Like the city end, the country end is open and the end of the layout, but not meant to be viewed directly. Here is the view towards that end, that shows the tracks curving back into the hills into the storage yards at the back.

Enoshima is going to Japan !!! (eventually)

Taking a Japanese layout to Japan may sound like selling snow to Eskimos or taking coal to Newcastle, but the reality of the situation is that Japanese model railway exhibitions usually do not have fully sceniced self contained layouts like those we normally see at exhibitions here in Australia (and from what I have seen, in the UK, USA etc as well). The only ones you will see that are similar are the display layouts created by the major manufacturers to display their rolling stock (and sometimes structures), and they are usually just multiple track loops that go round in a circle and are not not intended to be realistic. Other that those, the only other layouts that have scenery applied are combinations of small modules like the T-track system, and usually the scenery on these is not contiguous because each one is made by a different person. Then you have the club layouts that are usually again large circles of track only temporarily set up on tables with little or no scenery at all. It seems also that Japanese modellers are afraid to try and model a specific location because of remonstrations regarding accuracy etc. I guess because of the size and popularity of the hobby in Japan, there are a lot of what we call ‘rivet counters’, whereas they might forgive a foreigner if something was not quite right and still appreciate the effort put in (a bit like the way they appreciate it if you try to speak Japanese, even if you are making a real hash of it !!!). So as you can see, “Enoshima” IS rather unique in Japan and it’s visit is said to be already highly anticipated by the modelling community, who are very familiar with the layout because of it’s web page. Because the layout will be seen by local 'experts', who know the areas that I am modelling very well, I will have to update some of the scenery to make it more 'realistic' - of course here in Australia not many people would know any different !!!

All of this started in mid 2007 when a copy of the Continental Modeller magazine with my previous layout ‘Setagaya’ in it was seen in Japan by certain people and the comment made at the time was it is was unfortunate that by that stage the layout had already been dismantled - however hope was expressed that “maybe you could bring the new one to Japan to show Japanese audiences. I am sure that they would very much appreciate it and your efforts.”  This of course triggered my interest, as I had never contemplated this concept, and I replied that while I would be very interested, it could not be done without some kind of sponsorship. The obvious time to go was mid-year when two of the the biggest exhibitions in Tokyo are held - “Matsuya Ginza” which is usually in late July/early August, and “JAM” which is sometime in August. As the layout would not have been ready by then in 2008, I tentatively planned to try and aim for the 2009 shows - however in 2008 the two shows were only a week apart, whereas unfortunately in 2009 they were 3 weeks apart. Of course there are worst things you could do than spend a month in Japan, even though it is their horrible summer season.

The “Matsuya Ginza” exhibition is basically a trade show, is organised by a consortium of all the major manufacturers, and is used to display their current and projected new products. There is never usually any private or club layouts at this show, so my attendance will probably be a ‘first’ !!! It sounds like a bit of a slog though, as it lasts for SIX days, and the longest exhibitions here are only 3 days (usually just 2). On the other side of the coin, “JAM” (Japan Association of Model Railroaders) is a non-profit organisation and their show is a mixture of manufacturers, retailers, clubs, private individuals & clinics.

I met the people concerned with each show during my recent visit in December 2008, and the conclusion all round was that all interested parties would be prepared to follow through with their previous negotiations to try and make the whole thing happen, even though the costs involved seemed more than originally anticipated. So if you need an excuse to have a holiday in Japan, then is a good time to go. Of course if you live in Japan, please come along and say ‘gidday’.

STOP PRESS !!!

On the 12 February, I was informed by the organisers that the Matsuya Department store had decided to change the date of the exhibition, and bring it forward one week to the 22nd-27th July !!! This was after I had already booked plane tickets, so obviously I cannot attend an exhibition that starts before I arrive. Also the gap between the 2 shows and the total amount of time needed to cover them now is too long to take holidays for, even if I did decide the try and change the tickets to a week earlier (at a financial disadvantage to me). Apparently the decision is out of the hands of the organisers - but it seem ludicrous to me that the venue has the final say over the organiser for the dates of an exhibition  - imagine if the date of your local train club's exhibition was decided by the owners of the hall you were using :-(

Anyway, they are happy to wait until 2010, and let's see if it can be better organised next year !!! Thanks to the expert eyes of the Japanese enthusiast, I did want to make several modification to the 'Enoden' part of the layout, to make it look more like some of the real locations, so now there is more time to do that.

Latest developments 01/04/2010 :-(

It seems that the economical situation has hit hard in Japan, and there is no 'spare' money to cover the cost of bringing a layout from overseas - well ... maybe 2011 !!!


March 2009

Finished wiring the track indication lights on the mainline yard, as well as the automatic sensors. I added a lot more details (mainly cars - there are still 100's of people to be added !!!), tidied up the scenery, and changed a few buildings around to accomodate the 2nd video screen.

I also decided to add FOUR digital photoframes equally spaced along the valance above the layout. You can see these in the layout panorama photo a little further below. These will display photos (mostly mine) of ...
  1. general Japanese scenery (mostly urban scenes so the viewers can see what Japanese cities are really like, but some traditional Japanese stuff as well)
  2. pictures of Enoden trains and scenery around the Enoshima area
  3. pictures of various Japanese trains (other than Bullet trains)
  4. pictures of Bullet trains
The main change was to revamp the hilltop at the corner of the country end, partly to make the contents more visible, and also in preparation to be able to seamlessly connect it to 'Edogawa' when it is finished. I was also able to use the new Tomytec Temple building sets.

The original corner after being cut.
Original building placement design.
Clearing the ground.
Creating roads and planting grass.
Final building placement.
View from the end.
The final result.

4th-5th April 2009 - Canberra Model Railway Expo

On Friday morning it took around 4 hours to get the layout out of the house and into the trailer, and we were surprised (and relieved) that everything could be fitting into it and the car. Here are a couple of photos showing all the items when they had been unloaded from the trailer and brought into the venue. All this (PLUS 2 people) fits into a 6x4 trailer (photo 1 | 2 ) & a medium sized sedan !!! 

I have labelled most of the items in the photos other than the layout modules themselves - WARNING - LARGE FILES !!!

Left home at 12:30, got petrol & a quick lunch from Red Rooster and finally arrived Canberra around 4:30pm after a quick stop at Mittagong to visit the All Aboard Modelbahn shop. After checking in at a nearby motel, we went to the venue and once the entrance was clear,we were able to start loading in  - it took about 4 hours to setup and we were the last to finish at 9pm. We had missed the light tea provided, so went to the nearest McDonalds to get something to eat. The weather in the evening was heavy pouring rain, so loud on the metal roof of the hall that you could not speak to the person next to you, but by the time we left it had eased. On Saturday morning, after a magnificent Continental breakfast at the motel, I took a few photos of the layout before we attached the perspex. 

Then we finished the setup, cleaned the tracks and loaded some trains. After the usual few first hiccups, most things ran rather smoothly except unfortunately for the Enoshima trams (with them supposedly being the focus of the layout). I think the star of the weekend was the Tomix N700 Shinkansen, which ran faultlessly & continuously for 2 days !! Saturday night we went with a friend to Iori, the only authentic Japanese restaurant in Canberra, and had a wonderful (but expensive) meal. Sunday morning, after another huge Continental breakfast, we arrived to get ready again, and were told that we had won 2 awards at the previous nights BBQ dinner & presentation. Sunday evening it took just over 2.5 hours to pack up and get going, we stopped for petrol first and then later for a quick bite at Hungry Jacks and finally arrived home at 11pm. 

I think the show was better organised than the last time I was there (2005 - when 'Setagaya' won the Best Exhibition Layout award !!!) and the lunches (and morning & afternoon teas) provided was very good and very large. The expenses paid adequately covered the petrol and motel costs, and I was pleased to take home 2 of the 3 awards presented ...

1 - 'Best Exhibition Layout' for the best layout as judged by members of the organising club.
 2 - 'Most Popular Layout' for the best layout as voted by the visiting general public.


6th - 8th June 2009 - Epping Model Railway Exhibition

As the venue for this show is a High School, it is not possible to setup the hall and load in the exhibits untill all the kiddies have gone home. So for a change, we had a leisurely morning packing up the layout, had a leisurely lunch and took a leisurely drive to the venue. I think it is the first time I have every arrived at an exhibition either on or before the advertising setup time, and I was still an hour early :-) 

The layout took the usual four and a bit hours to set up, and there were no problems. This exhibition is quite civilised with a 10am start, so you don't have to get up so early to get everything ready. This was fortunate, as I discovered I had left at home the 2 devices that act as giant video screens, and I had to race back home and get them. I was lucky to arrive back just at opening time, and have trains running when the public rolled in. Saturday and Monday were enormous, with record crowds such that you could hardly move around - Sunday was a bit quieter. The layout ran OK except for a couple of mishaps with trains falling to the floor, and their subsequent running being shortened by the number of cars that had lost bogies, or broken couplers :-( I was nominated in the top three layout for judging as the best layout, but did not win the award. 

New scenes on the layout included ...

 A fire scene, as I had to include the new Tomytec vehicles somewhere. The buildings has 3 red LED's inside that flash at different rates to giver the impression (kinda) of flames flickering.

'Behind the scenes' - what you don't normally see. First one is the storage tracks at the back of the layout, and the second one is 'some' of the wirinf for the sound equipment under the city end that is used for the 2 different video screens and the background sound module.

   A parallel run of D51-498 & C57-180 created a steam day bonus for steam enthusiasts  !!!


29th & 30th August 2009 - Our Town Model Show

This exhibition has always been a bit different, due to the fact it is not just trains - you can see model cars, planes, boats, wargames, dolls etc etc. This year I was not happy with a number of the organisational aspects, however the show went off OK for the two days, except for the poor people who had stands outside that were blown away in the strong winds on Saturday night. Unfortunately I found out also there are some annoying people in that part of the world, who think they know everything about Japan and won't leave you alone talking about themselves :-(

Here are some photos from the exhibition showing new parts on the layout ...

   The new Tomytec Obon stage & dancers.

 The new elevated freeway, with Shinkansen car being delivered.
 A 2 level car parking apparatus.

 Godzilla even made an appearance !!!


Changes to be made before going to Japan

As I mentioned above, taking a layout to Japan that is based on an actual location will mean that there will be many 'experts' scruntinising it very closely, whereas here in Australia there would not be very many people at all who had even knew where Enoshima was, let alone been there. So I have decided that I need to make a number of modifications before going there in 2010 ...

  1. the well-known area where the line runs along side the beach needs to be included. I always wanted to do this originally, but could not fit it in the space and did not have enough time to work on it further. The only solution is to add ANOTHER module to the layout to have this scene in. This will mean that the layout increases in length from 6.6m to 7.8m :-) I will not be talking the display board & video with me to Japan, and that space in the trailer can be used for other items, so I am sure I can still fit the enlarged version of the layout inside the trailer.
  2. the sharp curve where the Enoden track enters the street track area need to have the curves enlarged for running reliabiulity, and the area behind that should have a temple area on a hill. This will mean that the main line will need to move back a little and it and the bullet line will go into a short tunnel though a hill which will have the temple on top of it.
  3. where the Enoden line goes into the tunnel, there should be a road bridge going up over the line, and buildings along side the line. This is just past a station that will not be on the layout however.
  4. I would really like to be able to do the elevated Fujisawa station building, but that is a difficult project and there may not be enough time for the major changes to the city area that putting it in would entail.
Here is a strip of photos of the front area of the layout covering the areas that will be modified - look closely, as you will never see them the same again !!!

           

    - here are some rough drawings showing how option #2 above will be done.

09/01/2010

Being the start of a New Year, I decided it was time to start making the changes, rather than just looking at the layout and thinking about how they could be done. It has been decided that option #1 above is not practical at this stage, but will definately be included when 'Enoshima II' is done. Due to the lack of suitable base buildings, I will also not consider option #4 this time, and possibly #3 as well. So that just leaves option #2 ...

When in Japan last year, I bought the Tomix Mini-Curves tracks to increase the radius of the corner from 140 to 177mm, and also the Tram Rail Accessories Kit for the road pavement to surround the curve. While the track is being laid and the road surface has been pulled up, I would also like to add the white stripes on the road surface to show the boundary between the road & rail areas. Adding the new curve is relatively simple, with very little adjustment to the existing tracks. The road surface surrounding the curve needs to be cut out more on one side, and filled in on the other.

here is the construction so far.

I decided to shift the Tomix shrine from it's flat location, and make it a stepped version as the shrine on the corner going up the new hill. The mainline tracks need to be re-located as far back as possible, and also both them and the bullet train line may also need to be lowered, so they will fit underneath thenew hill.

here are some photos showing the removal of the original track, and how the replacement will look.

another area that was rushed together when the layout was first done, will now get some buildings rather than just being 'empty' land.

Multimedia 

As I have mentioned in the article in July 2011 Continental Modeller magazine, these days layouts are not just about trains running round and around in scenery  – the addition of audio, video and other effects are becoming the norm rather than the exception. To keep up with the trends (and maybe even start a few), I have installed the following on the layout:-


Exhibition History 

2008

Organisation Location Dates
"25th Annual Exhibition"
Hills Model Railway Society
Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showgrounds
Showground Road, Castle Hill
Sydney, New South Wales
26th & 27th July 2008
"46th Sydney Model Railway Exhibition"
Australian Model Railway Association (NSW Branch)
Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre
cnr King Georges & Forest Roads, Penshurst
Sydney, New South Wales
4th - 6th October 2008
(NSW Labour Day long weekend)

2009

"5th Canberra Model Railway Expo"
Canberra Model Railway Club Inc
National Hockey Centre,
Mouat Street, Lyneham
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
4th & 5th April 2009 
"2009 Model Railway Exhibition"
Epping Model Railway Club
Epping Boy's High School
cnr Epping & Vimiera Rds, Epping
Sydney, New South Wales
6th - 8th June 2009
(NSW Queen's Birthday long weekend)
"2009 Our Town Model Show"
Our Town Scale Modellers Assoc. Inc.
Newcastle Jockey Club
Broadmeadow Racecourse
Chatham Rd, Broadmeadow
Newcastle, New South Wales
29th & 30th August 2009

2010

"27th Annual Exhibition"
Hills Model Railway Society
Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showgrounds
Showground Road, Castle Hill
Sydney, New South Wales
24th & 25th July 2010 
"40th Model Railway Exhibition"
Australian Model Railway Association (VIC Branch)
Caulfield Racecourse
Station St, East Caulfield
Melbourne, Victoria
21st & 22nd August 2010 
"48th Sydney Model Railway Exhibition"
Australian Model Railway Association (NSW Branch)
E.G. Whitlam Leisure Centre
90a Memorial Ave, Liverpool
Sydney, New South Wales
2nd - 4th October 2010 
(NSW Labour Day long weekend)
2011
"7th Canberra Model Railway Expo"
Canberra Model Railway Club Inc
Kaleen High School
Baldwin Drive, Kaleen
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
2nd - 3rd Apr 2011 
"2011 Model Railway Exhibition"
Epping Model Railway Club
The Brickpit Sport Stadium
1A Dartford Rd, Thornleigh
Sydney, New South Wales
11th - 13th June 2011
(NSW Queen's Birthday long weekend)
"28th Annual Exhibition"
Hills Model Railway Society
Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showgrounds
Showground Road, Castle Hill
Sydney, New South Wales
30th & 31st July 2011  (confirmed) 
"33st Model Railway Show"
N-Gauge Industry Association
Matsuya Ginza Department Store
Exhibition Hall (8th floor)
3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tokyo, Japan !
July or August 2011 (TBC) 
"12th International Model Railroad Convention" (JAM 2011)
Japan Association of Model Railroaders
Tokyo Big Sight
West Hall #4
3-21-1 Ariake, Koto-ku
Tokyo, Japan !
19th - 21st August 2011 (TBC) 




Awards Received

Australian Model Railway Association NSW Branch 2008 Exhibition (Hurstville) - awarded "Sydney 'N' Scale Model Railway Club Award" for the best 'N' scale layout as judged by members of the "Sydney 'N' Scale Model Railway Club".

Canberra Model Railway Club 2009 Model Railway Expo 
  1. "Best Exhibition Layout"' for the best layout as judged by members of the organising club.
  2. "Most Popular Layout" for the best layout as voted by the visiting general public.
Epping Model Railway Club 2009 Exhibition - the layout was nominated as being in the top 3, but did not win the category of "Best New Layout".

Hills Model Railway Society 2010 Exhibition  - 2nd place in both the "Exhibitor's Choice" award & "Most Popular Layout" award.

Australian Model Railway Association VIC Branch 2010 Exhibition (Caulfield) 
  1. "Best Private Layout" for the best non-club layout as judged by members of the organising club.
  2. 2nd place in the "Exhibitor's Choice" award.
Canberra Model Railway Club 201 Model Railway Expo"Most Popular Layout" for the best layout as voted by the visiting general public.
Comments made about the layout from emails received, and posted in discussion groups or various other internet sources ...    

"That new Japanese layout was a masterpiece, the detail and the feeling is well captured." - dthead

"Thanks for the photos - the layout is looking great now! Seeing the photos from a few days before the Castle Hill show, I'm amazed at how much you accomplished in a short time" - Philip C.

"Excellent photos and work Doug. The graveyard is my personal favorite for creativity and originality." - Mike B.

"Wow. I, for one, am thoroughly impressed. The scale and amount of detail goes above and beyond anything I've ever seen. Would love to see it in person but I see you live on the other side of the hemisphere.Looks like all of your work paid off. Congrats. :]" - mintradio

"You know, it's always fun to imagine when I look at your lay out (because it's Japanese scenery), I feel as if I am walking down on one of the streets on the pic and thinking what I would sense there...passengers, shops, houses, mountains, smells, noises, etc... It's very nice, because the urban part of your layout looks like 1990 - 2000 year of Tokyo scenery (telling from buildings, cars, but billboards are very new:), while the suburban area where the tram goes looks more like 1970 - 1980 (reminds me of my childhood). Nice contrast!And the Temple area has been added with Pagoda, giving unique view of typical Japan!! Oh also I found the urban area become more and more similar to AKIHABARA scenery ever than before :)!!" - Nao S.

" ... it is a tour de force of N-scale modeling using Tomix. ... The Buildings page is full of good information and ideas for urban modelers." - Rich K.

"(this) new layout, Enoshima is amazing and I was privileged to see it 'in the flesh' late last year and have just discovered it's coming to our local show in April. A fantastic city based layout and the buildings really do look the part." - Trevor M.

" ... has also done a lot of kitbashing with these models to create unique and interesting high rise buildings - his Setayaga layout had great city scenes in it" - Jeffrey R.

"My wife thought Enoshima was "amazing" because she, like me, gets a little tired of the 'Aussie bush' look that too many layouts seems to have. Congratulations on your two awards in Canberra!" - Trevor M.

"Well done Doug! Sounds like you deserved the accolades you received! Wish I could have seen it." - Gavin M.

"Enoshima is looking better and better" - Philip C.

"Quite an impressive Japanese layout I witnessed, and possibly the only one of its kind in Australia." - Antphoneigh

"WOW!! That is so amazing. I love the model buildings with the flashy signs." - panther0567

"It's a very wonderful layout!" - active65

"that layout is gorgeous you really capture the essence of japan" - xdaftpunkedx

"What's hype is that most of the structures on this layout are commercially-available kits (or modifications of the same). You really can build a crazy city like this with nothing more than glue, paint, and an X-acto knife" - Epicnigrarinseout

"The Enoshima layout is truley(sic) stunning. I model both NSW railways in HO and JR N scale but I spent most of my time watching the Enoshima runnings ... I did not realise how long the layout is!" (sic) - ChrisV re: Epping exhibition

"I also spent half my time at the exhibiton at Doug's layout. It is truly brilliant. He was running two shinkansen (100 and 500), plus two suurban (sic) trains plus a tram. He also has automatic speed indictaors which show the scale speed of trains on various tracks. Because he is able to get the speed right, it even makes it look more realistic. His layout is a work of art...even my wife was impressed (and that is saying something)! - absolutely fantastic!" - alpineaustralia

"such an impressive layout, he has a dream roster of buildings, buses, etc.    inspiring!" - SubwayHypes

"Enoshima was mind-blowing - seeing those bullet trains race past on the high tracks and the amount of detail in the city scenes had to be seen to be believed. Very, very busy - if you did it with an Australian layout you'd be bagged for going over the top but this scene complete with 'giant' advertising TV screens (that really worked) plus the rest made for an awe-inspiring effect." - Warks re: Epping 2009

"I didn't really get Enoshima until I went to Japan and found myself in the same sort of complex mix of urban and rural as well as the varying types of train. I was looking forward to seeing it at Epping and it didn't disappoint."  - Iain

"I've always been inspired by that guy's layouts. So much detail, and IMO, one of the few people who gets Japanese urban form 'right.'" - Mudkip Orange

"(The images) show the highly colourful and detailed Japanese N scale layout, Enoshima. This layout has plenty of fast train action within a largely packed urban cityscape. In addition, a sample of Japanese pop music is displayed on the LCD screen in one of the tall buildings. The layout is a great example of colour, movement, and sound." - Brad H. re: Liverpool 2010

"Enoshima (N scale) is a large and highly detailed Japanese layout featuring fast trains, high density living, and all the colour and light associated with big cities in Japan. Whilst I have scene this layout several times now, I always like to take in the density of detail this layout has to offer." - Brad H. re: Canberra 2011

"... there were some really, truly impressive landscaping and scenery efforts - Enoshima (a Japan-themed N-scale) was chock full of detail ...and was the leader in my book." - darcyj re: Epping 2011


 Exhibitions of Edogawa

Unfortunately, Edogawa is running behind schedule and is still in the construction phase - there is no indication so far when it will be finished. Please watch this space for any further developments.

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