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N Scale - Tomix - 2159 - Engine, Electric, EF66 - Japan Railways Freight

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N Scale - Tomix - 2159 - Engine, Electric, EF66 - Japan Railways Freight


Stock Number 2159
Original Retail Price 5,300¥
Brand Tomix
Manufacturer Takara Tomy
Body Style Tomix Electric Freight Locomotive EF66
Prototype Description Engine, Electric, EF66
Road or Company Name Japan Railways Freight (Details)
Paint Color(s) Blue and Gray
Print Color(s) Blue and Gray
Paint Scheme Superliner
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Release Date 2004-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Electric
Model Subtype Freight
Model Variety EF66


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Prototype Description: EF 66 type is a DC electric locomotive car mass-produced from 1968 (Showa 43) year. It adopts the MT56 type main motor that generates 1.5 times the output compared with the conventional type, and its rated output boasts 3900kw. Of the isomorphisms inherited to JR cargo, the vehicle that was renewed for the purpose of prolonging life was originally renewed color based on white and blue, but since around 2004 (Heisei 16), the alley Nearly close to coloring was adopted. The product prototypes the medium-term type manufactured after 1969 (Showa 44) year among the isomorphism of this paint color.

Road Name History: Japan Freight Railway Company (日本貨物鉄道株式会社 Nihon Kamotsu Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha), or JR Freight (JR貨物 Jeiāru Kamotsu), is one of the constituent companies of Japan Railways Group (JR Group). It provides transportation of cargo nationwide. Its headquarters are in Shibuya, Tokyo near Shinjuku Station.

The Japan Railways Group was founded on April 1, 1987, when Japanese National Railways (JNR) was privatized, and then divided into six regional companies and Japan Freight Railway Company. Although the passenger operation of JNR was split into six companies, fares and regulations are standard for all companies and every region of Japan except Okinawa is covered by the railway network spanning approximately 19,800 kilometres (12,300 mi).

Formerly part of JNR, the freight operation was not divided and became a single separate company when JNR was privatized and split. Although it has only about fifty kilometers of track of its own, it also operates on track owned by the JR passenger railways and other companies. The company uses the initials JRF as an abbreviated name for identification.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information: Tomix is a brand of Takara Tomy, a large Japanese conglomerate of companies that makes toys and games for the international marketplace. The Tomix brand (along with the Tomytec brand) are both managed by the Tomytec subsidiary/division of Takara Tomy. Prior to 1976 Tomy produced model trains using the "Tomy" brand name of the products. In 1976, they launched the new brand "Tomix" to segregate their model trains from their childrens toy lines.

Generally it can be difficult to understand why Tomytec releases some items using the Tomix brand and others using the Tomytec brand. There are some generalizations we have observed. Thomas the Tank Engine falls under Tomix, as do the JNR steam engines as well as bullet trains (Shinkansen) and track cleaning cars. Maybe another curator can step in and elaborate on this section.

Manufacturer Information: Largely a Japanese manufacturer of children's toys and baby products, Takara Tomy has established a number of different subsidiary companies, with sales offices and factories located in various locations around the world. The firm is the product of a 2006 merger-of-equals between Tomy and Takara.

Takara Tomy produces N Scale model trains under their Tomytec division (we use the term loosely because it is actually a more complex relationship) using two different brand names "Tomytec" and "Tomix". Technically speaking these are not brands in the Western sense but rather they more closely resemble subsidiaries -of-subsidiaries, and where they fit in the corporate org chart may be the matter for a Master's thesis, but for our purposes we can think of them as simply two different brands with one manufacturer. In the past (prior to 1976) some model train products were branded simply "Tomy". To further confuse things, since 2000, outside of Japan, the company goes by the simple name, "Tomy" for their international subsidiaries.

If you consider both brand names as a single company, then the Tomytec/Tomix product line is the largest of its kind in Japan; with Kato following in second place (as of 2017). While Takara Tomy products are popular around the world, the firm's focus on children's toys has limited the international acceptance and distribution of its Tomytec model railroad products. Furthermore, unlike Kato, their focus tends to be heavily skewed towards Japanes prototypes.


Item created by: gdm on 2017-10-29 10:30:30. Last edited by gdm on 2017-10-29 11:04:50

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