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Model Information: Motorized, with low speed gearing, and non-operating ballast tamper mechanisms, these factory assembled and decorated models are fitted with operating headlights, safety beacons, and interior lighting. The trailer cars are connected via a swinging drawbar.
Prototype Description: As they travel, trains generate enormous forces that will eventually change track geometry, which compromises both safety and ride comfort. To overcome this eventuality, the Austrian firm, Plasser & Theurer, developed its line of mechanized, hydraulic, measuring, track laying and railway maintenance of way leveling, lifting, lining and tamping machines. Designed to produce stable road bed, using a squeezing movement, ballast tamping machines such as the Plasser & Theurer 09-16 CSM utilize vibrating tamping tines to pack ballast underneath existing ties or sleepers.
Viewable here, Plasser & Theurer has produced a fascinating promotional video of one of the firm's Dynamic Tamping Express 09-4X railway maintenance machines in action.
Additional information can be garnered from the official Plasser & Theurer website.
Green Max kits are usually simple to build, but painting and finishing requires careful attention, the catalogue includes a full manual for assembly, painting and finishing, albeit only in Japanese, the many photographs make it clearly understandable. Most kits can be build in several varieties, the multiple-unit train models in particular, so you have the choice of several prototypes. This is why the bogies and pantographs (and the eventual power unit) are NOT included in the kits, they vary with the choice of prototype and would otherwise make the kits more expensive.
The Green Max rolling stock range is extensive and stands clearly out from the ranges by Kato and Tomix. Green Max makes mainly models of the 1950's and 1960's, many of an even earlier age and Green Max has a large range of trains used by the many private railways of Japan. As mentioned above it is often possible to choose from more than one model when assembling the kit. It is best to decide before you buy the kit, the catalogue gives you the information needed, only then you can order the right bogies and pantographs. Different front-ends and possibly sides are included in the kit.
Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-07-23 20:19:26. Last edited by nscalemodeler160 on 2016-07-23 23:19:26
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