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Specific Item Information: 6 car set includes 1 motor car and 2 end / cab cars and comes in a book style case.
Prototype Information: The 721 series (721系) is an AC electric multiple unit (EMU) operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) on Sapporo area suburban services in Hokkaido, Japan since 1988.
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At the time of its privatization in 1987, JR Hokkaido operated 21 railway lines totalling 3,176.6 kilometres (1,973.8 mi) of narrow-gauge (1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)) track, as well as a ferry service to Aomori. Since then, that number has dwindled to just below 2,500 kilometres (1,600 mi), as unprofitable lines have been shut down or spun off (in the case of the Hokkaidō Chihoku Kōgen Railway). The ferry service has also been replaced by the Seikan Tunnel.
On 19 November 2016, JR Hokkaido's President announced plans to further rationalise its network by up to 1,237 km, or ~50% of the current network, including closure of the remaining section of the Rumoi Main Line (the Rumoi - Mashike section closed on 4 December 2016), the Shin-Yubari - Yubari section of the Sekisho Line, the non-electrified section of the Sassho Line and the Nemuro Line between Furano and Kami-Ochiai Junction. Other lines including the Sekihoku Main Line, Senmo Main Line, the Naroyo - Wakkanai section of the Soya Line and Kushiro - Nemuro section of the Nemuro Line are proposed for conversion to Third Sector operation, but if local governments are not agreeable, such sections will also face closure.
Hokkaido Railway's headquarters are in Chūō-ku, Sapporo.
Founded in 1963 as Arii Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Arii), the company produced plastic models. In 1980 it entered the N-scale model train business and withdrew after a while. It reentered N-scale model train in 1996, with production in China.
On 10th June 2004, this business was transferred to the newly established subsidiary Micro Ace Co., Ltd., and "Micro Ace" became the new company name.
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Item created by: nscalestation on 2017-04-17 16:34:09. Last edited by gdm on 2017-10-27 16:37:11
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