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N Scale - Tomix - 92049 - Passenger Train, Electric, Kinetsu Series 30000 - Kinki Nippon Railway

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N Scale - Tomix - 92049 - Passenger Train, Electric, Kinetsu Series 30000 - Kinki Nippon Railway


N Scale - Tomix - 92049 - Passenger Train, Electric, Kinetsu Series 30000 - Kinki Nippon Railway


Production Type Regular Production
Stock Number 92049
Original Retail Price 13,500¥
Brand Tomix
Manufacturer Takara Tomy
Body Style Tomix Passenger Train
Prototype Passenger Train, Electric, Kinetsu Series 30000 (Details)
Road or Company Name Kinki Nippon Railway (Details)
Reporting Marks Vista Car
Paint Color(s) Cream with Blue stripe
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 4
Multipack ID Number 92049
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 2006-05-15
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Electric
Model Subtype Commuter
Model Variety Series 30000
Prototype Region Japan
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/150


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Specific Item Information: 4 car set with 1 motorized car and 2 end cab cars. Comes in a book type case.

Prototype History: Kintetsu has a long tradition of operating bi-level trains. The first generation Vista Car was launched in 1958. Currently, renovated trains of the third generation Vista Car, namely the EMU 30000 series, "Vista-Ex", is the main fleet of the Kintetsu's bi-level limited express. The Kinetsu (Kinki Nippon) operates limited express trains with "Vista Cars"on their lines. Kintetsu is a private railway company in the western part of Japan. It is far from Tokyo. The series 30000 trains often have these cars as part of their consists.

What is Vista Car? It is a bi-level limited express train on the Kintetsu Line. It is said that the Vista Car has been developed under a competitive business environment. Needless to say, Kintetsu has been facing fierce competition from Japanese National Railways (present JR West) along with many other private railways. To survive as a private company, Kintetsu had to develop a popular train to attract passengers. As a result, Vista Car has been enthusiastically welcomed by passengers.

Road Name History: Kankyū was renamed Kinki Nippon Railway Co., Ltd. (近畿日本鉄道株式会社 Kinki Nippon Tetsudō, Kinki Nippon (近畿日本) or Kin-nichi (近日)) after it consolidated Nankai Railway in June 1944: it maintained the name when Nankai regained its independence in 1947.

On June 28, 2003, Kinki Nippon Railway Co., Ltd. was renamed Kintetsu Corporation. It is said that the Vista Car has been developed under a competitive business environment. Needless to say, Kintetsu has been facing fierce competition from Japanese National Railways (present JR West) along with many other private railways. To survive as a private company, Kintetsu had to develop a popular train to attract passengers. As a result, Vista Car has been enthusiastically welcomed by passengers.

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: nscalestation on 2018-03-24 23:33:48. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-25 08:39:35

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