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N Scale - Tomix - 6433 - Cleaning Car, Motorized, Wet-Dry and pulling locomotive - Track Cleaning Car

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N Scale - Tomix - 6433 - Cleaning Car, Motorized, Wet-Dry and pulling locomotive - Track Cleaning Car Image courtesy of Tomix

N Scale - Tomix - 6433 - Cleaning Car, Motorized, Wet-Dry and pulling locomotive - Track Cleaning Car

Stock Number 6433
Original Retail Price 11,664.00¥
Brand Tomix
Manufacturer Takara Tomy
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Tomix Track Cleaning Car
Prototype Cleaning Car, Motorized, Wet-Dry and pulling locomotive
Road or Company Name Track Cleaning Car (Details)
Paint Color(s) Red
Additional Markings/Slogan Track Cleaning Car ( 2 car set )
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Release Date 2016-12-15
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Cleaning Car
Model Subtype Motorized
Model Variety Wet-Dry

Specific Item Information: This set includes the Tomix motorized track cleaning car with accessories and a red ED-61 locomotive to pull the track cleaning car.

Model Information: You might think trend-setting Shinkansen "bullet" trains represent the best-known Tomix products, or maybe the "Thomas the Tank Engine" series so popular worldwide with young and old, but you would be wrong.

The most widespread Tomix product is a utilitarian Track Cleaning Car. This freelanced car can use spinning abrasive disks or polishing pads (with a cleaning fluid reservoir) to clean the rails, as well as a vacuum to remove dust and small debris. It has been produced in many color schemes, and has been also sold in the U.S. under the Atlas brand. An HO scale version has been sold by Dapol in the United Kingdom. For a thorough account, see Doug Coster's Japanese Model Train Newsletter blog item:

Road Name History:
There is nothing that will get your rails cleaner than doing it by hand. However, doing it by hand is often impractical, especially when you've got tunnels. Next to cleaning your tack by hand, some products are available on the market to help you with this annoying job.

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 2017-10-29 10:17:46

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