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N Scale - Tomix - 8604 - Locomotive, Diesel , Type HAIMO295 - Tarumi Railway - 295-315

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Stock Number 8604
Original Retail Price 7,700.00¥
Brand Tomix
Manufacturer Takara Tomy
Body Style Tomix Diesel Prototype Engine
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel , Type HAIMO295
Road or Company Name Tarumi Railway (Details)
Reporting Marks Plarail Toys
Road or Reporting Number 295-315
Paint Color(s) Blue
Print Color(s) Black
Paint Scheme Plarail Toys Mural
Coupler Type Other
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 2021-05-01
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Passenger
Model Subtype Diesel
Model Variety Type HAIMO295, Coach
Scale 1/150
EAN/JAN/GTIN13 Number 4543736086048

Road Name History:
In 1956, Japan national railways Tarumi line started to run from Ogaki station to Tanigumiguchi station, In1958, it extended to Mino-koumi station. But In 1984, Japan national railways decided to discontinue Tarumi line. After that, supported by many people who wish to keep this line, Tarumi railways was reborn as a third sector which means a joint venture company of local government and private capital. In addition, the extension work had started for local residents and finally In 1989, they opened all the way to Tarumi station.

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: CNW400 on 2023-04-06 15:16:25

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