Shizuoka Train Festa - 24/25 May 2003

By former JRS member Dave Fossett

The Shizuoka Train Festa is an annual model railway show held at the Shizuoka Convention and Arts Centre "Granship" located next to Higashi-Shizuoka station. This year's show was held on the weekend of 24/25 May, and the photos here were taken on Saturday 24th. A large number of layouts were present, representing most of the popular gauges and scales from N gauge up. Many of the larger scale layouts consisted of little more than track set up on bare baseboards with minimal scenery. This is common practice in Japan, as shows like this are often the only time when club members can run full-length trains on large layouts.
In addition to club layouts, there was also a small number of sales stands from local railway operators with some selling souvenirs and railwayana.

Live steam outside

A double-headed steam train gives rides for children outside the exhibition centre.


Overview of the main ground-floor exhibition hall.


Another overview of the main ground-floor exhibition hall.

Shizuoka Railway Society

N gauge layout of the Shizuoka Railway Society.

Tonakai Model Railway Club

Tonakai Model Railway Club HO gauge layout.

Kids area

A simple N gauge layout was set up to allow small children to have a go at operating trains.

O gauge 500 series

Scratchbuilt 0 gauge model of the 500 series shinkansen. This full 16-car train was nearly 9 metres long.

O gauge AC Train

Scratchbuilt 0 gauge model of the experimental JR-East AC Train.

Club Jordan EH500

Large-scale scratchbuilt EH500 articulated electric locomotive and container train on the Club Jordan layout.

Proto Thirteen Club DD51

A #13 scale (13 mm gauge) DD51 diesel loco on the Proto Thirteen Club layout.

HO gauge EF210

HO gauge EF210 electric locomotive.

Nagoya Model Railway Club module

Oliver Mayer's playground module on the Nagoya Model Railroad Club's HOn scale layout.

N gauge EF64

N gauge EF64-1000 electric locomotive hauls a rake of Kato Taki1000 tank wagons on the Club Liner layout.

N gauge EF200 and Komachi E3

N gauge EF200 electric locomotive in "Kobe 2000" livery hauls an E3 Komachi shinkansen train complete with barier wagon on the Club Liner layout.

N gauge shinkansen depot lineup

N gauge shinkansen depot lineup on the Club Liner layout.

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