Model train museum shows off huge diorama

July 03, 2012

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

About 1,000 model train cars and a huge lifelike diorama will be on display at a museum in Yokohama.

The train cars were chosen from Nobutaro Hara's collection of about 6,000.

The 93-year-old avid collector is the director of the Hara Model Railway Museum, which will open to the public on July 10, and is located on the second floor of the Yokohama Mitsui Building.

The big attraction will be a large diorama with six broad “No. 1 Gauge” tracks, whose distance between the rails is 45 millimeters.

In the finely crafted 310-square-meter diorama, a European town is recreated with stations, buildings and model trains. Each track loop is around 70 meters long. The trains are powered by overhead cable wires.

“A great stage has been created for the model trains," said Kento Hara, Nobutaro Hara's son and vice director of the museum, "which my father poured his passion into."

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Model trains run in a huge diorama at the Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama. (Yasumasa Kikuchi)

Model trains run in a huge diorama at the Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama. (Yasumasa Kikuchi)

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  • Model trains run in a huge diorama at the Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama. (Yasumasa Kikuchi)
  • A model train runs beside miniature houses. (Yasumasa Kikuchi)
  • Night falls on the diorama. (Yasumasa Kikuchi)

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