Useful Website: Flickr Group (Short Trains With Up To 5 Wagons/Korte Goederentreinen)

With the decline of wagonload freight in present-day Europe, it’s sometimes difficult to find prototype trains to recreate that won’t look out of place on a small layout and won’t cost an absolute fortune to buy or scratchbuild in miniature.

If you model US railroads, there is still a fair amount of wagonload freight running, but the trains are often marshalled into incredibly long formations, especially on the Class 1 railroad lines.

If only there was a gallery of photographs of short freight trains for inspiration…

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Inspiration (Kato HB-E300 “Resort Shirakami”)

Do you know that moment when you see a new model and it just makes you want to create a whole new layout just so you can run it in the right place, even if it’s not something you’d normally think about modelling?

Well I’ve had one of those moments and the cause is the Kato HB-E300 “Resort Shirakami”:

I love the paint scheme on this train. Simple as that!

Plus it turns out this train runs on a beautiful coastal secondary-line in the north of Japan called the Gonō Line. It’s still quite rural in that part of Japan so the line passes through lots of small farming/ex-fishing towns with equally small stations, each with there own unique and interesting station building… …some are even right on the edge of the beach.

So not only do I want to model the Gonō Line, taking a ride on the actual line is going on the bucket list too.

Finally here’s a picture of the train in it’s native habitat:

Resort Shirakami DMU at Kasose on the Gonō Line- by MaedaAkihiko – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, View Image