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Motor Tomica Plarail New Town Set
#16
The orange TGV was available in Plarail, maybe that's what PMU is thinking of?

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1999/2000 catalogue

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We do seem to have wandered away from the subject of the original post!
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#17
Yeah, that's what I meant about the TGV in the Japanese line!

I got a Plarail promotional VHS (IIRC I posted it here?) where the orange TGV and Eurostar were both clearly featured as part of the Plarail line, and I know I've seen a picture of the Eurostar in it's Japanese package somewhere here on BPT (and Jauce as well IIRC) - Can't say I'd seen the TGV's Japanese package until now though, the video was my only proof it was definitely a Plarail model, not just a Tomica World one :)

Incidentally, if we're talking about Plarail TGVs, I think it's fair to mention the Plarail KTX, which although a Korean exclusive (I think), is clearly a somewhat modified version of the Plarail TGV mould - Appropriate given the KTX-I (which the model is supposed to resemble) is itself derived from the TGV (actually, Korea's early high speed network was partially built with French involvement so shares a fair bit of commonality with the TGV network, including the trains)
Been building Plarail worlds since 2001; still building in 2021 - Not bad really  :cool:
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#18
(08-17-2022, 08:49 PM)Plarail Man UK Wrote: .... the Plarail KTX, which although a Korean exclusive (I think), is clearly a somewhat modified version of the Plarail TGV mould ...
Hmm. Not so clear to me. Note the faux wheels on the KTX, I've never noticed these on a Plarail train before, as far as I recall.

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#19
@chrisjo

I see what you mean, I'd never seen the model in anything other than promotional shots, and never compared directly to a Plarail TGV so I'd concluded they were probably from the same mould with some modifications.

Looking at your photos, it's very clearly another mould altogether albeit one that shares a few similarities to the earlier TGV, mostly in profile and carriage shape more than anything, which I guess is due to the common heritage both trains share in real life :)

To bring the topic back around to the OP, while I think about it, am I the only person who thought it slightly odd that the 485 Series (guessing that's what it is because it's one of several JNR EMUs where they had a raised cab arrangement) in the station set only has 2 coaches?

Plarail trains are usually 3-car, and of course the original model they used as a basis was 3-car, so why was the centre car omitted? Always puzzled me that did.
Been building Plarail worlds since 2001; still building in 2021 - Not bad really  :cool:
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