First up there are books. One release was a few years old, still avaliable off the shelves! Gotta praise Amazon for that.

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A bus magazine, “Bus Graphic”/バスグラフィック, featuring the midi-bus Isuzu Journey, known by its model number as LR333. The main reason for grabbing this issue will be detailed next.
The center is a railway technical walk-through by an active engineer in the field in Japan. His description brings to live of how a TV crew used a bank of dry batteries to move a tram, how testing of new trains for their regenerative braking done in the middle of the night involves another train, normally a Electric/Mechanical Chopper type, so as to boost line receptivity. He too answered why the JR East Series E501, Keikyu Type 2100, New 1000 and Europe’s Siemens EuroSprinter have a ‘do-re-mi-fa’ tone when the train accelerates from stop (and also during regenerative braking for the E501). Why is that so, i shall leave you to find out.
The last is a tribute to one of Japan’s biggest four manufacturer of buses and trucks; Nissan Diesel, whose brand name came to an end in 2010 with the change to UD Trucks. With the new brand, UD Trucks gave up its bus business to concentrate on trucks and industrial engines. Do you know that over 4000 units of Model U31 buses were manufactured by Nissan Diesel, for Japan, Singapore and other overseas markets? Do you know that the Spacerunner series name, found on early 2000s citybuses in Japan, has its roots as a deluxe midi-coach back in the late 80s? These and more are answered in the book by Portepub.

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The reason i chose the Bus Graphic magazine (i wouldn’t choose to buy every issue unless i have a big book shelf). The coverage of the Nissan Diesel U31, dubbed the ’5E’ after the bodywork model by the Japanese. This article portrays the U31 in an angle few locals have seen them. From the demise of City Shuttle Service to the eventual withdrawal to sub-urban routes, the author has them all covered. Definitely a good read.

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Very often, there are such mysterious packages, so to be named ‘meteorites’, crashing through the roof and into my room. This is a recent example..

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Joining the Hiroden/広島電鉄, the JR Kanto example of a Mitsubishi Fuso Aero King. Scaled at 1/76, this model can seldom be found in the market now.

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The laptop that has served for 69 months broke down finally, and i saved for three months (excluding other expenses) for a new computer. i will give some graphics of it the next time, but here is the new member running the train simulator BVE5 by mackoy.