Kato will now make an N-scale model of Series 189 which was operated as Limited Express “Azusa” after inauguration of Nagano Shinkansen bullet train line. When limited express “Asama” was discontinued in 1997 on the conventional line, Series 189 used for “Asama” was transferred for “Azusa”. Then the color scheme was changed for “Azusa” and the top cars were exchanged with each other to make the 1st class green car and seat reservation car match those of the conventional “Azusa” in terms of the position in the consist.
The train was operated on Chuo mainline as “Kaiji”, “Kaiji Hotaru Matsuri (Firefly Festival)” or “Express Alps” as well as “Azusa”.
Enjoy running limited express “Azusa” with series 189 cars with large windows and those with small windows mixed. To say nothing of the full 11 car consist, 9 car consist can be also reproduced like the real trains.
The Express Train "Asama" - named after a local mountain - began operating between the Tokyo metropolis and Nagano with an upgraded exterior and interior in July, 1990. Its new exterior had dark green and gray horizontal lines painted on the light gray body with new logo marks and letterings.
The new appearance of the updated Series 189 "Asama" was popular since its debut, but when the Hokuriku-Shinkansen Bullet Train was put in operation to Nagano, the conventional express was taken over by the faster bullet train, even relinquishing the popular nickname "Asama" over to the latter.
Series 189 "Asama" small window formation
-The prototype of the N105 formation belonging to the Nagano General Vehicle Office after the removal of one pantograph around 1995-1997.
-After removing the side sabot, the second panto of Moha 188 is removed, and the formal notation is reproduced as is.
-The Kuha 189-500 is equipped with a close-coupler (without hook) at the beginning. Kuha 189-0 The front part is equipped with a coupler coupler expression dummy coupler.
-The body color is Asahi Gray, Ivy Green, and Foggy Gray. Roof color mouse No. 1 and cooler etc. are reproduced in gray No. 1.
-A new lineup of Kuha 189-500 and Salo 189 small window cars, which are not included in <Upgrade Asama>.
-Power is equipped with a well-established flywheel power unit. Stable running is possible.
・Each head car has head/tail lights, train mark lights (no off switch), and white LEDs are used for the light unit.
・The banner is printed with "Limited Express L Asama Nagano". Car number, seat display, non-smoking mark printed. Security device marking is P/SN. H rubber is black.
・Convertable train marks are available: Asama, Marine City Asama, Soyokaze, and Express Myoko.
-Destination display sticker included. Side curtain: "Limited Express Asama Ueno" "Limited Express Asama Yokohama" "Limited Express Soyokaze Ueno" "Express Myoko Myoko Kogen" "Express Myoko Ueno"
・2 EF63 can be stored in the bookcase of the 5-car basic set.