Disney Western River Railroad
It was during the mid 1980's that I attended a Model Railway Show held at Whitstable in Kent that I first saw one of these sets on display. I have always been fond of Disney's Railroads, so I was quite surprised to see this little 009-scale version made by Tomix. From that day on I simply had to have a set in my collection, years went by going to shows to no avail. However, when ebay started that opened a whole new world and the odd set would appear...but only to sell for very high prices.
But, thanks to the Internet I now have two locos with coaches' in my collection. The main purpose of this site is to find out more about these sets and the variations that were produced. I have scanned the Internet and cannot find any information about these. But thanks to the Internet I found a fellow collector, Jim Lawter who collects Disneyland loco's and stock. Jim also collects these Tomix examples and like myself would be interested in more information.
These sets are 009 (3.5mm or 4mm to 1ft) Narrow Gauge, so can be used with HO scale figures. The trains run on N Scale width track (9mm) which is included if you buy them as a train set complete with controller. Normal N Scale track would look out of place due to the sleeper spacing, however the UK company PECO make 9mm correct narrow gauge track with larger sleepers (ties), so that is what I would use for a layout. They also make points (turnouts)...
This loco looks like it has been repainted and detailed.
This loco looks like it has been repainted and detailed with crew.
If you have any more information about these locos or sets, then do please email me to let me know. If you have a layout with these trains, then again please email me a photograph.
We do know that these were only for sale in Japan; probably at the Tokyo Disney park. I am not sure if they were also sold in Japanese model railway shops. But we do know that are very hard to obtain.
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Sent: 14 March 2012
I am sending you an official advertisement of 1:80 WRRR by Tomy (Tomix) and the product review both in a monthly model train magazine called TMS (or Hobby of Model Railroading), No. 429, May 1983, published in Japan..
Also, the products are listed only in 1985 Tomix catalogue without product numbers. The price was 9,800 yen for the locomotive and 2,000 yen for the open coach, and 23,000 yen for the start set.
At that time, 1 British pound might be equivalent to about 370 yen.
Have a nice day!!
Hiro Shimai - JAPAN
Shimai - JAPAN
ORIGINAL TOMIX ADVERTISING PHOTOS.
With thanks to Hiro Shimai - JAPAN.
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Thank you for showing the photos of Tokyo Disney Landís Western River Railroad trains. I am interested in the models and looked for them at second-hand model train shops and by internet, but I have not yet obtained them. It seems extremely rare already here in Japan (if there are, it must be very expensive).
I remember that the models were listed on Tomix model train catalogue about 30 years ago, so it must have been sold widely at model shops throughout Japan.
I do not know how accuracy, but the scale for the models are 1:80. This scale is
called 16-ban (or No.16) scale, here. Most of standard model trains on 16.5 mm
gauge are produced 1:80 (hence 16-ban) in Japan except shinkansen superexpress
trains which are 1:87 (HO scale).
Hiro Shimai - JAPAN
Shimai - JAPAN
VIA EMAIL, SEPT. 5th 2012
I was living in southern Arizona in the late 1970's and early 80's, when I first saw these wonderful models of the S. Marsh listed for sale through American retailers advertising in Model Railroader Magazine. HOe products were not known to run particularly well in those days, so I gave some thought to that, before I finally decided to make a purchase. Unfortunately, the sets were no longer available. I was told, then, that Tomix had failed to get proper licensing from Disney and was forced to take the trains off the market- the American market at least. Perhaps that's when and why they became available only in Japan, as you noted.
This is just a bit of trivia, but, hopefully, it adds something to the history you're compiling on these beautiful models. Good luck with your pursuit.
Las Vegas, Nevada
This HOn30 9mm TOMIX TOKYO DISNEYLAND WESTERN RIVER RAILROAD 2-4-0 STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
SOLD ON EBAY (JULY 2012) FOR $504 USA = £314 UK POUNDS
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