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Yuenchi
#1
In a previous thread
(11-18-2019, 10:41 PM)chrisjo Wrote: Note that the colouring is identical to the Plarail Yuenchi:
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For future reference, and in case anyone ever searches for the word 'Yuenchi' here on BPT:

Yuenchi (Hiragana - ゆうえんち , Kanji - 遊園地) is Amusement Park, and this locomotive comes from Yuenchi Set No.1 or Yuenchi Set No.2, both 1968, or without rails and rides as plain 'Yuenchi Set', which itself had several variations. I don't know where the wagons in the picture above came from?

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#2
幻のプラレールです。
Phantom gem of Plarails indeed.

Parents had one long time ago. Something similar to the bottom one.

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#3
Very interesting. I have seen some of these available in the Japan Auctions. The one in Vio's picture above has a Face sticker on the front but the boxed ones and the photo in the first Post does not.? Hmmm...maybe the face was only on the very first version???
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#4
The one illustrated on page 109 of our 2019 Plarail Super Picture Book Deluxe has a face on it, but the picture doesn't appear to match the caption, which claims that it's Set No.1. It seems closer to Set No.2 (it has the Ferris wheel in it).
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#5
I didn't even think to check the book Dr Chris. Yes, that does show the engine with a face plus it also show 3 animated accessories too which has one more than the other's pictured. I wonder if their might have been another set making 3 total. I also wonder why they dropped the face in the 2 individual trains pictured above? Maybe the sticker wasn't the best of quality an because its on the front didn't was easily damaged. I do like it with the vintage face and this coming from someone who is always removing faces from these trains Undecided

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#6
A bit of a mystery going on here. This video shows the same rides (including the missing third one), but with different rails, and still a Tomy product?



DuckGWR mentioned this brand recently in the Shuttle Train thread.
 
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Oh...you are right Dr Chris. Glad you mentioned this as I was about to buy that very set as there are several listed on Ebay. I thought the Carnival rides would look neat on a Disney Layout but not without the ability to connect to Tomy Blue Tracks. Looks like those type of tracks were common with the Child Guidance Trains. I wonder if the engine with the face only came with the Child Guidance sets and the faceless ones were Tomy?
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So these things are called Child Guidance Trains, I did not know that. That will be very useful for my research, thanks Super.
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#9
It was Chrisjo who Linked us to the video above that showed the box with Child Guidance on it. It does look like the Child Guidance sets have those red tracks with the odd connections as Chrisjo says. I don't know what the Japanese version with the Tomy blue tracks are called as those would be the ones I would be interested in.
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#10
There is a blue version of these tracks? I also didn't know that. There is a lot of homework for me now.
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Chrisjo has already had a good start on the research of the Tomy blue track sets with pictures above Vio
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#12
I heard that these tracks are sold separately, not convinced that this is all of it yet... Biglobe is definitely missing some separate rails in the Yuuenchi series, so I'm looking in Twitter and asking my friends about these. Yuuenchi series has a bigger range of products that are not in the official catalogues, and is far bigger than anyone thought. There are apparently scene parts sold separately with these tracks so if I can find the exact name of the individual scene parts, I can locate some of the tracks.

EDIT: These scene parts and tracks are considered sets here? Or just parts? Because I just noticed "blue track sets", not "blue tracks only".
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(02-08-2020, 12:33 AM)Vio Wrote: EDIT: These scene parts and tracks are considered sets here? Or just parts? Because I just noticed "blue track sets", not "blue tracks only".
I have a lot to learn. I was only using the word 'set' when it says「セット」as part of the description on the box. Am I wrong?
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Not wrong at all, there are different perceptions of the word "set" today. A set could consist of rails and scene parts bundled together. Though the word "set" is used to only describe original box sets, I'm not sure whether the word "set" can be properly used to classify a group of rail parts and scene parts together. This is actually an ongoing topic on our Twitter group too. But for now I think it is better to use the word "set" for actual box sets. Again you are not wrong Chris.

Speaking about the blue tracks sold separately, there is now a debate on whether it actually exists or not. People have reported sightings of the rail parts and scene parts sold in a bundle, called "Yuuenchi Assorted Set 1" and "Yuuenchi Assorted Set 2". Proper names are not identified yet, but we will proceed to carry on this research.
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