Really strange request: I need something translated if possible.

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  1. Thalack

    Thalack Well-Known Member

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    Hey there gang. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I have what's probably an odd request, I need these translated if anyone could please. From the research I've been doing on this vintage toy train set, it frequently gets referenced as a japanese tin train. Maybe that'll help if these are japanese characters, but I'm not sure. I only took 1 semester of japanese in college and don't rememeber what character set this could be, or if it even is japaenese.

    Thank you very much for any help I can get. Hopefully I can identify exactly what this train set is cause so far, I can not find it anywhere online.

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    Actually, that's (mostly) Chinese.

    The top picture: The top banner means "Freight Train" The words along the bottom are old Chinese words...difficult to translate and not commonly used by today's Chinese people. Here's a rough approximation: "Locomotive, Wood charcoal train, Rail vehicle, No track struck"

    The middle banner is Japanese and Chinese. The Chinese is "Freight Train" once again.

    The bottom banner is a repeat of the bottom part of the big picture.
     
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    It's Japanese with kanji.
    it's interesting to know Chinese and Japanese do have common words :) 

    First one is 貨物列車 -Freight Train in Japanese, too.
    良く走る -Runs well  
    バッテリー -Battery  
    貨物列車 -Freight Train
    Bottom of the first picture (the contents of the set)
    機関車 -Locomotive
    炭水車 -Tender (the one that carries coal and water)
    有蓋貨車 -Covered waggon(1)
    無蓋貨車 -Uncovered waggon (2)  
    レール -rails(12)

    I doubt if these will help identifying the set though - good luck.
     
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  4. Thalack

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    Thank you a ton. I have had a hell of a time trying to identify this train set. I can't even seem to lock down a date on it as some say its a prewar era train and others say it is post war. From the look of it, I would be inclined to say it is post war.

    I'll continue my search. Thank you again for the help and translations!!!:bowdown: 
     
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    No worries :)  I am no expert on vintage toys, but the train is obviously battery operated and I assume toys w/batteries were very uncommon until 1950s.

    Bit off topic, there are two old train sets in my house, also made in Japan.
    Vintage Standard Gauge Baltimore & Ohio Train Set in Box by DebsCornucopia
    vintage STANDARD GAUGE TIN TRAIN SET japan B&O ~WORKS! | eBay
    (not ours but the same sets)

    They are very, very beautiful. Those plastic trains TOMY sells have nothing on them.

    Again, good luck.
     
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