Company Profile: Sony
History in a Nutshell
Sony really needs no introduction: we are indeed talking about the Sony, a global leader in electronics technology.
N Scale Products
Under the brand name Microtrains (not to be confused with Kadee Micro-Trains or Revell MicroTrains), Sony produced a train set around 1964. They'd only made a hundred or so samples, then abandoned the project. Although crude by today's standards, it was state of the art at the time. You can see it running here (warning: loud, obnoxious music).
The locomotive is a Japanese ED75. The drive (below) is remarkably strange: the driven inner wheels of the two trucks are fixed to the frame, and the unpowered outer wheels swivel with the trucks. Note the retro-looking couplers—a throwback to Rapido 200—as well as the familiar Sony logo (right).
Apparently the tooling was sold to Kansui Metals, at which point the trail runs cold. These very rare beasts fetch many hundreds of dollars when they appear in auctions.
That round black thing at the middle right is the power supply—so very Sony!
Images and information from the Japanese Railway Modelling Homepage.
Haven't found any yet. But there's a very fancy exhibit in Japan.
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