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Tomix "High Grade" Rolling Stock

by R. D. Kerr

Starting in about 2000, Tomix began designating certain rolling stock products with the "High Grade" label (in English, with interlocked gold "H" and "G" letters in the logo). Tomix applies the term in its catalogs to "high end" rolling stock products that are manufactured to carefully follow prototype specifications to create highly accurate models, usually at a higher purchase price. Interestingly, some of these models were first produced earlier than 2000, starting with the Series 253 Narita Express in 1992.

Other than the "High Grade" description, it is not totally clear why some models get (or, more importantly, do not get) this designation. Some related areas, other than increased attention to accuracy and details, seem to be the following:

Tomix has given the "High Grade" imprimatur to both powered and unpowered items, but so far not to any shinkansen, hauled coach or HO scale models.

The list below shows "High Grade" rolling stock products through 2011, based on catalog and other information. I have tried to make this list as thorough and accurate as possible with given resources, but there may be errors and omissions, particularly with short-lived Limited Edition items in the 929xx product number series.

Steam Locomotives
Item Product No. (Sold Separately) Product No. (Sold in Set) Approx. Years Sold
C57 2003   2009-2010


Electric Locomotives
Item Product No. (Sold Separately) Product No. (Sold in Set) Approx. Years Sold
EF63   92123 92125 92128 92904 92908 92914 1997-2010


Diesel Locomotives
Item Product No.
(Sold Separately)
Product No.
(Sold in Set)
Approx. Years Sold
DD51 2212-2219 2221 92954 2004-2010


Electric Multiple Units
Item Sold Separately Product No. (Sold in Set) Approx. Years Sold
Series 253 Narita Exp.   92051 92052 1992-2010
Series 183 Limited Exp.   92281 92282 92345 92399 92400 92812 92813 92820 92959 92973 92975 2006-2010
Series 485 Limited Exp. 8325 8327 8328 8352 8378 8379 8929 8930 92296 92333-92335 92379-92381 92748-92750 92760-92762 92773 92778-92780 92787 92788 92925-92927 2004-2010
Series 583 Limited Exp. 2988 2990 8915-8916 92129 92130 92325-92328 92734 92735 92746 92747 92797 92798 92956 2004-2010
Series 581 Ordinary Exp. 8911 8912 92769 92770 2006-2010
Series 165 Ordinary Exp. 2970-2979 2981 8936-8939 92201 92207 92208 92215 92216 92238 92239 92366-92368 92384-92388 2000-2010
Series 169 Ordinary Exp.   92085 92086 92219 92220 92233 2000-2008 Retired
Series 455/475 Ordinary Exp. 8331-8335 92236 92237 92249 92250 92293 92294 92311 92323 92363-92365 92405 92784 92952 92967 2004-2010
Type 72/73 Commuter Train 2935 2936 2958 2963 92067 92068 92076 92218 92232 92311 92955 1997-2010


Diesel Multiple Units
Item Sold Separately Product No. (Sold in Set) Approx. Years Sold
Series KiHa 56 2451-2453 92235 2004-2009 Retired
Series KiHa 57   92069 92070 2000-2007 Retired
Series KiHa 58 2421-2429 2456-2458 8411-8416 8421-8426 92062 92063 92066 92202 92205 92217 92221 92244 92292 92948 1994-2010
Series KiHa 55 2460 2462 2464 2466-2469 92152-92155 2006-2010
Series KiHa 10 2442 2444-2449 92146 92147 2006-2010
Series KiHa 20 2474-2479 2481-2483 8430-8435 92161-92166 2007-2010
Series KiHa 40/47/48 8401-8410 8420 92978 2009-2010
Series KiHa 71 Limited Exp.   92310 92312 92396 2007-2010


Private Railways
Item Sold Separately Product No. (Sold in Set) Approx. Years Sold
Nagoya Railroad Series 7000 Panorama Car   92319-92321 2008-2010


Third Sector Railways
Item Sold Separately Product No. (Sold in Set) Approx. Years Sold
Shinano Rys. Series 169   92272 2006-2009 Retired
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