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Two 24 series cars have been moved to Kan-onji City, Kagawa Prefecture to be used as a hostel. It's the project of an udon shop owner who used crowdfunding to collect almost 17 million yen for their purchase and relocation. The hostel is to open in late 2021. They were retired in 2008 from Naha service (Shin-Osaka to Nishi Kagoshima), and were parked on a siding at Akune Station, Kagoshima. There they were operated there as lodging from January 2009 until October 2014. The cars are OHANEFU 25 206 and 2209. Both were built in 1976 by Fuji Heavy Industries. 2209 (originally 209
miyakoji posted a topic in Japan Rail: News & General DiscussionIn preparation for the special Twilight Express San'in Course service to be operated from July 25th, a 4-car formation of 24 series passenger cars was tested in western Honshu. The route passed through Okayama, north to Yonago via the Hakubi Line, west to the end of the San'in Main Line at Shimonoseki, then back to Miyahara Depot in Osaka via the San'yo Main Line. Motive power was EF65 1133 and DD51 1191. Hobidas News: http://rail.hobidas.com/rmn/archives/2015/07/jrdd51244.html JR West: http://www.jr-odekake.net/navi/kankou/twilight_plan/#train03 Sankei news on future Twilight Expre