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JR Central 371 series, former Asagiri - last run Nov 30
miyakoji posted a topic in Japan Rail: News & General DiscussionLooks like the JR Central 371 series has its last run coming up. Used until March 2012 on the Asagiri service that interchanged with Odakyu, it was used on "Nakasendo Train" service, running between Nagoya and Narai on the Chuo Line, as well as charter services since autumn 2012. This series consists of only 1 7-car train. It was built in 1991, but appears to be in fine condition. I'm not sure what to expect but I will be a bit shocked if it's actually scrapped. btw, DAJF doesn't have this on Wikipedia yet http://jr-central.co.jp/news/release/nws001541.html http://rail-uploader.khz-net.com/index.php?id=30178 previous threads: http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/8028-jr-central-narai-to-nagoya-on-the-nakasendo-train/ http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/3058-jr-series-371/
JR Central - Narai to Nagoya on the Nakasendo Train
miyakoji posted a topic in Japan Rail: Pictures & VideosWell I hear crickets, so I'm going to try to make some noise today . First up, a video by dbz586601. He's one of the best uploaders I've found for coverage of JR Central and Tokai-area private railways, and he's been quite prolific over the past week or so with dozens of uploads of run-bys as well as a few zenmen tenbou videos. Here we have JR Central's Nakasendo Train, a new special service apparently classified as a kyuko (non-limited express, with a lower surcharge) on the Chuo West Line run with the former Asagiri 371 Series rolling stock. This two-part video is a ride departing Narai at 3:42 PM, which is over halfway to Nagano from Nagoya. The Shinano limited express uses the same route. Plenty of footage of rural scenery in the first video, and in the second, a cool night view, particularly towards the end. The departure at Tajimi, the last stop before Nagoya, is at 28:15, and by this point the sun has set. I think at 39:00 they're passing Jinryo Station and Depot. The approach to Nagoya starts around 46:50, passing under the #2 Nagoya Loop Highway, and crossing the Shonai River just after that. This river is the northeastern border of the city, and past that is Shin-Moriyama, the first station in the city limits. Have a look at the link below about the Nakasendo, very interesting. It appears that the modern Chuo West Line is roughly parallel, just as the Tokaido Main Line and Shinkansen are parallel to the historical Tokaido. Narai to Ena Ena to Nagoya map of the five historical routes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JP_-Gokaido.png the Nakasendo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakasend%C5%8D Ena Station: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ena_Station the train's schedule on ekikara.jp: http://ekikara.jp/newdata/detail/2301021/68553.htm