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  1. Not entirely sure what the reason for this run on August 7 was, but it looks fun. Towed by the EH800 along the Kaikyo Line and Dōnan Isaribi Tetsudō Line (the former Esashi Line): Towed by the DF200 along the Muroran Main Line and Hakodate Main Line:
  2. JR Hokkaido Asahikawa Station is offering a two-day package tour featuring mileage on lines the 711 series has run over the past 40+ years. Oct. 5 will see a trainset in original JNR colors running Asahikawa to Otaru via Sapporo, and then down to Muroran. After an overnight stay in Muroran, the train will run to Sapporo and travel on the Sassho Line, and then reverse and return to Asahikawa on the Hakodate Main Line. As of the end of August, the number of 711 series workings has been cut in half, and total retirement is scheduled for this coming spring. https://www.jrhokkaido.co.jp/press/2014/140820-2.pdf
  3. Answering a question by member upwpfan in the HO scale section. First of all, D52 heavy mikado type. Most famous use was on the Gotemba Line, hauling local passenger trains between Kozu and Numazu. Typically a 5 car consist, with a coach/baggage at the front end for down trains (suhani type): http://home.a00.itscom.net/yosan/jyoki/gotenba/gotenba.html (first section) D52 types were also used on passenger/parcels trains on the Hakodate Main Line between Oshamambe and Hakodate. Most notably, trains 41/42, a passenger and parcels train between Sapporo/Otaru and Hakodate via the Hakodate Main Line "mountain route". D51 haulage between Otaru and Oshamambe, then D52 to Hakodate. This is a sequence of train 41 arriving at Mori Station and taking on water (1972): http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/br1020er/25809575.html
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