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Class 9600 climbing the Tempoku Pass
miyakoji posted a topic in Japan Rail: Pictures & VideosFilmed in 1972 but set on the Nayoro Main Line of 1935, this is a dramatization of a Class 9600 trying to climb the Tempoku Pass. This section existed between Kami-Okoppe and Ichinohashi, and had a maximum grade of 25 permil. According to the notes at the beginning of the video, engine 49672 was scrapped after filming. Seven hundred seventy of this type were built between 1913 and 1926. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, then called Kawasaki Zosenjo (shipbuilding), built the most by far, 686. The locomotive shown here was one of 73 from 1920. Following Kawasaki, Kisha Seizo built 69, and JGR Kokura Works built 15. The last of the type was retired at the beginning of March 1976. The video was posted by tyokutoku (https://www.youtube.com/user/tyokutoku/videos), have a look at his channel for more great historical films. Some pictures taken between 1970 and 1972 of Class 9600 locos used on this line: http://home.a00.itscom.net/yosan/jyoki/nayoro/nayoro.html
13 Japanese tourism posters from the 1930s
miyakoji posted a topic in Off TopicHere's an interesting link: http://gizmodo.com/13-gorgeous-travel-posters-from-1930s-japan-1533432495 Several of these have various 'tetsudou kyoku' names at the bottom. I don't know what the exact organizational structure was, but these were some kind of divisions or branch offices of Japanese Government Railways, predecessor of JNR. All horizontal writing is right-to-left. The second poster is sponsored by Governor-General of Korea Railways (not part of JGR, apparently) and the Sendai poster near the bottom shows a lot of older kanji.