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  1. Here's a news segment from JNN on November 29, 1985. In the early hours of that day, there were attacks on signal cables and boxes, transformers, and stations, ultimately totaling 33. Carried out by Chukaku-ha in support of Doro Chiba, this was in opposition to the privatization of JNR which as we all know went ahead on April 1, 1987. I will avoid political commentary but you can check out the Wikipedia links below 😁. By 1 PM, Asahi News reported the 33 incidents as summarized by the NPA: Saitama - 3 cables cut Chiba - 1 cable cut Tokyo 15 cables
  2. MBS news report of the 50th anniversary of the start of special rapid service trains in the Kansai region. Sun TV report of same, plus information on A seat service, headmark:
  3. A week ago Bill posted another video by jitensya37 about Musashino Yard (link below), this one covers now and then aerial images of 31 yards from Goryokaku in Hokkaido to Kumamoto in Kyushu. Hmmm the forum software makes an image out of that list... anywho... It's very interesting how some have been preserved as 'freight terminals' losing only some of their tracks to paved areas for the container and lifts, while others are completely gone.
  4. Nice layout which is a very nice representation of Saga Station in 1967. The station model as per the prototype at the time is a ground level layout, arranged in the standard JNR style of three platform faces (1 ban sen to 3 ban sen) as well a bay platform (0 ban sen). Most excellently the platform length seems to be near scale prototype length, and there is a telfer gantry for parcels traffic modelled. Very much the atmosphere of a provincial city JNR station is conveyed. Also modelled are prototypical passenger train consists, most notably the numerous loco-hauled long distance expresses/s
  5. Filmed 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,
  6. Hi, I just got myself a 103 series kit from Greenmax. I also got 4 sets of bogies and a set of pantographs, as specified by the manufacturer. Everything went well when I assembled the kit. However, I ran into a problem while trying to attach the bogie to the car itself. There appears to be no way to connect the bogie and the car, and I wasn't able to find answers to my problem online. Attached below are the pictures of the bogie and the car. Thank you for reading this, and any advice or help would be appreciated. This is my first time using a forum, so I apologize for a
  7. Continuing my personal reflections on the models currently available in Japanese Z I turn to the electric outline locos available. Now it was never my intention to buy any Electric locos and certainly I don't intend to put any catenary up (not after last time!) but Alison at Contikits had bought a collection of Japanese Z and was offering it at very reasonable prices. So I indulged in a Rokuhan EF 66 and a PRMloco EF 64 The EF66 in Early version livery is in the foreground with the 64 in JRF Blue and white behind. Compared to the rolling stock
  8. C12 at Tanigawa Station area, junction between the Kakogawa Line and the Fukuchiyama Line: Miki Line C12 and Takasago Line C11:
  9. Here's a very interesting video, estimated by the uploader to be 1987, soon after the privatization of JNR. This is a ride on an 8-car formation of 12 series coaches behind DD51 1190 between Kyoto and Umahori. There's a lot of interesting things to be seen; the old San'in platforms at the old Kyoto Station with an escape track(?), sidings and trackside structures that no longer exist, the original Nijo station building, the section between Saga Arashiyama and Umahori that still uses what's now the Sagano Scenic Railway, and some views of the construction of the tunnels that bypass it. Th
  10. Lately I have been looking into modelling (parts of) the Suigun Line. In recent days, there have been plenty of runs with steam locomotives of the C11, C56, C58 and C61 series. However, I am having trouble finding information about what steam locomotives exactly ran on this railway line back in the days when steam trains still ran in actual service. The Japanese Wikipedia article on the Suigun Line mentions that until 1960 the 8700 type and 8620 type steam locomotives towed both passenger and freight trains on this line after which they were replaced by DD13 type diesels. Since I am much mor
  11. While trying to figure out these prefixes and suffixes in the nomenclature thread (http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/667-kuha-saha-moha-kiha-japanese-rail-car-nomenclature/page-3?do=findComment&comment=152634), I came across these pictures of a ReTe12000 JNR refrigerator car by Adachi. I see Mark has mentioned the manufacturer before, but otherwise there isn't much, so... http://poppo.plala.jp/new_page_682.htm http://www.jmra.gr.jp/adachi/ Now, what does Te mean...
  12. While i was looking for something completly different, i found a few nice pictures: Shinagawa station, aerial photo looking south: http://marutetsu.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2011/12/post-1c3b.html (i didn't know that the old shinkansen yard was there) Yoyogi, Tokyo, with interesting train at the crossing: http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2143253141127899601/2143374700589184403 (i would be interested in the exact location too if someone could recognize it) and an english page, Shinjuku station histroy: http://www.shinjukustation.com/shinjuku-station-history i really like this photo fr
  13. While staying in Japan during the early 1960s, I had a large number of colleagues and friends who regularly rode the trains. Two stand out as real rail-fans. A fellow by the name of McDougal, regularly visited local hobby shops and every payday, twice a month, for a period of four years he purchased an HO scale brass locomotive. He liked old steam and mostly purchased brass produced by the Tenshodo company. It is an interesting story: Tenshodo was a major watch and jewelry store located on an expensive parcel of land on the Ginza, in Tokyo. After the disastrous end of the war, the economy was
  14. This is GOLD! http://116.81.4.156/tecs/meisai/meisai.html Detailed operation manuals of ED75 , EF71 , 453 series, 103 series and many more. Including electrical circuits diagrams!
  15. Some good color film of action on the Kansai Main Line between Kabuto and Tsuge, a Mecca of steam action in the twilight years. The 25 permil gradient in the Kabuto area (nicknamed "Kabuto goe", or "over the Kabuto summit"), attracted many rail fans. This particular series is good because you can see some of the consists of the freight trains, which now in 2016 are just as interesting, or perhaps more so, than the steam locomotives themselves. Valuable visual record for the prototype modeler.
  16. I think these will be very popular models, not just with JNR modellers. There's also private railway versions being made, such as Ohmi and Seibu. Cheers, Mark.
  17. The Series 153 EMUs have been available previously, but the KUMONI 83 is a new model. Cheers, Mark.
  18. In this video, RailKingJP and his son visit car 951-1, which is on display across from the Railway Technical Research Institute in Kokubunji, Tokyo. It appears that during the daytime, the car is open to the public, and has displays and a small library inside. I'll check it out when I drop off my résumé at RTRI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_951_Shinkansen location: https://goo.gl/maps/LGaZoVmHu8p
  19. NHK's Shin-Nihon Kikou. First aired July 25th, 1979.
  20. Period documentary from 1970, complete with atmospheric soundtrack and apropos editing effects. A view of the modern JNR, one emphasizing "cybernetics". https://youtube.com/watch?v=75N2GV9ZCuE Starting from the old JNR of iron trains and iron men (Joban Line steam), we are whisked to the new look railway of Shinkansen CTC, MARS online reservation system, ticket vending machines (some even sell express tickets!), newfangled automated ticket gates from Omron, automated maintenance of emu traction motors, computerized hump yards, computer traffic simulations, automated printing of string diagrams
  21. Good documentary from 1963 (Showa 38). Mainly centers around activity at Maibara Station, then as now an important junction between the Tokaido and Hokuriku Lines, the latter dominated by steam locomotive hauled trains. Loads of railway scenes we no longer can see- shonan color 80 series, long bonnet Kodama trains, SL hauled passenger trains off the Hokuriku Main Line, parcels traffic...
  22. Have we decided on whether we're writing KUHANE or KuHaNe? Anywho, KuHaNe 581-53, which is now all that's left of JR West 583 series formation B6, had been stored at Suita since its last Kitaguni run, a seasonal service sometime around new year 2013. It's now at Umekoji, to be displayed at the Kyoto Railway Museum that's set to open in a little over a year. It has been restored to its JNR-era livery, and as you can see in the link, JNR emblems have been put in place below the cab windows, as they would have been. http://railf.jp/news/2015/02/15/193000.html on a related note, it
  23. Still image slideshow of Kyoto Station and environs, about 50 years ago. This is the previous station building. I've read there was some opposition to the current design, that it doesn't really fit in with the city. I never really made up my mind about it. I do like this older building, looks like it had great JNR atmosphere :). Reminds me of a small airport for some reason, I guess it's that tower. Uploaded by KoichiImai. Kyoto Station, San'in Line platform area and Tambaguchi Station, April 25th and 26th ,1971, apparently the last day of regular steam operations. YT upl
  24. bikkuri bahn

    8600 class mogul

    Related to the recent announcement by Tramway of an HO scale 8600, a bit of vintage prototype footage. Other than a few scenes in Wakamatsu in Kyushu in the beginning, the scenes are on the Gonou Line in Aomori, where these types were used on mixed trains.
  25. It was reported by the Hokkaido Shimbun last year that JR Hokkaido would be retiring the remaining 711 series emus by the March timetable revision, one year earlier than previously announced. However, that time has passed, and units are still running to date. A trip to Teine Station this evening confirmed this, with the usual 3+3 711 series on the 18:16 Teine-Iwamizawa stopper. Schedules posted on the station platforms and dated 3/15/2014 also still have notations for 711 series services. It appears the akaden still have a few months more operation, at least. Winter scenes of 711 series
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