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  1. For the serious railfan- especially those interested in cement trains hauled by double headed box type electric locomotives, a visit to the Sangi Railway Sangi Line in northern Mie Prefecture would be most enjoyable. Today was my second or perhaps third visit, on a very nice early spring weather day. Anyway, the aforementioned freight trains are the main attraction, but the passenger trains offer interest as they are ex Seibu types. Also, manually issued tickets are still used, very rare as almost everywhere else the machine dispensed types are the norm. The
  2. Nice color pics of Chicago railway scenes from the 1940's. Just look at the variety of box cars, many subtle differences. https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/10/color-photos-chicagos-rail-yards-1940s/571924/
  3. 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.
  4. I wasn't aware of this railway until a few months ago. Just fantastic footage of the prewar New York, Westchester and Boston Interurban. Look at the remarkable infrastructure, reminiscent of heavy railroads (and current Japanese practice) rather than the more prevalent dirt ballast toonerville operations back then. We are thankful that the individual who filmed this way back in 1937 had the foresight to record this operation for posterity.
  5. 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
  6. In conjuction with 130th anniversary celebrations, a 10000 series and 7000 series trainset were repainted in the old Nankai colors last seen more than 20 years ago. This replicates the ltd. express "Southern" as it looked then. The 7000 series trains will be retired in September, and this trainset will wear these colors until then. *thanks to Sr. Horn over at SSC for this http://osaka.thepage.jp/detail/20150614-00000001-wordleafv?utm_expid=90592221-36.ah3mtalbQhWzWqvW1vz4kw.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3D%26esrc%3Ds%26source%3Dnewsse
  7. 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...
  8. This fellow took an official guide from 1937 and made a modern, subway style map out of it detailing the extent and frequency of rail service at that time. Interesting exercise. https://thegreatermarin.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/mapping-the-derelict-lines-of-the-bay-area/
  9. Last month Kintetsu repainted a 5200 series in the old limited express (pre-Vista Car) colors of yellow and dark blue used on the 2250 series, which was the first post-war Kintetsu limited express design (1953). This is a tie-in with the eastern Nara Pref/western Mie Prefecture tourism destination campaign. passing through Iga-Kambe Station: passing through Mihata Sta. in Nabari City: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5tr8uK2S6E vintage film, brief view of the 2250 series at 0:19:
  10. I think I may have posted this video before, but it's a nice Hitachi PR film worth seeing again, about the introduction of the 20 series rolling stock on the Asakaze overnight service between Tokyo and Hakata. This rolling stock, along with the 151 series ltd. express emu, the kiha 80 dmu, and 101/103 series, came to symbolize the modernization of Japanese railways and indeed a symbol of postwar recovery (culminating in the 0 series shinkansen). To the average passenger circa 1958, seeing these smooth welded steel designs pull up to the platform for the first time must have been
  11. The scene: only 5 months after the breakup of JNR, a late morning scene at Mooka Station. Other than the JR logos on the sides of the diesel railcars, everything is still very much JNR in appearance and operation, including semaphore signals, manually operated switches, and rolling stock in shu iro no. 5 color. We see 6-car train 827D arrive, the first four cars, consisting of kiha 20 and kiha 45's, uncoupled and moved to shed, and later the two car kiha 58(?) and kiha 45 departs for Motegi. Various movements in the depot area. Less than a year later, control of this line will pass from JR E
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