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  1. OHK (Okayama Broadcasting) has posted some interesting archival footage of the Kibi Line (Okayama-Soja) and around Okayama Station from the 70s and 80s. 1:30 - Bizen Mikado Station. Tickets were available from the shop in front of the station, Nagahara Shoten. 2:20 - Kiha 10 or related type arrives. Students at Kanzei and Okayama Joshi high schools use the station a lot. 2:45 - Bitchu Takamatsu Station. Saijo Inari Gate is immediately northeast of the station, and the Saijo Inari temple complex is a few kilometers up the road. 3:50 - Soja Station. You can see the outline of the former lettering. Once upon a time, Soja was West Soja, and present day East Soja was Soja. 4:30 - Slightly west of Okayama Station, an at-grade crossing causes a lot of backups. Someone in a small white car is in a big hurry. Later in the video we'll see the work to elevate this section of the line. 5:05 - Okayama station, June 1978. A shiny new Kiha 47 arrives at the platform. 5:50 - Higashi (east) Soja. Renewal of the station is complete. I used this station during 2003, this is how I remember it. Based on Google Street View, it's still like this. 6:15 - A Kiha58/28 comes in. I used to go to Okayama City for Japanese class, rolling stock was Kiha 40s 99% of the time, but on a few occasions these were used. I remember riding a bright yellow one with white stripes, and a purple/teal paint job, possibly the Kyuko Notoji and Sakkyu liveries. 6:40 - A statue of Sesshu Toyo is unveiled in the Soja ekimae rotary. 7:10 - Bizen Ichinomiya. If I understand the narration, she is a maybe a contract employee of JNR? She looks like she's in charge. 7:40 - Prelude to the elevetion of the section of track shown at 4:30 8:10 - September 1986, the twilight of JNR. The elevated track is cut in and all is well. 9:00 - December 1988, Bitchu Takamatsu again. A Kiha 40, now with the JR logo, arrives. A new north gate is planned for the station for the convenience of those en route to Saijo Inari. The large gate is shown at 9:25 9:40 - C56 160 is motive power for Kibiji-go excursions for only 3 days during golden week. At the end there's some talk of converting this line to LRT. I've been reading about that before I even lived there, still nothing doing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibi_Line https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesshū_Tōyō
  2. Great video by Akechi Railway Video Center One of the YT algo quirks I guess that this uploader doesn't have more views. Really nice videography and editing. As far as I can tell, the locations shown here are around Neu, Muko, Ebi, and Hoki-Mizoguchi stations on the Hakubi Line. 4:15 possibly around this spot along the Hino River 8:30 at Neu Station, an Okayama bound Yakumo departs under snow 10:00 seems to be the same movements as above, but there's no snow falling or accumulated on the platform. Earlier, or a different day? 12:00 I think the same as 4:15 looking the other direction 12:30 a Yakumo passes Kurosaka at night 12:45 I think it's Niizato station, which looks a lot like Nunohara, another station on a curve some distance south 14:50 the coolest scene in the video I figure there will be more videos like this with the retirement of the 381 series coming up, I'll add them in this thread.
  3. A very fine front view video by HKASAMA, this is KIKUHA 32-502 and an unknown KIHA 185, possibly KIRO 185-26. RO would mean it has green class seating. There are two KIKUHA 32 cars, 501 and 502. They were new builds(?) by Niigata Engineering in 1997 and 2003, respectively. Whether or not the trucks, etc came from retired KIHA 32s, I can't exactly tell. The KIHA 32s themselves are interesting budget minded DMUs, at least in that they entered service in the last 3 weeks of JNR. My understanding is that the KIKUHA designation includes KI not because they have diesels (they're not powered) but because they're meant to be attached to a DMU. One site includes the word 付随気動車 fuzui kidousha. 気動車 is kidousha, a railcar with an internal combustion engine, the source of KI in KIHA. 付随 fuzui means attached, accompanying, etc. I don't recall seeing this before and I don't know if it's a standard term or just what that page's author calls it. I crossed this bridge many times, usually on the Marine Liner using a Seishun 18 ticket. Seto Ohashi Line is I guess a marketing name, but there are formal names for different parts of it, explained on this wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seto-Ōhashi_Line Points of interest: :15 - Kojima Station, Kurashiki City, Okayama 4:30 - beginning of Great Seto Bridge 18:20 - divergence of tracks, straight is southwest on to Utazu, the ramps turn east to Sakaide/Takamatsu 20:25 - Utazu Station, Town of Utazu (Kagawa Prefecture from here on) 24:50 - Marugame Station, Marugame City 30:35 - Tadotsu Station, Town of Tadotsu 35:35 - Dosan Line diverges from Yosan Line 41:10 - Zentsuji Station, Zentsuji City 49:15 - Kotohira Station, Town of Kotohira Google map centered on junction of Seto Ohashi Line and Yosan Line: https://www.google.com/maps/@34.3157152,133.8220375,17z Bonus: KIKUHA32-501 in its excellent Ao Yoshinogawa Torokko livery. Hi res image suitable for desktop wallpaper: https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ファイル:藍よしのがわトロッコ.jpg
  4. Some years ago JR500 created a thread about company songs, but this appears to be a new performance, by employees, for the Nikkei Company Song Contest https://shaka.nikkei.co.jp/. The JRF Okayama Terminal sign is shown, and a few of the locos have the 'oka' depot boards. I assume all the video is from there, but other than the elevated line in the background, which matches up with the Sanyo Shinkansen, it's difficult to pick out landmarks. You can grab a bite at the diner at the east end of the yard, it's open to the public. It's a heartwarming rendition. I hope they win the contest 🙂 https://www.google.com/maps/@34.6583587,133.9041691,17.33z
  5. While gathering more info for my Japanese vacation that will happen someday, I happened upon this Wikipedia article. This is another new museum within JR West's operating area, apparently to be operated by them and to open around the same time as the new Umekoji museum. Some of the rolling stock is from the Osaka Modern Transportation Museum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuyama_Railroad_Educational_Museum https://www.westjr.co.jp/press/article/2015/10/page_7843.html
  6. I'm posting this mostly for JR500's benefit :) although I admit it's a sharp looking livery. http://korakuen-bus.jp/
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WnIkPvnOgM A small diner/shokudo kind of place right next to JR Freight's office building at Okayama Loco Depot (google map link below). At :40 he shows an 'authorized personnel only' sign, but then at 1:07, out at the corner there's a sign that says, I think, anyone can go in. When I get back to Japan, I'm definitely going https://www.google.com/maps/@34.658505,133.9093089,3a,75y,121.12h,80.98t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s43zBlH_-gMwYfdYO7ovQeA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  8. Pretty cool video, good edits and image quality. Looks like something that might be on NHK World. off topic, his next video, about the Eshima Bridge: correct pronunciation of Yonago: correct pronunciation of Izumo:
  9. 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
  10. These vids are from 2014, but I think they do this every year. I had seen a news item about it, but now I can't find it :(. Anyway, check this out. Videos by Yamashita Hazuki.
  11. In preparation for the special Twilight Express San'in Course service to be operated from July 25th, a 4-car formation of 24 series passenger cars was tested in western Honshu. The route passed through Okayama, north to Yonago via the Hakubi Line, west to the end of the San'in Main Line at Shimonoseki, then back to Miyahara Depot in Osaka via the San'yo Main Line. Motive power was EF65 1133 and DD51 1191. Hobidas News: http://rail.hobidas.com/rmn/archives/2015/07/jrdd51244.html JR West: http://www.jr-odekake.net/navi/kankou/twilight_plan/#train03 Sankei news on future Twilight Express Mizukaze w/ route map: http://www.sankei.com/west/news/150618/wst1506180091-n1.html On the Kobe Line (Tokaido/San'yo Lines between Osaka and Himeji) by k arata
  12. This isn't very new anymore, but I don't recall seeing anything about it... JR West introduced alphabetic line designations for the Kinki and Chugoku regions some time around August 2014. It was asked in an Ompuchaneru thread (http://rail-uploader.khz-net.com/index.php?id=37062) why there's a "Q" on the destination board of a Namba-bound rapid on the Yamatoji Line. The answer is that the Yamatoji Line (aka Kansai Main Line from Nara to JR Namba) is the Q Line. Apparently this is to help foreigners. JR West page with some graphics: https://www.westjr.co.jp/press/article/2014/08/page_5993.html I could really do with some higher-resolution versions of those images :)
  13. This guy is awesome, and his videos are great. Here he visits the Comfort Hotel Okayama, some rooms of which have an excellent view of the Okaden turning the corner at Shiroshita Station, at the intersection of Momotaro-odori and Shiroshita-suji. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L42Ia9qOjDI google map centered on hotel: http://maps.google.co.jp/?ll=34.665233,133.93136&spn=0.0018,0.003079&t=m&z=19&brcurrent=3,0x35540639f8683ba9:0x388f39c46b4d2e08,1 Japanese wikipedia page on Shiroshita Station: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%9F%8E%E4%B8%8B%E9%A7%85_%28%E5%B2%A1%E5%B1%B1%E7%9C%8C%29
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