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Sagano Line - then and now
miyakoji posted a topic in Japan Rail: Pictures & VideosHere's an oldie but goodie. This is Sonobe to Kyoto on March 4, 1989 (according to the video, the description says March 2) aboard the Asashio #6. Rolling stock appears to be a KIHA181. Quite a good document of the changes occurring on the line--the tunnels between Saga Arashiyama and Umahori would be spliced in the next day, bypassing what is now the Sagano Scenic Railway. In addition to this, you can see a few other differences, for example the line is not yet electrified, and old station buildings can be seen in several places including Sonobe, Nijo (old ground level building with at-grade tracks and a freight yard), and Kyoto itself. A few historical points from around this time, courtesy of wikipedia: April 1, 1987: we all know this one, this became JR West territory following the dissolution of JNR. JR Freight became a second-sector operator in the Kyoto-Nijo section. Freight operations ceased from Nijo all the way out to Koyama in Tottori. March 13, 1988: the "Sagano Line" nickname appeared March 5, 1989: the new section of track between Saga and Umahori opens, reducing distance by 1.6 km. Until the opening of the Sagano Scenic Railway, the old section saw no traffic. March 11, 1989: Uzumasa Station opened March 10, 1990: the Kyoto-Sonobe portion of the line was electrified April 27, 1991: the Sagano Scenic Railway opened September 4, 1994: Saga Station was renamed Saga-Arashiyama March 16, 1996: the Nijo-Hanazono section was elevated, and freight was cut back to Tambaguchi September 23, 2000: the Nijo-Hanazono section was double-tracked, and Emmachi Station opened. Morning and midday rapids were added. Sonobe to Kyoto on March 4, 1989 by Man Tani And the same section on September 24, 2018 by ato5kgyasetaito
JR West - new sightseeing DMU on the western San'in Line
miyakoji posted a topic in Japan Rail: News & General DiscussionHere's one from the Japanese rail news feeds: a new KIHA40 refurb to be operated on the far western sections of the San'in Line. I first thought it was just a wrap, but then I noticed the non-JNR interior :). The trafficnews.jp article mentions that this is the successor to the Misuzu Shiosai; I don't understand if they mean that in spirit, because that service ceased in late January and this one will begin in September, or if these are the same 2 cars. The name has (what I assume are considered) punctuation in it, and it would be read Maru Maru no Hanashi. I believe it's a play on words and I'll leave a proper translation to someone else. Anyway, in this case hanashi is not 'talk' or 'discussion' but a sort of acronym for Hagi, Nagato, and Shimonoseki, where the train will operate. http://railf.jp/news/2017/06/01/160000.html https://trafficnews.jp/post/72013/
DD51 and 12 Series formation on San'in/Sagano Line, early JR West
miyakoji posted a topic in Japan Rail: Pictures & VideosHere'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. The uploader is 旅一郎, perhaps Tabitaro based on his blog URL http://ameblo.jp/tabitaro1234/ although I had guessed Tabi Ichiro. His YT channel has several other mid/late '80s era videos, check 'em out.
24 Series cars on test run for Twilight Express San'in Course service
miyakoji posted a topic in Japan Rail: News & General DiscussionIn 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
old Kyoto Station, San'in Line
miyakoji posted a topic in Japan Rail: Pictures & VideosStill 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 uploader lodgershinmeishrine has a lot of great footage which has been posted here many times before. It's really interesting to see this area before the track was elevated, featured toward the end of the video.