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DD51-1183, EF81-44 and their mystery trains


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Does anyone recognise the mystery train that DD51-1183 is pulling through Shin-Osaka station? Appears to be a "salon car" train of some type but not one that I have seen before.


Also attached a picture of EF81-44 pulling another special through Shin-Osaka shortly before the above made up of the Naniwa set..


The platform was quite crowded with "Tori-tetsu" but all I could gather was that this was some sort of "memorial" train - again does anyone recognise it, perhaps from the headboard?


Pictures were taken last month.




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That's the Asuka.  JR West's first joyful train, apparently.



http://www7b.biglobe.ne.jp/~suzuki3309/20050811jrosaka.2009.html (second pic)


http://old-staff.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2008/08/jr-dff5.html ("very last time it will go to Tokyo?" the title asks)

http://nihonkai.exp.jp/hm/a/asuka.html (reproduction of headmark, not sure if it's authentic.  makes a cool avatar)


two vids:





Personally I liked the Okayama-based You You Salon Okayama, with loudly painted EF65 123: https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%86%E3%81%86%E3%82%86%E3%81%86%E3%82%B5%E3%83%AD%E3%83%B3%E5%B2%A1%E5%B1%B1#/media/File:JR_West_ef65_123_renew_yuyusalon_okayama.jpg

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> Personally I liked the Okayama-based You You Salon Okayama, with loudly painted EF65 123: 


I think that's the first painted train that I ever really liked.

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Thanks for the info, I have a few more mysteries for the forum to puzzle over from my recent Japan trip that I will be posting later. :)

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