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On 9/29/2022 at 5:31 PM, Tony Galiani said:

Finally had a chance to watch the Okayama Branch show.  I really liked it and thought it offered great modeling potential as well.  Perfect excuse to run a mix of trains under the guise of a tourism program.

Or are the model manufacturers in league with the train companies for new addictive products?  I could see some special edition KiHa 40s being good sellers.  I would be tempted by some of them for sure.



With Japan opening soon without the need to apply for a visa, you might be able to experience it yourself!

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On 10/10/2022 at 3:24 AM, Ochanomizu said:

update ... I found new DL software that works ... 🙂


Which software have you found, Ochanomizu?

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New Episode! (#119)


Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen: Half A Century Since Its Inception

October 28, 2022


One of the biggest news in the railway industry this year is the opening of JR Kyushu's Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen. Making its debut on September 23, the 66km line runs between Takeo-onsen Station in Saga Prefecture and Nagasaki Station in Nagasaki Prefecture. A major redeveloping project around Nagasaki Station is underway, creating excitement in the prefecture. Also, a new tourist train started service along with the shinkansen, and many tourists are expected to visit the area. On the other hand, the national government and Saga Prefecture are still discussing the development of a section east of Takeo-onsen Station that will connect to Fukuoka Prefecture, but no agreement has been made. See the new Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen and the regional revitalization of the line's opening.

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New Episode! (#120)


JR Tadami Line: Back After 11 Years

November 18, 2022


The JR Tadami Line connecting Fukushima and Niigata Prefectures is known for its spectacular views. However, in July 2011, heavy rain washed away the bridges and tracks, resulting in the suspension of service on a section of the line. Discussions were held between local governments, which wanted to fully restore the railway, and JR East, which wanted to switch to bus services. After six years of discussions, both parties agreed to use the vertical separation system where Fukushima Prefecture and 17 local governments in the Aizu region will maintain and manage the railway facilities, and JR East will be responsible for the operations. The Tadami Line resumed full operation on October 1, 2022. See how the line was restored and the efforts for the Tadami Line to get back on track.

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New Episode!


Exploring the Labyrinth that is Tokyo Station

December 2, 2022


This year marks the 150th anniversary of Japan's railway system. Tokyo Station - the heart of the network is a hub station that provides access to various destinations. Tokyo Station is the first station for all Japanese railways, including Tokaido, Chuo, Sobu and Tohoku lines and Shinkansen. The red-brick Marunouchi station building, restored to its original appearance in 2012, includes a hotel and an art museum. The station is also home to a huge commercial complex where visitors can purchase ekiben and Tokyo souvenirs and enjoy delicious food. However, the vast Tokyo Station is a "labyrinth" for first-time visitors. See the history of Tokyo Station and how it evolves as a symbol of the capital city.

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Watched the Tadami line episode tonight. I am rather taken with the happi coat featuring the KiHa28(?) on the back. That was pretty cool...

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