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Welcome to the Japanese Railway Society (JRS)

The Japanese Railway Society (JRS) was founded in 1991 in London to promote the knowledge of the
railways of Japan in the UK & other non-Japanese-speaking parts of the world. Since 1991, there have
been several activities like exhibitions (also of railway models), a TV-show (on Naruhodo The World, Fuji TV),
many meetings in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and many guided tours to and meetings in Japan.
Our membership is now more than 300 people in over 10 countries worldwide.

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    October 2014 edition
    By Anthony Robins

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    The latest Bullet-In features:


    Bullet-In # 84

    Diary Dates, Editorial, Chairman's Chat * News Updates * Ueno-Tōkyō Line * Kansai half-day rides
    * Change at Chiryu * Book Choices * Operational & Industrial Challenges * Rural Private Railways' Ridership
    * Railways & Children * Okutama Follow-Up * Semaphore Signals gone in Fukushima * Shikoku
    * English Electric Products in Japan * What's in a number? * Japan by Rail: new edition*

Photos of the Month

This month we take a look at JR East's newest and the most
northerly steam hauled excursion service in Japan, the SL Ginga.
All runs are operated by JNR locomotive C58 239 & 4 rebuilt former
KiHa 141 series DMU's which still have their diesel engines installed.

On 5th May C58 239 is at the head of the 'SL Ginga' at
Hanamaki for its leisurely run to Kamaishi. Accommodation
is provided by revamped JR Hokkaido DMU stock, itself
rebuilt from hauled carriages. It will return from Kamaishi
on the following day. Photo - Anthony Robins.

C58 239 is seen here departing Tōno on 19th June 2015.
Photo - Hiroshi Naito

C58 239 is seen here arriving at Dōsen on 20th June 2015.
Photo - Hiroshi Naito

Photo of the Month Archive

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