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Japanese Railway Society
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
several activities like exhibitions (also of railway models), a TV-show
Naruhodo The World, Fuji TV),
many meetings in the United Kingdom, Germany, the
and many guided tours to and meetings in Japan.
Our membership is now more than 200 people in over 10 countries
In this issue: -
Dates, Editorial, Letters * Chairman's Chat * Hybrid Trains * Older
& Newer Metro Stock (3) * News Update (1) *
Trip on the Wakayama Railway * News Update (2) * About Akira Shirai *
Disappearing trees *
Review: Japan's Colourful Tramways * Local Wrapping Trains * Livery
Issues * The Origin of 1,067 mm gauge *
Conttroller & Wally Higgins * Hiroshima to Nagasaki (2) * Model-in:
Exhibition Calendar * Modelling Notes *
Mini Tour to the Netherlands * Japan Railway Journal * Annual General
- We have a web article reviewing the NEW Kyōto Railway Museum
- We have a new
membership form covering all regions, replacing our previous regional
- Details of our
upcoming events may be found here
This month we take a look at a selection of photo's from Hiroshi Naito who recently paid a visit to Matsuyama, in the West of Shikoku.
All photos taken 28th May 2016
A tram car rumbling over a level crossing with the heavy railway line at Ōtemachi in Matsuyama on Shikoku. Both the street running tramway and heavy railway line are operated by a private railway of the Iyo Railway which serves the vicinity of Matsuyma City.
A fake steam train named 'Bocchan Train' rolling down the main street in downtown Matsuyama. The fake steam, 0-4-0 Tank, is a replica of a German Krauss, which once upon a time in the Meiji era around 1888, served a light railway in Matsuyama, the predecessor of the current Iyo Railway. ‘Bocchan’, meaning a young master, is the title of a novel by a famous author Natsume Soseki, who wrote this novel based on his personal experience in Matsuyama as a teacher of the city’s middle school. The novel was published in 1906.
An ex-Keio 3000 series set of the Iyo Railway passing over the level crossing again at Ōtemachi.