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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 200 people in over 10 countries worldwide.

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  • News Archive
    December 2014 edition
    By Anthony Robins

  • Details of our upcoming events may be found here

    The latest Bullet-In features:


    Bullet-In # 87

    * Diary Dates, Editorial, Letters * Society Shop/New Honorary Secretary * Older and Newer Metro Stock (2) * Chairman's Chat * News Update
    * Matsusaka's Railways - Past and Present * John Cowburn's Saga * Patagonian Stars * Kurobe Gorge Railway and Alpine Route
    * Hokuriku and Poppo Town (2) * The Eizan Railway (Eizan) * Japanese Bullet trains & UK Train Production * Model-In: Exhibition Dates
    * Model-In: Hironocho Questions * Japan's Major Holiday Seasons *

Photos of the Month

New Transport Systems around Nagoya from the collection of Oliver Mayer. 

The Linimo is a magnetic-levitated train, running between Fujigaoka (subway terminal) in Nagoya city and Yakusa
(connection to the Aichi Loop Railway) in Toyota city. Opened in 2005, it was heavily used during the 2005 Expo,
and has since been an important part of the suburban transport network east of Nagoya, although passenger numbers
have remained far below the original estimates.
Photo of train 04 taken at Yakusa on 3rd February 2006.

Another shot of the Linimo, this time train 03 leaving Ai-chikyuhaku-kinen-koen (Expo Memorial Park) station on
14th January 2008.

The Peach Liner was a guideway transit system on rubber tyres. It opened in 1991 to connect Meitetsu’s Komaki
station with the Tokadai New Town in Komaki city, north of Nagoya. However, due to only having about 10% of the
predicted number of passengers, the line was closed in 2006. Photo near Tokadai Center station on 25th September 2006.

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