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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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  • News Archive
    March 2014 edition
    By Anthony Robins


  • Details of our upcoming events may be found here

    The latest Bullet-In features:

    82s

    Bullet-In # 82

    Shinkansen 50 Diary * Dates Editorial * Oku-Tama - Endless Rope Haulage * New Tokaido Trunk Railway, 1963 * JRS Web & Social Media Update * Membership Notes * Hokkaido Winter Travel, Part 2 * Niigata to Kushiro  * Sleeping Car Limited Express "Akebono" * Chairman's Chat *
    Routing of Allied Trains, 1946 - 1952 *
    Shinkansen News, Past & Present * 760mm gauge Railways Worldwide


Photos of the Month




With this years' annual timetable changes announced for March
seeing the end of the last real Blue Train "Hokutosei", we take
a look this month at some recent scenes which will soon be history.


hokutosei_sapporo_10082014.jpg
DD51 diesel locomotives 1138 & 1148 lead the Ueno bound
Hokutosei consist from the servicing facility at Inaho on 10/08/2014 into
Sapporo Station preparing to take up service. Photo: John Cowburn





hokutosei_utsunomiya_11082014.jpg
The Hokutosei seen again the following morning
on 11/08/2014 with EF510-512 at the lead paused
at Utsunomiya, a set-down only stop
almost at
journeys end
. Photo: John Cowburn




dining_car_12112014.jpg
After the March 2015 timetable changes, the only services
on the Japanese Railways offering Dining Car service will be
the Cassiopeia, and the cruise trains being commissioned by
the various JR's around the nation. This photo is of the Dining
Car aboard the "Hokutosei" on the northbound service of
12/11/2014.
 Photo: Kiyoshi Jinno
Photo of the Month Archive


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