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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

  • Details of our upcoming events may be found here

    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

Until recently, JR West has been an operator that had a preference for overhauled
ex-JNR stock instead of new equipment. With orders for new stock on the Osaka Loop
Line now in place, we take a look at the recent past at scenes depicting some of
the classic JNR stock still hard at work.

All photos: Anthony Leith

Once common on both Tōkyō & Nagoya area suburban services, the 103 series
are still inregular service today on the Ōsaka Loop Line, such as this set seen
here arriving at Taishō in the early morning of Sunday 14th December 2008. Orders
for new-build 323 series EMU's have recently been announced as replacements for
these units with deliveries commencing in 2016.

The surviving 201 series on the Ōsaka Loop Line will also be replaced by the recently
ordered new build 323 series. While this scene may look identical to somewhere on
the JR East Chūō Main Line, this set is seen arriving at Bentenchō on an 'inner-circle'
Ōsaka Loop Line service on Sunday 1st August 2010.

The recent orders for new EMU stock haven't specifically mentioned replacements for
the green liveried Nara & Yamatoji Line 103's but with the cascading of newer sets
that is likely to happen when new stock is delivered it's safe to presume that their time is
also limited. This 103 series set is seen here arriving at Kizu on the Nara Line on the warm
summer morning of Saturday 1st August 2009.
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