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Welcome to the Japanese Railway Society (JRS)

The Japanese Railway Society (JRS) was founded in 1991 in London, England, to promote the knowledge of the
railways of Japan in England and 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. The membership is now more than 300 persons in about 10 countries

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    December 2013 edition
    By Anthony Robins

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    The latest Bullet-In features:


    Bullet-In # 81

    EF 81s; JNR's loco heritage * London - Tokyo Rail via Sakhalin? * North to Hokkaido * JRF HD300 Hybrid * Postal Commemoratives *
    Mudslides & Washouts * Sanriku Railway Re-Opened * Tetchan * Coping with a Power Crisis * Narrow Gauge & Model-In * News Update

Photos of the Month

As the opening date for the Hokuriku Shinkansen has been announced,
we take look in the vault at a few scenes which have already been a casualty
of the new line's construction and some scenes which will vanish forerver after
March 2015.

All photos: Anthony Leith

A 419 series awaits depature from Toyama on a local Hokuriku Main Line service
bound for Itoigawa. These sets were withdrawn from service in 2011. In this scene
the heavy re-construction of Toyama Station was just getting underway. 04/05/2009.

An Echigo-Yuzawa bound "Hakutaka" Ltd Express operated by a JR West 681 series
calls at Itoigawa alongside a Naoetsu bound local service operated by a 415 series. The
name "Hakutaka" will be transferred to the 'All-Stops' Shinkansen services when the new
line opens. The local services on the Hokuriku Main Line will be spun-off to a 3rd sector

The shed in Itoigawa Yard was demolished to make way for the Shinkansen's elevated trackbed.
This shed was used to stable the then elderly KiHa 52's which operated the JR West portion of
the Ōito Line as far as Minami-Otari until 2010. One of these veteran units is seen stabled to the
left of the shed.
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