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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

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    The latest Bullet-In features:


    Bullet-In # 86

    * Diary Dates, Editorial, Chairman's Chat * News Update * Hankyu & the Ōte-shi-tetsu (2) *  Hokuriku and Poppo Town (1) *
    * Low-Floor Light Rail Vehicle Innovation * Older and Newer Metro Stock (1) * Trains and Autumn Foliage on TV *
    * Look-a-likes * Requiem for the Blue Train * Autumn - Season for Visiting Train Depots * Letters to the Editor/Snapshots/Publications *
    * Railways in a TV Crime Thriller * Hiroshima to Nagasaki - 2014 * Suggested Trip * Rural Private Railways' Ridership (4) *
    * Model-In: Exhibition Dates 2015/16 *

Photos of the Month

Our photo's this month focused on Kyōto, are from the collection of Oliver Mayer.

Kyōto City Tram Square (Shiden Hiroba) within Umekōji Park, close to Umekōji Railway Museum.
A total of 8 former
Kyōto city trams are preserved in this park. This photo shows the central part
with trams 505 and 703, and 1605 and 890 in the background on the 19th May 2014.

A Kyōto city tram in the Toei Kyōto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eiga-mura), however not an original tram,
but a replica. Nevertheless, it fits in very well into the studio park’s historic “Meiji Street”.

The Umekōji Steam Locomotive Museum closed at the end of August 2015, but it will reopen as a
part of the new
Kyōto Railway Museum in March 2016. This photo from 27th August 2015 shows
all steam locomotives with special flags to commemorate the closure, with class 7100 ‘Yoshitsune’
on the left. The new museum will combine the collection of the current museum with that from the
former Bentenchō museum in Ōsaka.

Photo of the Month Archive

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