This month sees a collection of photos by Dave Fossett and Hiroshi Naito showing the great variety of rolling stock that can be seen in Japan today, from modern shinkansen and commuter trains serving the major cities to aged tramcars and electric trains still active in more rural areas.
A 2-car E127 series EMU arrives at Niigata station on a local service from Murakami.
Refurbished JR Freight locomotive EF65-1076 threads its
container train out of Tabata Yard in Tokyo and onto the Joban Freight
A Joban Line E231 series EMU rounds the curve to pass
underneath the Keisei Railway just after Nippori station in Tokyo with
a local service to Toride. The tracks behind the train are the Yamanote
and Keihin-Tohoku Lines.
A 2-car KiHa110 DMU approaches Niigata with a Banetsusai Line
local service from Maoroshi. This type is the standard JR East
new-generation DMU, introduced in the early 1990s and now widely used
across the JR East area.
E2 series shinkansen set number N11 approaches Tokyo station
with the Asama 514 service from Nagano. The 8-car Nagano Shinkansen
sets are distinguishable from the 10-car Tohoku and Joetsu fleet by the
red stripe separating the white and blue areas on the bodysides.
E4 series shinkansen set number P51 approaches Omiya station
with the Max-Yamabiko/Tsubasa 126 service from Sendai and Yamagata.
This particular set is one of two designed to cope with the steep
gradients of the Nagano Shinkansen route, enabling it to be used on
seasonal Max-Asama services.
Pulling out of Iida station on the Iida Line is a series 119 EMU, which is uniquely allocated to this rural line. The Iida Line is a secondary line, approximately 215 km long, connecting Toyohashi on the Tokaido Main Line and Okaya on the Chuo Line, and serving about 100 stations. By Hiroshi Naito, November 2003.
Takaoka, a medium sized city in Toyama prefecture, still operates a light
rail system, named the Manyo Line. A 40-year-old tram car emerges onto the street running section.
A Toyama Regional Railway limited express passes through a
loop. This stock was the railway's first modernized train with air
conditioning, and was built in 1980.