This we commemorate the last runs of both the Hokutosei & the Twilight Express with a greater selection of photos. Both these services will cease from the 14th of March.
The illuminated sign above one of the the sleeping car doors on the Hokotosei, whilst standing at Sapporo awaiting departure for Ueno on the late afternoon of 10/08/2014.Photo: John Cowburn
At around 21:45 on the evening of 10/08/2014, ED79 20 couples up to the stock of the Hokutosei at at Hakodate prior to working the train through the Seikan tunnel to Aomori. The platform was something of a circus of photographers even at this time! Photo: John Cowburn.
Only a few years old, EF510 514 in ‘Hokutosei’ livery loco is waiting for the northbound departure for Sapporo from Ueno on 12/11/2014. Some of these new generation JR East locomotives are being transferred to JR Freight for new freight assignments along the Trans-Sea of Japan lines. Photo: Kiyoshi Jinno
The End of the ‘Blue Trains’ also means the end of the ‘Push Train’ between Oku depot and Ueno Station. The number of spectators at Ueno has grew to significant numbers before the ‘Last run’. 12/11/2014. Photo: Kiyoshi Jinno
The northbound Twilight Express paused on 02/06/2011 at Takaoka.Photo: Anthony Leith.
ED79-9 had just been attached to the Southbound Twilight Express at Goryokaku on 25/05/2014. This station saw the direction of the train reverse, and locomotive exchange between the DD51 diesels from Sapporo for the ED79 AC electric locomotives to work the trains through the Seikan Tunnel between Hokkaidō & Honshū.