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JRS Photos of the Month September 2017

JR East's SL Banetsu Monogatari

This month we take a look at JR East's popular Banetsu Monogatari 'Joyful Train' which operates seasonally on the un-electrified section of the Banetsu West Line between Niigata & Aizu-Wakamatsu. The service is typically hauled by 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive C57 180.

All Photos: Hiroshi Naito, taken 23rd July 2017.

Headed for Aizu-Wakamatsu in drizzling rain between Higashi-Niitsu & Gosen

Seen in lush greenery, C57 180 & consist emerged from the tunnel between Igashima & Mikawa.

Coasting downhill on approach to Nozawa station in the rain.

We earlier covered this operation on our Steam in Japan page, in our 2010 AGM Special
Bullet-In & in an article titled Railwaymen by Minoru Shinozaki soon after the service commenced in 1999.

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