In March 2019, the Sanriku Tetsudō took over the operations of the JR East Yamada Line between Miyako & Kamaishi, allowing through service on their previously isolated sections for the first time in their own right. As atribute to the achievement, our photos this month take a look at this interesting third sector line in Northern Tōhoku. All Photos: Anthony Leith, taken 14th July 2018.
36-202 lead a 2-car set, seen awaiting departure from Miyako with the 13:15 service to Kuji.
The railway operates 36-600 retro styled DMU's, this 2 car set bound for Miyako paused at Tanohata.
36-101 in an all-over advertising livery for Turkish Airlines (who have provided sponsorship to the railway to aid the disaster recovery) shown entering the loop at Noda Tamagawa while heading southbound to Miyako.