By Kenneth Lin
A side view of Kumoha #42-006,
showing a close up of the DT12 type truck.
With fresh morning dew evaporating from
the surrounding fields, Kumoha 42 enjoys a quiet morning interlude at
the end of the line, Nagato-Motoyama Station.
View of Nagato-Motoyama terminal, a very simple
station. The small building adjacent the platform is a station toilet.
There are no toilets aboard the Kumoha 42. Before embarking upon the
long 8 minute journey to Suzumeda, passengers are advised to take
advantage of the station facilities while they can.
Another view of
Nagato-Motoyama Station, this time from the north.
Exterior view of the cab of Kumoha #42-006.
Fitting the Kumoha 42 with through gangways and car
end doors at both ends of the railcar was an innovative design feature
With its heavyweight,
unstreamlined appearance consisting of sash windows, riveted carbody
sides and chocolate brown livery, the Kumoha 42 not only transports
passengers to Nagato-Motoyama, but also back in time to pre-war days.
from the United States, the Kumoha 42 often conjures images of
nostalgia for interurbans which used to lace the country. Alas they are
just a memory, but its distant relatives still ply the rails here.
Resting at Suzemeda Station. The track stretching
away and behind Kumoha #42-006 is the Onoda Line. Suzemeda Station is
the interchange station for the Onoda Line. For railfans arriving by
mainline train from distant
cities such as Tokyo or Osaka, this is often their first view of the
beloved Kumoha 42.
Once upon a time the Kumoha
42 connected distant cities. Today it conveys passengers in pre-war
ambience on only 2.8 kilometers of track. But, as it rattles along the
harvested rice paddies at sunset, it retains a certain timeless
quality. It is in the sunset of its life, ride it while you can!