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   Welcome to the Japanese Railway Society

The Japanese Railway Society (JRS) was founded in 1991 in London to promote the knowledge of the
railways of Japan in the UK & other non-Japanese-speaking parts of the world. Since 1991, there have
been several activities like exhibitions (also of railway models), a TV-show (on Naruhodo The World, Fuji TV),
many meetings in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and many guided tours to and meetings in Japan.
Our membership is now more than 200 people in over 10 countries worldwide.

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Bullet-In # 93

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Editorial, Publications, Shop, Letters, Chat * JR Office in London (2) * News Update * Torokko: Truck or Trolley * Memories of Train Whistles * The Yōrō Railway * My First Two Visits to Japan, 1966 and 1970 * Interesting Experiences – Lessons Learned * The Akechi Railway * Model-In: Shinkansen in HO * Model-In: Exhibition Calendar


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Photos of the Month
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.

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


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

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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 when the service commenced in 1999.

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