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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 # 104

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    * Editorial, Letters, Chairman’s Chat * News Update * All Change at Chiryū (3) * Trains Numbered 104 * Meitetsu’s ‘Evangelion’ Stamp Rally * A Kyoto Tram in The Old Pueblo * Sayonara, Meitetsu’s Two-Door trains! * Gone Forever After Less Than 30 Years * Joyful Nagoya – Tokyo Tour * Visit to Hankyū Railway * A Railway Without Its Own Trains? * Ki 100 Snowplough * JRS Japan New Year’s Meeting * Model-In: Modelling Calendar *

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    Photos of the Month

    Nahanefu 22 1007

    “Nahanefu22 1007” is a 20 series sleeping car constructed in 1965 and was attached as the rear vehicle of many Limited Express Blue Train's such as the Yuzuru, and Asakaze, the latter once offering a standard of accommodation making it a travelling hotel. Originally numbered as Nahanefu 22 7, modifications were made during 1977 to make it compatible with 12 Series coaching stock and it was renumbered in the 1000 sub class. It ended service just prior to the break-up of the Japanese National Railways (JNR) in early 1987, ownership passing to JR Kyūshū after privatisation.

    In 1990, the sleeping car was added as an exhibit to Kaizuka Park, in the northern suburbs of Fukuoka, adjacent to the similarly named subway station.

    Being exposed to the elements for 27 years took its toll on the condition of the car, prompting JRS member Ryu Takahashi to invest his own time and money to campaign for the restoration of the vehicle.

    With the assistance of the Japanese Railway Society, and through Takahashi-San's crowd funding
    efforts and working with the City of Fukuoka and JR Kyūshū (who still own the coach), the restoration work was finally completed in March 2020.

    Our photos this month show the condition of the car before and after the restoration work.


    Before - 9th June 2019.

    After - 30th March 2020.

    Before - 9th June 2019.

    After - 30th March 2020.

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