These steam locomotives once ran with power and charm through the beautiful scenery of Japan. They were operated by the engineer and the assistant engineer, with the important support of many people who performed the routine maintenance of the railroad tracks. All of these people loved the steam locomotive dearly. They gladly carried passengers ... people with joy, with sorrow, with hopeful expectation ... safely to their destinations. These photos of steam locomotives, I hope, will refresh your memories of the good old days for other people. And, while the days of the steam locomotive may be gone, still they live on in our hearts.
Haboro line of Hokkaido (Jan, 1969) D51
I got off at the "Rikibiru" station (an unmanned station). Two pairs of "Kanjiki" were hanging on the wall of the little waiting room of the station. A big sign says, "Use them freely. "Kanjiki" [snowshoes] are the recommended tools for walking in the snow .
Kansai line (Mar, 1970) D51
Two D51 types passing each other. It is springtime, with a light snow still on the ground. Osaka, where I live, doesn't get much snow. It does snow around Suzuka, however, about 100 km [50m] miles east of here, which is famous for its Formula One car race, held in March every year.
Koumi line (May, 1972) C56
The train runs in the highlands about 1432M [a mile] above sea level. This photograph is of Nobeyama station, JNR (Japan National Railways). It is the highest railway station in Japan. I want to re-visit this place one more time. But, at the same time, I'm afraid this place might be changed as much as everywhere else.
They let my wife and I ride in the small cab of the locomotive.
My wife rode with me, and rode all the way to the platform of Itoigawa station.
I have sweet and fond memories of that trip.
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