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Railway Preservation in Japan: NHK Program
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Author:  Alexander D. Mitchell IV [ Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:22 am ]
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Since it discusses preservation strategy more than the usual PBS-style program, I thought I'd share an online-streaming program from NHK World, the English-language (and other languages) service of Japan's NHK TV network:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/ ... y/2049044/

Japan Railway Journal
Driving Forward with Steam: Oigawa Railway's Strategy

Broadcast on January 11, 2018

The Oigawa Railway began operating Japan's first preserved steam locomotive in 1976, and has been a pioneer in the field ever since. Now the company operates 4 steam trains that run more than 300 days a year. Join us as we discover the amazing efforts that make this possible, from their popular "Thomas the Tank Engine" service which has been gaining attention in recent years, to the vital inspections and repairs expertly carried out at the company's own workshop.

Available until January 25, 2018

Warning: Thomas the Tank Engine puts in an appearance.

Author:  PaulWWoodring [ Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Railway Preservation in Japan: NHK Program

Oh, Thomas puts in more than an appearance. The program is fairly well done for the non-fan. Those of us interested in more of the details are left with questions. Are Thomas and Friends cosmetically altered regular locomotives from the railway, or are they outside locomotives brought in for the events? Tickets for the Thomas trips are priced one-way (conversion from Yen for adults is a reasonable approx. $27), so how do passengers get back to the starting point? Bus, or regular, non-steam train? Do other passengers bus to the far end of the line and ride the Thomas train back?

I really like the fact that the railway has preserved a total historic appearance - complete stations, high platforms, multiple trains and types of equipment operating at the same time, etc. Overall, it's very well done, and would put most U. S. tourist operations to shame.

Author:  JDParkes [ Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Railway Preservation in Japan: NHK Program

Thomas was/is quite big in Japan hence why there's now a Japanese D51 Class character in the show. It clearly works and works well for them.

Author:  softwerkslex [ Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Railway Preservation in Japan: NHK Program

Thanks for sharing this.

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