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C57 Locomotive – The Lady

Posted in Places by tokyobling on November 9, 2011

There’s been quite a few train related posts lately so here’s another one! In March this year I visited the Koganei park here in Tokyo for the first time and met this grand old Lady, a decommissioned type C57 train nicknamed 貴婦人, The Lady, that used to run in Asahikawa in Hokkaido until 1974. I have read somewhere that using today’s technology it would be impossible to build a locomotive like this. There’s still a few train lines operated around Japan just for the use of old style locomotives, all very popular with tourists. This train is open for visitors from March to November every year, so if you’re in the area, go have a look!

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  1. karen_machida said, on November 9, 2011 at 5:30 am

    very interesting!

    • tokyobling said, on November 9, 2011 at 6:11 am

      Thanks Karen! You know, I wouldn’t mind living in a train car.

  2. pk1154 said, on November 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    4-6-?? I couldn’t make out any trailing pilot wheels. (4-6-0 is a legitimate configuration, called a Ten Wheel over here.) She’s a little beauty.

    (My steam engine heart belongs to the 2-6-6-6 “Allegheny” at the Henry Ford Museum. She’s staggeringly huge, that engine.)

    • tokyobling said, on November 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      I think you are my twin sister separated at birth by a mad scientist with a time machine. (^-^)

  3. D... said, on November 10, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I think it’s just nice to see when something is loved and taken care of. Then I want to love it too, out of respect for the person’s effort.

    But it’s shiny, so very shiny. I really like that.

  4. Timi said, on November 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Oh, nostalgic :) I love this beautiful lady!

    • tokyobling said, on November 11, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Isn’t she gorgeous?

  5. Tanaka_san said, on November 15, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Já vi esse tipo de trem no Brasil e eles parecem bem velhos/usados. Esses trens do Japão parecem que estão sempre com cara de novos! Parecem que acabaram de sair da fábrica! Vi vários vídeos deles no youtube. =D

    • tokyobling said, on November 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      Eles cuidar de suas antiguidades … (^-^)

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