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Two nice videos below about the JRF Etchujima Freight Line.


According to Japanese Wikipedia this line opened in 1929 between Koiwa and Onagigawa, and eventually connected to what is now known as Etchujima Freight Station.  Until 1989, it also extended to Toyosu and Harumi as a line for the Tokyo-to Bureau of Port and Harbor.  Kisha Seizo's Toyko factory was also along the line and had a connection.  It closed in 1972.


It's entirely single-tracked and unelectrified, but apparently its speed limit is 95 km/h (59 mph).  The thought of a DE10 whizzing along at that speed seems a little scary :).  


This line has been mentioned in two other threads, http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/7462-cool-port-scene/ and http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/2084-what-is-a-convex-b-switcher/


by Yukinori Minami





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Figured you would enjoy the rail carriers. Few clips looked familiar from past postings on those.



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Interesting. I traced it on google maps and it looks like it was double tracked in the past, but only the double tracked bridges and one bypass siding remains from that. Also the rail loading yard's lead and the street patterns beyond that look like the tracks continued towards the islands.


edit: that line seemed to be the Harumi freight line...

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