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rogerfarnworth

I have been trying to find out more about the Kiso Forest Railways and I have seen quite a few references to it in the modelling parts of the forum.

 

I am hoping to find a map if the network somewhere and perhaps find out some websites which give a little more than a general history. I can use translation software if the sites are Japanese.

 

Does anyone have some pearls of wisdom?

 

Best wishes

 

Roger

 

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rogerfarnworth

Thank you, much appreciated.

 

Searching using English text only really produced the Wikipedia article and variants of it and the tourist website for the short narrow gauge railway still in use.

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rogerfarnworth

Am I right is assuming that some of the lines in the forest had more than one name? I have no knowledge of Japanese, so it just might be that I am misunderstanding things. Is the Ogawa Line the same as the Owataki Line and is that the same as the Otaki Line? Sorry for my lack of understanding.

 

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I seem to have worked things out a bit now. It looks as though the Otaki Forest Railway ran north from Agematsu and the Ogawa Forest Railway ran south from the point where the Otaki Line crossed the Kiso River.

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rogerfarnworth

Hello again

 

I have been looking through quite a number of Japanese language blogs using translation software. I have enjoyed following a number of different Kiso Forest Railway routes.

 

Translation software is a real help for text but I struggle to understand some annotated drawings and maps. I wonder whether anyone is able to help me the this small part of a map. This is near Nojiri in the Kiso Valley. The main reiver is the Kiso River and the tributary is the  Aji River. The green lines are Forest Railway routes with the one leaving the left of the image being the Atera Line.

 

I am trying to work out what the black line is as well as wanting to know what is said  in white characters next to arrows and yellow characters.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Roger

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It seems as though the black line was a ropeway for transporting timber to the sawmill on the East bank of the Kiso River.

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kevsmiththai

Kiso Forest #7 is preserved in the USA. It used to live at the back of Moss Motors in Goleta California in its own shed. I photographed it in 1998 and after that it was moved to the San Luis Obispo RR Museum

 

film of that at

 

 

If you want some detail pics let me know

 

Kev

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rogerfarnworth

Thanks Kev. I have been writing a few blogs about the Forest Railways of Japan. Any pictures you have would be great but please don't go out of your way to get them

 

Best wishes

 

Roger

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