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Class 9600 climbing the Tempoku Pass

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Filmed in 1972 but set on the Nayoro Main Line of 1935, this is a dramatization of a Class 9600 trying to climb the Tempoku Pass.  This section existed between Kami-Okoppe and Ichinohashi, and had a maximum grade of 25 permil.  According to the notes at the beginning of the video, engine 49672 was scrapped after filming.

 

Seven hundred seventy of this type were built between 1913 and 1926.  Kawasaki Heavy Industries, then called Kawasaki Zosenjo (shipbuilding), built the most by far, 686.  The locomotive shown here was one of 73 from 1920.  Following Kawasaki, Kisha Seizo built 69, and JGR Kokura Works built 15.  The last of the type was retired at the beginning of March 1976.

 

The video was posted by tyokutoku (https://www.youtube.com/user/tyokutoku/videos), have a look at his channel for more great historical films.

 

Some pictures taken between 1970 and 1972 of Class 9600 locos used on this line: http://home.a00.itscom.net/yosan/jyoki/nayoro/nayoro.html

 

 

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cteno4

Nice, thanks!

 

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bikkuri bahn

That's a gem of a film.  Good resource for modeling late-era JNR steam freights too.  According to this resource, the Nayoro Locomotive Depot as late as 1973 had a roster of thirteen 9600 series, and seven D51 types.  

http://d51791.com/pg26nayoro.html

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Kiha66

AMAZING!  The 9600 is my favorite Japanese locomotive, and I am greatly saddened that none survive in working state.  Its near impossible to find good footage of them in action, so this well shot video in such high quality is beyond what I ever expected.

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