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Date: 12/05/20 19:10
A bare table train with an alone JP-8 tanker
Author: Hiroshi

I heard an announcement letting us know a train was approaching the station.
Thought it was a regular oil can train. But it was NOT.  
It was a bare table train with an alone JP-8 Tanker.

NOTE: "JP-8" is used to haul Jet fuel for the US NAVY operation out from the Yokota Airbase.

Hiroshi








Date: 12/05/20 19:12
Re: A bare table train with an alone JP-8 tanker
Author: Hiroshi

And EOT markers.

Hiroshi




Date: 12/05/20 23:20
Re: A bare table train with an alone JP-8 tanker
Author: cchan006

Hiroshi Wrote:
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> NOTE: "JP-8" is used to haul Jet fuel for the US
> NAVY operation out from the Yokota Airbase.
>
> Hiroshi

Nice catch!

The branch line into Yokota Air Force Base is not electrified, so the last leg requires a diesel locomotive to haul it into the base. The branch line diverges off of Seibu Railway's Haijima Line, but there is a direct crossover between that and JR Hachiko Line before the Haijima Station.

Possible routing is from Negishi to Hachioji by an electric locomotive, which you caught, then a diesel locomotive hauls the JP-8 from Hachioji to Haijima via the Hachiko Line. I say "possible" because I haven't chased it yet, but this IS the routing based on the JR Freight Timetable, since there are multiple "oil trains" that terminate at Hachioji, so they should have a yard and switching infrastructure to handle this train.

It looks like a major hassle to route the JP-8 via Tachikawa, since several crossovers need to be used from JR Nanbu to Ome Line, then more crossover hassles from JR Ome Line to Seibu Haijima Line at Haijima.
 



Date: 12/06/20 11:45
Re: A bare table train with an alone JP-8 tanker
Author: PHall

And there's nothing special about JP-8 jet fuel. It's just standard Jet A-1 kerosene with and anti-icing inhibitor added. JP-8 replaced JP-4 about 20 years ago.
 



Date: 12/06/20 12:34
Re: A bare table train with an alone JP-8 tanker
Author: cchan006

PHall Wrote:
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> And there's nothing special about JP-8 jet fuel.
> It's just standard Jet A-1 kerosene with and
> anti-icing inhibitor added. JP-8 replaced JP-4
> about 20 years ago.

Thanks for that factoid.

However, Japanese railfans consider this movement a "rare catch" even if by American foamer standards, once or twice a week is not really rare. In context, they are used to having "chase-able" targets everyday, if not several times a day, and that's just within the Tokyo Metro area.  



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