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Date: 01/12/21 21:44
Japan 2002 Part 5 - Kyoto/Osaka area
Author: dwatry

1)  My favorite photo from the trip - a Keihan Railway LRV in Ishiyama passing the "Heavy Drinker's House"!   Wonder what goes on in there??!!??  Photo 10/9/02.
2)  Keihan LRV in Omjingumae passing a storage yard.  Note car in background being scrapped in the yard by an attachment to a front loader.  Photo 10/9/02.
3)  SB Shinkansen arriving Kyoto on 10/7/02. 








Date: 01/12/21 21:51
Re: Japan 2002 Part 5 - Kyoto/Osaka area
Author: dwatry

4)  Shinkansen staff at Kyoto get ready to signal for departure.
5)  Hankyu Railway outbound trains at Juso, just outside Osaka.  Note 3 trains all approaching simultaneously.  As I recall, 3 lines depart central Osaka Umeda station every 10 minutes and run together to Juso, where they diverge.  Impressive coordination.
6)  Hankyu Railway train at Juso 10/9/02.
 








Date: 01/12/21 22:06
Re: Japan 2002 Part 5 - Kyoto/Osaka area
Author: dan

3 trains approaching every 10 min wow



Date: 01/13/21 09:17
Re: Japan 2002 Part 5 - Kyoto/Osaka area
Author: cchan006

dan Wrote:
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> 3 trains approaching every 10 min wow

You ain't seen nothing yet. Many are synchronized so people can make transfers in a timely manner and don't have to wait 2-5 minutes for the next train. 



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Date: 01/13/21 10:05
Re: Japan 2002 Part 5 - Kyoto/Osaka area
Author: cchan006

dwatry Wrote:
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> 1)  My favorite photo from the trip - a Keihan
> Railway LRV in Ishiyama passing the "Heavy
> Drinker's House"!   Wonder what goes on in
> there??!!??  Photo 10/9/02.

"Heavy Drinker's House" is one of those odd English translations. The name of the pub is "Michikusa (みちくさ or 道草)" which is an expression for killing time, or wandering off (literally translated, road weed). An equivalent railfan expression might be "Tochu-gesha (途中下車)", or de-training on a whim during a journey. 

I guess "all those who wander are not lost" people probably come here to drink? Quite appropriate that it's located trackside.

If not for the street-running, some might consider Keihan's LRVs as EMUs.

> 2)  Keihan LRV in Omjingumae passing a storage
> yard.  Note car in background being scrapped in
> the yard by an attachment to a front loader. 
> Photo 10/9/02

Great nostalgia shot, as the one being scrapped might be a Class 260 set.

Keihan's Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line is a fascinating piece of Japanese railroading.



Date: 01/13/21 10:15
Re: Japan 2002 Part 5 - Kyoto/Osaka area
Author: dwatry

Yes it was hard to know whether to call them LRVs or EMUS, because Keihan also operates trains that look more "EMU-like".    See attached EMU set at Yawatashi.




Date: 01/16/21 14:21
Re: Japan 2002 Part 5 - Kyoto/Osaka area
Author: 86235

dwatry Wrote:
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> 6)  Hankyu Railway train at Juso 10/9/02.
>  
Duncan, were you standing next to me?

I don't think I've ever ridden trains as clean as those of the Hankyu, you could eat your dinner off the floor.




Date: 01/20/21 11:16
Re: Japan 2002 Part 5 - Kyoto/Osaka area
Author: dwatry

Nick - I think so!   What year was your shot?



Date: 01/20/21 14:16
Re: Japan 2002 Part 5 - Kyoto/Osaka area
Author: 86235

Late October 2002, three days later we were in Takayama and by then it was November.



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