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JNR Double ED40 Model by rlkitterman
JNR Double ED40 Model
In service on the Abt rack section of the Shinetsu Main Line over Usui Pass, the ED40 electric locomotives were often doubleheaded, as seen on this large-scale model at the Saitama Railway Museum.  However, they were most likely not driven with the doors open; the museum built the models this way to show the inner workings of the locomotives.  The much smaller model is of an EC40, the immediate predecessor of the ED40.
JNR Moha 63.638 for Mitaka by rlkitterman
JNR Moha 63.638 for Mitaka
JNR electric railcar Moha 63.638 was built by Kawasaki in 1947 for commuter trains.  Another railcar of the same type caught at Yokohama Sakuragicho station on April 24, 1951, killing 106 people and spurring fire-safety reforms on JNR.  Moha 63.638 is displayed at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park with a headboard for Mitaka, a Tokyo suburb best known these days as the site of the Studio Ghibli anime museum.

NB: One reason for the high death toll incurred at Sakuragicho was that the doors could only open inward and the passengers could not activate the manual override.  A similar problem with the door of the NASA Apollo 1 space capsule trapped three American astronauts inside and condemned them to burn to death on January 27, 1967.
Nagoya Railway Diorama by rlkitterman
Nagoya Railway Diorama
A large model railroad diorama is on display at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.  The centerpiece is this rather compressed replica of the city of Nagoya, featuring the railway station and JR Central Towers.
Rare Train Zone by rlkitterman
Rare Train Zone
The Rare Train Zone is a section of SCMAGLEV and Railway Park dedicated to rare or unique examples of passenger rolling stock.  From left to right:
- Moha 63 electric railcar
- Kiha 82 diesel railcar
- Kiha 48000 diesel railcar
- Orone 10 sleeping car
- Maine 40 sleeping car
- Oha 35 passenger car
- Oya 31 structure gauging car
- Suni 30 baggage car
Halloween Wedding Dress by rlkitterman
Halloween Wedding Dress
Here's a wedding dress for the more alternative-minded bride: a Halloween-themed dress.  It is orange and black with silver trim, and comes with a matching hat.  I saw it on display in the front window of Pax bridal shop in Shizuoka.
As of now, I've been in Japan for a month, and in my apartment in Shimizu for three weeks.  It's still a bit difficult adapting to the language and customs here, but the food is delicious, my students are excellent, and I am taking lots of day trips when I can!  So far, I've been to Tokyo, Ome, Saitama, Shizuoka, Shimizu, Fuji City, Nagoya, and Hamamatsu.  I will be busy teaching until around Halloween, which is when I hope to visit the Oigawa Railway and the Shizuoka Daidogei World Cup (street performance art festival).  Later in the fall, I may return to Tokyo for a weekend-long trip.
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Galop Infernal (Can-Can) by Jacques Offenbach
  • Reading: Japanese the Manga Way
  • Watching: The Legend of Korra
  • Playing: Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006
  • Eating: Ramen
  • Drinking: Green tea


RL Kitterman
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Furuhashi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  New member
Thank you so much for the favourite!
BigMaleforFan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
thanks for faving !!!
tsukiko-kiyomidzu Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
tx for the fave! ) 
kanyiko Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the :+fav:!! ^_^
F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the recent favs of my acft pics!
Furuhashi Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2014  New member
Thank you so much for watch and favourites!
moniqueschauffert Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Are You moving to Japan? 
Cooool *-*
I envy you
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I already moved there; I am in Tokyo at the moment but will move to Shimizu (southwest of Tokyo) soon.  It's a lot of fun here!
moniqueschauffert Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hum...I see...But why you decided to go to Tokyo first? 
Keep sharing photos, please! ;)
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I am in Tokyo for a teacher-training course, as I will teach English in the Shimizu/Shizuoka area, which is supposed to have a good view of Mt Fuji.
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