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Facing Oigawa C5644 by rlkitterman
Facing Oigawa C5644
Oigawa Railway 1936 Mitsubishi Mogul (2-6-0) C5644 faces the camera as it starts a passenger train out of Shin-Kanaya station for Senzu.  I was not actually standing on the tracks, as the line curves a bit going out of the station and the train passed a few feet to my side about half a minute after I took this picture.
NYC Bay-Window Caboose Hotel by rlkitterman
NYC Bay-Window Caboose Hotel
This bay-window caboose at the Red Caboose Motel in Strasburg, Pennsylvania is painted in New York Central diesel-era green with the "Road to the Future" slogan.  Accommodation is about $140/night, but the hotel will close in the winter and reopen in spring 2015.
Northrop Talon and Tigershark by rlkitterman
Northrop Talon and Tigershark
These two Northrop jets are on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles' Expo Park.  The T-38 Talon (top) is a popular supersonic trainer, while the F-20 Tigershark (bottom) was a cheap supersonic fighter that lost to the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon in the political arena.
Ansaldo SVA.9 Replica by rlkitterman
Ansaldo SVA.9 Replica
On February 14, two Ansaldo SVA.9 two-seater biplanes under the command of Lieutenant Arturo Ferrarin took off from Rome, flying from Italy to Japan in stages before eventually landing in Tokyo on May 31.  As the Taisho Emperor was too sick to meet the Italian aviators, the Empress welcomed them instead and spoke to them in French, as it was the only mutually understood language. 

One of the biplanes was donated by Italy to Japan, though it was destroyed in World War II during an Allied bombing of Tokyo.  After WWII, a replica of the adventurous biplane was commissioned and put on display at the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) museum in Hamamatsu.
JASDF Fuji T-1 Trainer by rlkitterman
JASDF Fuji T-1 Trainer
By the late 1950s, the Japanese aviation industry was restarting in the wake of WWII and the Allied occupation.  One of the first postwar planes was the Fuji T-1 trainer, loosely based on the North American F-86 Sabre jet fighter.  The Bristol Siddeley Orpheus engine could take it to 500 knots (575 miles/hour), and it could fly at 47,000 feet up.  For combat training, the T-1 could be armed with a machine gun and a pair of bombs or missiles.  One of survivors is preserved at Hamamatsu Air Park near the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) base.
Today, I visited a Japanese heritage railway for the first time.  I rode an SL excursion train on the Oigawa Railway, which was an excellent trip, as I got to see plenty of beautiful scenery and classic steam locomotives and other rolling stock.  I ended up taking 806 pictures, so I will put some of my personal favorites here as soon as I can organize the folder.  Hope you are all enjoying Halloween wherever you are!
  • Mood: Bliss
  • Listening to: Life's Railway to Heaven by the Statler Brothers
  • Reading: The Superior Person's Book of Words
  • Watching: The Right Stuff
  • Playing: Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006
  • Eating: Yakitori
  • Drinking: Draft beer


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pianolady32 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch!
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Thanks for the fav!
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Thank you for the fav :-)
kanyiko Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the :+fav:!! ^_^
OliverBPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for all the favs! :thanks:
Furuhashi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  New member
Thank you so much for many favourites!
pianolady32 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the favorites! Bunny Emoji-66 (Thank you arigatou) [V3] 
OriliaBlackwood Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thx for faving x3 <3
SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Nice gallery:)
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