Railroads Damaged by Earthquake and Tsunami
On the Pacific shores of Iwate, the JR Ofunato Line and Sanriku Railway Company lines suffered heavy damage in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. On April 10th, Naoto Kodama of Iwate Rail Modelers' Circle (JRM's sister club in Iwatetsu, Japan) traveled to the coast to witness and photograph the state of these railroads one month after the catastrophe.
EH500 “Kintaro” Freight Locomotive by Matthew Davis
Even before I moved to Japan, one of my favorite models was the EH500 “Kintaro” freight locomotive. Its bulk and angular profile are all business, but its bright livery and smooth sides give it an unexpected sleekness. But it doesn’t run on the lines I was most interested in modeling, so I never really learned much about it.