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JRM at 2024 National Cherry Blossom Sakura Matsuri April 13th & 14th, 2024
JRM will be displaying our T-Trak layout at the 61st Annual Sakura Matsuri street festival in Washington DC on Saturday, April 13, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 14, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm. This is a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the 13th year JRM will have participated in the Sakrua Matsuri. The event will be held on Pennsylvania & Constitution Aves. 3rd-7th St NW, Washington DC. This the largest Japanese festival in the United States and has a huge attendance! Please come join the festivities!

Spring Great Scale Model Train Show
JRM will be showing our TTrak layout at The GSMT show on April 27th from 9A-5p and April 28th 10A-4P. This is the largest regular train show in the DC metro area with many vendors and clubs at the Timonium fairgrounds outside Baltimore. This will be our 41st time we have displayed at the GSMTS!

JRM Layout Show History
You can see a complete history of the shows the JRM layout has been displayed at here.

A Ride on 'Santetsu'
Matthew Davis takes a ride on Santetsu one year after the devastating tsunami.

"SANTETSU" Will Not Give Up!
A railway heavily damaged in the Earthquake and Tsunami vow to rebuild.

A Message From The Executive Director of JRM's Sister Club IRC in Iwate, Japan
Mr. Kodama, the executive director of IRC gives an update on the disaster relief going on in the area and expresses his resiliency of the Japanese people and their spirit to persevere through these disasters.

Message From the President
Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Disaster - Update

Ten days after the earthquake and tsunamis struck Japan, the situation is grim but improving. Railroads have been opened to Morioka (in the heart of Iwate) from the west and north, making it much easier to get supplies into the stricken area. Lines of communication and supplies are beginning to reach isolated evacuation centers and groups of survivors. Acute shortages of food, gasoline, and kerosene have been alleviated in many areas. Along with the bad news, we are seeing some reports of good news -- families reunited, survivors miraculously found inside collapsed buildings nine days after the tsunamis, hospital patients safely moved to hospitals outside the disaster area.

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.

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