A steam locomotive ran between the JR Tohoku Line’s Koriyama and Fukushima stations on the weekend as a promotional event to boost tourism in areas affected by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.
The Fukushima prefectural government and East Japan Railway Co.’s Sendai branch co-organized the event to bring a locomotive back to the rails in the prefecture, whose tourism industry has been sluggish since the disaster and subsequent nuclear crisis . . .
“The sounds were amazing,” said an 11-year-old boy from Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture.