“The sounds were amazing”


All Aboard for Fukushima!

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.

Follow along with NKP 765

Nickel Plate 765 begins its Norfolk Southern employee excursion itinerary today, and the crew have installed a GPS tracker for you to follow along. They’ve also kindly given SteamCentral access to the GPS output, and we’ve integrated 765’s last reported position into our NS Steam map.

The map should also work on your smartphone, so bookmark it for when you’re out enjoying 765’s journey.

(Thanks to Instamapper, Google Maps, and Prabu Surendra.)