JR Hokkaido’s special ‘Yuhi (sunset) Norokko’ sightseeing train operated for a limited three-day period from September 27–29, enabling passengers to enjoy the Kushiro Wetlands lit by the setting su...
80-year-old steam locomotive to continue operating as the Senmo Line’s ‘Fuyu-no-Shitsugen-go’ is due to be refurbished this summerMay 14
‘Fuyu-no-Shitsugen-go’ (Winter Wetland train), the steam locomotive that exhales smoke and steam from its giant black body as it passes through the Kurshiro Wetland in eastern Hokkaido. The only steam locomotive in operation on a route in Hokkaido turned 80 years old last year, and continues to drive the steam locomotive culture that has continued for 140 years. JR Hokkaido has given the go-ahead for its continued service and from this summer will spend 400 million yen on totally refurbishing the locomotive and all five carriages.
JR Senmo Line's special sightseeing train "Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko" temporarily suspended service this season due to impact from the novel coronavirus pandemic. But on July 18 it operated its first round trip service 2 and a half months late, running between Kushiro Station (Kushiro City) and Toro Station (Shibecha town). Reserved seat tickets were reduced to about 40% compared to normal years, and coronavirus prevention measures were put in place.