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Japanese Railway History

Discussion in 'International Heritage Railways/Tramways' started by Roger Farnworth, Jan 11, 2019 at 8:09 PM.

  1. Roger Farnworth

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    Cape Gauge was used in many countries throughout the world. It has been identified primarily with the Cape Colony in South Africa but was used first in the UK on a variety of tramways. Later its use extended into a number of countries in the Far East including New Zealand, Indonesia and in particular Japan.

    Cape Gauge was chosen as the 'standard gauge' in Japan. This post provides an introduction to the historic railways of Japan. The story includes a variety of different gauges. The use of different gauges seems at least as complex as the situation in the UK.

    This post is an introduction to the railways of Japan and centres around the use of Cape Gauge. ........

    https://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/09/japanese-railway-history-cape-gauge
     
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    Thanks Roger, very interesting. Couple of minor points: C108 was built by Kawasaki. Kisha Seizo was a separate manufacturer. C11 207 was built by Hitachi in 1941.
     
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    Thank you huochemi. I appreciate the comments. I have slightly amended the text with each photo to say that the comments belong to the photographer and I have added your comments into references 27 and 28 at the end of the text.
     
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    The build info is from Kikansha Hyo / Locomotive List 機関車表, Okita Yusaku 沖田祐作, Neko Publishing Co Ltd, Tokyo 2014 ISBN 9784777053629, all 23,000 pages, on DVD. You can buy it from Amazon.co.jp:
    https://www.amazon.co.jp/機関車表【DVDブック】-沖田-祐作/dp/4777053628
    (or copy and paste the Japanese kanji to search if the link is too long)
     
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