Thursday 14 May 2020

Glimpses of Japan, February 1991

Enoden train for Fujisawa on street running section, approaching Enoshima station (江ノ島駅) believed to be Saturday 2nd February 1991. Location.

The Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden) is a 6 mile long 3 ft 6 in gauge 600V dc electric railway running Kamakura - Hase - Enoshima - Fujisawa, originally opened on 1st September 1902. It is regarded in Japan as being rather cute, and there is an enthusiastic following. The parent company is the Odakyu Electric Railway, to which it connects for service to Shinjuku in Tokyo.

Car 1502 was built by Tokyu Car in November 1979 and remains in service, although now among the older cars in the fleet. 

Shonan Monorail 505 approaches Ōfuna, 16th February 1991. Location (Shell station remains still present in 2010).

The Shonan Monorail was completed in 1970-71, linking Ōfuna Station (大船駅) over 4 miles with the tourist attractions of Enoshima and Kamakura. As with Enoden, merchandise is available

The system is SAFEGE, and appears to be one of two systems which remain operational, both in Japan. 505 was part of the 500 series cars, introduced in 1988, and removed from service in 2016.

100 series Shinkansen departs Maibara, 27th February 1991. Location.

Maibara (米原駅) is a railway junction station in Japan, a Tōkaidō Shinkansen stop, where trains are changed in my case for a stopping train on the Biwako line to Yasu, which eventually proceeds to Kyoto. The Shinkansen service would have been a Hikari, which I had joined at Odawara. At that time there were only Hikari and slower Kodama services, the 0 series being on the latter.

The 100 series was, at that time, the most recent and modern Shinkansen train type. Introduced between 1984 and 1992, but the last of these trains completed service in March 2012.