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post Mar 8 2017, 12:18 PM, updated 5y ago

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http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201703060043.html

30,000 rail fans bid farewell to Japanese train going to Britain

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KUDAMATSU, Yamaguchi Prefecture--Tens of thousands of train enthusiasts and curious locals gathered for a rare glimpse of a new train bound for Britain’s new high-speed railway network being transported through the streets here on March 5.

The head car of a Class 800 series train, built for Britain’s Intercity Express Program, was taken on a purpose-built trailer from Hitachi Ltd.’s Kasado coastal train factory to a nearby port about 4 kilometers away in western Japan.

About 30,000 adults and children flocked to the roadsides of a quiet industrial district to bid farewell to the sleek Japanese-made train in the middle of the day before it was shipped off to the birthplace of rail.

Usually, transporting newly manufactured rail cars from the factory to the port has been done between midnight and dawn to minimize traffic disruption.

However, railway enthusiasts have always sniffed out the unpublished dates, and gathered from far and wide to witness the rare train-on-street events in the middle of the night.

On this occasion, the head car left the factory at 2 p.m. It slowly maneuvered through traffic-controlled public roads and arrived at the port about 40 minutes later.

The city authority decided to take advantage of the popularity of such occasions as a new type of tourist attraction, and promote itself as a city of “industrial craftsmanship” where many manufacturing factories are clustered. It asked the train factory and local police department to organize the special daytime event.
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post Mar 8 2017, 12:20 PM

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if u zoom in on the first pic u can see kampung with a lube on one hand and tissue paper on another
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post Mar 8 2017, 12:21 PM

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Japenis with their train obsession
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post Mar 8 2017, 12:22 PM

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QUOTE(meteoraniac @ Mar 8 2017, 12:20 PM)
if u zoom in on the first pic u can see kampung with a lube on one hand and tissue paper on another
I LOL'ed and almost spit out my food
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post Mar 8 2017, 12:23 PM

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post Mar 8 2017, 12:24 PM

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post Mar 8 2017, 12:25 PM

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Wah they no need go work? Train only ma, everyday take train to work not depressing enough?
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post Mar 8 2017, 12:27 PM

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QUOTE(meteoraniac @ Mar 8 2017, 12:20 PM)
if u zoom in on the first pic u can see kampung with a lube on one hand and tissue paper on another
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post Mar 8 2017, 12:27 PM

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QUOTE(samftrmd @ Mar 8 2017, 12:25 PM)
Wah they no need go work? Train only ma, everyday take train to work not depressing enough?
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Obsession and rail fanning (devotion to train) is something unique to Japan.

They have great appreciation to trains. Rail-related tourism is also extremely popular in Japan.

Thousands of people come to station whenever the first trip of a new service being launched.
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post Mar 8 2017, 12:28 PM

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QUOTE(meteoraniac @ Mar 8 2017, 12:20 PM)
if u zoom in on the first pic u can see kampung with a lube on one hand and tissue paper on another
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post Mar 8 2017, 12:29 PM

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QUOTE(meteoraniac @ Mar 8 2017, 12:20 PM)
if u zoom in on the first pic u can see kampung with a lube on one hand and tissue paper on another
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HOLY SHIT.

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post Mar 8 2017, 12:32 PM

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and meanwhile in marehsia, kita mau china train
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post Mar 8 2017, 12:36 PM

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QUOTE(meteoraniac @ Mar 8 2017, 12:20 PM)
if u zoom in on the first pic u can see kampung with a lube on one hand and tissue paper on another
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Lol

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post Mar 8 2017, 12:39 PM

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30k, wow. Nice to see the passion.
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post Mar 8 2017, 01:37 PM

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QUOTE(meteoraniac @ Mar 8 2017, 12:20 PM)
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One of them is sheldon

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