Wednesday, March 11, 2015

JR East Railway Museum

Trains are a major part of life here in Japan. I mean, they shaped the country decades ago, just like they did in the US, but even today they are the main source of people moving. Riding the trains is one of the fun things about coming to Japan.

So this weekend I talked Chelsea into going to the JR East Railway Museum in Saitama. You access it from the Omiya station on the JR Keihin Tohoku line, north of Tokyo. It's the same line you would use to access Ueno and Akihabara. Since I take pictures, also like to share them. Here are some of the better ones from this weekend.

It was fitting that we had to spend two hours on a train to get to the Railway Museum.

This is the New Shuttle from Omiya to the Railway Museum. It looks like a train, but if you look close, you can see that there are no rails. It has tires. 

Just in case you're wondering, that french fries being dipped in orange juice. My favorite.

Classic steam locomotive.

Early bullet train. They call them the Shinkansen. I think this was  came from about 1980 or so. It was very high-tech.

The inside of the shinkansen looks more like an airplane than a train.

They also had this cutaway of a steam locomotive. I thought it was great.

Cool stained glass.

Here's a bird's eye view.

Model trains everywhere. That would be fun.

Check out for a copy of the video of Jerry chasing a model train.


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