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JR Hokkaido to stop running 3 steam trains over safety concerns – Mainichi Daily News


Posted on July 10th, by Google News Archive in Niseko News. Comments Off on JR Hokkaido to stop running 3 steam trains over safety concerns – Mainichi Daily News

A steam locomotive that pulls the "Hakodate-Onuma" train is pictured in Hokkaido in this April 2005 file photo. (Mainichi)

SAPPORO — Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR Hokkaido) is set to abolish three of its popular steam trains after this year to prioritize its safety measures following a series of accidents and other problems.

JR Hokkaido President Osamu Shimada made the announcement at a regular news conference on July 9.

The company will abolish the “Hakodate Onuma” train it operates between Hakodate and Mori in spring and summer, the “Niseko” train between Sapporo and Rankoshi in autumn and the “Hakodate Christmas Fantasy” between Hakodate and Onuma-Koen in December — all on the Hakodate Line.

However, JR Hokkaido will continue operating the “Fuyu-no-Shitsugen” (“Winter Swamp”) between Kushiro and Shibecha on the Senmo Line in the season of drift ice on the Sea of Okhotsk beyond next year in an effort to hand over skills of operating and servicing steam locomotives to future generations.

JR Hokkaido has decided to suspend operations of the three steam trains as they place an extra burden of maintaining vehicles and tracks. The company is stepping up its safety measures in the wake of a series of accidents in which fires broke out and smoke shot up into trains.

JR Hokkaido to stop running 3 steam trains over safety concerns – Mainichi Daily News
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