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Steam Locomotive Service Resumes in Yamaguchi Pref.; Fans gather to photograph historic motorcycles


The Yomiuri Shimbun
A crowd of photographers takes pictures of the SL Yamaguchi on Friday.

The SL Yamaguchi, a steam locomotive that offers tours of Yamaguchi and Shimane prefectures, resumed service on the Yamaguchi Line on Friday for the first time in two years.

Many fans rushed to take photos of the majestic SL Yamaguchi engine at Shin-Yamaguchi Station and along the railway line. Repairs were recently completed on the tender that carries water and coal for the D51 class locomotive, which was built in 1938.

According to West Japan Railway Co. the SL Yamaguchi will be in service until November 24, although operations will be suspended during the June rainy season.

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