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Nearby, an impressive D51 class, No 200, a hefty 2-8-2 Mikado, is performing the day’s short exhibition rides. A stylised D51 character features as ‘‘Hiro’’ in a delightful Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends story.
Another locomotive, C36, No 160 (a lightweight 2-6-0) stabled in the round house, is getting a lot of TLC in preparation for amain-line run the next day. The museum is close to the busy train tracks serving Kyoto. A possession of electric-powered freight and passenger trains, including Shinkansen, flash past.
The museum’s entrance and display hall is the former 1904 Nijo station house, a designated Kyoto cultural asset. I discover awellstocked shop of rail memorabilia, and being at heart a big kid, I climb with all the other kids on to a C11 class steam locomotive cab. It is crowded
Steaming up: Big Mikado D51 class is used for exhibition train rides. Nuptials: Secluded alcoves enable final preparations for a Kyoto train-station wedding venue.
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