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he later New s but their n-in­flu­enced. sitors have an ort train ride per­a­tion oco­mo­tives yond the spe­cials. I am romi­nent ‘‘No r of the Ky­oto otice warns he steam lo­co­mo­tive ‘‘by the di­rec­tion of the wind’’ will stain clothes.

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

Pho­tos: ROY SIN­CLAIR

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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