C57 engineer waits for departure

Japan’s C57 locomotives were the most widely used for passenger service for most of that country’s heyday of steam passenger service.  They are the most active steam locomotives today, for excursions and special tours.  Although Japan’s C62 was more famous globally, and was a faster and stronger, yet elegant machine, the C57 carried the main express and shorter services while the C62 took the faster, mountainous routes.

Here the engineer awaits the signal for departure in 2008.


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