Saturday, 18 October 2014

Preserved Dead Track in Yokohama City

EMU JR East E233-1000 series stands at Yokohama Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line
Yokohama is located some 20km southwest of Tokyo. It is the second largest city in Japan. This mage-city has a population of 3.7 million and has been developed as Tokyo's outport since the 19th century. With the development of the port of Yokohama, passenger and freight railways to each pier had been constructed.

Currently, most of the railway tracks have already been abolished, but some of them are preserved as industrial heritages by Yokohama City Office. They are well-groomed trails and open to the public. I enjoyed a stroll on the preserved track with my family last weekend joining a special walking event held by JR East.

Our walk started from JR East Kannai Station. We headed to the preserved track of the ex-Yokohama Harbor Line, which was opened in 1910 and abolished in 1987. There are many historical constructions on the ex-track such as a platform and truss bridges. My most favorite spot is Yokohama Seamen's Club & Inn Building, which was constructed in 1999. Why is this new building my favorite? It is because this building was constructed over the ex-railway track to preserve the heritage. In other words, the preserved railway track penetrates under the building.

To visit this interesting spot, JR East Keihin-Tohoku Line is convenient. It takes only five minutes from Yokohama to Kannai Station on the light blue colored train. It is the EMU E233-1000 series, one of JR East's standard commuter trains in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Preserved dead track passes under International Seamen's Club & Inn Building in Yokohama City