Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sightseeing Train in the Retro City

Sightseeing train, DL DB101 - passenger coaches ToRa701-ToRa702 - DL DB102 

After enjoying the retro station, Mojiko, I continued to walk around the downtown Moji area. It is a retro city lined with classic buildings such as the ex-Moji Custom Office and ex-Osaka Shosen (OSK Lines) office.

One of the popular attractions in the city is the sightseeing train. This local railway is owned by Kita-Kyushu City and operated by Heisei Chikuho Railway Company. The formal route name is Mojiko Retro Sightseeing Line. Connecting Kyushu Tetsudo Kinenkan (Kyushu Railway History Museum) near JR Kyushu Mojiko Station to Moji-kaikyo Mekari station, there are four stations over the route length of 2.1 km. The track is single and un-electrified. The gauge size is 1,067 mm. An ex-freight line was revived and opened as the sightseeing line in 2009. The train is operated every 40 minutes during the daytime on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

The rolling stock of the line is the only set of the train consisting of two diesel locomotives (DLs) and two classic coaches. They are the DLs, Class DB10, and the coaches, Class ToRa700. The Class DB10 was originally operated on the Minami-Aso Railway from 1991 to 2006 and then moved to the Mojiko Retro Sightseeing Line in 2009. The present unit numbers are DB101 and DB102. Class ToRa700 was originally operated on the Shimabara Railway. The present unit numbers are Tora701 and Tora702. ToRa701 can accommodate 42 passengers, while the capacity of ToRa702 is 36 passengers. 

Now, Mojiko Retro Sightseeing Train has become the symbol of the Retro City.

The sightseeing train, Shiokaze, travels on the Mojiko Retro Sightseeing Line