Sunday, 4 February 2018

Winter Scene on the Manazuru Peninsula

A freight train pulled by the EL Class EF66 passes through Manazuru Station

Manazuru is a beautiful peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture located about 100 km southwest of Tokyo. The nature of Manazuru Peninsula is similar to that of Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture, but Manazuru is smaller than Izu. So I call Manazuru "Mini-Izu".

The merit of Manazuru Peninsula is its location. It is closer to Tokyo than the Izu Peninsula. It takes 1 hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo by a rapid service train on the Tokaido Main Line. Tokyoites can take a day trip to Manazuru Peninsula, so that I visited Manazuru Peninsula on a weekend with my family. It was a clear day. After arriving at Manazuru Station, we went down to the beach facing Sagami Bay, and started walking. The trail on the coast was beautiful. We could see Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture far away.

On the way back home, I came across a freight train pulled by an electric locomotive (EL) at Manazuru Station. The EL was the Class EF66-100 owned by Japan Freight (JRF). The EF66-100 is a direct current EL, which debuted in 1989. A total of 33 units were built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The original EF66 debuted by Japanese National Railways in 1968 to pull high-speed freight trains at a maximum speed of 100 km/hour. The new EF66-100 was launched to reinforce JRF's freight transportation capacity. The outer design of the EF66-100 was slightly changed from the original EF66.

I enjoyed the beautiful nature and the train on Manazuru Peninsula.

View of Sagami Bay from Manazuru Peninsula near Manazuru Station