Heavy freight finished on this small Japanese back-water many years ago. What is left is a small but regular transfer flow, which brings a DE10, or even occasionally a DD51, through to the town; breaking the monotony of DMUs. This time, however is a little different, as a special container train made its way down to the branch...with some rather interesting wagons...
The locals were unsure of what the 'N Gauge Forum' actually produced; or if NGF is a product, how much they actually required bearing in mind four containers-worth of the stuff was heading their way... The vicious rumour that all the NGF produced was a lot of hot air and wind was discounted by the very reasonable observation that the container flats would have needed to have been loaded with pressurised tanks, as opposed to standard containers, for such hazardous material!
These Yamanishi Prefecture folk are such little tinkers aren't they?
Anyhow, the Micro Ace DD51 brough the containers, along with a BBC example (constructed from the paper kit available from the BBC website when they first launched the 'Box'), and a couple of standard offerings to a rather bare station. Buildings have started to temporarily appear; however it will still be some time before the town has the air of permanence the residents so desire...at least their track-work is stable!
Next up (hopefully next Friday) will be a visit to the larger town of Yamanouchi Oshika; which itself is undergoing some serious redevelopment.