About steam locomotive train Yamaguchi

In Japan, steam locomotive was out of use in March, 1976 for practical use. But for tourists, steam locomotive train Yamaguchi started to run in August 1979. Since then, it continues to run on every Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays as a tourist train. Until last year, steam locomotive model C57 and C56 pulled the train. This year, a newly restored locomotive model D51 started to run, and model C56 retired instead.

Yamaguchi line is located in Yamaguchi prefecture that sits in the east area of Japan. 

Location of Yamaguchi line 

It connects Shin-Yamaguchi station and Masuda station, but steam locomotive Yamaguchi runs from Shin-Yamaguchi station to Tsuwano station.

Enlarged map of Yamaguchi line

Trip to Shin-Yamaguchi station

Hereafter, steam locomotive train is shortened to be SLT

Introducing standard and popular shooting spots

Recently, I’m visiting Yamaguchi line several times to take photos of model D51, and have gathered the latest information of each spot. In this article, I’ll show you popular shooting spots of SLT Yamaguchi including example photos, map, and how each spot is congested. Please see the below explanation.

EXPECTED NUMBER OF VISITORS indicator (ENOV)

Classified into these 3 categories

1: a few visitors

2: up to 30 visitors

3: more than 30 visitors

CAPACITY OF THE SPOT indicator (COS)

Classified into these 3 categories

1: a few visitors

2: up to 30 visitors

3: more than 30 visitors

If the capacity of the spot is less than expected number of visitors, then you should go to the spot more earlier.

Between Miyano station and Niho station (Oyamaji)

ENOV: 2

COS: 2

Train Direction: To Tsuwano

this is a popular shooting spot near Shin-Yamaguchi station, which is the starting station of SLT Yamaguchi. Here, you can take photos of SLT Yamaguchi heading squarely with a lot of smoke coming out.

SL Yamaguchi Scenic Location

Map

Google Maps

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