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You caught that right. Yes, it was a third rack rail using special locos for that particular pass only. They call it the "apt"(sp) style. Two locos were permanently coupled as a basic unit.

A battery car is for the non-electric area. They changed the loco to a steam engine some 200 miles from Tokyo as the rest of the rail was not yet supplied with electricity.

It was a kind of mismanagement of resources, not unusual for a developing economy back then. For instance, we were able to build Zero fighters which dominated the air from 1940 to 1941. Nevertheless, its parts factories and assembly lines were not connected by paved motorways. They used horses and cows to haul the parts.

I will become a patissier, God willing.

by tuasfait on Thu Oct 27th, 2005 at 10:39:04 PM EST
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