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I found this site on the Usui Pass line, from one photo it is clear it's a triple Abt. I see this line was converted to non-rack 42 years ago, then closed when the Shinkansen was built to Nagano - what a real shame! However, I also found a Japanese site, with a single line of English text, that suggested it'll be re-built by railfans! If I ever get to Japan, might definitely be worth a visit...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Oct 28th, 2005 at 05:39:48 AM EST
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I went through the Usui pass only once in 1977, and there was no Abt rack anymore, only a powerful electric engine was added to the train to pull.

That pass is also very very beautiful when you drive.  Over the pass, there is a famous resort by the name of Karuizawa, which John Lennon and Yoko Ono loved.

Peace.

I will become a patissier, God willing.

by tuasfait on Sat Oct 29th, 2005 at 09:37:37 AM EST
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