In Meiji Mura, near Nagoya, I was privileged with seeing with my own eyes the oldest working locomotive in Japan. A Sharp Stewart 2-4-0T built in 1874 for the original Shimbashi Line between Yokohama and Shimbashi.
A family resemblance to the Isle of Man's locos I see.
More rather the Manx Northern Sharpies, which were scrapped, as opposed to the Beyer Peacock locos, but good eye. These engines were built by Sharp Stewart like the Sharpies of the MNR for the IGR. I also love the use of buffers and hook and chain couplings on early Japanese trains, which are somewhat uncommon on the narrow gauge.
A beautiful relic.
It sure is. It's the oldest working locomotive in Japan, and I love it since it is also the only operating British-built loco in the country.
Great! You visitred Meiji-mura. I would like to visit there, but I have nochance so far...
I did, and I loved every moment of it! It was my favorite spot in Japan I have found thus far. I still have yet to go to Kyoto, though.
Now I can see the height difference between an person and this engine. Hope the people in my painting are not out of scale.