The days of steam trains in Japan are numbered... the last of them will be?
CU Steam train in station
SV INT Passengers settle into seats
GV PULL OUT TO CU Train puffs towards camera
CU&GV Scrap heap for old locomotives (6 shots)
AERIAL VIEW new bullet train along track
GV Bullet train pulling into station and parked.
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Background: The days of steam trains in Japan are numbered... the last of them will be taken out of service by the end of this year.
Japanese National Railways announced recently its decision to withdraw steam locomotives "in the interest of economy and clean air."
At the JNR depot of Muroran on Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido, work has already begun on a large - scale operation to turn them into scrap.
The old steam trains, which have served the country since the turn of the century, are now found only in the least populated part of Japan, Hokkaido. Elsewhere, the ultra-modern "bullet-train" super expresses carry the bulk of the country's commuters.