2016年08月19日

'Amarube' railway bridge, upper Hyogo Prefecture, is a notorious feature of JR 'San-in Honsen' main line running along the Sea of Japan as it is one of the longest railway bridges in Japan.

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Former Amarube railway bridge was completed with iron materials from the U.S. in 1912. This engineering work connected two places, Kyoto and Izumo Taisha Shrine in Shimane Prefecture, by one railway, which had made a great contribution to the popularity of this historical and prestigious shrine. As this area has a strong prevailing wind from the sea in winter, the steel materials of the bridge had long been elaborately maintained against the rust since its completion until 2010. In December 1986, an accident happened causing 6 fatalities. An out-of-service train passing on this railway bridge fell down onto a small factory due to an unusually strong wind, and this accident stimulated the locals into rebuilding movement of this bridge. The dark brown iron bridge in the picture is an old one which is partially preserved, and the concrete one is a new bridge completed in 2010. An observatory is set up on the top of the old one.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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