Railway Fans Pack Chiba’s Chōshi Station to Send Off “Suka-Colored” 113 Train on its Farewell Run

Crew of 113's Farewell Run Takes a Commemorative Photo
Railway fans take commemorative photos of the 113 before it departs. Chōshi Station, September 23, 2011.

Railway Fans Pack Chiba’s Chōshi Station to Send Off “Suka-Colored” 113 Train on its Farewell Run
Yomiuri Shimbun: 「スカ色」113系、ファンに見送られ記念運行
September 25, 2011

JR East passenger train #113, much loved for its kon– and cream-colored exterior (kon is navy blue), made farewell runs on the 23rd and 24th, from Tokyo’s Ryōgoku Station to Chiba’s Chōshi and Tateyama Stations, respectively, in honor of its retirement from regular service.

About a hundred camera-toting railway fans packed into Chōshi Station to reluctantly say farewell.

Train 113 began service in Chiba in 1969. It ran between Chiba and Kurihama, Yokosuka until 1999 (a route which rounds Tokyo Bay, passing through central Tokyo into Yokohama), including stints on the Sōbu Rapid Line and the Yokosuka Line. Its kon and cream paint job was nicknamed “Yokosuka Colors” or “Suka Colors” for short.

On the 23rd, the 113 made a round trip between Ryōgoku and Chōshi Stations on tracks used by the Sōbu and Narita Lines. It departed from Ryōgoku, and it arrived at Chōshi at 12:24 PM. After it had parked at “home”, the passengers and crew took commemorative photos with it.

At 2:05 PM, fans said “thank you” and waved to the car as it departed. 28 people on a “farewell team” assembled by Chōshi tourism attendants wore yellow happi coats for the occasion.

Mr. Hiroshi Sakurai (53), a former passenger, said: “We’ve been fond of this train ever since the Showa Period. There’s an intensity of feeling here and a sad aspect to this retirement as well.”

On the 24th, the train set off from Ryōgoku again and made a farewell run down the Sōbu Line and around the Uchibō and Sotobō Lines (which circle the inner and outer shores of the Bōso Peninsula [Chiba], respectively).

Original/原稿:
「スカ色」113系、ファンに見送られ記念運行

発車を前に記念撮影をする鉄道ファンら(23日、銚子駅で)

紺とクリーム色の塗装で親しまれ、1日の最終列車で定期運転から退いたJR東日本の「113系」車両の引退記念運行が23、24の両日行われ、両国―銚子、館山駅間を往復した。

銚子駅には、カメラを手にした鉄道ファンら約100人が詰めかけて別れを惜しんだ。

113系は、千葉県内には1969年に投入された。総武線快速・横須賀線でも99年まで千葉―久里浜(神奈川県横須賀市)駅間で運行され、紺とクリーム色の車両は「ヨコスカ色」を縮めた「スカ色」の愛称で親しまれた。

23日は、総武線、成田線を使って両国―銚子駅間を往復。両国駅を出発した113系車両は、午後0時24分に銚子駅に到着した。ホームに停車した車両を記念運行の乗客や鉄道ファンらが写真に収めていた。

車両は午後2時5分、鉄道ファンらが「ありがとう」と手を振る中、銚子駅を発車。銚子市観光アテンダントが募った「見送り隊」の28人も黄色い法被を着て見送った。

113系に乗務したこともある銚子駅の桜井浩駅長(53)は「昭和の頃から親しまれた列車。思い入れもあり、引退は寂しい面もある」と話した。

24日も両国駅発着で、総武線と内房線、外房線を使った2コースで記念運行が行われた。
(2011年9月25日09時52分 読売新聞)

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