2 Hours of continuous mountain climb with zig zags and tunnels


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Diesel locomotive #Front view #Local lineWith special permission, we installed a camera on the Tateyama Sabo Trolley personnel transport vehicle, which is on a construction track. We will show you the scenery along the line, including the longest 18-step continuous switchback in Japan, an unexcavated tunnel, and an erosion control dam, as well as the driver's skillful driving techniques.
There at 8:16, that kind of narrow ledge on the mountainside train running and car driving make me nervous. I'm quite happy to currently live in rolling hills instead of mountains!

Which is kind of funny since 2 of my 3 freelance railroads are set in mountains and one even has mountain in its name. :unsure:
And I'm testing various switchback style layouts/routes.

That light green color they use on their railway equipment is nice.
Huh. They built that railway to handle ONLY a locomotive? What's the point?

Beautiful, but seems an utter waste of money

Huh. They built that railway to handle ONLY a locomotive? What's the point?

Beautiful, but seems an utter waste of money

Although it seems like an utter waste of money, but from the start it was intended for controlling sabo dams (which prevents the uncontrolled effects from any natural disasters caused by typhoon or large scale rain) within the Jouganji River in Toyama Prefecture, since the upper part of river that lies within the Tateyama Mountain Range is too difficult to be reached by ordinary road. Sometimes they operated only the locomotive throughout the whole length of railway for allowing the personnel to inspecting all of sabo dams located within the range of railway itself, which is actually very helpful for collecting data related to the condition of each sabo dams (as even small cracks within the structure of sabo dam itself could trigger a fatal disaster if left without any attention).

While this line was constructed from 1926 to 1930s (the same time when sabo dams of Jouganji River began to be built for reducing water-related natural disasters in the Toyama Prefecture), the current form of this line was completed only in 1965 after the original incline section (and the later aerial lift section) was rebuilt as a normal railway line due to insufficient capacity for transporting personnel and material required for controlling sabo dams. Since this railway is designated as a state-owned facility, it is directly controlled by Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau of MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism), which is one of several ministries of Japanese government. And this line is categorized as neither an ordinary railway nor a tramway, but a construction railway controlled under the Industrial Safety and Health Law (労働安全衛生法, read as "roudou anzen eisei-hou"), further indicating that this line is generally only accessible to everyone in MLIT and its regional development bureaus.
@aryadwi_ef641030 - Thank you for that most thorough explanation of the railway and it's build purpose.

I googled "sabo dams of Joganji River" and came up with this website by Toyama-Bunkaisan, covering the sabo dams with some nice photographs of the dam locations.

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Sabo dams of Joganji River

I especially like this one:


and this one


This site has a few photos of the construction of the Shiraiwa dam

Representative Sabo Facilities : Shiraiwa Sabo Dam