Post by washi on Apr 21, 2015 7:30:40 GMT
Ume Kōji Steam Locomotive Museum in Kyoto already has 5 placemarks on it. I tried to contact their creators via "Reply to author" personal messages, but none have responded. The museum is now available in a Street View tour. It has developed two excellent websites. The museum will soon be expanded to more than double its size and will offer displays of modern as well as steam vehicles. I feel that these developments warrant an additional placemark.
The last time I went to Kyoto by JR in late 2014 I saw construction on the new buildings was well underway, and just a couple of days ago I saw a news report of a new train arriving at the site. I'm looking forward to the opening of these exhibits a year from now. If I'm still able, and the new Google Earth Community doesn't go the way of the old, I'll be back then to revise this post.
Here's a bit of trivia: I grew up in America across the street from a major rail line in the last days of steam. I saw many types of steam locomotives, the large ones that powered the frequent passenger and freight trains, booster engines that helped power the trains to the highest point on the line, switch engines that assembled and disassembled freight trains and kept overnight visitors awake at night, and even a narrow gauge engine that carried logs alongside the regular line. None of the locomotives at Ume Kōji are equipped with a device that was installed on many of the engines of my memory. What is it? Hint: It is said to have been the brainchild of "the father of the computer."
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