JOYFUL TRAINS

SL Gunma
(D51 498/C61 20)

Service interval: Joetsu Line, Shinetsu Main Line, other

  • SL Gunma (D51 498/C61 20)
  • SL Gunma (D51 498/C61 20)

The SL Gunma Minakami and the SL Gunma Yokokawa are powerful trains that travel through the wild country of Gunma thanks to the D51 498 and the C61 20 steam locomotives.

The D51 498 was originally used for pulling freight cars, and the C61 20 was built as a locomotive for pulling passenger cars. Because they were designed for different purposes, the drive wheels are different in size and number.

The D51 498 has four smaller drive wheel axles, and the C61 20 has three larger wheel axles. When the drive wheels are small, the train gains in ability to handle hills, and when the drive wheels are large, the ride is more comfortable with less vibration. When you ride the trains, you will probably be able to tell the difference. Try them both out and compare.

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Car interior

The structure of the D51 steam locomotive

The structure of the D51 steam locomotive

The structure of the D51 steam locomotive

The D51 cab

The D51 cab

The cab, also known as the driver's compartment, is equipped with a number of control devices. Operation of a steam locomotive requires an engineer and two assistants. Operating a steam locomotive requires a variety of skills to handle weather conditions, rail grade, the load being pulled, quirks in the individual locomotive and team coordination.

The D51 cab

The D51 cab

The structure of the C61 steam locomotive

The structure of the C61 steam locomotive

The structure of the C61 steam locomotive

The C61 cab

The cab, also known as the driver's compartment, is equipped with a number of control devices. Operation of a steam locomotive requires an engineer and two assistants. A variety of skills are also needed to handle weather conditions, rail grade, the load being pulled, quirks in the individual locomotive and team coordination.

The C61 cab

The C61 cab

Regular stops

Regular stops

Route & Timetables

EL Gunma Minakami

Stops Outbound Inbound 
Takasaki 9:56 (dep.) 17:13 (arr.)
Shim-Maebashi 10:14 (dep.) 16:55 (arr.)
Shibukawa 10:34 (arr.)
10:55 (dep.)
16:35 (dep.)
16:21 (arr.)
Numata 11:24 (arr.) 15:52 (dep.)
Gokan 11:43 (arr.) 15:39 (dep.)
Minakami 12:03 (arr.) 15:20 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound 
  • * The above information is current as of September 2021.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Reserved seats are available from 10:00 one month before the departure date at the ticket offices (Midori-no-madoguchi) of key stations.
  • * There may be changes to the locomotive and passenger cars in operation.

DL/EL Gunma Yokokawa

Stops Outbound (DL Gunma Yokokawa) Inbound  (EL Gunma Yokokawa)
Takasaki 9:47 (dep.) 15:18 (arr.)
Annaka 10:04 (arr.)
10:12 (dep.)
14:59 (dep.)
14:51 (arr.)
Isobe 10:25 (arr.)
10:26 (dep.)
14:36 (dep.)
14:35 (arr.)
Yokokawa 10:49 (arr.) 14:15 (dep.)
Stops Outbound (DL Gunma Yokokawa) Inbound  (EL Gunma Yokokawa)
  • * The above information is current as of September 2021.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Reserved seats are available from 10:00 one month before the departure date at the ticket offices (Midori-no-madoguchi) of key stations.
  • * There may be changes to the locomotive and passenger cars in operation.

DL/EL Gunma Citizens Day (October 28)

Stops Outbound (DL Gunma Citizens Day) Inbound  (EL Gunma Citizens Day)
Takasaki 9:47 (dep.) 15:18 (arr.)
Annaka 10:04 (arr.)
10:12 (dep.)
14:59 (dep.)
14:51 (arr.)
Isobe 10:25 (arr.)
10:26 (dep.)
14:36 (dep.)
14:35 (arr.)
Yokokawa 10:49 (arr.) 14:15 (dep.)
Stops Outbound (DL Gunma Citizens Day) Inbound  (EL Gunma Citizens Day)
  • * The above information is current as of September 2021.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Reserved seats are available from 10:00 one month before the departure date at the ticket offices (Midori-no-madoguchi) of key stations.
  • * There may be changes to the locomotive and passenger cars in operation.

DL/EL YOGISHA Yokogawa (October 30)

Stops Outbound (DL YOGISHA Yokogawa) Inbound  (EL YOGISHA Yokogawa)
Takasaki 17:38 (dep.) 20:43 (arr.)
Annaka 17:55 (arr.)
18:03 (dep.)
20:24 (dep.)
20:16 (arr.)
Isobe 18:16 (arr.)
18:17 (dep.)
20:01 (dep.)
20:00 (arr.)
Yokokawa 18:39 (arr.) 19:40 (dep.)
Stops Outbound (DL YOGISHA Yokogawa) Inbound  (EL YOGISHA Yokogawa)
  • * The above information is current as of September 2021.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Reserved seats are available from 10:00 one month before the departure date at the ticket offices (Midori-no-madoguchi) of key stations.
  • * There may be changes to the locomotive and passenger cars in operation.

Calendar

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Days marked with Green circle Brown circle indicate the days this train service is in operation.

Green circle EL Gunma Minakami Brown circleDL/EL Gunma Yokokawa

September 2021Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30    

2021年9月の運行日は以下となります。

▍SLぐんま みなかみ
運行はございません。
▍SLぐんま よこかわ
運行はございません。
October 2021Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22
24 25 26 27 29
31            

2021年10月の運行日は以下となります。

▍ELぐんま みなかみ
23日
▍DLぐんま よこかわ
28日、30日
※28日は「DL・EL群馬県民の日」として運転します。
※30日は「DL YOGISHAよこかわ」として運転します。運行時刻が変わりますのでご注意ください。
November 2021Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  1 2 3 4 5
7 8 9 10 11 12
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30        

2021年11月の運行日は以下となります。

▍ELぐんま みなかみ
6日
▍DLぐんま よこかわ
13日
  • * The above information is current as of September 2021.
  • * Service dates may be subject to change.

How to purchase

Tickets for the D51 498 are not available for sale outside of Japan. There are multiple ways to purchase tickets as follows.

Passes:
Purchase a pass that is for foreign visitors to Japan and covers the travel area. Recommended passes when visiting Japan

Note: Not all services are available on certain trains when boarding with a pass or a ticket.

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