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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Go inside with Google Street View

Go inside with Google Street View

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

SL 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 January 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.

Chikara Awaseru Gunma (April 3rd)

Stops Outbound Inbound(SL Gunma Minakami)
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(SL Gunma Minakami)
  • * The above information is current as of January 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.

SL YOGISHA Minakami (June 26th)

Stops Outbound Inbound
Takasaki 16:50 (dep.) 22:38 (arr.)
Shim-Maebashi 17:08 (dep.) 22:25 (arr.)
Shibukawa 17:30 (arr.)
17:41 (dep.)
22:05 (dep.)
21:44 (arr.)
Numata 18:10 (arr.) 21:16 (dep.)
Gokan 18:31 (arr.) 21:00 (dep.)
Minakami 18:52 (arr.) 20:41 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of January 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.

SL Gunma Yokokawa

Stops Outbound Inbound 
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 Inbound 
  • * The above information is current as of January 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.

SL Gunma Yokokawa (April 29th)

Stops Outbound Inbound 
Takasaki 9:47 (dep.) 14:18 (arr.)
Annaka 10:04 (arr.)
10:12 (dep.)
13:59 (dep.)
13:51 (arr.)
Isobe 10:25 (arr.)
10:26 (dep.)
13:36 (dep.)
13:35 (arr.)
Yokokawa 10:49 (arr.) 13:15 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound 
  • * The above information is current as of January 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.

SL Yokokawa Night Park (May 15th)

Stops Outbound Inbound 
Takasaki 15:56 (dep.) 20:43 (arr.)
Annaka 16:13 (arr.)
16:21 (dep.)
20:24 (dep.)
20:16 (arr.)
Isobe 16:34 (arr.)
16:35 (dep.)
20:01 (dep.)
20:00 (arr.)
Yokokawa 16:58 (arr.) 19:40 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound 
  • * The above information is current as of January 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 SL Gunma Minakami Brown circleSL Gunma Yokokawa

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  • * The above information is current as of January 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.

Online seat reservation

*Online seat reservation will be available from Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 beginning at 5:30AM (JST)

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