Old steam locomotive chugs through snowy Hokkaido

Old steam locomotive chugs through snowy Hokkaido

     The annual run of an old steam locomotive started in Hokkaido recently with tourists treated to the sight of the smoke-billowing train whistling its way through a snowy wetland in the northernmost main Japanese island.
     Hokkaido Railway Co. operated the locomotive over the weekend between Kushiro and Kawayu-Onsen stations, drawing many train enthusiasts alongside the tracks, and will run it between Kushiro and Shibecha stations from Jan. 30 to March 7 in the Kushiro Wetland.
     ''It's very powerful. I still remember I used to get covered with soot when I rode it,'' a 75-year-old local photographer said.

-Kyodo