“Railway Cards“, which are popular with railroad fans and card collectors, became available from October 1st (Thursday) at local railways in Niigata Prefecture.
The front side of the railway card introduces the routes that run in Niigata Prefecture. Pictures of trains running through beautiful scenery for each season are presented. The back side features explanations about the route, and these cards would appeal to any collector.
For this year, a total of eight types of cards will be available. Yonesaka Line, Iiyama Line, Hokuhoku Line, Myoko Haneuma Line, Nihonkai-Hisui Line, Oito Line, and two new lines, Echigo Line and Tadami Line, will be added.
On the front sides of the cards, photos representative of each line are used, such as trains running next to snow fields and trains stopping at the station with the sea in the background. The six routes distributed last year have been redesigned this year.
The front side of the Echigo Line card
A retro train runs through the countryside and Mt. Yahiko is in the background.
The front side of the Tadami Line card
A train runs through a tunnel of autumn leaves that will be at their peak from now.
The cards are distributed by the Niigata Prefecture Railway Development Promotion Council for the purpose of increasing the number of railway users in the prefecture. There is one type of card for each route, and only 1,000 cards will be available.
The cards are only available at one location for each line, and you can get a card by showing your ticket to the station staff at the ticket gate. However, the Tadami Line is available at the facility “Uonuma / Urasa Station Tourist Information Center MYU” near the station. Only on this route, you can get a card by showing the image of the ticket. The period of availability is until December 31st (Thursday).
■ Niigata Prefecture Railway Card Locations /Availability
Yonesaka Line / Echigo-Shimoseki Station 6: 45-18: 20
Iiyama Line / Tokamachi Station (West Exit Ticket Gate) 5: 30-21: 45
Hokuhoku Line / Tokamachi Station (West Exit Ticket Gate) 5: 30-21: 45
Myoko Haneuma Line / Myoko Kogen Station 7: 00-19: 30
Nihonkai-Hisui Line / Naoetsu Station 5: 30-23: 30
Oito Line / Itoigawa Station (conventional line ticket gate) 7: 00-20: 00
Echigo Line / Teradomari Station 7: 15-17: 15
Tadami Line / Uonuma / Urasa Station Tourist Information Center MYU 9: 00-17: 00
■ Inquiries: ℡025-280-5108 (Niigata Prefecture Railway Development Promotion Council Secretariat)