Historical Landmark D51 222 Steam Locomotive


Okinawa.Org Staff
Believe it or not, prior to the congestion on the roads and packed monorail cars in Okinawa that we see today, there was a rail system (which I'd arguably say would be more efficient today).

D51 222 steam locomotive coming head on

Pre-war, it was said to be quite a busy rail system. Though, this was soon short-lived as the advancement of gasoline cars took most of the business away from the railway. Because of which, they cut services to just two lines.

D51 222 steam locomotive obstructed by trees
Both lines stopped operations in 1944-1945 during the aerial bombardments and ground wars during the Battle of Okinawa when they were nearly decimated.

D51 222 steam locomotive larger side view

If you want to see a D51, that coincidentally never served the Okinawa rails, Yogi Park in Naha is home to the D51 222 Steam Locomotive. The D51 is a type of 2-8-2 steam locomotive—named due to its two leading wheels, eight powered wheels, and two trailing wheels—was built by various Japanese manufacturers from 1936 to 1945.

D51 222 steam locomotive information in Japanese

Despite the historical disconnect from Okinawa, the D51 222 is still something to marvel at for train fanatics and aspiring kiddo engineers alike.
D51 222 steam locomotive, 1 Chome-1 Yorimiya, Naha, Okinawa, Japan

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