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2 Enoden books

The “Enoden” (Enoshima Electric Railway 江ノ島電鉄) is a short private railway that runs between Fujisawa on the JR East Tokaido line, to Kamakura on the JR East Yokosuka line – you can also connect to the Shonan Monorail at Enoshima. It uses articulated 2 car vehicles (which some people call ‘trams’, even though there is only one short section of street running), and is very popular with tourists – the famous ‘Great Buddha’ is within walking distance of Hase station. There are 15 stations in all on it’s 10 km length, and the line is single track with passing loops at roughly every second station – although speeds are not high, in some places the line passes within feet of houses and shops. The line’s minimum radius is 28m, which makes it good for realistic modelling 😀

You can see more information about the line on my Tokyo Area Rail Network page …

I am currently planning to feature this interesting line as part of my next ‘N’ scale exhibiton Japanese model railway layout, Two Sides of Japan, the same way that the Tokyu Setagaya line was part of my last layout

As “reference material”, I recently purchased two books on the Enoden …


Machi kara Umi e – Hashire Enoden (IBSN 4-338-00660-9) This is a 190x240mm childrens book, and as such if you have basic Japanese, you may even be able to read it ! It has 28 full colour pages, with each ones photos based around a station on the line. Dated late 2005, it even has the new coloured version of the 1000 series in it. 


Enoden Photo Book ( IBSN 4-86126-306-9) This is a brand new release, and is a large format (235x340mm) hard cover of around 160 pages. About 1/3 would be in colour. There are 2-3 photos on every page, and chapters cover each section of the line, with a range of historical to modern shots, as well as sections on each rolling stock type. It also has the most comprehensive collection of photos of the multi-coloured temporary advertising schemes that have been used on just about every class over the years. So up-to-date, it even includes the new 500 series unit 🙂

It’s quite an expensive volume, but well worth the money for the background information, and it is also interesting to see how much the area has developed in just 60-70 or so years. 

Both these books can be obtained through Amazon Japan, but I can also get them for you if you cannot use their Japanese site.


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