The MAITE type observation coaches were developed in 1938. To provide a smoother ride, 3 axle bogies, similar as used on US Heavyweight Passenger Coaches were installed. The early car interiors were purely Japanese styling called Momoyame style. For the 12th Olympic games, expected to be held in Tokyo in 1940, special cars were outfitted with new interior and and roof ventilation system. However after the WW2 defeat all observation cars were condemned and taken out of service by the allied occupation forces.
Maite is the only surviving observation car. It was later equipped with airconditioning and used on the Hato and Tsubame lines.
It is the only 3 bogie coach preserved today in Japan for operational use with excursion trains.
All blue JNR 20 series coaches shown below have sold out.
These Passenger coaches where in use during electrification of the JNR Railways and regularely seen behind electric EF58 locomotives. Today these preserved coaches are used in excursion service and pulled behind preserved JNR steam and electric motive power.
JNR Railway post war sleeper/observation "Nahanefu".
No interior detail.
JNR Railway post war coach "Nahane".
All metal design ( no interior detail)
JNR Railway post war type power generator car "Kani".
Will go with your JNR C62 or D51 locomotive.
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The SUHA type coach will be available in kit form.
Expected retail price
FOB AHUSA $ 720.00
A reservation deposit of $500.- per coach is required.
New JNR National Railways Passenger and Observation Coaches.
Production release expected late June 2018
The Maite observation car will be available only in RTR version.
Expected sales price
FOB AH USA $ 1420.00
A reservation deposit of $ 1000.- is required.
Technical specification for coach and observation car:
Scale / Gauge: 1/30 , 45 mm
Interior: plastic chairs / windows
LED lighting by battery power
Weight : 4 kg approx. coach / observation
Wheels: 34mm steel
Turning radius: 4 meter / observation
3 meter / coach
If you own a Aster JNR mainline live steam locomotive these new coaches will make your perfect passenger train.
Originally designed in 1929, the SUHA type steel passenger coaches were reconstructed in 1951 by the JNR by applying new innovations to the chassis and bogies and improving the interior comfort. These coaches where in operation all over Japan with local and express trains until the beginning of the 1980's. Many of them remain in service today for historic excursion and sight seeing trains.
This page updated 05/29/2018