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SL Banetsu Monogatari

Service interval: Niitsu to Aizu-Wakamatsu Stations

  • SL Banetsu Monogatari
  • SL Banetsu Monogatari

Built in 1946, the SL Banetsu Monogatari has long been loved by passengers, earning the nickname of "Kifujin" (Noble Lady) for its graceful appearance with the large driving wheels and narrow boiler. The number 180 was retired to a quiet life at Niitsu Station, an important railway location, but was then pulled out of retirement in 1999 due to popular demand. It was revived as the SL Banetsu Monogatari, running seasonally on the Ban-etsu-West Line. The 12 series rolling stock was modified for the passenger cars. Wood patterns and soft colors create an old-style atmosphere evocative of the beloved Taisho era (1912–1926).

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Car interior

Car no. 1: Okojo Observation Room

In April 2014, car number one was remodeled into two parts, the "Okojo Room" as a playroom for children and the "Okojo Observation Room" for adults to enjoy. Come and enjoy the Okojo Observation Car with the whole family. The train staff organizes games and other fun events, including rock-paper-scissors contests.

Car no. 1: Okojo Observation Room

Car no. 7: Green Car

Carrying the nostalgic feel of the Taisho period, the SL Banetsu Monogatari has the grace of the C57-180 (Kifujin) model, and in 2013, a Green Car was brought on board to bring a new level of comfort and pleasure to travelers. Enjoy the scenery outbound and the power of the SL on the way home.

Car no. 7: Green Car

Car no. 7: Green Car seats

The front end of the Green Car has a sense of spaciousness with a panoramic observation room. Just in front of the observation room on the return journey is the powerful SL locomotive.

Car no. 7: Green Car seats

Car no. 7: Panorama observation room

Seating 30 people, the Green Car has reclining seats that rotate. The layout of each row is three seats, with one seat on one side of the aisle and two on the other, and each row is comfortably separated from the others on par with the standard Green Car arrangement.

Car no. 7: Panorama observation room

Car layout

  • Aizu-Wakamatsu
  • Niitsu
  • Car no.1 Okojo Observation Car Car no.2 Ordinary car, Reserved seating
  • Car no.3 Ordinary car, Reserved seating no.4 Observation Car
  • Car no.5 Kiosk, Ordinary car, Reserved seating no.6 Ordinary car, Reserved seating
  • Car no.7 Green Car

Regular stops

Regular stops

Route & Timetables

SL Banetsu Monogatari

Stops Outbound Inbound
Niitsu 10:03 (dep.) 18:43 (arr.)
Gosen 10:20 (arr.)
10:21 (dep.)
18:27 (dep.)
18:25 (arr.)
Sakihana 10:38 (arr.)
10:39 (dep.)
18:10 (dep.)
18:09 (arr.)
Mikawa 10:56 (arr.)
10:57 (dep.)
17:52 (dep.)
17:51 (arr.)
Tsugawa 11:11 (arr.)
11:26 (dep.)
17:36 (dep.)
17:21 (arr.)
Hideya 11:42 (arr.)
11:44 (dep.)
17:08 (dep.)
17:07 (arr.)
Nozawa 12:16 (arr.)
12:18 (dep.)
16:37 (dep.)
16:27 (arr.)
Yamato 12:40 (arr.)
12:50 (dep.)
16:06 (dep.)
16:05 (arr.)
Kitakata 13:06 (arr.)
13:08 (dep.)
15:51 (dep.)
15:50 (arr.)
Shiokawa 13:18 (arr.)
13:20 (dep.)
(No stop)
Aizu-Wakamatsu 13:35 (arr.) 15:27 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of January 2022.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.

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  • * Service dates may be subject to change.

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