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  Model C56 Locomotive Number 31  
US Army

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Justin Taylan 2004

Locomotive History
Built in 1936 by Nippon Sharyo Ltd. in Nagoya.  On the front of the locomotive was a brass plaque with "C5631".

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, this locomotive was commandeered by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) and shipped overseas to Thailand where it was used in the opening ceremony of the Thai-Burma Railroad, using railroad tracks built by Prisoner Of War (POW) slave labor. 

After the war, this locamotive was used by the Thai railroad. When retired in 1977, Japanese veteran groups raised funds then purchased and shipped the locomotive back to Japan during 1979.

This locamotive is displayed at Yūshūkan (Yasukuni Museum, 遊就館) in the main exhibition hall

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Last Updated
August 19, 2018


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