NAGOYA -- A life-sized cardboard mockup of a C62 steam locomotive has been assembled in the lobby of Chukyo TV Broadcasting Co. in this city's Nakamura Ward as a part of a railway event running Nov. 2 to 11.
The model is 4 meters high, 22 meters long and weighs 3 tons. It was created by Hideo Shima, a 69-year-old cardboard craftsman living in the city of Minamishimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture, in southern Japan. Shima was an architect and used to create cardboard models of buildings.
He started to work on mockup locomotives when he turned 60. It had been a dream of his since childhood. The C62 model is the second cardboard train created by Shima, the first being a model D51. Parts were transported by two 10-ton trucks, and roughly 10 staff members were needed to assemble the parts on Oct. 27 and 28.
A total of 49 real C62 steam locomotives were produced. They were used for the Tsubame limited express train service on the National Railway (now JR) Tokaido Line and other services in 1950s, reaching the national highest speed of 129 kilometers per hour for a steam locomotive.
(Japanese original by Toru Kuroo, Nagoya News Center)