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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2009
Front view of Kiha 283 diesel multiple unit, operated by JR Hokkaido, Japan.
Class Kiha 283 is the most advanced tilting train in Japan. It has two 355hp engines per car for good acceleration. Onboard computer controls tilting operation based on preloaded route map and train speed. Trucks (bogies) are self-steering in order to reduce friction on tight curves.
This train is limited express "Super Ozora" service, connecting Sapporo and Kushiro. There are 14 trains (7 round trips) per day on this service. The fastest train run the whole route (348km) in 3hr35min. Here, the train is negotiating curves around 100-110kph(60MPH), judging from the sound of rail joints. This is a great achievement for a narrow-gauge diesel train on mountaineous curvy single track.