SL Hitoyoshi

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SL Hitoyoshi
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58654 on an SL Hitoyoshi service
Service typeJoyful Train
LocaleKyushu, Japan
First service25 April 2009
Current operator(s)JR Kyushu
Distance travelled84 km
Average journey time2 hrs 50 min
Service frequency1 return trip daily
On-board services
Seating arrangements2+2 (standard)
Catering facilitiesCar 2
Observation facilitiesCars 1 and 3
Rolling stock50 series coaches
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The SL Hitoyoshi (SL 人吉) is a steam hauled excursion train operated by the Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) on the Kagoshima Main Line and the Hisatsu Line since April 2009.


The SL Hitoyoshi runs a return journey between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi once a day on weekends and national holidays from March to November. The train was inaugurated to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Hisatsu Line. A reserved seat must be made prior to boarding.

Rolling stock[edit]

The SL Hitoyoshi consists of an 8620 Class steam locomotive No. 58654 and three specially modified OHa 50 series (オハ50系) carriages. The interior design of the carriages was done by industrial designer Eiji Mitooka.


The train is painted chocolate with grey roofs and SL Hitoyoshi motifs and lettering in gold.

See also[edit]