C56_160 was manufactured at the Kawasaki Rolling Stock Manufacturing Co., it' manufactured number was 2099 during 1939.
C56_160 was chosen for the reason, that it had the last number in class C56.
After its inception, C56_160 was active mainly on the Hokkaido and Chugoku (western part of Japan lines).
Eventually, C56_160 was affiliated with the Kami-Suwa depot from Jun 1965, and was active on the Oito,
Koumi lines and engaged in shunting operations.
I visited Kami-Suwa depot a few times, but she was not always at her own depot in Kami-Suwa.
The reason for it was, other guest laborers worked on it at other depots.
After moving to Umekoji, C56_160 had on numerous occaisions pulled as
a restored steam engine on various lines and was second only to C57_1.
Some of the lines were Maibara-Kinomoto on the Hokuriku line and double headed service on
the Yamaguchi line with C57_1, as well as, Shikoku's Dosan, Yosan and Yodo lines ... etc.
But, C56_160's main line steam train service will be closed from the 27th of May 2018.
Consult please Class C56