C11 325

Tobu Railway Company
1946 - 1972 Restored : Nov 1998
C11_325 was manufactured at the Nippon Sharyo Co., Atsuta works, manufactured No. 1407, on the 28th of March 1946.
She was first deployed to the Chigasaki depot, and was active on the Sagami, Nambu lines. During March 1967, she was moved to Yonezawa depot and was active on the Yonesaka and Aterazawa lines. On the 23rd of April 1972, C11_325 pulled the "Good By Steam" train when Aterazawa line steam service was closed.
C11_325 was retired during 1972 and was preserved at the Suibara junior high school in Suibara town (currently Agano city) in Niigata prefecture during May 1973.

During 1996, only one engine operated from the Moka Railway Co., and the company was looking for another reserve engine. Moka Railway threw the handkerchief to the C11_325.
Before restoration, C11_325 was moved to the front of the Moka station from Suibara school, and opened to the public. During November 1997, she was transferred to the JR Omiya works, and started restoration.
During September 1998, C11_325's restoration was completed, and started a test run on the Moka line. C11_325 regular service was started from the 1st of November 1998.
C11_325 was sold to the Tobu Railway during July 2020.

Photo ;
C11_325s mate engine C11_240.
Kita-Yamagata on the Aterazawa line, during 1970.
During April 1972, Yonezawa's steams were all dieselized.
The last survivor C11s were six (No. 204, 234, 240, 325, 359 and 372) engines.

Biographic Data Chart

Date Location Application
Mar 1946 Nippon Syaryo Manufacture
Mar 1946 Chigasaki Deployment
? 1965 Hamakawasaki Transferred
Mar 1967 Yonezawa Transferred
1972 JNR, Yonezawa Deregistered
Date Location Application
May 1973 Suibara town Preserved
Mar 1996 Moka Railway Transferred
Oct 1998 Moka Railway Restored
Jul 2020 Tobu Railway Moved

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