I missed my chance to ride an A-Bombed train

Good morning,

What can I tell you? It's hot and it ain't cooling down anytime soon.

Hiroden’s restored tram that survived the A-bomb blast will make 16 journeys over 8 days this summer.

Tram number 653, known in Japanese as a hibaku-ressha, was restored to the original blue coloring with it was coated when badly damaged by the 1945 A-bomb blast, as part of the 70th anniversary commemorations of the A-bombing 4 years ago.

On the designated dates (July 21 & 29, August 4, 5, 9, 11,12 & 18) the tram will depart Hiroshima Station at 10:30 and 14:30, make it’s to way Nishi-hiroshina Station via Hacchobori and A-bomb Dome when it will turn around and return to A-bomb Dome. 25 people can join each journey for a fee of ¥500 for adults and ¥200 for school-aged children.

Demand is understandably high and passengers werechosen at random from those who submitted an application. RCC were keen to share this experience with people of all nationalities and added an easy-to-use bilingual online application form which allowed you to stipulate two preferred dates and times. A video about the A-bombing which will be playing in the street car with English subtitles.

Applications were open until Friday, July 6 and the lucky passengers who have secured a seat were notified on July 15. And I missed the deadline...

Well, I guess I can take a picture of it when it passes me by while I'm crying on the sidewalk...(ok, so maybe I won't be crying, but I wish I had heard of this sooner-I definitely would have applied if I'd known).

Did any of you apply? Did you get tickets?

Have a great day!


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