With scores of different engine types employed by numerous private railway companies, Japan is a trainspotter's dreamland.
Every weekend thousands of mostly young to middle aged men gather at stations across the nation photographing and videoing their speeding steel idols.
I rode with a group of spotters in the front seats of a train recently and was amused to see them flashing the V peace sign with their fingers as we roared through stations to be caught on film by their rival geeks shooting away on the platforms. Every station on the trip had someone taking photographs or video.
Here is a video homage on YouTube to Meitetsu's Panorama Super shot mainly at Nagoya, Kanayama, Jingu-mae and Arimatsu stations. The video is set lovingly to Abba's "Dancing Queen."
"Having the time of your life. UUUHHH!"
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