Hiroshima Streetcar To Resume Services To Convey Horrors Of A - Bomb


Hiroshima streetcar to resume services to convey horrors of A-bombA streetcar that was heavily damaged in the 1945 atomic bombing of this city will run again in its original colors and carry a message about the horrors of nuclear weapons.
The repainted streetcar, operated by Hiroshima Electric Railway Co. (Hiroden), was unveiled on June 7 during the Romen Densha Matsuri festival at the railway’s Senda garage in Hiroshima.
The car, painted in gray on the upper body and dark blue on the lower body, will resume services on weekends starting on June 13 under a joint project of Hiroden and RCC Broadcasting Co.


Monitors inside the streetcar will show footage of victims telling their experiences of the atomic bombing and the reconstruction of the city.

According to Hiroden, 108 of the 123 streetcars were damaged in the atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945. Only three of those streetcars are currently kept by the railway.

Two of the streetcars are still used commercially, but the third car, the “653-go,” has temporarily been out of service. The streetcar was restored at the end of 1945, a Hiroden official said.

The company decided to repaint and run the 653-go for the anti-nuclear project.

From June 13 through Aug. 30 (except July 25), the streetcar will depart Hiroshima Station at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, take a route that passes near Atomic Bomb Dome, and return to the same station.

Reservations will be needed to board the streetcar.