(試譯文)Being the oldest special express vehicle in existence in West JR of Japan, on the 6th, the 181 series of the diesel-powered vehicle used by special express "Makaze" that connected Osaka with Tottori finished the last operation as a regular flight. The fans of about 800 people gathered in Osaka Station using cameras to take pictures of the imposing figure of the train that left for the Last Run, and parted with it reluctantly.
According to the same company, the carriage body of the 181 series had attached to its ceiling an unusual type cooling engine that was manufactured in 1968-72. The special express "Shinano" that traveled between Nagano and Nagoya, and also in the special express "Yakumo" that traveled between Okayama and Izumo City had the same engine used.
Company employee Yuichi Kubota (33) of Takamatsu City who boarded the train with the companion of other railway fans said ｢As for the 181 series, I liked the powerful engine sound as it ran in Shikoku before. It is the last time for the green carriage to make strenuous efforts. ｣
Many people love seeing trains in Japan. These special express carriages have completed their historical mission and it is time for them to retire, it is a regrettable but unavoidable moment.