On October 28, Sanriku Railway Company began accepting orders for its second round of railway memorials dedicated to the recovery of the areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
The Sanriku Railway operates two lines that run along the Sanriku coast of Iwate prefecture. Both lines were crippled during the disaster, with 5.8 km of track washed away in the Tsunami.
The first batch of memorials, which feature an actual piece of railroad damaged in the disaster, went on sale in March and were sold out in less than a day.
The track used for the memorial this time was taken from the area near the Tamoyama rail crossing, located between Sakari station and Rikuzenakasaki station on the Minami-Rias Line in Iwate prefecture.
The first memorial used track from the Kita-Rias line running between Shimanokoshi station and Tanohata station in the same prefecture.
The memorials are available for purchase in two sizes: 10 cm of track for 50,000 yen (US$660) or 5 cm for 30,000 yen (US$396). A memorial plate is attached to the base of the track, which is situated on a pedestal. Quantities of both sizes are limited to 100 each.
The memorials are available for purchase on the Sanriku Railways website and currently ship to Japan only.