Riding the slow-moving Choshi Dentetsu train gives one a nostalgic feeling, not only because of its slow speed, but also because of the retro appearance of the cars. Another major factor that makes the ride nostalgic is the fact that the conductor is often seen walking around the train car. Although there are conductors on trains running in Tokyo, you will rarely encounter them coming out of the conductor's compartment to check tickets or pay for tickets. On the contrary, platform doors are being installed one after another on platforms in Tokyo, so perhaps conductors will soon disappear from trains as they do from buses.
When I can remember, conductors had already disappeared from buses in Tokyo, and only one-man buses were used, but I feel nostalgic and a little relieved when I see a conductor on a bus when I travel abroad. It is easy to ask the conductor questions that are difficult to ask the driver at the wheel. I can ask how much it costs and how to pay. It is very helpful to have a conductor who is a little busy in foreign countries where I often have to carry on a conversation using body language. In India and China, I feel like I have been helped by conductors who have free time on their hands.
|Jul 2022 CHIBA VEHICLE|
|CHOSHI PLATFORM STATION TRAIN|
July 20, 2022
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS LOXIA 2/35