The Japan Rail Modelers (JRM) of Washington DC is an informal group of train modelers in the
greater Washington DC Metro area that focuses on modeling Japanese rail systems. Our goal is
to support and encourage modeling of Japanese rail systems and provide public education about
the extensive Japanese railroads. We have produced a 72 square foot portable, Japanese themed
N Scale layout that can be displayed at model railroading shows and cultural events.
Message From the President
Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Disaster - Update
Ten days after the earthquake and tsunamis struck Japan, the situation is grim but improving. Railroads have been opened to Morioka (in the heart of Iwate) from the west and north, making it much easier to get supplies into the stricken area. Lines of communication and supplies are beginning to reach isolated evacuation centers and groups of survivors. Acute shortages of food, gasoline, and kerosene have been alleviated in many areas. Along with the bad news, we are seeing some reports of good news -- families reunited, survivors miraculously found inside collapsed buildings nine days after the tsunamis, hospital patients safely moved to hospitals outside the disaster area.