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Cycle (non)stop〜Editor’s choice 19

Two sets of wheels and their axles rest on the ground in the city of Akishima, Tokyo, by the Tamagawa cycling path. There was a head-on collision of trains on what is now the JR Hachiko Line on Aug. 24, 1945, just nine days after the end of World War II. The accident occurred on a bridge crossing the Tamagawa river. At least 105 people were killed by the impact of the crash or drowned in the river. Most of the victims were said to be soldiers returning from the war or civilians coming home from wartime evacuation.

The wheels are believed to have belonged one or both of the locomotives in the crash and have been placed by the cycling path in memory of the disaster.

There is a bench near the wheels, providing a tree-shaded rest spot for cyclists.