Trains are always popular in Japan and there are many books and magazines available for rail fans to enjoy. Just recently a number of new magazines have come out with some great pictures of trains and Japan scenery.
These magazines are on sale at book stores and some convenience stores as weekly or monthly publications. Here are 2 popular ones that have just started.
Smile Checker for Rail Workers
If you thought it was all serious work at the Railway companies, here is an article from The Mainichi Daily News detailing new software that checks workers smiles before they head out to start the days shift.
Yahoo Group for Rail Fans (English)
If you are interested in following some of the latest news and updates on Japanese rail, you might want to join up for the Yahoo Group, Japanese railway discussion group.