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Galaxy Railways

The Galaxy Railways (銀河鉄道物語 Ginga Tetsudō Monogatari?) is a 26-episode anime television series about flying trains set in the far reaches of space, produced by Leiji Matsumoto, who also created the manga. It began airing on October 4, 2003. Funimationhas licensed the anime for release in the United States. It debuted on American TV in a syndicated Funimation Channelprogramming block airing on CoLours TV on Monday, June 19, 2006. The series has also aired on the linear Funimation Channel. Two sequels have been produced, both currently unlicensed in English regions.

It has also been announced that on the March 25, 2009, an off take of the series called The Galaxy Railways: Faraway Angels (銀河鉄道物語 ~最果てのアンジェラ~?) will be released as a Drama CD. The story follows the Mizar platoon and their adventures.


The story takes place in the future, where trains are capable of interplanetary travel. The fleet of the Galaxy Railways is protected by the Space Defence Force, or SDF, against intergalactic terrorists, meteor storms and malicious alien life.

In the series it seems that the Galaxy Railways serve as both a establishment and government presiding over a large sector of the galaxy. The railways are made up of a series of large orbital rings that create energy shields to protect the trains that move between them, creating the tracks the trains follow. The railways are under the rule of the Supreme Commander, but seem to be more actively guided by a lower ranking official known as the Commander. The Galaxy Railways Headquarters preside over The SDF and the SPG (Space Panzer Grenadiers, an elite defense force) as well as all passenger operations

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