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Old November 29th, 2014, 11:59 AM   #2761
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JR Kyoto Line - Takatsuki Station improvement works



Takatsuki Station (http://goo.gl/maps/q3qx7) is the number 10 of JR West network in daily average passengers, 123.542 everyday.

Now is under renovation to allow more passengers on two overcrowded platforms. Side tracks without platform (for Limited Express) will be new 260 meters platform. All commuter trains stops at this station.


Tracks 1 and 8 (not used) will be occupied by new new platforms. Central tracks (4 and 5) are for local trains so, Takatsuki Station is perfect for commuters who changes from rapid to local or local to rapid on the same way, on the same platform.

In red the new pedestrian bridge over the tracks to connect the two side platforms with the lobby.



Renders from JR West http://www.westjr.co.jp/press/articl..._takatsuki.pdf


New side platforms will be 4 to 6 meters width.

Work is scheduled to finish by sprin 2016. Total cost is estimated in 32 million euro.

Situation in November:













Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-2847.html


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Shin-Osaka improvement works



Shin-Osaka Station is under reforms too. After the completion of works on Shinkansen area, adding new platforms and bla bla bla, now is turn for the zairaisen area.

Situation in November:









Remembering the new Shinkansen platform:













Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-2849.html
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Old November 29th, 2014, 08:09 PM   #2762
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Really interesting work going on at Takatsuki Station - thanks for that summary Sr.Horn. I used to use this station from time to time - I knew it was busy, but I didn't know it was 10th busiest in JR West's Network!

The added capacity should really make a difference. Great stuff.

Also, Shin Osaka is looking sooooooooo much better now! What a difference! That place was horrible to transit through when I started using it back 2009. They've done a fantastic job of bringing it into the 21st century.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 07:34 AM   #2763
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Free Wi-Fi bound for 143 Tokyo subway stations next month
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Free Wi-Fi will be arriving at Tokyo’s major subway stations next month, allowing passengers to get connected via a simple user registration process through a special app.

The Tokyo metropolitan government’s Bureau of Transportation and Tokyo Metro Co. said free Wi-Fi service will begin Dec. 1 at 143 stations that are utilized by a large number of foreign passengers.

According to the bureau, Wi-Fi will be available at 35 stations on all of the four Toei subway lines, including Shinjuku, Tochomae, Tsukijishijo and Daimon. The Toei subway lines have 106 stations in total.

The service will also be provided at 108 stations on all of the nine Tokyo Metro subway lines, including Ginza, Shibuya, Ikebukuro and Ueno, according to Tokyo Metro. The Tokyo Metro subway lines have 179 stations in total.

The operators said free Wi-Fi will address the needs of foreign visitors to Tokyo who have complained about the limited Internet connectivity options.

The new service offers a one-time connection time of up to three hours, but users can access Wi-Fi as many times as they want at designated spots.

To use the new service, users need to register their e-mail addresses on a recognition app named “Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi” downloaded to their devices. The one-time registration will enable users to connect their devices to Wi-Fi at the subway stations, as well as about 90,000 other spots, including on Toei buses and major airports that already provide the service.

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...AJ201411260053
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Old December 8th, 2014, 06:10 AM   #2764
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some pics I took today of Sendai's Tozai Line

Sendai International Center station


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Old December 8th, 2014, 11:56 AM   #2765
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E129 Series



On November 28, JR East presented the new trains for commuter services in Niigata area. This is the new 2-cars unit E129 Series.

E129 series has been based on E233 series but adapted to the Niigata conditions: cold winters, less people...



A total of 100 cars has been manufactured. The set of two is simply, 1M and 1T.

On the front of car, the destination indicator in a LED screen. Same in the laterals. Train is painted with two stripes in toki and yellow color.







Inside the cars, the disposition combines two types: long seat and semi-cross seat. Priority seats, disabled space and wheelchair-accessible large toilet was installed between two cars.





The capacity of the E129 series is 140 people.







This train is operated by "one-man". Many stations are unstaffed so you can see in the last photos the screen for the prices (like in many buses) and the machine to check the ticket.

Source: rail.hobidas.com
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Old December 8th, 2014, 03:03 PM   #2766
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New 323 Series for Osaka Loop Line



In a press conference held by JR West on December 8, 2014, the company has announced the introduction of new trains "323 Series" for the JR Osaka Loop Line which runs the center of Osaka.

In appearance, the new sets will maintain the orange color typical on the Loop Line in some parts of the train.

But the major changes will be the 3 doors car instead the usually 4 doors car. Moreover, only 8 seat places between doors, and 16 screen inside each car. Units of 8 cars will provide more space around doors.



JR West said, the display will announces in four languages. In addition, the 323 Series also provide free WiFi service for foreigners.

New trains will be introduced by 2016 until 2018. 168 cars in total, 21 sets.

Osaka Loop Line project video:


Source: JR West press release / Tetsudo-shimbun / Response
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Old December 9th, 2014, 08:33 AM   #2767
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Looks great!
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Old December 10th, 2014, 03:55 AM   #2768
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The elevated track is a way to help the local trains to stop easily?

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Old December 10th, 2014, 04:31 AM   #2769
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Grade separation, no longer a barrier to cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.
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Old December 10th, 2014, 11:37 AM   #2770
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His quote is a bit strange, since he have removed pieces so that the image and heading don't match. That image is from the "Shin-Osaka improvement works" part of the quoted post, and it's an image of the new Shinkansen platform.

Why they have raised the track of the concrete floor in such fashion is the question?
There are a number of reasons I can think about to explain it.
The most likely would be that they had to build the new platform slightly raised compared to the older ones to clear some obstacle underneath, it looks like that it may be a bit taller at least, so with a taller platform then you would need to raise the track as well to keep the levels correct. It's hard to judge why it would be taller though from the images in the original post, you really need to be there to be able to investigate properly.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 05:51 AM   #2771
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Yep, sorry i didn't see the heading (fixed).

The raised track makes me remember about something was tested on the 60' here (Buenos Aires) but never made again, to help local trains to stop easily.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 09:39 PM   #2772
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New Osaka Loop Line trains look good, but I'm confused as to why they've gone from four doors per carriage side, to three. Anyone here able to explain that?
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If I understand (a bad automatic translation of) the second article in the original post, then it's to unify the number of doors on the trains on all the lines that use the tracks of the Osaka Loop line. Many of the more suburban oriented lines have 3 door trains, and the mix of 3-4 door car trains of different lengths have forced them to mark several different door positions on the platform which may confuse a lot of people, especially people not used to having marked door positions. So if you are waiting for one train at the designated spot then you might end up in the way for the people getting off if a train from another line arrives.
So by instead using 3 door cars for all trains using the loop line tracks then they can unify the door marking placements on the platform then it will make it easier to stand at the correct place when the train arrives.
But this will also simplify things for JR West when the times come to install Platform Screen Doors at the station, since then they only need to get the "normal" 3 door version, instead of some more exotic hybrid solution to be able to cope with 3 and 4 door trains.

In terms of capacity through the doors then they might increase the width of them to still get the space needed to get people on and off efficiently.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 06:42 AM   #2774
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New Osaka Loop Line trains look good, but I'm confused as to why they've gone from four doors per carriage side, to three. Anyone here able to explain that?
Because platform doors.

As Loefet said, right now you have a mix of different trains stopping on those platforms now for the different services (Yamatoji, Kansai mainline, Hanwa line and Osaka Loop line) and they use a wide mix of train types but the pattern is clear: Newer JR West trains in the Kansai "Urban District" mostly use 3 door cars.

The only 4 door trains making all stops on the Loop Line are those 103s and 201s now, since the Kansai line local trains terminate at JR Namba after stopping on their own platform at Tennoji. Hanwa Line Locals terminate at Tennoji as well.

So, once the Loop Line is full of those 323s, then you'll see the stations get their platform doors installed, and also see the Loop Line go to one-man operation most likely.

In a related story, this is exactly what happened with JR East and the Yamanote Line, remember? The #3 and #4 cars of the 11 car consist used to be 6-door cars, but they shifted them out (mostly to the Saikyo line) and built 4-door cars that had extra standee space. As soon as all the 6-doors were gone, they started putting the platform doors in the stations.
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Old December 14th, 2014, 11:54 PM   #2775
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Many thanks to both of your for your answers - I really appreciate your detailed replies!

I have just one follow up question, if you don't mind. Why has it been decided that all JR trains in the Kansai region should only have three doors per carriage?
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JR West said, the display will announces in four languages. In addition, the 323 Series also provide free WiFi service for foreigners.
Japanese, English Korean and Chinese I presume.

I like the loop branding and glad they kept some orange. The new trains won't be as distinctive as the "all-orange" ones, though. I LOVED seeing the yellow one-man diesels in Kyushu on a recent trip... but Kyushu has a lot of cool trains.
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