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Old August 9th, 2014, 08:41 AM   #2701
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JR Kyushu has announced a new EMU series replaces 103 series trains still in use in the ​​Fukuoka area. The new series 305 will be used in urban services on JR through services on Airport Line (Kūkō Line) from Fukuoka Municipal Subway. Six-car trains will enter service between February and March 2015. Each train will have a capacity for 851 people; 291 seated and 560 standing.






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Old August 9th, 2014, 08:44 AM   #2702
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These days in occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Kosei line, is running an old 113 series unit (JNR) with Shonan colors, green and orange. Also occasionally going with a JNR 143 car, but am not clear but it seems a technical car (although it could be a postal train?).






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Old August 10th, 2014, 06:31 PM   #2703
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Some grade-separation works in Tokyo area at June 30th, 2014.


Keisei Oshiage Line http://goo.gl/maps/bPkZB

Elevation between Keisei Oshiage Station outbound and Yahiro Station just before the bridge over Arakawa. 2 km in total.

In the first part you can watch the view from the outbound tracks (not yet elevated) and back to Keisei Oshiage Sta. on the new elevated section.





Tobu Skytree Line http://goo.gl/maps/MsMYC

Works in the Tobu Skytree Line around and in the Takenotsuka Station. 1 km to elevate.





Keikyu Main Line http://goo.gl/maps/JUM60

And here the new elevated sector on Keikyu Main Line from Heiwajima Station to Rokugodote Station (around 4,5 km). In the middle the Keikyu Kamata Station.




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Old August 13th, 2014, 10:48 AM   #2704
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JR West announces changes on denomination for Kansai and Hiroshima area lines.

http://www.westjr.co.jp/press/articl...page_5993.html

They say is for help tourist who are confused by the japanese system of lines.

Every line or group of lines will receive a letter. For example JR Kyoto and Kobe Line wil give the "A" while Osaka Loop Line the "O".




In Hiroshima, the commuter lines will receive the letter according the color. B means "Blue line" (Kabe Line)




JR West will change the thermometers inside trains.




And some changes on information signals in the stations.




Here the design for the indicatives on trains.

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Old August 17th, 2014, 12:01 AM   #2705
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"Shinata (品田)"? Yeah, why not.

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Tug-of-war over new Yamanote station’s name



August 16, 2014

Controversy has begun to stir among local residents and entities near the planned site of a new station on the JR Yamanote Line in Tokyo, to be built between Shinagawa and Tamachi stations.

It will be the first time in a half century that a new station will be opened on the Yamanote Line.

Though operations will not launch until around 2020, the station’s opening is a major focus of attention for merchants on nearby shopping streets as it will likely revitalize local communities.

While an official decision on the new station’s name is usually made a year or two in advance, speculation and conflicting interests have already begun to enter the picture, creating a tug-of-war.

The address of the planned site is in the Konan district of Minato Ward. As there is no station named “Konan,” the district has been seen as the leading candidate for the station’s namesake.

But people in other nearby districts, including prominent residential neighborhoods, do not agree.

To the east of the planned site is a geographical name with a long and distinguished history—Shibaura.

Others have recommended the geographical name “Mita” as the name, as Keio University’s Mita Campus is near the new station site.

Among the suggestions, the geographical name “Takanawa” has received especially strong support. An association of shop owners along a local shopping street in the district has aggressively campaigned for the name by displaying posters.

Susumu Ishikawa, who runs a restaurant and is the head of a business association playing a leading role in the campaign, said the association has already collected signatures from more than 1,000 people.

Ishikawa expressed his sense of urgency saying, “Unless we act immediately, we’ll lag behind.”

According to East Japan Railway Co., the name of a new station is usually decided one to two years before its opening. This time, a JR East official said, “We’ll consider including collecting proposals from the public.”



But the timetable and method of deciding the name have not been set, which has escalated the controversy.

As large-scale redevelopment is expected to coincide with the construction, real estate firms have been paying close attention. An official of one of the companies said, “The situation will also affect land prices in nearby districts.”

The controversy has also spread on the Internet. One proposal that has generated buzz is Sengakuji, the name of a temple with close ties to the historical heroes Ako Roshi, a group of 47 ronin whose revenge for their late lord in the 18th century is a popular historic and literary theme.

But there are already two stations with the name Sengakuji on the Toei Asakusa and Keikyu lines. Thus, if the temple’s name is used, the station name would likely be “Shin-Sengakuji Station.” The prefix “shin” means “new.”

Another proposal is “Tokyo South Gate Station,” because the new station is not far from Haneda Airport, a major gateway in the southern part of Japan’s capital.

JR East has maintained its cautious stance about the issue. A JR East official said, “Because this is a big topic of interest, we can’t carelessly mention candidate names.”

JR East announced an outline of the station’s construction plan in June this year. The new station will be the first on the Yamanote Line since 1971, when Nishi-Nippori Station was opened in Arakawa Ward, Tokyo. It will be the 30th station on the line.

A rail yard located between Shinagawa and Tamachi stations will be downsized and renovated, and the vacated land will accommodate the new station.

The new station building will accommodate platforms on the first floor, and its ticket gates will be on the second floor, which will contain a huge plaza.

Currently, the proposed names include those with geographical elements—Konan, Takanawa, Mita and Shibaura—and those related to nearby stations—Shin-Sengakuji, Shin-Shinagawa and Minami-Tamachi—as well as brand-new ones including Shinata, Tokyo South Gate and Edo Mirai.

In previous instances, when new stations were opened across the nation, similar fierce controversies arose.

Concerning the Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet train line, which is scheduled to open in late fiscal 2015, Hokuto and Hakodate entered a tug-of-war over which of the two neighboring cities will host the line’s terminal station.

Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR Hokkaido) made a judgment to compromise by using Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto as the name.

When the Nagano Shinkansen bullet train line opened, Saku and Komoro began a head-on clash over which of the cities’ names would be used. A plan was made to appease both sides by naming it Saku-Komoro.

But the then Nagano governor intervened in the controversy by proposing the name of “Sakudaira Station” saying, “This region, including Komoro, has been known as Sakudaira.”

Kunitachi Station on the JR Chuo Line was named by taking one kanji character each from the names of Kokubunji and Tachikawa stations when it was opened between the two stations in the prewar era. The first kanji character of Kokubunji can also be pronounced “kuni.”

If the controversy over the new Yamanote Line station escalates, there is a possibility that Shinata, which comprises the first kanji characters of Shinagawa and Tamachi, may present a solution.

A JR East official said, “Districts near the new station will become bustling areas with both historical and international features. We hope people who will visit the areas will like the name.”
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Old August 19th, 2014, 10:00 PM   #2706
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JR East eyes new, faster access to Haneda airport from central Tokyo

East Japan Railway Co. is considering opening a new line to Haneda airport from the center of the capital, a project that would halve travel time to roughly 20 minutes from Tokyo and Shinjuku stations, company officials said Tuesday.

JR East hopes to have the new line partially operational in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and complete the roughly ¥320 billion project in the mid-2020s. To accomplish this, the regional train operator plans to consult with the national and Tokyo Metropolitan governments about how to pay for the project, according to company officials.

JR East is considering extending a freight line that now runs southward to the bay from near Tamachi Station on the Yamanote Line and connecting it to Haneda through a 5.7-km underwater tunnel, according to the officials.

On Tuesday, a JR East official briefed a meeting of a transport ministry panel studying the nation’s future railway networks on the plan.
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Old August 20th, 2014, 08:17 PM   #2707
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Okay, okay....






According some mass media, the new JR Haneda Airport Line will be partially completed by 2020.

The 5.7km tunnel between Tokyo Freight Terminal and the Airport but with a temporary station and shuttle bus to the terminals.

The only connexion in 2020 will be via the Rinkai Line to Odaiba. Perfect for the athletes who stay in the Olympic Village.

In the video you can watch the final plan and all the times between Haneda and Shinjuku, Tokyo and Shin-Kiba.




But, more news, more?

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Haneda monorail to extend to Tokyo Station

Tokyo Monorail Co. plans to extend its monorail line between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and East Japan Railway Co.’s Hamamatsucho Station to Tokyo Station, informed sources said on Wednesday.

The ¥109.5-billion project to connect the monorail line to the terminal station for Shinkansen bullet train services will be completed in 10 years, the sources said.

The Hamamatsucho Station building, which houses the monorail station, will also be rebuilt. Barrier-free improvement work will finish before the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the sources added.

No new station will be built on the 3-kilometer extension between Hamamatsucho and Tokyo stations. The section will be built on an elevated line beside the JR Keihintohoku Line. At Tokyo Station, monorail platforms will be established above the platforms of the JR Tokaido Line.

The Hamamatsucho building work will be part of a local redevelopment project that will also cover the adjacent World Trade Center Building. The project is expected to take 12 years.

East Japan Railway, or JR East, the parent of Tokyo Monorail, is also considering launching new train lines that would connect the airport to Tokyo and Shinjuku stations. Such a project could lead to competition between the parent company and the subsidiary.

A Tokyo Monorail official said: “We will remain able to play an important role if the number of Haneda airport users continues to increase.”
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Maybe a new station on the right side in Hamatsucho and the Tokyo Monorail tracks over the Shinkansen tracks? There is not too much space to construct until Tokyo Station.
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More. Now, including de Tokyu Tamagawa link to Keikyu Kamata and Haneda.

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3 new rail lines to link Haneda, Olympic venues



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Three new train lines to directly connect Haneda Airport to stations in central Tokyo are to be constructed in about 10 years, with one of them shortening the current 28 minutes between Tokyo Station and the airport to 18 minutes.

The Oshio Tanraku line is to connect the airport directly to Tokyo Station, while the Higashi-Shinagawa Tanraku line will go to Shinjuku Station and the Rinkai Kaiso line will serve Shin-Kiba Station. Passengers currently need to change trains at least once to reach the airport from those stations. The current 46 minutes from Shinjuku Station to the airport—the longest distance in the project—will be cut to about 23 minutes.

The East Japan Railway Co., which announced the project on Tuesday, said that before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics it aims to begin operating parts of the routes that will connect the airport to the Games venues. The line to Shin-Kiba Station will include the Rinkai waterfront area where venues are set to be built.

The total construction cost is expected to be about ¥320 billion.

The railway company plans to run a new Access Shinsen line starting from the airport with the aim of improving access from major stations in central Tokyo, by connecting the current Rinkai Line, Yamanote Line and a freight line to the new lines.

The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is considering a plan to construct a new station about 40 meters below the current Tokyo Station area to drastically shorten time needed to reach both Haneda and Narita airports.

Tokyo Metro Co. plans to move up the scheduled extension of the Yurakucho subway line beyond its Toyosu Station terminus, to reach Sumiyoshi Station on the Hanzomon Line.

Also being considered is setting up a new line to connect Keikyu Kamata Station on the Keikyu Line and Kamata Station on the Tokyu Tamagawa Line via a potential route dubbed the “Kama-Kama line.”

The government aims to double the number of tourists from overseas to 20 million in 2020, along with increasing the number of departure and arrival slots for international flights at Haneda Airport from the current 90,000 to 130,000.
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Shin-Keisei Electric Railway will change the livery of the 8000 series, 162 cars in total.





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Two first trains with the new "gentle pink" livery.


8800 series on a test run on the Main Line:


8900 running in the Kunugiyama depot:


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Keihan Electric Railway put in service last September 5, first refurbished units of 6000 series.



This 8 cars 6000 series train is used since 1983, and now receive a second life with new Keihan colors and interiors based in 13000 series trains, last to be incorporated into the Keihan park.






At each end of car there is a space for wheelchairs and adjacent seating space reserved for older people etc.


Emergency Intercom situated at the level of the disabled.


Refurbished trains also incorporate LCD screens to provide more information.


Have also been renewed warning lights on the doors.


Fluorescent lights have been changed to LED tubes as usual on any train since 2011.


And of course the external indicators are also LED.

Source: http://response.jp/ and http://www.keihan.co.jp/info/upload/...00_renewal.pdf



In this video you can see well the details of the refurbished unit:





Two photos of the old Keihan 6000 Series unit:




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New station eyed near Toranomon Hills on Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Line
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The Tokyo metropolitan government has its sights set on a new subway station on Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Line near the Toranomon Hills commercial complex ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.

The plan was included in the metropolitan government’s interim report on its “long-term vision” 10 years hence.

The station would be located on the western side of the towering commercial complex between Kasumigaseki and Kamiyacho stations.

The station will connect via an underground walkway to Toranomon Station on Tokyo Metro’s Ginza Line, which will be located to the north of the station, as well as a bus terminal to be established near the complex.

The city’s plan to establish new stations and develop surrounding areas is consistent with the central government’s National Strategic Special Zones strategy designed to revitalize the economy, along with the easing of regulations.

The metropolitan government will meet with Tokyo Metro Co. to coordinate the plan. It holds a 50-percent share in Tokyo Metro.

The Tokyo government will also liaise with the central government, ward officials and private businesses handling the redevelopment.

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