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Old December 25th, 2014, 01:36 PM   #2781
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Cool. Very cool and rare shot of the Japanese freight train passing by.
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Old December 25th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #2782
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Wow this is really high-tech stuff indeed.

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Old December 27th, 2014, 02:19 PM   #2783
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This is a Christmas Story. December 25, Tokyo Station, a 15 car Sobu E217 train had to be rescued by another due to broken pantographs. Both trains coupled make a 600m, 30 car train.



Rescue operation in underground platforms of the Sobu-Yokosuka line at Tokyo station.



Video footage of the train at Shinagawa, race between Tsurumi and Shinkoyasu, and from Yokohama to Higashitotsuka. Finally Totsuka. The train was moved to Ofuna Depot.

Helicopter shots from Asahi Shimbun: http://www.asahi.com/articles/photo/...225004210.html


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http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/tomoki_s0826




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Old January 11th, 2015, 11:41 AM   #2784
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Electrification of the Taketoyo Line

In 2010 JR Central announces the electrification of the Taketoyo Line (South of Aichi Prefecture), 19,3 km in total.



The "electric" service with 313 series will start on March 1 with the direct service to Nagoya.

http://railf.jp/news/2015/01/10/195500.html

Test run (Jan 10):



Cab view on spring 2014 with the catenary installed:

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Old January 13th, 2015, 04:28 PM   #2785
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HB-E210 series

First pair of new HB-E210 hybrid train was delivered this week. The first two trains built by J-TREC in Yokohama were originally scheduled to be delivered in November 2014, but the delivery date was postponed until January 2015.

The HB-E210 series fleet will consist of eight two-car sets (16 vehicles), with each car having three doors per side.

The HB-E210 series trains are scheduled to be introduced on the Tohoku Main Line (Sendai – Shiogama) and the eastern section of the Senseki Line (Takagimachi – Ishinomaki) from June 2015, following the opening of a new link connecting the two lines between Shiogama and Takagimachi.











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Old January 14th, 2015, 11:35 AM   #2786
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JR Ochanomizu Station redevelopment works

Fall 2014. Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com/helicopter/



JR Ochanomizu Station is an strategic point of transfer for Sobu Local and Chuo Rapid Lines.

However, the situation of the station between the Kanda River and the street, and Hijiribashi and Ochanomizu Bridges affects the station because is a narrow space and the barrier-free facilities to this was underdeveloped.

JR East was launch a full-scale improvement work from autumn 2013. The barrier-free development will be finished by FY 2018 and the full completion by end of fiscal 2020.

JR East PDF: http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2013/20130902.pdf



◆ Barrier-free development: New station building (about 2,900㎡) over the tracks connecting the Ochanomizu Hashiguchi (west) and Hijiribashi (east) entrances. Two elevators, one for each platform, two groups of escalators on each platform and six stairs (three on each platform).



◆ Development of the east and west entrances. Specially on the east entrance (Hijiribashi) with the relocation of the wickets and the construction of a new plaza with 500㎡.

Currently, there is a temporary pier in the Kanda River. Construction has been carried by Kajima Corporation and Taisei Corporation JV.


Temporary pier in the Kanda River near Hijiribashi (east) entrance.


Gate entrance for workers and machines on the north bank of Kanda River.




Seen from west side.


Over this will be stablished the new station building.


Tracks 3 and 4 with some parts of the platform with rubber mat.


The rubber mat is temporary, for the embankment seismic reinforcement.


... and for the new station building concrete pile.


Similar situation on tracks 1 and 2.



October 2014:
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Old January 15th, 2015, 04:23 AM   #2787
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HB-E210 series



First pair of new HB-E210 hybrid train was delivered this week.

Hybrid trains. Very cool. Are they simply dmu/catenary or do they have batteries that they run off of as well?
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Old January 15th, 2015, 10:48 AM   #2788
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Diesel + Batteries.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 01:14 PM   #2789
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305 series Kyushu Railway Company



The 305 series is a DC EMU commuter train type for the Chikuhi Line and Fukuoka Subway Kuko Line through-running services.

The first set, numbered W1, was delivered to Karatsu Depot in December 2014. On January 8, JR Kyushu hold a presentation to the press.



This is the first train introduced on that line in 15 years since the 303 series. The 305 series trains will be formed as six-car sets.

The fleet will be 36 vehicles (six six-car sets) in total, built by Hitachi at a cost of approximately 5.7 billion yen, with styling overseen by industrial designer Eiji Mitooka.



The 305 series has organized in six cars: KUHA 305-1 + Moha 305-1 + Moha 304-1 + Moha 305-101 + Moha 304-101 + KUHA 304-1. Total capacity is 851 people (seating 291 persons, standing 560 persons).



Compared with other series, the 305 series reduces power consumption by approximately 50% compared with existing 103 series trains.



Passenger accommodation will consist of longitudinal bench seating with space for wheelchairs or strollers in each car. Large liquid-crystal display screens will be used for providing passenger information, and LED lighting will be used throughout. Car 1 will feature wooden flooring.













The 305 series will enter in service on February 5.

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Old January 15th, 2015, 09:16 PM   #2790
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So I'm guessing you'll have to remove your shoes in car 1. ^_^
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Old January 18th, 2015, 03:05 PM   #2791
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Tobu Urban Park Line double track elevation project [Shimizu-kōen ~ Umesato]

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Wikipedia - Tobu Urban Park Line

Tobu Urban Park Line (Tobu Noda Line) is a 62,7 km railway line. It connects the satellite cities of North-East Tokyo, such as Saitama, Kasukabe, Noda, Nagareyama, Matsudo, Kamagaya, Kashiwa, and Funabashi.

Actually 1/3 of the line is single track: Kasukabe to Unga (18 km) and Sakasai to Mutsumi (3,9 km).

Tobu Urban Park Line is quite weird, in fact is two lines in one, with a center in Kashiwa where trains switchback. For that reason there is two different local services, Omiya - Kashiwa and Kashiwa - Funabashi.

Tobu plans of improvement makes 2016 the introduction of Express services between Omiya and Kasukabe (now, 21 minutes for 15,2 km). In addition, the stations between Kashiwa and Funabashi will have platforms doors.

But the major changes are the double track project in two sections.

On Sakasai - Mutsumi section (3,9 km), Tobu plans to start the works for double track in 2016.

Current status Sakasai - Mutsumi (2014-7-21) http://goo.gl/maps/K2BFZ


But the most interesting is the elevation and double track of 4,3 km between Shimizu-kōen and Umesato in Noda City (Chiba Prefecture), the elevation of two intermediate stations: Atago and Nodashi and the abolition of 11 grade crossings.

This 4,3 km are under the 18 km of single track on Kasukabe - Unga section.

Shimizu-kōen - Umesato and back (2014-9-28) http://goo.gl/maps/PuI5W

Youtube member Okiraku Goraku and Okiraku Goraku blog



Situation by end of November 2014 (Source: Mirai-Report)

Between Shimizu-kōen and Atago http://goo.gl/maps/Uy8Gx


Cross-section view of the elevated and inter-ground approach interval.


Works on east-side of Shimizu-kōen station.


Shimizu-kōen view from Kashiwa bound.


Looking Kashiwa bound.


The inter-ground approach will be on the right side.


Preparation works near houses.


Pillars of the viaduct more close to Atago station.



Atago station http://goo.gl/maps/wlYtw


Before and after.



Atago station will be temporary relocated on the east during the construction works of the new elevated station.





Therefore, is performed first the detour of waterway further to the east. It was completed last fall.



Nodashi station http://goo.gl/maps/UCIEJ

Nodashi Station has one island platform and one side platform serving three tracks connected by an underpass. On the east side has some tracks for cargo serving the soy sauce marker Kikkoman Noda Factory.



But due the elevation works, the track 1 was abolished and the track 3 improved to allow crosses combined with track 2.


Island platform for tracks 2 and 3. Track 1 in the side platform abolished.


Platform 1 it also serves as passage.


Track 3 with new track and the cargo tracks.


Omiya direction with the track partially relocated on east side.


Looking Nodashi station from the same point.


Nodashi station from Kashiwa bound.


Looking Kashiwa direction, the track was relocated on east side.



Between Nodashi and Umesato http://goo.gl/maps/P6SYG

Provisional track on east side near Nodashi station. Neear Umesato station the track is back to the old line.



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Old January 19th, 2015, 02:15 PM   #2792
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JR Shin-Osaka Station concourse improvement works

Shin-Osaka is under major redevelopment. The new platform 13-14 for the Osaka-Higashi Line was opened this month.

January 15. Platform 13-14 access.









Signal panels on new platform access follow the modern rules for commuter transport in Kansai.











Stairs to the platform.





Source: saitoshika-west.com


JR Shin-Osaka new platform 13-14

This month the new platform for future Osaka Higashi Line was inaugurated.





View from the next platform.



The platform has four access, in two sides by stairs, in the center by escalator and finally an elevator.









This platform makes a curve, now, the gap is less as previous.



Udon restaurant in the platform.



Departure LED screen with 5 rows and 3 colours.







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I think, after the works of platform 13-14, others also will be improved.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 02:26 PM   #2793
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JR Hanwa Line - Izumi-Fuchū Station

Izumi-Fuchū Station is located in Izumi City, Osaka Prefecture. The station was improved and its works finished in 2013 with a new large pedestrian bridge over the bus station (completed in 2014).

Source: saitoshika-west.com







Izumi-Fuchū has four tracks and two island-platforms. The station concourse is on the first floor. 16.337 people / day uses this station.



The design of the new station building simulates Ikegami Sone ruins from Yayoi era.



The west entrance has only a small roundabout.



East-west public passage over the tracks with the high open ceiling.



This station has five automatic ticket machines and five gates (Could be added three gates more in case of increment of passengers)



This is the concourse with the LED panel with three rows for each platform and three colors. In the middle, the classic analog clock.



One of the two access to the platforms. On the left side with automatic escalator, the center with the elevator and the right with stairs. Same for tracks 3-4.





This is under the station building. This is a typical suburban station with four tracks and two island platforms.



The two automatic escalator (up and down) has been installed on Tennoji (Osaka) side.



East exit with large pedestrian deck over the bus station.





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Old January 22nd, 2015, 04:30 PM   #2794
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Does anyone know what they are doing? This is Shimbashi Station, and there is no apparently information on JR East Press Release about the big roof over the tracks.

Even in construction blogs there are doubts.











The main project is the redevelopment of the station concourse, now with two separate and narrow access.



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Old January 23rd, 2015, 04:40 AM   #2795
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Whatever they're doing at Shimbashi, it looks like a big job.

Btw thanks for the Shin Osaka pics - the station is looking fantastic these days. What a great transformation.
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Grade-separation of Seibu Ikebukuro Line outbound track cuts travel time by 40%
西武池袋線、下り線高架化で踏切遮断時間が約4割減

http://response.jp/article/2014/03/24/219727.html

On 2014.03.24, the Tōkyō Bureau of Construction (東京都建設局) and Seibu Railway (西武鉄道) announced that grade-separation (elevation) of the outbound track of the Seibu Ikebukuro Line between Shakujii Kōen (石神井公園) and Ōizumi Gakuen (大泉学園), part of the continuous grade-separation of the line between Nerima Takanodai (練馬高野台) and Ōizumi Gakuen, had reduced crossing down times by about 40%.

The Tōkyō Metropolitan Government is lead on the project, an urban planning effort that combines grade-separation (elevation) of 2.4 km of the rail line, eliminating 9 grade crossings, with road improvements for the surrounding neighborhoods. Phase 1 of the project involving 1.2 km of the line between Nerima Takanodai and Shakujii Kōen is also combined with a quadruple-track project. The total project cost is approx. ¥47.4 billion, with the national government, TMG, and Nerima Ward funding about ¥28.5 billion and Seibu Railway about ¥18.9 billion.
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The remainder of the project, including elevation of the inbound track, is scheduled for completion before FY2014 close.




The track switch was changed this weekend between the last train of January 24 and the first train of January 25.


Jan 24


Jan 25
Photos: http://2nd-train.net/topics/c/1278.html

Before switch:



After switch:

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Does anyone know what they are doing? This is Shimbashi Station, and there is no apparently information on JR East Press Release about the big roof over the tracks.
As you mentioned, the currently separate north and south concourses will be integrated, the Tokaido Line platform will be widened in anticipation of the Tohoku Junkan Line (Ueno-Tokyo Line) opening, elevators will be installed between the concourse and the platforms, an overall roof will replace the aging platform canopies, and seismic reinforcement work will be done.

http://www.jreast.co.jp/construction.../index.html#06
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Thanks!

The new roof looks different respect typical elevated station in Japan.

However the roof has low cost appearance.
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