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Old October 5th, 2014, 10:39 AM   #2721
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E233-8000 Series


First train (N1) of E233-8000 Series. Like other trains of this series and others, the front panel made with LEDs shows the destination and name of the service line.


In a yellow box the type of train (local service).


Single-arm pantographs with an special security system that I don't understand:

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パンタグラフ付近に安全帯フック掛けを設置
降雪時にパンタグラフに積もった雪を取り降ろす際の安全対策として導入されたもので、パンタグラフ部分の両側に設置されています。

The livery with the colors of the line (yellow, orange and brown) and the skyline of the Kawasaki city.


Interior image with customized tapestry.


Image of the cabin through the panorama window.


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Here some scenes in comercial service:

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Old October 5th, 2014, 11:41 AM   #2722
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It's a device fitted to the pantographs that removes any built up snow (the snow that occasionally falls in the Kanto area is very wet and clingy).
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Old October 15th, 2014, 09:59 AM   #2723
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New 2000 series for the Sendai Subway Tozai Line in detail.













4 cars per set made by aluminum. Cars are short: 16,5 and 16,75 the end cars. Six seats between doors and four in the ends. 17 inches LDC monitor will provide information in four languages: japanese, english, chinese and korean.

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Old October 15th, 2014, 03:51 PM   #2724
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New station eyed near Toranomon Hills on Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Line
New Tokyo Metro station planned ahead of 2020 Summer Games
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The Hibiya Line of the Tokyo Metro subway system will be getting a new station in time for the 2020 Summer Games in the Japanese capital, Tokyo Metro and the Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) announced on Oct. 14.

The as-yet unnamed stop will be between the Hibiya Line's Kasumigaseki and Kamiyacho stations, by the new Toranomon Hills business and commercial complex and a planned bus terminal. Hibiya Park and the U.S. Embassy are also nearby.

The UR public development agency will be in charge of the overall subway station project, while Tokyo Metro will handle design and construction. The total cost is expected to reach tens of billions of yen, which will be covered by central government funding and support from local developers.

The next step is to see the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's long-term city planning finalized and draw up construction plans. UR and Tokyo Metro are expected to break ground for the new stop -- the first built on an existing line since the Ginza Line's Tameike-Sanno Station was finished in September 1997 -- next fiscal year or later.

The new bus terminal next door, meanwhile, is being planned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as the core of a high-speed bus system to get Olympic spectators to and from the middle of the city and venues on the coast. Tokyo is also planning underground pedestrian walkways to connect Toranomon Hills -- opened in June this year -- with the new metro station and Toranomon Station on the Ginza Line.

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Old October 15th, 2014, 07:17 PM   #2725
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Tokyo Station square to have new look ahead of 2020 Olympics
https://youtube.com/watch?v=eypYJd7lPBU




http://i.imgur.com/bBacKba.jpg

^From JR/momo
Sep 13th pic of the square

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Old October 16th, 2014, 11:21 AM   #2726
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Yamanote Line E321-500 for Chuo-Sobu Line?

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元E231系500番台トウ520編成、黄色帯化先頭車登場 「A520」編成に



現在東京総合車両センターでは元山手線E231系500番台トウ520編成の黄色への塗装変更が進んでいるが、このほど黄色となった先頭車もお目見えした。

塗り分けは山手線時代と同様で、編成番号は 「A520」編成となっている。
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Old October 16th, 2014, 03:51 PM   #2727
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how would they build it with out suspending service on that line I wonder
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Old October 16th, 2014, 10:07 PM   #2728
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Sep 13th pic of the square

TOKYO STATION by ck0375s, on Flickr

Tokyo Station always the best
i ever visiting here and use it

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Old October 19th, 2014, 10:05 AM   #2729
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Nishi-Nippori Station. Alteration of the tracks for Keihin-Tohoku Line trains due a "personal injury incident" at Tokyo Station. Omiya-bound trains used the inner circle track for the Yamanote Line.

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Old October 19th, 2014, 04:31 PM   #2730
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Apparently a grab shot from a passing Shonan Shinjuku Line train. It's an ex-Yamanote Line E231 500 series tou 520 trainset, that's been repainted in Sobu/Chuo Local Line colors, and re-designated as A520 trainset. The poster's first time to see the front car all in yellow, though this is not the whole trainset assembled yet.
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Old October 19th, 2014, 05:30 PM   #2731
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Old October 26th, 2014, 01:48 PM   #2732
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This is a project on the Tsukuba Express Line north of Moriya Station. The purpose is the improvement to allow more capacity to the station and construction of a second track to the nearby rolling stock depot.


TX-1000 on maintenance area at Moriya Station (Photo http://mirai-report.com/)

Tsukuba Express overview and current status

Tsukuba Express line (2005) is a new constructed railroad route connecting the Tsukuba Science City (Ibaraki Pref.) and Tokyo. A total of 58.3km runs in parallel to the JR Joban Line. This was under the "Act on Special Measures for integral promotion of residential land development and Railway Development in Metropolitan Areas" 「大都市地域における宅地開発及び鉄道整備の一体的推進に関する特別措置法」, or if I understand well, a kind of cooperation work on the development of the railroad and new urban areas at the same time.

Tsukuba Express uses ATO system, Automatic Train Operation. In addition, all the stations along the line uses platform doors. The line has a top speed of 130 km/h. Rapid service takes 45 minutes trom Tsukuba to Tokyo; from Tokyo, the trip requires 50 – 55 minutes.



TX-1000 and TX-2000 series (Photos: Wikipedia)

To prevent interference with the geomagnetic measurements of the Japan Meteorological Agency at its laboratory in Ishioka, the portion of the line from Moriya to Tsukuba operates on alternating current. For this reason, the trains include TX-1000 series DC-only trains, which can operate only between Akihabara and Moriya, and TX-2000 series dual-voltage AC/DC trains, which can operate over the entire line.

The first full year of operation (2006) this line moves the average number of 195,000 passengers per day. By 2013 the number of average passengers reach to 324,000 daily.


Ridership figures (Wikipedia)

Since the increase of users, the company added a new Commuter Express train on morning (inbound) and evening (outbound) rush hours and to relax the crowded stations as Minami-Nagareyama (JR Musashino Line transfer). The Tsukuba Express platforms was lengthened by 40m in either direction since autumn 2012 to allow the train stopping positions to be offset, thus reducing platform crowding during peak periods.


Nagareyama Station with extended platforms (Photos and more information: http://mirai-report.com/blog-entry-1182.html)


Nagareyama Station (photo: http://mirai-report.com/)

Moriya Station improvement work

Moriya Station is the first stop when trains enter in Ibaraki Prefecture. This station intersects with the Joso Kanto Line. In fiscal 2013 the Tsukuba Express station was used by an average of 24,326 passengers daily (boarding passengers only). Joso Kanto Line station was used in 2012 by 12,275 passengers daily.


Tsukuba Express Moriya Station main entrance (Wikipedia)


Tsukuba Express ticket barrier (Wikipedia)


Platform 2, arrivals only (Wikipedia)

The Tsukuba Express station is for tracks with island-type platforms. Track 1 is the general for train for up trains (Tsukuba-bound), track 2 is only for the trains who finish here and continues to the rolling stock depot. Track 3 for trains starting service here. Track 4 for down trains (Tokyo bound).

This is the current situation. Since February this year in Moriya Station, improvement work has been started.


Original map from mirai-report.com

Works consist in a double track for the rolling stock depot 1,5km north Moriya Station and two new switches to allow passing up trains on track 2, and down trains passing on track 3, in other words, allow overtaking.

This is the situation in July, in the double track works for the new access to the rolling stock depot. BTW you can see the extra space to enlarge the platforms for a future service with 8 car trains.


Looking for Tsukuba bound, in first place the space to extend platforms


White houses will be the place for new switch. Central right track will be the second track for the depot


New pillars


From the underpass


Works on the new viaduct-ramp to the rolling stock depot

More photos: mirai-report.com

Improvement work of the Tsukuba Express Moriya Station has been scheduled to be completed in 2017 fiscal year. As the third sector railway you would like continue to focus on the future of followed Tsukuba Express strong management that could be called unusual.

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Mirai Report: http://mirai-report.com/blog-entry-1320.html
Tsukuba Express: http://www.mir.co.jp/company/release/2014/post_27.html
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsukuba_Express


Tsukuba Express Rapid Service (Tsukuba → Akihabara) cab view

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can anyone tell me the exact date the Sendai Tozai line will open?
all the signs here and locals say 2015, but no month or day.
some of the station structures seem complete or nearly complete from my observation
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can anyone tell me the exact date the Sendai Tozai line will open?
all the signs here and locals say 2015, but no month or day.
some of the station structures seem complete or nearly complete from my observation
perhaps this gives a hint:
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/region/news...2030000-n1.htm

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仙台市は24日、建設中の地下鉄東西線の開業時期が、平成27年度中から27年内に早まる見通しであることを明らかにした

*granted my kokugo skills are low, but wouldn't this imply an original opening date of March 2016 being changed to October 2015? (March and October being the typical timetable change periods [ダイヤ改正], which typically also see new lines opened or old lines closed).
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http://sankei.jp.msn.com/region/news...2030000-n1.htm

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仙台市は24日、建設中の地下鉄東西線の開業時期が、平成27年度中から27年内に早まる見通しであることを明らかにした

*granted my kokugo skills are low, but wouldn't this imply an original opening date of March 2016 being changed to October 2015? (March and October being the typical timetable change periods [ダイヤ改正], which typically also see new lines opened or old lines closed).
that's the strange thing. As you said, the original plan was for 2016 but I know they are speeding it up for the United Nations conference that will be held in Sendai. However that conference is in mid March of 2015. An October opening would certainly be too late for that. I hope they can finish it earlier. Buses here are always super full.
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Well, being that we are already in the second half of the fiscal year which includes this March, Sendai had better make an announcement soon if March is the start date so that the relevant businesses and groups can make logistical preparations. Not doing so would be irresponsible.
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Thanks Svartmetall!

Sendai Subway Tozai Line opening date: I asked to the Facebook page...

Two random pictures of the new trains on track:




Source: https://www.facebook.com/touzaisen/photos_stream
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First E231-500 ex-Yamanote for Chuo-Sobu Line



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Former Yamanote Line unit 520 has transfered to the Chuo-Sobu Line. This unit gets a new name, A520 and was moved this week to Mitaka Station, head of the Local services.













Chuo-Sobu Line E231-500 [A520] with Saikyo Line E233-7000.

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"New" train is shortened by one car, from 11 to 10 cars set as others train on Chuo-Sobu Line.

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