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Old April 16th, 2014, 11:25 PM   #201
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Tokyo Station platform roof to be replaced
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The entire roof of a JR Tokyo Station platform will be removed and replaced for first time since the station opened in 1914, according to East Japan Railway Co.

A JR East official said the company decided that two of the 14 cast iron pillars holding up the roof will be preserved as a “monument” in recognition that the roof is a historic piece of architecture that survived the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and the Great Tokyo Air Raid in 1945 during World War II.

Other key moments in history that took place in the station were the assassination of Prime Minister Takashi Hara in 1921 and the attempted assassination of Osachi Hamaguchi in 1930.

The roof covers the platform of tracks No. 5 and No. 6, used by Yamanote Line trains and Keihin Tohoku Line trains bound for Ofuna Station. Although half of the roof was rebuilt after the war, a portion measuring around 12 meters wide and 50 meters long and associated cast iron pillars have been in constant use for a century.

No decision has been made on preserving the 12 other pillars.

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Old April 17th, 2014, 12:44 AM   #202
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I'm glad that JR East is investing some money into their stations. The only thing I noted when I was in Tokyo that could have possibly been a negative or at least a point to be improved upon is the maintenance on their bridges and other such things - just a bit of paint to help stave off rusting. There were a fair few rusting bridges around even in the centre. Seems there is a lot of investment occurring though - Kanda station in particular was in absolute pieces as they were re-doing the whole thing.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 01:10 AM   #203
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Japanese buses have indeed a very interesting design:


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Old April 17th, 2014, 02:11 AM   #204
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OMG, it's so ugly it's cute! Reminds me of:


The pre-MARTA Atlanta Transit System used City Slickers. The orange ones like this weren't air conditioned; the air conditioned ones were a weird pastel lime green. As kids, we called the orange ones "regulars" and the green ones "menthols."

Sorry for the OT diversion. And thanks for this and the other new Japanese threads!
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Old April 17th, 2014, 02:40 AM   #205
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Japanese buses have indeed a very interesting design:


[IMG]http://i57.************/8yakg4.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i57.************/e9uno9.jpg[/IMG]
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There is the Sightseeing Bus of Toei, that operates a tourism route in Tokyo downtown.
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Just for fun here is a 30 minute video I took from JR's Chuo Line going through Tokyo



Looking out the opposite direction



Looking at trains at ochanomizu station



I have dozens of other videos if anyone is interested in me posting them.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 08:48 PM   #207
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From Japan Times:

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Shibuya Station to be rebuilt
APR 16, 2014, BY KAZUAKI NAGATA


Shibuya Station is seen in an image showing how it will look after renovations are done and three new buildings are built, render from JR East

East Japan Railway Co. said it will start laying the groundwork Thursday for wholesale renovations of Shibuya Station in Tokyo that will take more than a decade to complete.

In the end, there will be a new 46-story building with offices and shopping malls, a single platform for Yamanote Line trains heading in opposite directions and easier access to the Saikyo Line, according to JR East.

Four different railway operators use Shibuya Station, one of the busiest stations in the nation’s capital. But “the structure of the station is complex and aging, so it is not really easy to figure out where to go when people transfer,” said Yoichi Suzuki, a JR East spokesman.

Now 350 meters away, after renovations the Saikyo Line platform will be next to a single Yamanote Line platform, vastly shortening transfer times.

Passengers now have to be careful to choose which of the two Yamanote Line platforms they need, depending on where they’re going. One heads for Shinjuku, the other for Shinagawa. Eventually both trains will leave from the same platform.

But it’s anybody’s guess when this will happen. JR East says it doesn’t yet know how long the renovations will take to complete.

Not all changes will be on the inside. Three new buildings are planned outside the station.

A 46-story building will grace the east side by 2020. On the west side, there will be a 13-story building by 2027 and a 10-story building between them.

For now JR East said it’s preparing for the work by securing construction space and repairing the entrance to the Saikyo Line.

The carrier said it aims to begin full-scale construction in fiscal 2015.
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Been following this quite closely. The whole area is rather a construction site. In fact, all the way across the JR East network in the centre of Tokyo there are a LOT of improvements and station reconstructions. Thanks for the render (and article).
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Ueno Station also deserve a big revitalization, with better connection between Keisei-Ueno, Tokyo Metro and East JR platforms.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 11:18 PM   #210
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Looking at trains at ochanomizu station


Chuo Rapid Line below, Chuo-Sobu Line above.
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Ueno Station also deserve a big revitalization, with better connection between Keisei-Ueno, Tokyo Metro and East JR platforms.
The connection isn't too bad between the two, but you have to walk through a number of different passageways due to distance. They do need some more clear signage between the two stations, though. Ueno is probably the least polished of the major stations though, that'd I'd agree with you.
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I think that Keisei-Ueno, Tokyo Metro and JR Ueno Station would be connect by underground passageways, with ticket machines into these walkways.

The car parking above JR Ueno Station would be converted by a new highway bus terminal for Sendai, Morioka, Yamagata, Niigata, Akita, Nagano and Kanazawa lines. Some JR Bus and willer Express lines would use this place, relieving Tokyo Station.
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I think that Keisei-Ueno, Tokyo Metro and JR Ueno Station would be connect by underground passageways, with ticket machines into these walkways.

The car parking above JR Ueno Station would be converted by a new highway bus terminal for Sendai, Morioka, Yamagata, Niigata, Akita, Nagano and Kanazawa lines. Some JR Bus and willer Express lines would use this place, relieving Tokyo Station.
Well, you can walk underground between the two stations - you just walk to the Tokyo Metro station first and then up to the JR Station. This video illustrates the connection from Ueno Keisei to Tokyo Metro. You can see the sign pointing to the JR portion of Ueno when he hits the Metro station.

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Nice!


But, Is It possible to install "rolling crawlers" like as existing in airports? São Paulo metro uses "rolling crawlers" to connect two very busy subway stations:



I always use these "rolling crawlers" when I go to Sao Paulo downtown by subway.
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I'm not sure whether that's on the cards, but I do know that the Ginza line is undergoing a massive overhaul to the tune of 50 billion yen with all stations (except Nihonbashi) being renovated by 2017 and then the remaining stations will be started by 2018.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/n...-plan-revealed

I believe Quashlo posted renders of some of the designs for the first section between Asakusa and Ueno in the general Japan compilation thread. I'm actually quite excited about this as I can see a number of stations on the line need a bit of work doing on them.
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Another video I took


From around 7 minutes in this video is "suburban" Tokyo.
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Unfortunately, East JR abandoned Narita Shinkansen project... I think East JR would study a way to increase the speed of Narita Express, to compete with Keisei Skyliner, that operates in a higher speed in 23%
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Unfortunately, East JR abandoned Narita Shinkansen project... I think East JR would study a way to increase the speed of Narita Express, to compete with Keisei Skyliner, that operates in a higher speed in 23%
No way JR East could revive the Narita Shinkansen project because part of the right of way planned for that shelved line is now being used by the Keisei Narita Sky Access line.

However, JR East could seriously look at building new Narita Express trainsets derived from the planned E353 trainset. Since the E353 "tilts" into curves, that would allow for faster speeds east of JR East Chiba Station to cut the travel time between Narita Airport and Tokyo Station.
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Keisei AE Series trainsets have tilt suspension?
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Can anyone sum up all this information:

How many lines are there in total?
How many kms of tracks?
How many stations?

How many types of rolling stock are there currently on all the lines?
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