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Old January 26th, 2015, 03:54 PM   #301
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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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Old February 5th, 2015, 11:32 AM   #302
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Introduction of Green Car Service on Chūō Line (Rapid)

JR East Press Release: http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2014/20150203.pdf



February 4, 2015, JR East has announced the introduction of the Green Car service on Chūō Line (Rapid) from Tokyo to Ōtsuki, and Chūō/Ōme Line trains from Tachikawa to Ōme. The company pretends to start this service on FY 2020.



On E233 series trains, JR East will add 2 bi-level cars (cars 4-5) and change from current 10 cars-set to 12-cars set.



For that reason, 44 stations on Chūō Line and Chūō/Ōme Line will be improved in the next five years to allow 12-cars trains.
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Old February 19th, 2015, 06:01 PM   #303
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This just popped up on my subscription list



The new JR-East E235 for Yamanote line, this is the preproduction set that is scheduled to be delivered next month.
Looks great!
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Old February 20th, 2015, 05:40 PM   #304
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More news on Tokyo area.


JR Nambu Line Inadazutsumi - Fuchū-Hommachi elevation

The elevation on JR Nambu Line between Inadazutsumi and Fuchū-Hommachi will finish totally next march 1 with the completion of the track 1 on Inagi-Naganuma Station. The whole project planned since 1995 consist in the continuous grade separation of 4,3 kilometers of track and three stations (Yanokuchi, Inagi-Naganuma, and Minami-Tama).

The track 1 passing Inagi-Naganuma will be the last one, and this is the general track for up trains to Kawasaki.

Inagi-Naganuma on Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/B3N96

Press release: http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/INET/OSHIR...A/20ocj800.pdf

The finalization of this works will be on March 1. From march 13, the Rapid services on Nambu Line will be extended down to Tachikawa with limited stops at (Inagi-Naganuma) Fuchū-Hommachi, and Bubaigawara. And skipping five stations.



Planes:


The whole viaduct and the last actuation marked in red dots.


Inagi-Naganuma track plan.


Cross section.


It's evident that rapid trains will use the tracks 1 and 4.



Situation on February 2015:


Central tracks (3 · 2).


Platform for 4 · 3 tracks (down). This was completed in December 2011.


Elevator.


Waiting room.


Escalator.




What means? "軌道は「弾性バラスト軌道」となっています。"


In december 2013, the track number 2 (up) was completed.





Source: building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com/helicopter


Station main gate.


Lobby.

Source: Wikipedia
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Old March 1st, 2015, 12:14 PM   #305
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The 27 sets of Keio 1000 series are used only on Keio Inokashira Line, the only line of this private company with 1067mm tracks (instead the rest that uses 1372mm).

The Inokashira Line provides a direct connection between Shibuya and Kichijōji in west Tokyo. Only 12,7 km, but is the best way to save Shinjuku. Also is cheaper than JR (200¥ vs 220¥)... and faster, 17 minutes with the Keio Limited Stop Express service (35 minutes with Local service).

But the most interesting IMO are the different colored trains:




















Daily average is 547.845 passengers per day (2010).



Photos: http://train-directory.net/


Limited Stop Express cab view from Kichijōji to Shibuya:

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Old March 1st, 2015, 12:16 PM   #306
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Been there, used that! It's a great line and I love Kichijoji as a suburb too. If I were to get to live in Tokyo, I would aim for there (or Jiyugaoka).
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Old March 1st, 2015, 08:53 PM   #307
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Nice picture of the trail runs on the Ueno-Tokyo Line 上野東京ライン, The will open in 2 weeks time on the 14th, it connects the suburban lines from the north and east which currently terminate at Ueno Station and the suburban lines from the west that terminate in Tokyo Station. It will ease the congestion on the Yamanote Line and Keihin-Tohoku Line which currently connect Tokyo and Ueno stations.

The picture is taken just south of Akihabara Station in the direction of Kanda Station and in the background you see the skyscrapers around Tokyo Station.



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Old March 1st, 2015, 10:57 PM   #308
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The best thing about the opening of the Ueno-Tokyo Line is no more ridiculously overcrowded trains on the Keihin-Tohoku or Yamanote Lines between Ueno and Yokohama Stations, not to mention ending the overcrowding at Ueno Station (which is starting to get old and may need rebuilding some years from now).
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Ueno Station is currently undergoing some renovation work, it's covered in scaffolding. That doesn't mean that there won't be any chance of a complete rebuilding in the not so distant future, but probably not before 2020.






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With this new capacity, might it be possible to run a tourist service around the Yamanote circle? 2-3 Yumeji-type cars (possibly with additional overhead windows) with coach-style seating for visitors (with guided announcements). Another 2-3 with table seating acting as a mobile restaurant/dinner train.

One set would run around the circle in each direction about once an hour in off-peak periods (1000-1600 hrs & 1900-2300 hrs). No service during peak-times, obviously. It would run on the Ueno-Tokyo line and the Yamanote freight tracks. Stops would be Tokyo, Shinagawa, Ueno, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro.

Would something like this be feasible? Would there be a market for it?
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That kind of passenger amenity implies a sales point such as scenery- which doesn't exist. Such rolling stock can't be used during peak hours so utilization rate is sub optimal. Door spacing? Is it extra fare? If so, people waiting for the next train aren`t going to be happy when this train pulls in and the announcement says you need a special ticket. Also it won't be any faster than the other trains as the line is built for all stops services.
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That kind of passenger amenity implies a sales point such as scenery- which doesn't exist.
What about the urban panorama? The skyscrapers?

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Such rolling stock can't be used during peak hours so utilization rate is sub optimal.
True.

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Door spacing?
Quarter-point? As on the E233 but with only two doors. (not sure)

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Is it extra fare? If so, people waiting for the next train aren`t going to be happy when this train pulls in and the announcement says you need a special ticket. Also it won't be any faster than the other trains as the line is built for all stops services.
It would be running on the Ueno-Tokyo and Yamanote Freight tracks-which already have extra fare limited express runs, and which have trains that skip stops.
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Also, is there any possibility of a new version of the Shikisai using E233 stock?
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I personally believe that JR East may within the next year or so announce a major project to do a massive renovation of Ueno Station, likely some of it done earlier to accommodate the extra passengers during the 2020 Summer Olympics but some of its done later so they keep most of the original structures that opened in 1932 but with a lot more modern facilities around it.
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For once in a few years, please let me allow to advertize my maps again.

As the Ueno-Tokyo Line started service today, any "all-operators-in-one" style railway maps of Tokyo would need upgrade with the addition of that long purple line.

I was also upgrading my map - yes, the one you see on the first page of this thread. However, the big change of the network somehow stipulated my slept yaruki - so somehow, after quite a few years of neglect, I finally managed to vectorize my railway map!

The result was fairly satisfactory

The last version


The current version


For now, PDF maps of Tokyo and Fukuoka are available. (You need to sign in to download - I know it's inconvenient, but I couldn't find easier free service.)
I will also prepare Osaka and Nagoya, hopefully by April (when Kyoto Tango Railway and Yokkaichi Asunaro Railway will change the maps). Please enjoy!
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Old March 14th, 2015, 12:50 AM   #317
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Ueno-Tokyo Line

More or less at the same time as Hokuriku Shinkansen, the Ueno-Tokyo Line enters in service.







Ahhh, the views from the new viaduct:



Twitter #上野東京ライン

First videos (Tokyo Station, Takasaki Line train)




Inside: "Tokyo Ueno Line via Takasaki Line"
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For once in a few years, please let me allow to advertize my maps again.
Good to see you again here! We need your participation!

And of course thanks for the new map Today was an exciting day.
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One thing everyone will watch starting Monday morning is how much less ridership the Yamanote Line experiences between Shingawa and Ueno Stations and the Keihin-Tōhoku Line experiences between Omiya and Shinagawa Stations. With many trains coming in on the Takasaki, Tōhoku (neé Utsunomiya) and Jōban lines no longer terminating at Ueno Station (but now going well past Tokyo Station, some as far as Odawara Station!), we could see significant drops in train crowding on the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines.
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It looks like many people (non-fans) used the new Ueno-Tokyo Line today despite the Yamanote or Keihin-Tohoku Line.

Is good to see how since the first service of the day the commuters know and trust the indications and voice messages about the new line.

Can't imagine the same in Europe

Here the first videos of the new section:

Tokyo → Ueno looking west (Imperial Palace, Shinjuku...)



JR East has registered a new channel in Youtube and shared two cab views of the new link in both directions:

Ueno → Tokyo https://youtu.be/WIiIntZuue0
Tokyo → Ueno https://youtu.be/ahrFr6Q0dZA

But this is from this morning from a rail fan, in HD TokYo → Ueno
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