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Old June 6th, 2015, 07:45 AM   #421
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Of the numerous JR train stations in Tokyo, is it possible to find out the most common departure melodies played among all of them?
verde rayo:
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water crown:
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Old June 6th, 2015, 10:08 PM   #422
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Sotetsu Main Line - Tokyu Toyoko Line Connection Update

Sorry I haven't posted any big updates in a long while, but I'm making up for it now!

All pics and info here are coming from the Freepass Railfan site


HIYOSHI

This is Hiyoshi Station, looking north towards Shibuya from Track 2, currently the Meguro Line arrival track. Over at Tracks 3 & 4, there's some sort of equipment room. We think this room will have to be demolished so that the platforms can be extended in this direction soon.


That's because down here on the southern end, you'll remember that there's a temporary platform extension to handle 10-car Toyoko Line trains in place since 2013. There will be lots of new switch construction taking place here to handle the new train movements we forsee happening here, so they'll need to extend the platform on the northern end before they get started here.


These are the "turnback tracks" for the Meguro Line. Currently 2 tracks, but when the construction is finished for the connection, there will just be one track used for turn-backs.
My armchair route-planning speculates that every other Meguro Line train will likely be through-servicing to at least Shin-Yokohama, along with some Toyoko Line trains on the short run between Shibuya and Kikuna currently.


Looking off to the left of the ROW space where the widening for the elevated overpass has started. Notice that narrow strip of buildings just beyond?


All of them will be razed so the railway ROW can be widened to have enough room for the connecting lines out of the tunnel to asend. I know one of these places is a newspaper delivery business, and the other was some sort of bar that I never saw open for business in the 4 years I've been here.



Looking south you can see both sides are being worked on and foundations being dug out for the new piers along the sides.




About 100m further south, and we see construction has picked up. It's here that the cut-cover tunnel will be built and at some point the TBM will break through underneath here in about 2 years or so. All of this space underneath the viaduct were parking lots, so nothing really is lost here to be honest.

SHIN-TSUNASHIMA


The construction hordings are up in that area about 200m east of Tsunashima station on the other side of Tsunashima Kaido. This was a Tokyu-owned parking lot, but will now be a new station on the line. It'll be underground, and bored using a TBM, but the station itself will be constructed out in the open . Since there's really nothing on the land nor any streets to block, this station will probably be the fastest they've ever constructed one. It will be interesting to see who uses this station since there's only a 5 minute walk separating the two Tsunashimas once they are built. (I also hope they don't screw up the spring water for the hotspring that is immediately north of this site! )

SHIN-YOKOHAMA


They've started digging up Loop 2 (the main street in front of JR Shin-Yokohama) to start building the cut & cover station shell. The Yokohama Blue Line subway has a stop here already, but there will be a massive 3 track stop here for the new line underneath. The 3rd track will allow for turnback short servicing, since Shin-Yokohama is a big destination for folks using the Tokaido Shinkansen or the JR Yokohama line.



Speaking of the Blue Line, exit #6 is closed off while costruction work is being done. This will probably be one of many connecting routes into the new station.
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Old June 6th, 2015, 11:08 PM   #423
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Awesome update, thank you. Always enjoy hearing news about my favourite private company in Tokyo.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 10:29 AM   #424
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Some improvements works at Shinagawa station:
http://freepass-nikki.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2015-06-07





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Old June 10th, 2015, 10:36 AM   #425
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Some shots of Tokyu 5000 series:
http://freepass-nikki.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2015-06-10



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Old June 11th, 2015, 12:08 AM   #426
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Continuing with my wife's tour of Tokyo.

Quick view of the Yamanote Line and Keihin-Tohoku line at Ueno station.







A ride on the Yamanote line to Akihabara station.

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Old June 17th, 2015, 04:43 PM   #427
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New trains for Tobu and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Tobu Railway and Tokyo Metro has announced today the basic specification for the new trainsets to be introduced from 2016 to 2019 into the Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Skytree Line) and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.


Tokyo Metro 13000 Series


Tobu Railway 70000 Series

The name for the Tokyo Metro trains will be 13000 Series, and 70000 Series for Tobu Railway.

The trains will run through the Hibiya Line from Naka-Meguro to Minami-Kurihashi on the Tobu Nikko Line.

The new train will change the length cars to 20m in a 7-car train composition. All cars with four doors.



These trains are called to replace the Tokyo Metro 03 Series and Tobu 20000 Series family (8 cars, 18 meters, mix of 3 and 5 doors) in order to install platform doors on the subway stations.

Source: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/06/17/568/

More details: http://www.tobu.co.jp/file/pdf/28fe2...20150616193757
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Old June 17th, 2015, 10:53 PM   #428
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The Wikipedia has added two new entries with the 13000 and 70000 providing more details such as the manufacturer: Kinki Sharyo and the number of vehicles build 42 sets for the 13000 Series (294 vehicles).
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Old June 18th, 2015, 07:05 AM   #429
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There's now a lot of new trainsets coming to the Tokyo area over the next five years in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics. I expect more new trainsets for JR East, Keisei, Tobu, Seibu, Keio, Odakyu, Tokyu and Keikyu lines--demands that will keep J-TREC, Nippon Sharyo, Kinki Sharyo, and Hitachi busy for a while.

Watch very soon for the announcement of the replacement of the 205/209 trainsets on the JR East Musashino Line--either an updated E233 variant or a variant of the E235 now in production for the JR East Yamanote Line.
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Was the original plan not to move the old Yamanote line stock to the Musashino line or did that change?
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A couple of videos from my wife looking at the Odakyu Enoshima line.

Taking the train between Hon-kugenuma to Katase-Enoshima.






Changing trains at Sagami-ono. Sorry for the blurry and jerky camera... She's really not as used to videoing trains and what not as I am.

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Takenotsuka station grade separation continues at Adachi, Tokyo. Station is part of Tobu Railway and project is planned to be completed by 2020:
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Old June 25th, 2015, 05:13 PM   #433
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Yokohama Subway Blue Line Rapid Service



The Yokohama City Transportation Bureau has detailed the plan for the new rapid service to introduce next July 18 on the Subway Blue Line (Line 1 and Line 3).

The Blue Line is the second largest in Japan after Tokyo Oedo Line. It has 40,3 kilometers and 32 stations from Shonandai (SW) to Azamino (N).

This is the new pattern of Rapid and Local services:


Own elaboration



Until now, the travel time from Shonandai to Azamino takes 67 minutes. With the Rapid service is expected to reduce in 10 minutes. A total of two rapid trains per hour will be put in service.

According the track route, the unique station with four tracks on the Blue Line is Kaminagaya (km 29,4) Map: http://okiraku-goraku.com/work/tikat...ohama_s_s.html

http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/koutu...512095200.html
http://response.jp/article/2015/06/24/254141.html

Cab view from back (Shonandai→Azamino)
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A little feature of a more unusual railway in Tokyo - the Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden). This travels along the coast from Fujisawa to Kamakura via Enoshima station. It's a quite scenic route as it follows the coastline for a lot of its length offering nice views to anyone taking it.

This is a video showing Enoshima Station, Kamakura station and the view from the line as it goes along the coast that my wife took during her tour there in May this year.






Tracks at the station near Enoshima.






Train at Kamakura.



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For those interested, YouTube member Japan Train Viewing just under a year ago filmed this zenmen tenbou (forward cab view) video of the trip from Kamakura to Fujisawa:



This line is famous, for it has been depicted in innumerable live-action and even anime TV shows. Two well-known ones from recent years are the anime series TARI TARI and Hanayamata.

One of the most famous rail stations in Japan, Kamakurakōkōmae Station, is located on this line, as shown here:



Uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by user ∑64

Innumerable TV shows and commercials have been filmed around this station.
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Yokohama Subway Blue Line Rapid Service



The Yokohama City Transportation Bureau has detailed the plan for the new rapid service to introduce next July 18 on the Subway Blue Line (Line 1 and Line 3).

The Blue Line is the second largest in Japan after Tokyo Oedo Line. It has 40,3 kilometers and 32 stations from Shonandai (SW) to Azamino (N).

This is the new pattern of Rapid and Local services:


Own elaboration



Until now, the travel time from Shonandai to Azamino takes 67 minutes. With the Rapid service is expected to reduce in 10 minutes. A total of two rapid trains per hour will be put in service.

According the track route, the unique station with four tracks on the Blue Line is Kaminagaya (km 29,4) Map: http://okiraku-goraku.com/work/tikat...ohama_s_s.html

http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/koutu...512095200.html
http://response.jp/article/2015/06/24/254141.html

Cab view from back (Shonandai→Azamino)
How can the train skip stops without additional tracks?
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No idea And please, do not quote the whole post.



Keisei Oshiage Line grade separation

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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.

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Down track on Keisei Oshiage Line was completed and is under preparation for the opening next August 22. The elevation includes Keisei-Hikifune Station (KS47). A total of eight level crossings will be eliminated.

This is the map of the project (central Tokyo on the left side):



And the image of the current situation, in blue the 上り up tracks existing (Oshiage), and pink for 下り down tracks (Aoto):





View from Tokyo Skytree


Looking west (Central Tokyo)


Keisei-Hikifune Station looking east from the west side


From the up platform looking east


Looking west

Next, the situation on the platforms.




As others grade separations in Japan, the type of track uses D-Elastic Sleeper 「D型弾性まくらぎ直結軌道」




The platform has an elevator, a group of one stair and two groups of escalator (up and down)




Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com...5822-8c74.html

http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/kouho.../150623_01.pdf
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How can the train skip stops without additional tracks?
There are two passing tracks at Kaminagaya station. Which should be just enough for the service they're planning.

Off-peak frequency (for the new locals) is, if I'm reading Hyperdia correctly, 7/8 minutes, the running time difference between local and rapid 10 minutes. So the rapid only needs to pass the locals once which can be done at Kaminagaya station.

I don't know the final timetable so I can only guess, but I expect the timings be something like this:

Rapid leaves Shonandai station some 2 minutes after local A, overtakes it at Kaminagaya then arrives at Azamino just after local B.
Then going the other way departs Azamino before local B, overtakes local C at Kaminagaya, then arrives back at Shonandai (where apparently local C will overtake the rapid and depart before it as with local A ).

It's quite possible that I'm way off the mark on this, so please take any of the above "information" with a grain of salt.
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Or, as in the case with the Keio Inokashira line, the rapid turns into a local and the local turns into a rapid at the terminal stations.

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Or, as in the case with the Keio Inokashira line, the rapid turns into a local and the local turns into a rapid at the terminal stations.
Yeah, that would make more sense, didn't think of that.
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