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Old January 27th, 2016, 05:16 PM   #601
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Hi everybody, I have completed an update of my Tokyo map enlarging the layout.
A lot of time spent and a lot of work but hey here it is

The area pictured on the map now comprises a more or less 15km radius around the Imperial palace.

It shows all metro lines but also a fair bit of Private operators networks.

Thru trains are a lighter shade of the corresponding metro line color placed next to the commuter line.

For some commuter lines that are entirely merged with a metro line (Den en Toshi, Toyoko, Tobu Rapid...) the line is continuous with the metro line color prevailing. ex: Den-en-Toshi is light purple (lighter than Hanzomon) instead of green.

Metro lines have vivid colors whereas JR East and other private have pastel colors for the sake of an information hierarchy and depth of reading.

Yamanote line is simplified in a regular rectangulare shape with rounded corners.

Oedo line is perfectly symmetrical, Shinjuku and Marunouchi lines are equally offset from it.

I added some landscape features for orientation purpose: the Imperial Palace in the center of the map + some rivers and the sea

Fast services are shown only on the metro lines (Fukutoshin and Tozai) since these are exceptions in the metro system.



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http://www.inat.fr/metro/tokyo/

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Old January 30th, 2016, 10:52 AM   #602
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Wasn't this initiated already?
I remember a platform extension program at Tsunashima station a few years ago.
Yes, they extended the platforms of the express stations only. All local only stations are still only for 8 cars trains.
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Old February 6th, 2016, 12:40 AM   #603
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Saitama New Shuttle orange 2020 debut!

The second set in orange of the new 2020 series entered in service last February 2.



The new trains where introduced in November 2015 with the first in green.

It replaces the 1000 series, which has been operational since the opening in 1983.

http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/02/04/379/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Shuttle
http://www.new-shuttle.jp/topics/2016/01/2020-1.html
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Old February 8th, 2016, 08:42 AM   #604
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Old February 21st, 2016, 01:56 PM   #605
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Keisei Oshiage Line continuous grade separation

With the first 2 km of track elevated between Oshiage and Yahiro stations on the Keisei Oshiage Line. Now, the works are concentrated east Arakawa river with others 2,6 kilometers to elevate between Yotsugi and Aoto (where the Oshiage Line merges with the Kesei Main Line).

First: Keisei Oshiage Line from Oshiage to Yahiro and back totally elevated.


The new section to elevate incorpores the Keisei-Tateishi station and will abolish 11 crossing levels.


In red: to elevate / In orange: elevated

With this important improvement, all the 5,7 kilometers of the Keisei Oshiage Line will be free of crossing levels.





The Aoto (junction) station is ready since it major reform in the 80s.


Keisei Main Line to the left and top / Oshiage Line down



Aoto Station is served by four tracks and two platforms divided in two levels. Tracks 1 and 2 serves the inbound trains to central Tokyo. Track 1 via the Keisei Oshiage Line, Metro Asakusa Line and Keikyu Main Line (Haneda and Yokohama), while the track 2 is for the trains bound for Nippori and Ueno.



Tracks 3 and 4 serves the outbound trains to Narita.

Works will finish by 2022.

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Old February 23rd, 2016, 04:48 PM   #606
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On Saturday, new western entrance of Hon-Kawagoe station in Kawagoe, Saitama was opened. Station is operated by Seibu Railway and it's one of three main railway stations in this Kawagoe (the other two are Kawagoe and Kawagoeshi stations). The new west side entrance will improve access for passengers transferring to and from Kawagoeshi station:
http://rail.hobidas.com/news/info/article/post_442.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon-Kawagoe_Station
http://freepass-nikki.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2016-02-22







This is eastern entrance of station, until recently it was original main entrance:





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Old February 24th, 2016, 04:11 AM   #607
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On Saturday, new western entrance of Hon-Kawagoe station in Kawagoe, Saitama was opened.
Ah, so that's what that empty lot with the new apartment fronting it was for (I was in the area last year). It's still a walk through narrow residential streets from the Tobu station though.
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Old February 24th, 2016, 04:24 AM   #608
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I'm not sure, but it LOOKS like they closed that one last little grade crossing right outside the portal on the Oshiage line. Can anyone confirm this?
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Old February 24th, 2016, 09:02 PM   #609
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Saitama New Shuttle orange 2020 debut!

The second set in orange of the new 2020 series entered in service last February 2.



The new trains where introduced in November 2015 with the first in green.

It replaces the 1000 series, which has been operational since the opening in 1983.

http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/02/04/379/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Shuttle
http://www.new-shuttle.jp/topics/2016/01/2020-1.html
That is one of the weirdest looking trains I have seen yet. Cool, nevertheless.
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Old February 26th, 2016, 12:17 PM   #610
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I wonder why Tokyo doesn't use long trams as those in many cities of Europe. Instead many of them look like PCCs, just some 15 meters long.
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Old February 26th, 2016, 01:06 PM   #611
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I wonder why Tokyo doesn't use long trams as those in many cities of Europe. Instead many of them look like PCCs, just some 15 meters long.
The same could be asked of many cities in the US. I'm curious about the answer to this.
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Old February 26th, 2016, 03:33 PM   #612
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I'd imagine it's a bit of a Vancouver argument and a bit of a spatial argument. If you're actually talking about trams such as the Setagaya line or Toden Arakawa line.

The Vancouver argument was "short train, high frequency = same capacity as long train, lower frequency" and that was the philosophy that drove the skytrain. The Tokyo tram lines are not that frequented compared to other parts of the network, and yet they serve a vital role in linking certain train lines together. Therefore, small vehicles more often is better than large vehicles less often. Additionally, given space restrictions for on-street running in Tokyo, it makes sense to have smaller vehicles too.

This is just speculation, but it's what I think from looking at them.
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Old March 8th, 2016, 08:01 PM   #613
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New Yamanote Line train relaunch goes without hitch



In a second chance to make a good first impression, East Japan Railway Co. relaunched its E235 train on central Tokyo’s Yamanote Line on March 7.

After experiencing a series of system malfunctions on its first day in operation more than three months ago, the much-hyped model undertook its second “first ride.”

There was no ceremony this time around, unlike at the official launch last November, but nonetheless, around 200 train enthusiasts gathered on the platform to take the new train that left Osaki Station in Shinagawa Ward at 3:30 p.m.

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The new model had been much-vaunted for its extra space for wheelchairs and strollers and digital advertising boards ahead of its first launch.

JR East says the new model will run alongside older trains to make about five trips a day on the loop line for the time being, far fewer than initially scheduled, to ensure that all the glitches are worked out.

If no more problems arise, the company will start to replace all Yamanote Line trains with the new model in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
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I hope this one works out. Of all the lines in Tokyo, the Yamanote is the least capable of having unreliable rolling stock!
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Alas, we still haven't heard when will JR East's Niitsu assembly line start building actual production E235 trainsets....
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I hope this one works out. Of all the lines in Tokyo, the Yamanote is the least capable of having unreliable rolling stock!
Neither can all the other lines in and around major conurbations in Japan afford to deploy unreliable rolling stock. The whole network is a finely tuned clockwork which mustn't be interrupted by any means, not on the Yamanote line nor on any other line.
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Alas, we still haven't heard when will JR East's Niitsu assembly line start building actual production E235 trainsets....
Given that the target is to replace all E231 trainsets (51 formations) by the Summer Olympics in 2020, and say a replacement rate of 2 trainsets per month, working back we get a start up of mass production somewhere in the middle of 2018. This gives a testing period of two years, which seems prudent, especially given all the tech loaded on these units.
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New Shinjuku Station south complex

7 of march was inaugurated the new Miraina Tower Exit and other two exits was renamed on the new Shinjuku Station south complex.

Pink area on the left side. http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/img/map_e/e866.pdf





Meanwhile they continue the works which seem eternal on the concourse.



The new Miraina Tower exit before the opening right next the stairs to the tracks 1 and 2.



Koshu Kaido exit, formerly known as Southern Terrace.



Now, the exit on the southern part of the complex is called "New South Entrance".

















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Old March 14th, 2016, 10:03 PM   #619
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Sotetsu 9000 series refurbishment



Last week, Sagami Railway presented the first 9000 series EMU completely refurbished. This involve new interiors, including leather seat covers on the transverse seating bays, interior lighting that can be adjusted to suit day and night conditions, and a new exterior livery in "Yokohama navy blue" color.



















Not only the refurbished trains was presented, also the new uniforms for the company staff.





Sotetsu will celebrate its 100 years in December 2017. By 2018 is planned to be completed the JR - Sotetsu link, and by spring 2019 the Sotetsu - Tokyu link.



The "Yokohama navy blue" color will be incorporated in the rest of the fleet.

Source: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/03/11/052/
Official: http://www.sotetsu.co.jp/design-pj/

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Very nice indeed! The refurbishment looks really classy!

Also, really good to see progress at Shinjuku, thank you for the updates!
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