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Old September 21st, 2016, 07:26 PM   #801
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TX is planned to be extended out to Odaiba.

And the plan being talked about for Tokyo Station would be cross-platform, so no track connections.
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Old September 21st, 2016, 10:52 PM   #802
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TX is planned to be extended out to Odaiba.

And the plan being talked about for Tokyo Station would be cross-platform, so no track connections.
Yeah, thanks, that's what I meant.
Just to add, JR are also planning their own Haneda access, which will almost definitely get done, certainly by 2030.


Source: http://kenplatz.nikkeibp.co.jp/artic...140820/674069/

There is also talk of a Keiyo Line to Sobu Line connector further east of the map above, and while construction of this connector is less definite, if it is made, it will allow JR to run a pretty quick airport-to-airport service if they want to. (Not sure if they would want to do this though, because the service will bypass central Tokyo completely.)
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Old September 22nd, 2016, 08:45 AM   #803
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More interesting could be an extension of the Chip Rapid to Haneda and link with Sobu for direct HND-NRT services.
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Old September 22nd, 2016, 12:52 PM   #804
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Speaking of TX, here is a construction update on the work at Moriya Station, where they are double-tracking the yard lead and installing new switches on the east (towards Tsukuba) to allow for fast trains to pass slow trains. Ridership continues to grow year over year and is now at 340,000 passengers daily (FY2015), well above the 270,000 mark that was considered the threshold for considering the extension to Tōkyō.

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Existing layout:



New layout:



The new turnouts are largely in place already, as is the second lead, although there is no catenary yet. There should be a switchout soon, in time for the usual timetable changes in April of next year.

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More interesting could be an extension of the Chip Rapid to Haneda and link with Sobu for direct HND-NRT services.
Do you mean Chuo Rapid? Because Haneda-bound trains coming from the Chuo Line will likely turn south at Shinjuku and continue along the west side of the Yamanote Loop, with the Shonan-Shinjuku trains etc. before following the Rinkai Line until the turn off for Haneda. I'm not sure where a possible link to the Sobu Line would come in.

However, one of the branches of the new line is supposed to turn east onto the Rinkai Line, which can then branch north towards the Sobu and Narita.
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Yeah, thanks, that's what I meant.
Just to add, JR are also planning their own Haneda access, which will almost definitely get done, certainly by 2030.


Source: http://kenplatz.nikkeibp.co.jp/artic...140820/674069/

There is also talk of a Keiyo Line to Sobu Line connector further east of the map above, and while construction of this connector is less definite, if it is made, it will allow JR to run a pretty quick airport-to-airport service if they want to. (Not sure if they would want to do this though, because the service will bypass central Tokyo completely.)
If someone could please translate this map, I would very much appreciate it.
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Old September 22nd, 2016, 07:11 PM   #807
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It doesn’t really say much…

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Green = West Yamanote route
Orange = East Yamanote route
Blue = Waterfront route
Red = New line to Haneda (the yellow dot is a “new” station at Haneda)

Legend (bottom left)
Solid black = Existing lines (JR)
Solid blue = Existing lines (private railways)
Dotted red = New line to be constructed
Dotted blue = Additional track(s) to be constructed
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Rush hour scenes, mostly JR and private railways:

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Old September 22nd, 2016, 08:32 PM   #809
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You know, the rush hour really isn't so bad these days to me. I took it in rush hour on purpose but it didn't strike me as any worse than Europe for a few reasons:

#1. Consideration of others. They didn't have big bags or if they did they put them down at the floor.

#2. They are smaller in general. The Japanese are not quite as bulky as Europeans.

#3. Width and planned space in the trains. Having luggage racks, thin walls and maximised carriage space means they don't feel that bad to move around.
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Old September 22nd, 2016, 08:39 PM   #810
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Out of curiosity, weren't JR East trying out trains with externally-hung doors in the E993 series? What happened to that?

I remember LU saying that the new S stock trains were able to squeeze in that few more passengers by switching to externally-hung doors...
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Old September 22nd, 2016, 08:46 PM   #811
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#3. Width and planned space in the trains. Having luggage racks, thin walls and maximised carriage space means they don't feel that bad to move around.
As well Japanese know how to stay inside crowded trains. I mean, the correct position in order to get out of the train quickly.
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Old September 23rd, 2016, 06:02 AM   #812
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One good thing about Japanese rush hour trains is that you don't hear the people with their "I'm a homeless vet who has to support a wife and kids give me some money" spiel, or people selling things I don't want or playing music I don't wanna hear wandering down the car lengths, though admittedly those are more cultural conditions rather than having to do with crowding
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Old September 23rd, 2016, 09:15 PM   #813
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Hey, that sounds like my daily commute!

Externally-hung doors never caught on in Japan, although there are a few systems like Yurikamome that use them. Biggest reasons seem to be poor ability to completely seal the interior from wind and vulnerability of sensitive door parts to the elements.
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Construction update for the grade separation of the Tōbu Skytree Line (Isesaki Line) near Takenotsuka. This section of the Isesaki Line is quad-tracked, but the station is only served by local trains, with a single island platform in the center. The outbound track for fast trains was switched to a new viaduct in May of this year. At the same time, the fifth track at the station, used to provide access to and from the adjacent yard, was also decommissioned, leaving only three active tracks at the crossing.

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Construction update for the upgrades to Odakyū’s Noborito Station, where they are currently in the process of adding a fourth track (a second outbound track) to convert the station into a traditional four-track layout with two island platforms. Currently, outbound service is somewhat hampered because there is only one track (the train in the video is a local, and is slightly delayed before entering the station while waiting for a faster train to pass).

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Work on upgrades to Kandatsu Station to kick into full gear in October
http://response.jp/article/2016/09/20/282094.html

JR East’s Mito branch office announced that it would begin construction on the new station building and public walkway at Kandatsu Station on the Jōban Line in October, aiming for an opening and project completion in FY2018.

The project will replac ethe existing headhouse with a new elevated station building spanning the tracks. Each side of the station will feature two stairways and an elevator, while the station building will include a new concourse, restrooms, retail spaces, and other features. The station is envisioned as a hub for local transport, and will incorporate barrier-free access. The exterior is designed to be reminiscent of a sailboat on Lake Kasumigaura. The public walkway will measure 6.6 m wide and about 40 m long and will have exits on either side of the station.

JR East has been conducting preliminary work to relocate obstructions since March, and will continue this work through to the end of November. Simultaneously, the railway will now begin construction on the new building and walkway in October. Most of the new facilities will open in spring 2018, followed by the stairways serving the on outbound side of the station in autumn 2018.



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Work to begin on improvements at Chōshi Station
http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/09/23/377/

On 2016.09.23, JR East’s Chiba branch office announced the plans to replace the station building at Chōshi Station on the Sōbu Main Line. Construction will begin in October, with completion scheduled for the winter of 2017–18.

The new station building will be a two-story wood-frame structure and incorporate features distinct the Chōshi area, one of Chiba Prefecture’s most well-known tourist destinations. The fresh white exterior is reminiscent of a lighthouse. The high-visibility station building will be situated at the end of the main road loading to the station, serving as a gateway to welcome passengers. The interior will feature design elements reminiscent of a soy sauce brewery, with some of the wooden elements produced from山武杉cedar trees found locally in Chiba.

Chōshi Station opened on June 1, 1897 and is currently served by trains on the Sōbu Main Line and Narita Line, including the Shiosai limited express. The station is also a transfer station for the Chōshi Electric Railway, which runs a local line through Chōshi City. The current station building goes back to the post-war period.







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Additional order of 7300 series trainsets coming to Yurikamome
http://www.mhi-global.com/news/story/1609232010.html

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Yurikamome Inc. for 48 carriages (8 trains) to be adopted on its automated guideway transit (AGT) system, the "Yurikamome Line," in Tokyo. The carriages on order will replace the long-serving "7200 Series" cars. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in June 2018 and will be completed in June 2020.

Since fiscal 2013 MHI has supplied a total of 108 carriages (18 trains) in the "7300 Series" to Yurikamome as replacements for earlier models. The receipt of the latest order will mean that, in future, all carriages on the Yurikamome Line will have been manufactured by MHI.
Looks like the entire Yurikamome fleet will be phased out before the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

A series of four shorts about various railway staff at the Yurikamome. This particular series aired in May of this year on Tōkyō MX, narrated by Horan Chiaki (ホラン千秋), and is part of “Tōkyō JOBS”, a TV program about the “specialists” who keep Tōkyō running behind the scenes.

Week #1: Control center



Week #2: Rolling stock maintenance lead



Week #3: Station agent at Shinbashi



Week #4: Lead rolling stock designer at MHI

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It doesn’t really say much…

Arrows
Green = West Yamanote route
Orange = East Yamanote route
Blue = Waterfront route
Red = New line to Haneda (the yellow dot is a “new” station at Haneda)

Legend (bottom left)
Solid black = Existing lines (JR)
Solid blue = Existing lines (private railways)
Dotted red = New line to be constructed
Dotted blue = Additional track(s) to be constructed
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Construction update for the grade separation of the Tōbu Skytree Line (Isesaki Line) near Takenotsuka. This section of the Isesaki Line is quad-tracked, but the station is only served by local trains, with a single island platform in the center. The outbound track for fast trains was switched to a new viaduct in May of this year. At the same time, the fifth track at the station, used to provide access to and from the adjacent yard, was also decommissioned, leaving only three active tracks at the crossing.

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Construction update for the upgrades to Odakyū’s Noborito Station, where they are currently in the process of adding a fourth track (a second outbound track) to convert the station into a traditional four-track layout with two island platforms. Currently, outbound service is somewhat hampered because there is only one track (the train in the video is a local, and is slightly delayed before entering the station while waiting for a faster train to pass).

Thank you very much!

And I'm delighted to see these projects going through. I've stared at Noborito on Google Satellite View for some time, noting the presence of the provision for a fourth track. And those few buildings in the way!!! With this, there will be four tracks continuously to Mukogaoka-Yuen (that's the next station, right?).

I wonder how the Kitazawa area quad-tracking is going. That's supposed to be done soon, right?
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Actually, completion of the upgrades at Noborito will only extend the quad-track to Noborito. West of Noborito, it is currently triple-track to Mukōgaoka Yūen, and double-track beyond that. There is a separate proposal to quad-track west of Noborito all the way to Shin-Yurigaoka, which is the junction with the Tama Line branch. This may gain more traction after the completion of the current quad-tracking around Shimo-Kitazawa, particularly if there is movement on other proposals including the extension of the Tama Line west to Sagamihara (JR Yokohama Line) and Kamimizo (JR Sagami Line), the redevelopment of the former US military facility at Sagami General Depot (相模総合補給廠), and extension of the Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line to Shin-Yurigaoka.

I believe the very long-term plan is to extend quad-track all the way to Sagami Ōno (junction with the Enoshima Line)... Machida is a major hub in the southwest part of Tōkyō, and a lot of people use Odakyū because the station is located in the “downtown” area and there is a connection with the Yokohama Line. In fact, Machida is the busiest station on the Odakyū network outside of Shinjuku (292,000 for Machida vs. 492,000 for Shinjuku), even beating out Yoyogi Uehara (251,000).
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