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Old February 5th, 2015, 05:04 PM   #21
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JR West to construct new station near Kyoto Railway Museum





JR West has announced on February 2 the construction of a new railway station in JR Sagano Line in Kyoto. The new station will be installed where Shichijo Street and Sagano Line crossing.

This new station will be located 0,8km from Tambaguchi Station and 1,7km from Kyoto Station. The station will be completed by spring 2019 at cost of 4,9 billion yen.

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/OdJ90

JR West Press Release: http://www.westjr.co.jp/press/articl...page_6764.html

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Osaka Monorail videos.





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Old March 1st, 2015, 10:54 PM   #23
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Hankyu Railway in Osaka

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Nankai Electric Railway Koya Line (Namba - Gokurakubashi) Express "Koya" front outlook video

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Old March 17th, 2015, 12:05 PM   #25
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Tennōji Station: platform doors in service

Under the plan to install platforms doors on the stations of Osaka Municipal Subway, since February 14, the Tennōji Station on Midosuji Line (M) has too.

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Old March 17th, 2015, 12:06 PM   #26
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Note the . This is the new logo for the subway lines, a letter inside a colored circle.

Osaka Municipal Subway is changing the signals. I dude if they are trying some designs. Well, here the different supports and types of signals installed:

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Old March 17th, 2015, 12:20 PM   #27
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Really like that new signage - very, very clear!
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Old March 26th, 2015, 12:16 PM   #28
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New 8300 Series

Nankai Electric Railway has announced the incorporation of new trains by autumn 2015.

A total of 20 cars (four five-cars unit) will enter in service on Nankai Main Line, Airport Line and Wakayamako Line.

This trains will be similar to the current 8000 and 8200 series.




The dimensions ares 20,765mm (length) × 2,830mm (width) × 4,140mm (height).

The capacity of the cars are 47 seating / 94 standing on end cars and 55 seating / 98 standing on intermediate cars.

Company will introduce LCD screen to provide information in four languages (japanese, english, chinese and korean).

Also full LED lighting to save 50% of energy.



Source: http://www.nankai.co.jp/library/comp...pdf/150325.pdf
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Old March 31st, 2015, 12:21 PM   #29
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New trains for Kobe Rokko Liner

Kobe New Transit has announced on 26 of March the acquisition of new trains for its automatic guideway transit.


Current series 1000 trains (Wikipedia)

The manufacturer of new trains will be Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Hyogo Plant). The first unit will enter in service in 2017. This trains will be the substitute of current 11 sets of 1000 series. Is planned to finish the change of trains by 2023.

Rokko Liner is a 4,5 km line between Sumiyoshi (JR Kobe Line) and Marine Park Station on Rokko Island.



This new trains will have an aluminum body, wood floor and glass. Information of stations and others will be provided by large LCD screens.

http://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/informati...326161101.html
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Old March 31st, 2015, 12:22 PM   #30
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New Hanshin 5700 series


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This new 4-cars train will enter in service next August. The capacity of the 5700 series are 514 people in total. 173 seated and 341 standing.

The train has a stainless-steel body. The main color is blue (typical from local services in Hanshin I guess). As other trains, LCD screens and full LED displays are installed. Of course all the lighting uses LED. Also, the train incorpores a VVVF inverter with regenerative brakes.











http://response.jp/article/2015/03/31/247930.html
http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/news/shakai...07869316.shtml
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Old March 31st, 2015, 12:49 PM   #31
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I am surprised by how many wooden floored trains are being introduced - down on Kyushu in Fukuoka and now the Port Liner (amongst others I am sure). Upkeep must cost more to make sure that the floor is kept well. I like wood personally, though. It looks far more classy when taken care of.
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Looking at these greats photos Osaka public transport seem even better than the ones of Tokyo!
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Looking at these greats photos Osaka public transport seem even better than the ones of Tokyo!
They're quite different. Tokyo, I feel, has a better metro system than Osaka and the JR lines within the city are possibly a bit more comfortable and frequent (think Yamanote line vs. Osaka Loop Line). That said, neither can be faulted on the private railways as each of them have their own style, service and ethos that comes through in how they are run. Iconic companies such as Keio, Tokyu, Odakyu, Keikyu, Keisei (Tokyo) compared with Hankyu, Hanshin, Kintetsu and Nankai in Osaka are all big names and all important and very different.
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Old May 7th, 2015, 08:35 PM   #34
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JR Gakkentoshi Line / JR Osaka Higashi Line near Shigino Station

New track and platform opened for the Gakkentoshi Line (Katamachi Line). In the future this station will allow two exclusive tracks for the Osaka Higashi Line (current tracks 1ˇ2) while the Gakkentoshi Line uses and will uses the tracks 3ˇ4.



2015-April-14
Down train from Kyobashi to Hanaten using the existing old track (1) in the future for the Osaka Higashi Line.
Up train from Hanaten to Kyobashi passing Shigino through the new track (4).

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Of course the Shigino Station will be improved. The new central platform for tracks 2ˇ4 is the next stage.

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New Platform 4 for Kyobashi bound trains:





The new signs with the color of the Gakkentoshi Line was introduced:







Not too much space on the platform, for this reason two escalators (one for up and one for down) are installed plus the elevator:









The platform 1 in service and the closed platform 2 with the yellow mark on the rail:



Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-3050.html
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Old May 7th, 2015, 08:36 PM   #35
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JR Osaka Higashi Line north section link w/ Tokaido Main Line (JR Kyoto Line) and Nishi-Suita Station

From Shigino, the Osaka Higashi Line uses the current freight line (need to be upgraded) until Yodo River where the current tracks heads north to Suita, and the new commuter line needs a curve to connect to Shin-Osaka Station.

The line is expected to open by 2018.



Situation: https://goo.gl/maps/iyhNn

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Nishi-Suita Station (tentative name) construction progress




State of the viaduct toward the JR Kyoto Line




Approach to the JR Kyoto Line

Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-3004.html
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Old May 9th, 2015, 02:25 PM   #36
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Hanshin Main Line continuous grade separation I

Two segments of the Hanshin Main Line are under reforms.

The first part between Mukogawa and Koshien envolves the elevation of 1,87km of track from Mukogawa Kobe-end to Koshien. Intermediate Naruo Station is elevated and a total of 6 grade-crossing will be eliminated.



From left to right: Kosien, Naruo and Mukogawa Stations



Since March, the trains bound for Kobe uses the new viaduct. Works is planned to be completed by 2018.

Source: http://www.hanshin.co.jp/company/pre...17-naruo14.pdf / http://response.jp/article/2015/02/17/244550.html

Koshien → Mukogawa and back



HS-12 Mukogawa Station
Minor improvements on Mukogawa Station: the widening of the Kobe-bound platform over the river a couple of years ago.









Source: http://okiraku-goraku.com/2015/03/2015316-2.html


HS-13 Naruo Station
Naruo Station is under full elevation. The first phase was completed and inaugurated on March, 14.

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Naruo Station elevated side from the SE






The middle of the ticket gate


Concourse


Elevator and fare adjustment machine









Situation on the current Osaka-bound platform


Osaka-bound end






Kobe-bound end

Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com...post-dbe6.html

The following photos are toke on the new elevated platform.

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Osaka side






The platform has two pairs of stairs


Waiting room


Inside the waiting room


Up-only escalator








「D型弾性まくらぎ直結軌道」








Kobe-end

Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com...5314-439f.html


HS-14 Koshien Station
Koshien Station is already elevated, but is under platforms improvement consisting in the elimination of one of the four platforms allowing only two central platforms (wider) and one side platform for the Kobe-bound trains providing easy access to the Hanshin Koshien Stadium.



Source: http://osaka-salon2.seesaa.net/article/414808578.html

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Track 1 (for Osaka)


Osaka-bound side


Track 4 (for Kobe) with the side-platform



Source: http://okiraku-goraku.com/
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Hanshin Main Line continuous grade separation II

The second segment under elevation from Ashiya to Uozaki involves a total of 4 kilometers, eleven grade-crossings, and two intermediate stations to being elevated (Fukae and Ōgi).

Uozaki → Ashiya







New Fukae Station


New Ōgi Station

Photos from April:


Uozaki side


Ōgi Station


Between Ōgi and Fukae Station


Ashiya side

Source: http://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/informati...nrenritsu.html
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Great improvements for Osaka! It's nice to see private railways continuing to invest money in their systems.
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I wouldn't be surprised that by 2022 the entire Hanshin Main Line from Umeda to the entrance to the underground section east of Hanshin Sannomiya Station will be effectively grade separated. That may allow for even faster service between Osaka and Umeda.
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Sanyō Dentetsu to introduce new trains by end of FY2015


Sanyō Electric Railway has announced the purchase of new trains to revenue in service by the end of this year.

This is one of semi major private companies in Osaka Area (Kobe-Himeji) and operates two lines, the Sanyō Main Line (55 km) and the Aboshi branch (8,5 km).


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ay_Linemap.svg

This is the first new train announced since 1997. Designated the 6000 series, the formation will consist in 3-car set and the first batch consist in 6 car (2 units)



As other trains in Kansai area, the manufacturer is Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Car body construction are made with aluminium alloy, every car has 18,9 meters long, equipped with VVVF inverters, LED lighting, LCD screens above the doors and others. Is expected to reduce 40% in power consumption.





The 6000 series will replace the ancient 3000 series from 1971.


Serie 3000 Wikipedia


Source: http://www.sanyo-railway.co.jp/media/1432015565.pdf / http://response.jp/article/2015/05/20/251570.html



Peak hour at Higashi-Suma Station with a variety of Sanyō Dentetsu and Hanshin trains:

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