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Old June 11th, 2015, 11:02 AM   #41
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Kobe Electric Railway to introduce new trains



Kobe Electric Railway has announced the acquisition of new train-sets, the new 6500 series. An EMU formed by three three-door cars. Company has said the trains will enter in service in spring 2016.

New units will remplace the ancient 1000 series (1965).



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Capacity of 354 passengers (117 seated / 237 standing)

Three cars formation (Mc-T-Mc)

VVVF Inverter, full LED illumination and improvements to reduce the noise. Is expected to reduce 60% of power consumption respect the 1000 series.

Friendly environment for disabled.

Information provided by LED screens in four languages: Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

PDF: http://www.shintetsu.co.jp/release/2015/150609.pdf
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Old June 11th, 2015, 11:39 PM   #42
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The Keihanshin region used to have a lot of EMU's on JR West and private railroads dating from the 1960's and 1970's. It appears that in what amounts to the English phrase Keeping up with the Joneses, everyone is retiring the old trainsets in favor of new ones--even on smaller private lines like the San'yō Electric Railway and now the Kobe Electric Railway. Even JR West is banishing the tired 103 and 201 trainsets off the Osaka Loop Line in favor of the new 323 trainsets starting in 2016; the last stand of the 103's may be on the JR West Bantan Line going north from Himeji, but even that could change in the next few years.
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Is it more that they have got to the point where they cannot renovate them further and that they're approaching the end of their operational lifespan? I mean most companies are fairly pragmatic about things like that - cost of maintenance vs. cost to replace and all that, not only that but "attractiveness to customer" is a big factor too to encourage business in a difficult climate.

Still, it's great for us to see all the new rolling stock coming out no matter what the reason may be.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 12:13 AM   #44
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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:



Source: http://osaka-subway.com/signsystem/
What are those yellow colored numbers? Nice thread btw.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 12:47 AM   #45
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What are those yellow colored numbers? Nice thread btw.
Those are exit numbers. In most of Asia they mark the exits in one way or another as each of the stations tends to be rather "expansive" with a number of different exits. They also tend to feature an "exit guide" so you can locate which exit you need based upon which road/area you want to visit. A hotel published this exit guide for Shinsaibashi, one of the larger and busier stations on the network. See how they refer to exit number?

http://osaka.hanahostel.com/Img/shinsaibahi-sta.gif

In Hong Kong they tend to group the exits by letter followed by a number for the exit number in that particular area see here:

http://www.china-mike.com/wp-content...tation_map.jpg
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Old June 12th, 2015, 01:42 AM   #46
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Is it more that they have got to the point where they cannot renovate them further and that they're approaching the end of their operational lifespan?
I think not only the age of the trainsets, but also the fact they're not power-efficient by 2015 standards, are the primary reasons the older trainsets are starting to disappear from western Japan.

Indeed, JR West has begun to replace the long-in-the-tooth 115 Series EMU's with 227 Series EMU's--the 227 is a derivative of the 225 Series EMU's found on long-distance commuter service on JR West lines in the Keihanshin region from Tsuruga to Himeji. By 2018, I think there may be no more 115's on JR West property, pretty much replaced by 227's west of Himeji and (probably) refurbished 221's on the Fukuchiyama Line, San'in Main Line and Kusatsu Line.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 04:05 PM   #47
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Nankai 130th Anniversary commemoration



Nankai Electric Railway, one of the largest private rail operators in the area of Osaka celebrates 130 years. For this reason, since Saturday June 13, the 10000 and 7000 Series are running as a "Southern Express Green Nostalgia" service until March 2016 (the 7000 Series only until September because is planned to be scraped).



The Limited Express Southern connects the Namba Terminal in Osaka to Wakayamashi through the Nankai Line.













Photos: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-3173.html
Special web: http://www.nankai.co.jp/traffic/info...niversary.html
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Old June 19th, 2015, 10:14 AM   #48
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The Nankai series 10000 train retro color look very beautiful.
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 12:57 PM   #49
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New rolling stock for Osaka Nankō Port Town Line

The Osaka City Transportation Bureau had announced on June 12 the new rolling stock for the Nankō Port Town Line from April 2016. This is the first time in 25 years since the last rolling stock added, the 100A series.





New trains will receive the name of "200 Series" and will be formed by seven four-car units.

As the rest of the new rolling stock introduced in the recent years, the trains will have 100% LED lighting, new climate systems in order to save 40% of energy. Also the information, that will be provided by LCD screens in four languages (Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).

The main difference will be the color of each train that is unique, inside the cars too. Company said that they want to create a friendly environment.


Current 100A Series (1991):













Nankō Port Town Line is a rubbed tired line (VAL) inaugurated in 1981 as a transport system for the new south area of the Port of Osaka.

The line has a length of 7,9 kilometers and 10 stations from P09 Cosmosquare (Subway Chūō Line transfer) to P18 Suminoekōen (Subway Yotsubashi Line transfer). 30.000 users is the average daily ridership (2007).




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http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-3172.html
http://osaka-subway.com/newtram03/






Cab view Cosmosquare → Suminoekōen:

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Old July 7th, 2015, 04:35 AM   #50
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By the way, YouTube member OleOleSaggy just posted a video of a trip on that combined Nankai 7000/10000 Series trainset mentioned earlier on a trip from Wakayama-ko (not Wakayama-shi!) Station all the way to Nankai Namba Station:

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Old July 19th, 2015, 11:28 PM   #51
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According to this article from a Japanese news web site:

http://nlab.itmedia.co.jp/nl/article...7/news154.html

Keihan Electric Railway--which operates in the Osaka/Kyoto/Otsu area--will unveil on 25 June 2015 a 600 Series EMU running on the Ishiyama Sakamoto Line in a special livery celebrating the recently-completed anime series Hibike! Euphonium.

The train will look like this, based on information from the Keihan press release:

The two ends of the train:



The side view of the train:



You can read the Keihan Electric Railway press release in Japanese here:

http://www.keihan.co.jp/info/upload/..._euphonium.pdf
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Old July 20th, 2015, 02:17 PM   #52
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Nice, usually the trains on the Ishiyama Sakamoto Line runs with special anime-themed liveries. In my opinion, for Hibike! Euphonium, the trains with special livery will be the Keihan Uji Line.

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Old July 22nd, 2015, 10:18 PM   #53
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Osaka Monorail 9 km stretch plan



According different medias, the Government Cabinet and the Higashi-Osaka City has arrived to an accordance for the stretching plan of 9km of the Osaka Monorail Main Line south of Kadoma-shi with four new stations: Kadoma-minami (Subway Nagahori-Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line), Konoikeshinden (JR Tozai Line / Gakkentoshi Line), Aramoto (Kintetsu Keihanna Line), and Uryudo (with a new transfer station on the Kintetsu Nara Line).






Kintetsu Nara Line

The cost of the project is about 105.000 million yen (775 million euro). The daily average of passengers on the new section is expected in 30.000 daily.

Construction is expected to start late 2018.

Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-3244.html and http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASH7Q36T8H7QPTIL007.html



Osaka Monorail cab view. Kadoma-shi - Banpaku-Kinen-Kōen Station via Saito Line

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Old July 26th, 2015, 03:34 AM   #54
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We now have the first videos of the Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto 600 Series trolley done in special livery to celebrate the recently-completed anime series Hibike! Euphonium:

Exterior and interior stills courtesy YouTube member 関西未来鉄道館:



The same YouTube member filmed in action this trolley, plus another trolley done to celebrate the anime series Love Chunibyo & Other Delusions:

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Old July 27th, 2015, 02:49 PM   #55
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Hanshin 5700 Series



Hanshin Railway held a public visit to the Ishiyagawa and showed the new 5700 Series "JET SILVER" Local train.

The train made a discretionary trip from Osaka-Umeda terminal to the depot and back.

The new train will enter in service in August 2016 and will replace the ancient 5000 Series.

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Old August 7th, 2015, 05:54 PM   #56
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Kobe's Settsu-Motoyama Station full redevelopment

The JR West Settsu-Motoyama Station in Higashinada-ku (Kobe City) has finished this year the full renovation of the station building with a new elevated public north-south passage, space for shops (eki-naka idea) and improvements in surrounding streets.

This station on the JR Kobe Line was used by 23.000 passengers in 2012. Consist in two platforms that serves the local trains (central tracks) and two side tracks for express trains without stop.

Before:






Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Settsu-Motoyama_Station


After:

Now the station and the public passage is full accessible by elevators and escalators. Outside, the cream color is de dominant. Inside, some elegant details like the red bricks and forging elements in order to look more "exclusively" (I think).













Public passage, commercial zone and wicket access.







The access to the platforms looks more "basic".















On the platforms, the company improved the canopy, changed the signals and the floor has been paved.












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http://koberun.blog56.fc2.com/blog-entry-824.html
http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-2288.html
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Ahh, that looks really nice! Big improvement and nice clean lines.
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 06:56 PM   #58
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New 8300 Series

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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
Well, here the first set made by Kinki Sharyo was delivered to Nankai and the company held a photo session of the new train. Very Tokyo-style but I don't like the seat disposition with a single cushion for three and four persons.

The photos from http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/09/02/654/ where you can see more.

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Keihan Express premium car

Keihan has announced recently the partial refurbishment of the 8000 series EMU. This is the train model for the Limited Express services and now, Keihan is trying to incorporate an extra fare in one of the eight cars.

The idea is to create a premium wagon using the car number 6.

1. Features of the new service.

A total of 10 cars number 6 of the 10 8-car set Keihan 8000 Series will be refurbished and named "Keihan Express premium car" with more personal space and more comfortable ambience.

Seats can be reserved previously.

Each car will pass from two to one door per side.





Also, the "Keihan Express premium car" will have personal crew.

2. Comissioning.

Keihan plans is to introduce the service by first half of FY 2017. During the refurbishment the current 8-car formation will run in 7-car formation.



3. Inversion
The cost of the reform is close to 1.6 billion yen.

Source: https://www.keihan.co.jp/info/upload...remium-car.pdf


8000 Series (current):



A few weeks ago celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the Keihan Express service:

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Old November 7th, 2015, 01:00 PM   #60
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Umeda Freight Line to underground



As Momo1435 posted on the GRAND FRONT OSAKA thread, JR West will start soon the construction of the new underground Umeda Freight Line including a new Osaka Station extension near the Osaka Station North Exit around the street corner:



The project consist in 2,4 kilometers of new tunnel and ramp access. Also a 4 track with 2 island platforms terminal.

With this construction there are no reason to start soon the rest of the overground project.

This is the map with the current track in gray and the new underground track in red dots and new station in yellow:





Personally I'm not fan of the whole project. Except the 4 tracks station, the rest is exactly the same with a single track from Nishi-Kujo where the Freight Line merges with the Osaka Loop Line. The transition consist in 365 meters from viaduct to tunnel near Fukushima Station where a grade crossing will be eliminated.


Fukushima Station

Next, an small portion of single track tunnel and then, the 830 meters of quadruple track of station with the progressive alignment under the street west of GRAND FRONT OSAKA (+715m double tunnel) and then, the approximation to the double track from the north.

Completion expected by 2022.

In the following video from March 2015 you can see the main points:



From the river in parallel with the Tokaido Main Line, the Tokaido Umeda Freight Line. At 2:37 the point that the tunnel ramp will start. Next a light brake waiting the Haruka Limited Express train. Around minute 5 on your left, the terrains to develop. Around minute 6 the approximate point where the tunnel begins on the southwest. 6:30 passing the Fukushima Station grade crossing and merging the Osaka Loop Line at 8:15.


Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-3402.html - http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com...1/jr-6c59.html - http://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/seisakuk...6_11_13_02.pdf - http://www.decn.co.jp/?p=49148 - Youtube Satosi Kouno

Well, the new four tracks will increase the capacity of the Osaka Station.
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