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Old November 18th, 2015, 04:49 PM   #61
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Massive train accident in Kobe kills one and leaves many walking along tracks



On Nov 17th around 8:30am, a JR West "New Rapid Tokaido" line train heading outbound from Motomachi station towards Kobe station struck and killed a man (possible suicide). The resulting hard breaking action and sudden heating of the pantograph (sending power from the generator braking back into the lines) sheared the overhead wire and disrupted the commutes of 150,000 people over 3 hours.
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Old November 27th, 2015, 09:45 PM   #62
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Restoration works at Shin-Imamiya Station



Progression on the restoration plan along the stations of the Osaka Loop Line.

In this case, Shin-Imamiya, maybe the poorest neighbourhood in Japan. The station serves the Yamatoji Line (Kansai Main Line) and the Loop Line. Also the Nankai Railway and the tramway.

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Old November 28th, 2015, 07:01 PM   #63
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This will be a big bonus for the area. Investing in what is one of the least nice areas in Japan can only be a good thing. I remember the station from 2010 when I was last in Osaka...
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Old January 6th, 2016, 07:13 AM   #64
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This is very good...
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Old January 24th, 2016, 12:24 PM   #65
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Nankai Semboku Liner


Since 5 December 2015 Semboku Railway and Nankai offers a new Limited Express service named "Semboku Liner" between Senboku New Town and Namba in Central Osaka. The train runs through the Nankai Soya Line (14.4 km) and Semboku Rapid Railway (14.7 km). 27.7 km in total.

Travel time is around 30 minutes. Two to three minutes less than Sub-Express service (morning peak for Namba), or Semi-Express (all day), and 20 minutes less than Local service.


Nankai Explorer @Wikipedia


Trains used are the 11000 Series formerly used on the Rinkan Limited Express.

First day in service:



Cab view in both directions:

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Old January 24th, 2016, 07:25 PM   #66
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Now that they're refurbishing Shin-Imamiya Station, I think the next possible big railway-related project--aside from finishing the Osaka Higashi "loop" line--is the rebuilding of the Hankyu Jūsō Station. And given how old the entire station is, it could use a major reconstruction like what they're going to do with Shibuya Station over the next several years.
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 08:39 PM   #67
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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.

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:





Completion expected by 2022.

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
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Old February 25th, 2016, 05:07 AM   #68
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From the Osaka Metropolitan Subway article on Wikipedia:

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The Osaka Municipal Subway holds the distinction of being the only subway system in Japan to be legally classified as a tramway, whereas all other subway systems in Japan are legally classified as railways. Despite this, the Osaka Municipal Subway has characteristics typical of that of a full-fledged metro system.
Any reason for the tramway classification for the Osaka Metropolitan Subway network?
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Old March 14th, 2016, 09:26 PM   #69
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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.

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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.

Source: http://www.sanyo-railway.co.jp/media/1432015565.pdf / http://response.jp/article/2015/05/20/251570.html
Testing the new 6000 series trainsets.



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Old March 15th, 2016, 03:28 PM   #70
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From the Osaka Metropolitan Subway article on Wikipedia:



Any reason for the tramway classification for the Osaka Metropolitan Subway network?
This is because the Midosuji Road, which the original subway route follows, was expanded and modernized concurrently with the digging of the subway. Budgeting the subway construction under the tramway law was deemed advantageous in terms of acquiring funds in concert with the road improvements. Today the Midosuji Line Subway is the most important transport artery in central Osaka, much more vital than the Osaka Loop Line, which does not have quite the importance of say, the Yamanote Line to Tokyo.
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 10:38 PM   #71
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New Randen station: Satsueisho-mae



Keifuku Electric Railroad owner of the Kyoto tramway or Randen, inaugurated on April 1st the new Satsueisho-mae station on the Kitano Line (3.8 km). The new station connects with the JR Uzumasa station and serves the Toei cinema studio park. The code is B-01.















Source: http://randen.keifuku.co.jp/en/index.html / http://response.jp/article/2016/04/01/272636.html
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Old April 4th, 2016, 02:14 AM   #72
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Good to see a bit of love for the Randen. Some stations/stops looked a bit... Worn.
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Old April 13th, 2016, 09:44 PM   #73
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New Sanyō 6000 series

Today Sanyō Electric Railway presented its new electric multiple unit, the 6000 series made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The train will enter in service next 17 of April on the main line between Akashi and Sanyo-Himeji.

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Old May 8th, 2016, 01:45 PM   #74
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New Maya Station

Since March 26 Kobe has a new commuter station: Maya Station on JR Kobe Line (Tokaido Main Line).



Functional station, which serves the neighbors to either side of the tracks, and with the usual design of refurbished/new stations of JR West in the recent years.

Maya station opened on March 26 coinciding with the timetable revision.

The new Maya station is served by the JR Kobe Line (Tokaido Main Line). It is located between Rokkomichi and Nada, 27.3 km from Osaka. Stops only "local" trains at this station with central platform.

There are approximately eight trains per hour to Kobe and Osaka.













While only stops 7-car "Local" trains, it is planned to have longer platforms for rapid 12-car trains if the company decides to make stop in the future.



Maya station occupies the terrains of an old rail yard, some areas still need to urbanize.



JR West sells this station as "eco-friendly" because it uses electricity from the regenerative brakes.



Concourse.























South Exit, it has three "branches", one with escalators up and down. On the other side an elevator, and finally a little more hidden, normal stairs.



North Exit with normal stairs and escalators. Also an elevator.







The main exit is the north side with a station plaza.



Bicycle parking.



Looking mount Maya.



16,000 passengers a day are expected to use this station. In the vicinity are several residential projects.

Source: http://koberun.blog56.fc2.com/blog-entry-1016.html
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JR West seems to be doing a really good job with their station upgrades/new builds. Simple, but high quality.
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Very nice for this new station.

Now, I'm still openly wondering has Hankyu decided how will they modernize the increasingly aging Jūsō Station just north of the Yodo River. This could be perhaps the biggest station renovation project since the renovation of JR West Osaka Station done between 2007 and 2011.
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Now, I'm still openly wondering has Hankyu decided how will they modernize the increasingly aging Jūsō Station just north of the Yodo River. This could be perhaps the biggest station renovation project since the renovation of JR West Osaka Station done between 2007 and 2011.
Well, you're gonna be wondering for a long time (maybe a decade), as right now Hankyu is involved in a massive grade separation project eliminating the flat junction at Awaji, as well as elevating the whole station, which involved demolishing the whole shotengai (retail district) adjacent to the station. The completion date has been delayed another seven years, to 2024, with full switching to the new line in 2027. Any plans involving modernising Juso will have to first come from the national government and Osaka, who will be the primary financers of such a project. Hankyu really doesn't have a business interest in modernising the station, certainly not operationally, as it's not a flat junction (平面交差).
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Actually, rebuilding Jūsō Station is not going involve moving tracks--likely an all-new station building around the station platforms, including retail and restaurant facilities. It'll be similar to what JR West did with Osaka Station--they just built new buildings around and above the existing station platforms.
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Actually, rebuilding Jūsō Station is not going involve moving tracks--likely an all-new station building around the station platforms, including retail and restaurant facilities. It'll be similar to what JR West did with Osaka Station--they just built new buildings around and above the existing station platforms.
The problem is that this won't do anything for the grade crossings around the station. Doesn't something need to be done about this enormous disruption to the neighborhood? It would also make accessing the station easier.
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Old June 24th, 2016, 09:27 AM   #80
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JR West 323 Series

Tetsudo Shimbun Twitter published few minutes ago the first pictures of the press visit to the new JR West 323 Series for the Osaka Loop Line:















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