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Old July 22nd, 2013, 02:38 AM   #781
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For the first time, JR East released detailed ridership data for its Shinkansen lines:
http://www.jreast.co.jp/passenger/2012_shinkansen.html

In the past, they've only been lumping the data with the zairaisen lines, so it was impossible to tell exactly how many passengers used the line or what the ridership was by station.

Total average daily ridership is 254,760 (FY2012). With the extensions to Hakodate and Sapporo, I expect that the network could easily break 300,000 passengers / day. Handily beats the ~180,000 for the San'yō Shinkansen, but still doesn't touch the 391,000 for the Tōkaidō Shinkansen.

Tōhoku Shinkansen:

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STATION             ENTRIES
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Tōkyō                70,675
Ueno                 10,696
Ōmiya                26,197
Oyama                 4,996
Utsunomiya           12,245
Nasu - Shiobara       3,212
Shin-Shirakawa        2,014
Kōriyama              8,597
Fukushima             7,301
Shiroishi - Zaō         893
Sendai               24,319
Furukawa              2,688
Kurikoma Kōgen        1,090
Ichinoseki            2,451
Mizusawa - Esashi     1,028
Kitakami              1,284
Shin-Hanakami           993
Morioka               7,235
Iwate Numakunai          88
Ninohe                  764
Hachinohe             3,248
Shichinohe - Towada     638
Shin-Aomori           4,571
=================== =======
TOTAL               197,223
Jōetsu Shinkansen:

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STATION             ENTRIES
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Kumagaya              4,467
Honjō Waseda          2,061
Takasaki             13,027
Jōmō Kōgen              761
Echigo Yuzawa         6,872
Urasa                   673
Nagaoka               4,472
Tsubame - Sanjō       1,736
Niigata               8,747
=================== =======
TOTAL                42,816
Hokuriku (Nagano) Shinkansen:

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STATION             ENTRIES
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Annaka - Haruna         271
Karuizawa             2,917
Sakudaira             2,454
Ueda                  2,699
Nagano                6,380
=================== =======
TOTAL                14,721
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Old July 25th, 2013, 01:47 AM   #782
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Apparently, the first-generation variable gauge train (GCT-01) is currently being taken apart at JR Shikoku’s Tadotsu Works (多度津工場):
http://rail.hobidas.com/rmn/archives...7/jr_1065.html

This 3-car unit tested in both Kyūshū and Shikoku, and was even transported all the way to the Colorado (U.S.) for testing, serving as the first prototype for a gauge-change Shinkansen. The Matsuyama end car and the intermediate car will be scrapped, but the Takamatsu end car will be preserved for display.

The second-generation prototype in testing at Tadotsu Station in April:

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Old July 30th, 2013, 12:34 AM   #784
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Japan in the running for portions of 10,000 km of HSR lines in Asia
アジア高速鉄道、1万キロの大商戦 日本と海外勢競う

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNAS...C1FFE000/?dg=1

A nice Nikkei article providing an overview of upcoming high-speed rail projects in Asia, a cumulative total of 10,000 km—surpassing China’s existing HSR network and more than four times the 2,400 km in Japan’s existing Shinkansen network.

At the forefront is a plan to connect Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Singapore in an hour and a half with a new RM 30 billion (approx. ¥900 billion), 300 km line. Heads of state from both countries have already formally agreed to complete the project by 2020, with plan details to be finalized by year’s end and bidding to start thereafter. JR East already established a new Asia office in Singapore in March of this year, and is working on studies and information gathering. Eventually, it’s envisioned that a consortium of Japanese companies comprising general trading companies (financial and logistical), JR companies (operating knowhow), Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi (rolling stock), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (signaling and communications infrastructure), and Tōshiba (train operations and control systems).

These efforts place Japan in competition against Germany’s Siemens and France’s Alstom, together with China, which has independently announced a plan to connect Kunming (Yunnan Province) with Singapore via high-speed rail and appears to already have its hands on the first segment to Laos’s capital, Vientiane. It’s expected that they will attempt to team with a Malaysian corporation to win the segment from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.

Other projects include Thailand, where the government hopes to invest ¥2.5 trillion in a four-line high-speed railway plan for the nation. The first phase involves connecting Bangkok and industrial city Rayong, a distance of 250 km, in about one hour, with trains beginning service in 2019. Bids could be out for that as early as next year. In India, where seven routes are in planning stages, the government is prioritizing the corridor linking Mumbai, India’s financial capital, with the industrial city of Ahmedabad. In particular, general trading company Marubeni Corporation has expressed keen interest in projects in both Thailand and India, as both countries have strong financial ties with Japan. India is already working with Japan on engineering evaluation and cost estimates, with the Shinkansen being one of the favorites.

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Old July 30th, 2013, 12:35 AM   #785
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Work on first Nagasaki Shinkansen bridge in Saga Prefecture begins
九州新幹線 袴野橋りょうの建設安全祈願

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/sag...OYT8T01349.htm

A ceremony to pray for safety during construction of the future Hakamano (袴野) Bridge on the Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Nagasaki route was held on 2013.07.25. The ceremony was held at the construction site in Hakamano, Higashi-Kawanoborichō (東川登町), Takeo City. The bridge will span National Route 34 and the West Kyūshū Expressway (西九州自動車道), and is part of a 962 m, ¥1.695 billion segment of the Shinkansen line between Takeo Onsen and Ureshino Onsen Stations. The first major work on the segment, being built to full Shinkansen standard, is set to begin, and the bridge will be completed in February 2017. The entire Nagasaki route will open in FY2022.
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Old July 30th, 2013, 12:36 AM   #786
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JR West develops special workcar to install Shinkansen derailment guards
新幹線の脱線対策に新型車両 ガード敷設

http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2013/07/24/153/

This new workcar, already in use by JR West, was specifically developed and designed by the railway to transport and install new derailment guards for the San’yō Shinkansen. The guards are designed to catch the wheels of Shinkansen cars, preventing major derailments and minimizing damage. JR West’s current plans call for installing the guards on about 110 km of the 166 km of track between Shin-Ōsaka and Himeji (the current plan does not cover tunnels on this segment) by FY2015.

Previously, the guards were transported to the site and then selected and installed by manpower, meaning only about 120 m of progress each day. A team of experts from JR West then worked with a company specializing in development of machinery such as transport vehicles to develop this new workcar. R&D costs were about ¥430 million, but the workcar was introduced in March and began real installation work in April, successfully increasing installation speed to about 500 m per day.

The workcar actually consists of two flatcars to transport the guards, one car to install the guards, and two motor cars, measuring approximately 70 m in length and capable of transporting 500 m of guard. The car automatically selects the guard to be installed and moves it by electromagnet and conveyor belt to the installation car which positions it at the proper location and orientation automatically by crane.





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This Kōbe Shimbun article has a video report (013.07.23):

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Old July 30th, 2013, 12:38 AM   #787
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Local government liaison group lobbies to accelerate completion of Shinkansen extension to Ōsaka
大阪まで早く整備を 北陸新幹線の関係44市、国交省に要望

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/west/west_a...4300019-n1.htm

A liaison group comprising five prefectures (Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, and Nagano) and 44 municipalities along the Hokuriku Shinkansen have filed a petition with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) urging for the construction of full-standard Shinkansen tracks to Ōsaka as soon as possible. The extension of the Shinkansen line from Nagano to Kanazawa is scheduled to open in spring 2015, followed by the extension to Tsuruga at FY2025 close, saying the line could serve as an alternative route in the event of damage to the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and other elements of the transportation network on the Pacific Ocean (eastern) coast of Japan during a natural disaster.

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Six-hour time lapse of activity at Kanazawa Station, showing the new Shinkansen alignment and platforms:



Construction at Toyama Station (2013.07). According to this article, the exterior of Toyama Station will be finished in February of next year.

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Old July 30th, 2013, 12:40 AM   #788
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Hokuriku Shinkansen testing to begin in early December
新幹線試運転12月上旬から

http://www2.knb.ne.jp/news/20130725_37301.htm

A few more details on this… Running tests will begin on the section of the extension between the Shinkansen depot at Nagano and the future Kurobe – Unazuki Onsen Station starting in early December, consisting of one roundtrip a day, operating after the end of current Shinkansen service each night. Test cars will be operated at low speed (20 to 30 km/h) to confirm the safety and adequacy of the line’s structural components, with test runs using actual Shinkansen trains, such as the E2 series Asama sets running between Tōkyō and Nagano, following afterwards. Testing on the segments west of Kurobe – Unazuki Onsen will begin next fiscal year.
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Japan’s phantom high-speed freight line
幻の貨物新幹線 本気だった

http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/na...902000117.html

This article has some interesting background on the high-speed freight Shinkansen originally planned by the former Japanese National Railways (JNR) between Tōkyō and Ōsaka, with details straight from the horse’s mouth—Ishii Yoshitaka (石井幸孝) (80), the man originally in charge of the project, a former executive director of the JNR, head of the JNR’s Greater Tōkyō Division, and the first president of JR Kyūshū. There weren’t a lot of details published about the project, leading some to claim the project was just for show, an attempt to gain support from the freight-dependent United States and win funding for Shinkansen construction from the World Bank. This interview provides some details about the project, though.

In particular, the JNR had already secured land for freight terminals on the new line Tōkyō, Shizuoka, and Nagoya. As a general advisor to JNR’s rolling stock division, Ishii helped compile a vision plan for JNR rolling stock in 1970, including detailed concept drawings for EMU Shinkansen freight cars. The original Tōkaidō Shinkansen plans from 1958 called for linking Tōkyō and Ōsaka in three hours with passenger trains and in five and a half hours with freight trains. According to Ishii, the JNR had already prepared plans for freight terminals and acquired land in four locations: Tōkyō’s Shinagawa Ward, Shizuoka City’s Aoi Ward, Nagoya City’s Nakamura Ward, and Settsu City in Ōsaka Prefecture. The plan was eventually shelved, though, as a result of ballooning costs for the Tōkaidō Shinkansen (originally around ¥200 billion but eventually increasing to ¥380 billion thanks to inflation), even with 80 million dollars in financing (approx. ¥28.8 billion at the time) from the World Bank.

After the plan was shelved, the purchased land was eventually converted to zairaisen narrow-gauge freight terminals (Tōkyō Freight Terminal), railyards for passenger trains, and other uses. There are elevated facilities that still remain at Ōsaka Freight Terminal in Settsu City, never completed. In fact, the freight container standards established at the time were designed to allow them to load them onto special freight Shinkansen cars.

The current Tōkyō Freight Terminal (center) and Tōkaidō Shinkansen railyard (left) in Yashio, Shinagawa Ward, Tōkyō. It was part of the original JNR plan to co-locate the freight terminal and Shinkansen railyard and construct them simultaneously.

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Shinkansen open house at JR Central’s Hamamatsu Works (2013.07.21):

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Shinkansen, world best trains since 1964. What else to say?
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What else to say? A lot, actually, because you didn't really say much. Seems like you're just hunting for likes?
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What else to say? A lot, actually, because you didn't really say much. Seems like you're just hunting for likes?
Me not, and you?
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Speaking of the Shinkansen, any news on the construction of the first E7/W7 trainset that will eventually run on the full Hokuriku Shinkansen line?
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Speaking of the Shinkansen, any news on the construction of the first E7/W7 trainset that will eventually run on the full Hokuriku Shinkansen line?
You can see part of the roof of one of the sets under construction at the Kawasaki plant in Kōbe here. It's the first picture of the blog post.
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/superhakuto...t/9811744.html
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What's the train under the blue wraps at the end of the post?

It doesn't look much like the N700, unless part of the nose has been filled in?
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A ride on the JR N700 from Tokyo to Kyoto and back!

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What's the train under the blue wraps at the end of the post?

It doesn't look much like the N700, unless part of the nose has been filled in?
Probably E7 / W7 series.
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