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Old April 5th, 2014, 01:53 PM   #1201
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FGT on Kumamoto port:












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Old April 5th, 2014, 05:31 PM   #1202
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Can't wait to see it running!!
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Old April 5th, 2014, 06:11 PM   #1203
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Forgive me if this seems stupid, but why are they shipping it out?

Isn't the whole point of the FGT the idea that it can run on zairaisen track as well?
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Old April 6th, 2014, 06:29 AM   #1204
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Forgive me if this seems stupid, but why are they shipping it out?

Isn't the whole point of the FGT the idea that it can run on zairaisen track as well?
It may have been cheaper (or less troublesome) to have it shipped to Kumamoto than to have it contracted out to JR-F to haul it by rail. Also, as the unit is being delivered for further testing, rather than as a completed, ready for revenue service trainset, may have a bearing, as shipping by boat is more discrete.

FYI, there will be a public presser for this test trainset on April 19, at the Kumamoto General Rolling Stock Depot:
http://www.jrtt.go.jp/08-2Press/pdf/...essh250320.pdf

*the next day, the 20th, the trainset will run on the Kyushu Shinkansen Line from the depot to Kumamoto Station in the very early morning. There will be a viewing opportunity at Kumamoto Station, though rides will not be offered.

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Old April 6th, 2014, 08:50 AM   #1205
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FGT low speed test run within depot area:
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Old April 7th, 2014, 06:39 AM   #1206
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【Full HD】北陸新幹線 長野-東京 E7系 車窓 Hokuriku Shinkansen. Series E7
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Old April 7th, 2014, 03:26 PM   #1207
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I was going to post that video, too. It's going to be interesting to compare that video with an earlier one of the same YouTube member riding the E2 Series Shinkansen:

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Old April 9th, 2014, 01:55 PM   #1208
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Old April 11th, 2014, 05:08 PM   #1209
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*on the export side*
New website for the IHRA, a consortium established this month consisting of the 4 JR companies that operate shinkansen services, aiming to promote the shinkansen system abroad:
http://www.ihra-hsr.org/
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Old April 11th, 2014, 06:05 PM   #1210
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The first W7 trainset is delivered to JR West at Kanazawa Port. These are identical to the E7 units currently operating on Asama services on the Nagano Shinkansen.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 02:02 AM   #1211
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Here's a better, longer video of the unloading of W7 Series Shinkansen trainset W1 at Kanazawa port from YouTube user whitewing681:

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Old April 12th, 2014, 03:33 AM   #1212
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Here the photos from Rail Hobidas.








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Old April 14th, 2014, 01:07 PM   #1213
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New website for the IHRA, a consortium established this month consisting of the 4 JR companies that operate shinkansen services, aiming to promote the shinkansen system abroad:
http://www.ihra-hsr.org/
Nice site, but it shows that the biggest strength of Shinkansen is also it's biggest weakness. Unless you build an entire separate infrastructure the Shinkansen principles will not work to their full potential. The excistence of mini-Shinkansen is also completely ignored. Foreign interest may be reduced by this.
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Old April 15th, 2014, 12:48 PM   #1214
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That's the case for nearly all HSR that I can think of, though. Even the German ICE does not operate that quickly except for on the dedicated separated tracks where it can reach full speed. In mixed traffic it is limited by what it shares the track with. The reason the Mini-Shinkansen is not promoted (I would imagine) is because it crawls at non-HSR speeds (130-160kmph). That makes it less interesting to promote to international audiences.
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That's the case for nearly all HSR that I can think of, though. Even the German ICE does not operate that quickly except for on the dedicated separated tracks where it can reach full speed. In mixed traffic it is limited by what it shares the track with. The reason the Mini-Shinkansen is not promoted (I would imagine) is because it crawls at non-HSR speeds (130-160kmph). That makes it less interesting to promote to international audiences.
It should be noted the mini-Shinkansen lines from Fukushima to Shinjo and Morioka to Akita were essentially old zairaisen 1067 mm gauge lines re-gauged to 1435 mm so they could accommodate Shinkansen trainsets. Because they still use the same curvature as the original trackage, that's why the maximum speed is limited to 130 km/h (81 mph), the standard maximum speed for zairaisen tracks.
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Old April 15th, 2014, 10:20 PM   #1216
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I don't think it's an issue since most of the countries to which the Shinkansen is marketed don't have existing networks that can easily be integrated into a new High Speed network. With cities worldwide become bigger and bigger the prime market and first priority is to connect these mega cities. If this growth continues it simply becomes interesting to simply build a new dedicated line to more and more growing cities.
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Who else uses Japanese based technology (or close to it) at the moment? Only Taiwan, right? I think they should have been more successful selling it internationally… Maybe still happens, but competition now is very strong and Japanese probably won't be the cheapest option.
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Old April 15th, 2014, 11:03 PM   #1218
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Who else uses Japanese based technology (or close to it) at the moment? Only Taiwan, right? I think they should have been more successful selling it internationally… Maybe still happens, but competition now is very strong and Japanese probably won't be the cheapest option.
In England, Southeastern uses Shinkansen-based Class 396 trainsets made by Hitachi in High Speed 1 services.

Brazil is considered to use Shinkansen technology in Its future Rio de Janeiro-Săo Paulo-Campinas high speed rail.
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Old April 16th, 2014, 12:31 AM   #1219
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They also sold the Shinkansen technology to China.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 08:42 AM   #1220
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New bullet train H5 series



On Wednesday April 16, JR Hokkaido announces the new bullet train for the Hokkaido Shinkansen: H5 series. This train comes from JR East E5 series train. Only 10 cars (One Granclass + One Green Car + Eight standard cars) and few differences in the livery (a violet strip).

Some details:

Maximun speed 320 km/h on Tohoku Shinkansen section, 260 km/h on Hokkaido Shinkansen, and 140 km/h inside Seikan Tunnel.

Initially four units will be built (40 cars in total).

The capacity will be 18 people on Granclass, 55 people on Green Car, and 658 people on standard cars.

Press release:
http://www.jrhokkaido.co.jp/press/2014/140416-1.pdf

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