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Old April 17th, 2014, 08:47 AM   #1221
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I'm sure it's comfortable, modern, fast and aerodynamic... but these looks
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Old April 17th, 2014, 10:19 AM   #1222
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Such a shame they didn't go with a much more different livery
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Old April 17th, 2014, 11:50 AM   #1223
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The difference: Only 10 cars (One Granclass + One Green Car + Eight standard cars)
All E5's have 'only 10 cars', so where's the difference wih H5?
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Old April 17th, 2014, 02:16 PM   #1224
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For a moment I thought It had 12 cars Thanks
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Old April 17th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #1225
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I can imagine the confusion. As far as I can tell JR East operates or operated Shinkansens with lengths of 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 16 cars.
In this case it also means H5's will be completely interchangable with E5's.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 05:14 PM   #1226
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You should really add 17 cars as well, since 7 car Komachi coupled with 10 car Hayate or Hayabusa
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Old April 18th, 2014, 03:49 AM   #1227
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More information about new H5 series from Asahi Shimbun:

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JR Hokkaido reveals design of new bullet train series

Winter scenery and other images from Japan’s northernmost main island will decorate the new bullet trains for use on the planned Hokkaido Shinkansen Line.

Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR Hokkaido), which revealed the train’s design on April 16, plans to open the new line in March 2016, linking Hokkaido and Tokyo.

The basic colors and shapes of the H5 series trains are the same as those of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line’s E5 series trains, operated by East Japan Railway Co. (JR East). The new trains will use the lines in Honshu served by JR East.

“Our bullet train service is aimed at connecting Shin-Hakodate (provisional name) and Tokyo in four hours and 10 minutes,” said Osamu Shimada, who became president of JR Hokkaido this month. “The bullet train’s travel time could be as short as that by an airplane, depending on the station where the passenger boards the train.”

The H5 series for the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line will have a purple line on the cars’ bodies to symbolize the many lavender farms in Hokkaido.

The interior design of the 10-car train evokes images of snow and drift ice, common features on the northern island.

The bullet train has a Gran Class car with its own cabin crew to cater to passengers’ needs. JR Hokkaido said this car is superior to its first-class Green cars.

JR Hokkaido said two sets of H5 series train will be delivered during the current fiscal year. The company will conduct a trial run of the service next winter.




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Old April 18th, 2014, 03:50 AM   #1228
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Hokkaido Shinkansen H5 trainsets would have another livery to don't be confused with Hayabusa trains. A blue color would be perfect...
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Old April 20th, 2014, 05:16 AM   #1229
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Here the new Free Gauge Train by Kawasaki Heavy Industries presentated yesterday by JR Kyushu to the press:















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Old April 20th, 2014, 06:05 AM   #1230
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Short test run of the FGT into Kumamoto Station:
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Old April 20th, 2014, 03:51 PM   #1231
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Short raw video of the press debut:


Older video showing how the wheelsets change gauge (beginning at 1:00):
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Old April 20th, 2014, 06:40 PM   #1232
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I believe the new FGT Train will operate the Fukuoka-Nagasaki line.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 05:35 AM   #1233
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More information from the Asahi Shimbun:


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New train that can traverse different tracks starts trials in Kumamoto

KUMAMOTO--In development for nearly 20 years, a new type of train that can automatically vary the length between wheels on both sides with variable gauge axles depending on the width of the tracks started test runs here on April 20.

The Free Gauge Train (FGT), also called Gauge Change Train, was developed to run on both the wider tracks of the Shinkansen bullet trains and the narrower tracks of standard local trains, thereby saving on railroad construction costs.

Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) aims to introduce the train for the Kyushu Shinkansen’s Nagasaki route that connects JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka with Nagasaki.

The company showed the train to the media in its rail yard here on April 19.

The streamlined red-and-gold FGT train, which is now in the testing stage, looks like a conventional bullet train. However, it can run on the 143.5 centimeter-wide tracks of bullet trains and the 106.7 cm-wide tracks of regional local trains.

The development of the train started in fiscal 1997 under government initiative. The one shown to the media was the third of its kind and can reach speeds of up to 270 kilometers per hour.

The Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT), which was entrusted by the government with the development, started the test runs of the FGT train in Kumamoto Prefecture before dawn on April 20.

The train is scheduled to run a total of 600,000 kilometers in three years to see whether it has sufficient strength to withstand commercial operations and the amount of maintenance costs that can be saved.

FGT trains have already been operating on a commercial basis in Spain. In Japan, however, they have never run with passengers on board.

Their development started in Japan to save on railroad construction costs because existing railroads for local trains can be partly used. The government has already spent nearly 40 billion yen ($390.5 million) on the project.

They also could reduce travel time. For example, if FGT trains run between Hakata and Nagasaki on Shinkansen and local lines, the time between the two stations will be shortened by 28 minutes from the current fastest run of one hour and 48 minutes. However, that would still be slower than if a conventional Shinkansen bullet train could operate the entire distance between the two stations.

It is uncertain whether the FGT trains can be introduced in fiscal 2022 as scheduled. That is because even if the test runs are concluded successfully in three years, an additional five to six years will be required for the design and mass-production of FGT trains for commercial operations.

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Old April 21st, 2014, 08:01 AM   #1234
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I think in the longer run, the Free Gauge Train may have more than just the Hakata-Nagasaki route to operate on.

One possibility: replacing the Hokuetsu train between Kanazawa and Niigata. With the FGT, from west to east the train would run on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line from Kanazawa to Jōetsumyōkō, then on the Shinetsu Main Line to Nagaoka, then on the Jōetsu Shinkansen line to Niigata. Mind you, it means the Shinetsu Main Line between Jōetsumyōkō and Nagaoka will must be made more "winter proof," though.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 09:56 AM   #1235
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Very european and un-japanese train.

I prefer when they create odd funky shaped trains.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 05:20 PM   #1236
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The new livery for E3 series Tsubasa at Tokyo Station:











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Old April 26th, 2014, 06:56 PM   #1237
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This livery was too nice on these E3 trainsets!
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Old April 27th, 2014, 04:54 AM   #1238
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Wow--I totally approve of the new Tsubasa livery now that we see it on a real E3 Shinkansen trainset.

By the way, here is an FNN report on the repainted trainset:


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Old April 27th, 2014, 01:56 PM   #1239
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If they had ditched the white parts on the ends then it would have been looked even better in my opinion. But it's still a great upgrade from the old one. JR East are really doing a great job to make their trains look great though.
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Old May 1st, 2014, 04:40 PM   #1240
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I wonder why the second generation FGT are now based in the shikuko? And the 3rd generation FGT are the final model for commercial run? and i hope there's a lot of daytime video for the test run both on standard and narrow gauge.
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