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Old August 2nd, 2014, 07:04 AM   #1281
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Test runs have begun on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line west of Jōetsumyōkō Station using the JR East E926 East-i inspection trainset. These YouTube videos are courtesy of YouTube member whitewing681:

Leaving Toyama Station:



Passing through Tsubata Town in Ishikawa Prefecture:



Arrivinng the Hakusan General Rolling Stock Depot at Hakusan City in Ishikawa Prefecture:

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Old August 6th, 2014, 05:34 AM   #1282
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YouTube member whitewing681 just posted two new videos of the first runs of the JR West W7 trainset on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line:

Approaching, stopping at and leaving Itoigawa Station going west to east



Appraching Kawazawa Station

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Old August 6th, 2014, 05:37 AM   #1283
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Apparently, JR East sends 400 trains a day in and out of Tokyo on the Shinkansen.

What I would like to know is-

1) How many trains terminate early (at Omiya or Ueno)?

2) How many trains run on the Tokaido Shinkansen?

3) How many trains short-turn on the Sanyo and Kyushu lines and don't enter Tokyo?

4) Will we ever see a train through from Kagoshima to Tokyo?
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Old August 6th, 2014, 01:52 PM   #1284
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  1. As far as I know all services, maybe except a few select early and late services, terminate at Tokyo.
  2. According to JR Central 323 per day in march 2012
  3. A lot. No Kyushu service extends past Osaka. Most Kodama and Hikari services only operate over a limited stretch of the Tokaido/Sanyo line.
  4. Very unlikely. The Tokaido is limited to 16 car 1323 seat trainsets with a particular door placement because of the platform doors at certain stations.
    The Kyushu Shinkansen can't handle those 16 car sets. In their current configuration coupling 2 8 car Kyushu sets will have the wrong door placement and only gives 1092 seats and thus doesn't meet the 1323 seat requirement.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 04:07 PM   #1285
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Old August 19th, 2014, 04:22 PM   #1286
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Twitter Nippon.com - JR Tōkai marks 50th anniv. of Shinkansen w/1964-style bullet train rice cooker.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 05:45 PM   #1287
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JR East and JR West has announced the dates for the Hokuriku Shinkansen opening between (Tokyo -) Nagoya and Kanazawa. The day will be the next March 14th.

Four will be the different services. The faster train between Tokyo and Kanazawa will be the Kagayaki Superexpress. This service takes 2 hours 28 minutes for 454 kilometers and stops in Ueno (not all the trains), Omiya, Nagano and Toyama.



Other services are the Hakutaka with 14 trains round trip per day between Tokyo and Kanazawa, and an extra train (round trip) from Nagano to the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture.

The third is a kind of commuter superexpress service called Tsurugi. Between Toyama and Kanazawa will make 18 round trips a day stopping at the intermediate station of Shin-Takaoka.

Finally the classic Asama between Tokyo and Nagano with only 16 round trips per day.

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Old August 28th, 2014, 12:43 AM   #1288
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^What frequency of stops per journey does 'some trains stop' imply?

It'd be irritating booking a service that you expect to be fast that instead tuns out to be all stops
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Old August 28th, 2014, 04:58 AM   #1289
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I'm surprised that the new Kagayaki train bypasses Takasaki Station. Almost no other Shinkansen train--even the trains running on the Jōetsu line--bypasses this station.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 01:37 PM   #1290
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^What frequency of stops per journey does 'some trains stop' imply?

It'd be irritating booking a service that you expect to be fast that instead tuns out to be all stops
It's just a preliminary press release, everyone will know (or should know) the specific stops of their train when the official schedule is released. In actual practice, there will be little confusion as anyone booking reserved seats by definition will get seats to their destination, while those buying unreserved seating tickets are assumed to take some adult responsibility and look at the numerous timetable/departure displays, which show the stops of each train, before boarding. Should they then board the wrong train, they can still get off at the next station, and board another train that does stop at their station- which is practical as most shinkansen run at frequencies that allow "show up and go" travel. Most Japanese, being experienced train passengers, are familiar with irregular stopping patterns of trains as well as numerous levels of service.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 01:50 PM   #1291
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I'm surprised that the new Kagayaki train bypasses Takasaki Station. Almost no other Shinkansen train--even the trains running on the Jōetsu line--bypasses this station.
I suppose the Kagayaki service is intended to be a "premium", time sensitive service comparable to the Nozomi or Hayabusa- mainly serving passengers between the end points, rather than intermediate stops. Inconveniencing Takasaki-origin passengers going to the Hokuriku region by forcing them to change at Nagano (for example), apparently is considered an acceptable trade-off by JR East to keep end-to-end travel time within a certain threshold.
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Old September 14th, 2014, 12:56 PM   #1292
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New bullet train H5 series
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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).
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Press release:

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



Well then, in October the new H5 Series will be delivered at Hakodate depot.


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JR Hokkaido announced on September 10 the opening between Shin-Aomori - Shin-Hokuto on the Hokkaido Shinkansen. Next December, the company will start the test runs.

This sector of the Hokkaido Shinkansen begin commercial operations in March 2016.

In December begin testing among Imabetsu Tsugaru (Honshu side) and Shin-Hokuto (Hakodate), tests through the new triple rail on Seikan Tunnel. Throughout 2015 the test rides will run until Shin-Aomori. The plan is start crew training by summer 2015.

At first the test runs would be made inside the tunnel without any commercial train service running through the other way.

Some videos from Youtube...

August 2014. Oku-Tsugaru-Imabetsu Station


Shin-Hokuto Station (Hakodate), September 5


Same during this summer



And finally, H5 unit prepared in Kobe for shipment
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Old September 21st, 2014, 11:09 AM   #1293
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Tokaido Shinkansen Line to raise maximum speed in spring

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said it will raise the maximum speed on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line from 270 kph to 285 kph next spring, the first such increase in 23 years.

The greater speed under the revised timetables will cut two to three minutes off the fastest service between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations, which currently takes 2 hours and 25 minutes.

The transport ministry in July authorized JR Tokai to increase the maximum operating speed of its N700 Series and N700A Series bullet trains on the Tokaido Line.

“We’ve improved the motor power output, train controls, braking systems and noise reduction capabilities of the Shinkansen, step by step,” a JR Tokai official said. “The increase of the maximum speed by 15 kph was achieved through the accumulation of these efforts.”

The 700 Series, which entered service in 1999, could travel at 285 kph on the Sanyo Line. The improved N700 Series, introduced in 2007, is allowed to operate at 300 kph on the same line.

But the maximum speed had been kept at 270 kph on the Tokaido Line because the curves are significantly sharper than those of other lines. The minimum curve radius on the Tokaido Line is 2.5 km, compared with 4 km on other bullet train lines.

“Even if trains can accelerate on straight rails, they are constantly forced to slow down due to the numerous curves,” said Kei Sakanoue, manager of the Rolling Stock Department at JR Tokai. “Constant deceleration affects the comfort of passengers as well.”

Sakanoue said the train’s improved tilting system allows it to “(take) curves better.”

In addition, the new system allows the Shinkansen to recognize the location and sharpness of approaching curves. Once on a curve, the train tilts toward the inside through the use of expandable air shocks, thereby reducing the centrifugal force.

The speed limit for Shinkansen on the Tokaido Line is 255 kph on curves. That will increase to 270 kph when the new schedule takes effect.

The braking force on the N700A Series, which was introduced in February 2013, is 15 percent more efficient compared with the N700 Series. The newest model is also equipped with “earthquake brakes” for abrupt stops in disaster-related emergencies.

The first Shinkansen, the 0 Series, made its debut in October 1964 shortly before the Tokyo Olympics. It had a maximum speed of 210 kph. Its successor, the 100 Series, operated at a maximum speed of 220 kph.

The 1992 introduction of the 300 Series, the first bullet train whose hulls were made of aluminum instead of steel, raised the maximum speed to 270 kph. It was also the first train used for the Nozomi super-rapid service that makes only four stops between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations.

(This article was written by Ayateru Hosozawa and Hiroshi Nakano.)
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Readed at JNSforum, the main purpose of the speed-up is facilitate faster timetable recovery in case of delays. The average delay in Bullet Train services in 2003 was 6 seconds while in 2013 was 54 seconds.
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Old September 21st, 2014, 02:35 PM   #1294
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Is that due to more dense scheduling that the delays increased?
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Old September 30th, 2014, 10:39 PM   #1295
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The Nozomi 1 in Tokyo Station. Stopped at track 19, same place half century ago. The 1st of October, the Bullet Train celebrates its 50 anniversary, the first high speed train in the world.

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Old October 1st, 2014, 12:36 AM   #1296
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Old October 1st, 2014, 01:50 AM   #1298
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The Nozomi 1 in Tokyo Station. Stopped at track 19, same place half century ago. The 1st of October, the Bullet Train celebrates its 50 anniversary, the first high speed train in the world.

おめでとう!!!


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Found the exact spot where this is.

Happy Birthday to the Shinkansen, and HSR! Only one day off of my dotb (10/2).
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Old October 1st, 2014, 05:13 AM   #1299
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Old October 1st, 2014, 05:24 AM   #1300
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Translation, please?
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