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Old December 11th, 2014, 01:44 AM   #1401
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Are the Limited express service from aomori to hakodate will discontinue if the Hokkaido shinkansen will start the service and also the hamanasu over night express? or it will continue like the hakucho and the super hastukari?
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Old December 11th, 2014, 01:47 AM   #1402
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Any update on FGT Train develop by West Japan Railway specially the design?
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Old December 11th, 2014, 04:13 AM   #1403
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Are the Limited express service from aomori to hakodate will discontinue if the Hokkaido shinkansen will start the service and also the hamanasu over night express? or it will continue like the hakucho and the super hastukari?
Yes, all passenger services (other than local services on the 1067mm lines) will shift to shinkansen services.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 04:26 AM   #1404
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Any update on FGT Train develop by West Japan Railway specially the design?
No, they have only just started testing the bogie design, in winter conditions. The train itself will likely not come to fruition for several more years, given the timeline for the Kanazawa-Tsuruga extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 11:01 AM   #1405
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Hokuriku Shinkansen departure melody



JR West has presented the five departure melody for the new stations on Hokuriku Shinkansen (JR West side): Kanazawa Station, Shin-Takaoka Station, Toyama Station, Kurobe-Unazukionsen Station, and Itoigawa Station.

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Old December 12th, 2014, 03:37 PM   #1406
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I find it extremely unusual for JR West to use station departure melodies for the Hokuriku Shinkansen--station departure melodies are primarily a JR East thing used primarily in stations around the Tokyo metropolitan area.

(Now, JR West does have station announcement melodies, but the one I'm familiar with is around the Osaka Loop Line.)
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Old December 15th, 2014, 10:47 AM   #1407
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On December 11, end-car of 500 Series W1 set was embarked to Hakata Port, this unit is moved to Kobe Port and then, to the new JR West Museum in Kyoto. Same with the K54 set of 100 series.

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Source: http://ats-s.sakura.ne.jp/blog/?p=9770
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Old December 15th, 2014, 12:07 PM   #1408
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I find it extremely unusual for JR West to use station departure melodies for the Hokuriku Shinkansen--station departure melodies are primarily a JR East thing used primarily in stations around the Tokyo metropolitan area.
If JR East use them on their half of the Nagano/Hokuriku Shinkansen then it isn't that hard to grasp why JR West have decided to use them on their part as well, since this is a joint venture. It would be strange if they just were to stop once you reach JR West, but having it continue over the whole line makes more sense to me (that is, if JR East have it on their half, if not then it's just strange..).
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Old December 15th, 2014, 12:09 PM   #1409
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took this Shinkansen from Kyoto to Nagoya

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Old December 16th, 2014, 07:41 PM   #1410
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Last Sunday, December 13, JR West hold a public visit to the new Hokuriku Shinkansen - Kanazawa Station.




Hokuriku Shinkansen main entrance.


Big full color LED screen. Allows five lines of information.


Escalator to the second floor.


View of the ground floor (or first floor) from the second floor (1st floor or middle level).


On this level, travelers will transfer to the conventional tracks.




Toilet. The concourse is full of traditional craft motifs.


Platform access.


Two access on each platform: escalator on one side and stairs on the other side, plus the elevator.












Good by position stickers?






Don't know the function of this golden boxes, I think is just decoration.




Waiting room on the second floor.




More local craft.





Source: saitoshika-west.com

And more photos here: http://ihoku.jp/ishikawa/kanazawa-city/56976.html but if you want my comments, please visit the spanish section here.
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Old December 17th, 2014, 01:19 AM   #1411
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Old December 17th, 2014, 02:11 AM   #1412
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Kanazawa receives heavy snowfall , hence the industrial strength roofing. That said, it's one of the gloomiest above ground big railway stations in the nation.
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Old December 17th, 2014, 02:24 AM   #1413
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Any update on FGT Train develop by West Japan Railway specially the design?
Here is a video I took in November at Kumamoto Station.

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Old December 17th, 2014, 03:34 AM   #1414
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Here is a video I took in November at Kumamoto Station.

That's a pretty train! Thanks!
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Old December 26th, 2014, 01:11 PM   #1415
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JR-East spring 2015 timetable revision

This are the changes on Nagano/Hokuriku Shinkansen and Joetsu Shinkansen planned for the next spring.

Source: https://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2014/20141222.pdf

Now, the Nagano Shinkansen (Asama) between Tokyo and Nagano has 27 trains per day (each bound).

With the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension:

Kagayaki (Tokyo - Nagano - Toyama - Kanazawa) : 10 trains per day.

Hakutaka (Tokyo - Nagano) : 14 tpd / (Tokyo - Nagano - Toyama - Kanazawa) : 15 tpd.

Asama (Tokyo - Nagano) : 16 tpd.

Tsurugi (Toyama - Kanazawa) : 18 tpd.


Also the travel times will be improved:

Trains bound for Tokyo:

From Nagano 1:24 to 1:20 (-4 minutes)
From Toyama 3:14 to 2:08 (-1:06 minutes)
From Kanazawa 3:51 to 2:28 (-1:23 minutes)

Trains bound from Tokyo:

To Nagano 1:20 - 1:20 (0 minutes)
To Toyama 3:11 to 2:08 (-1:03 minutes)
To Kanazawa 3:47 to 2:28 (-1:19 minutes)

Due the increase of train services on Nagano/Hokuriku Shinkansen, the Joetsu Shinkansen will cut some services on Toki and Tanigawa trains.

Before:

Toki (Tokyo - Takasaki - Echigo-Yuzawa) 27 tpd / (- Niigata) 28 tpd.

Tanigawa (Tokyo - Takasaki) 19,5 tpd / (- Echigo-Yuzawa) 16 tpd.

After:

Toki (Tokyo - Takasaki - Echigo-Yuzawa) 26 tpd / (- Niigata) 27 tpd.

-1 train

Tanigawa (Tokyo - Takasaki) 12 tpd / (- Echigo-Yuzawa) 9 tpd.

-7 trains
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Old December 26th, 2014, 03:33 PM   #1416
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The major cutback in Tanigawa service can be explained by the ending of the original Hakutaka limited express between Echigo-Yuzawa and Kanazawa Stations, since the Hokuriku Shinkansen service eliminates the need for the old limited express service.

I do think, though, that JR East needs to upgrade the local train service from Takasaki Station, especially with so many Shinkansen trains between Takasaki and Tokyo.
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 04:37 PM   #1417
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A ride from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori via Sendai and Fukushima with the Hayabusa train on the Tohuku Shinkansen line

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Old January 4th, 2015, 10:15 PM   #1418
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Thank for the info!
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Old January 30th, 2015, 12:23 PM   #1419
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New 100¥ coins commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Tokaido Shinkansen.

Kyodo News Report (01/30)
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Old January 30th, 2015, 12:43 PM   #1420
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Hokkaido Shinkansen reach 260 km/h on test runs

It happened on December 26.

NHK News (12/26)


Hokkaido Shimbun Press (12/26)



Meanwhile Youtube user tobirabito offers the following videos with some titles in english of a test runs around New Year.

Part 1 (12/29)


Part 2 (1/2)


Part 3 (1/8)
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