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Old March 24th, 2015, 05:12 PM   #1601
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Back in the days before the 300 Series trainset arrived to start the faster Nozomi service, even the older Hikari service stopped only at Nagoya and Kyoto before arriving at Osaka. Today, Hikari service between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka usually stop (after Shin-Yokohama) at Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Nagoya, Maibara and Kyoto.

Yes, thank you for clarifying that it wasn't introduced for Nozomi. What I think is interesting is that for the Chuo line, jr central has already said they're going to discontinue the Nozomi service along the Tokaido.

Now what that actually means is anyone's guess but with the added capacity and the vast difference in speeds between Tokaido and Chuo, it certainly will shake up that corridor. Of note, it will be 80% non-stop service on that line as well between Nagoya and Shinagawa. I think I read that there will be one all-stops service hourly. Really goes to show you where the demand is and that Shinkansen really is a city connector at those speeds.

The trip between Nagoya and Shinagawa will be 25 minutes FASTER than between Narita and Shinagawa!

I believe there was talk of adding a stop as well to the Tokaido.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 02:18 AM   #1602
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I'd also be curious to know what is so different about TGV track layout and procedure that is doesn't accelerate at full speed. Acceleration has a big bearing on actual service time and as a result on revenue, one would think.
Due to town planning restrictions dedicated high-speed tracks are extremely costly and therefore rare in urban areas of European cities. Railway lines, especially elevated ones, and massive noise barriers are simply an imposition for European eyes. Hence the compromise of using mainline tracks at lower speeds in urban areas. And with lower speed limits around stations there is little need for greater acceleration.

Asian societies on the other hand seem to be far more tolerant towards hideous high-speed lines in urban areas. That allows them to build the perfect railway from a technical point of view.
While the compromising high speed railways in Europe don't achieve exactly that. They have other strength, however. European high speed services call at grand stations with breath-taking train sheds and use the mainline tracks to reach out into remote corners of a country.
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Old April 6th, 2015, 10:34 AM   #1603
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2015 Shinkansen compilation:



Here the line up:

N700 (16 cars / 8 cars)
700 (16 cars / 8 cars)
500 (8 cars)
800 (6 cars)
E2 (10 cars / 8 cars)
E3 (7 cars)
E4 (8 cars)
E5 (10 cars)
E6 (7 cars)
E7/W7 (12 cars)

Bonus: Doctor Yellow / East-i


More compilations since 2009:

2013→https://youtu.be/4cOxk7TPop4
2011→https://youtu.be/yuK24Yoeo10
2010→https://youtu.be/dvMBgQiycvg
2009→https://youtu.be/bDyviqIiPmY
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Old April 25th, 2015, 03:53 AM   #1604
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The Wikipedia article on the Sanyo Shinkansen sates that there are asymmetrical speed limits between Osaka and Himeji


Does anyone know why this is the case?
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Old April 25th, 2015, 12:53 PM   #1605
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The Wikipedia article on the Sanyo Shinkansen sates that there are asymmetrical speed limits between Osaka and Himeji


Does anyone know why this is the case?
My guess is that it's likely due to noise regulations.

It really makes sense when you consider that the trains going towards Shin-Kobe have a reduction in speed (not considering the west bound trains between Shin-Kobe and Nishi-Akashi), since entering tunnels at high speeds can induce the Tunnel Boom phenomenon at the other end, and seeing that Shin-Kobe is shoehorned in between two tunnels then having a lower speed entering those tunnels will reduce the noise for the waiting passengers.

The west bound trains between Shin-Kobe and Nishi-Akashi on the other hands is a different story as of why, but I believe that it's also due to noise.
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Old May 1st, 2015, 07:51 PM   #1606
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Thousand affected by Shinkansen delays as Golden Week kicks off



KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Tens of thousands of travelers making an early Golden Week getaway were temporarily stranded on April 29 after a power outage brought Shinkansen service to a halt.

A broken overhead power cable on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line operated by East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) that connects Tokyo Station and Shin-Aomori Station in Aomori shut down services for four and a half hours. As a result, 58 trains were canceled and there were 66 delays along the Tohoku line as well as connecting Akita and Yamagata Shinkansen lines.

An estimated 61,000 travelers were affected by the delays.

According to JR East, an overhead line on the southbound track of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line snapped at 11:32 a.m. The damage was traced to a cable diagonally connecting the overhead lines of the two tracks about 400 meters south of Koriyama Station in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. This caused power transmission between Shin-Shirakawa Station in Nishigo, Fukushima Prefecture, and Fukushima Station to be severed.

The 17-car Yamabiko Tsubasa 136 entered the affected area shortly after the breakage, forcing it to halt. The 550 passengers spent about 90 minutes cooped up in the train before they were instructed to exit it and walk alongside the tracks for about 200 meters to Koriyama Station.

Two of the four pantographs, which are devices attached to the train's roof to transmit power from the overhead lines, were damaged.

The overhead lines, which have a diameter of 15.49 millimeters and are made of metal alloy, are replaced when they show signs of wear. However, there had been no previous reports of wear on the section that broke.

JR East said that about 30 minutes before the accident the same section of the line experienced a five-minute power failure. The company is investigating whether the two incidents are related. JR East also began inspecting all pantographs and overhead lines of its Shinkansen lines from the night of April 29.

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Source: Asahi Shimbun / Photo: The Japan Times

This week, some parts of eastern Japan suffered an strong heat wave with temperatures reaching up to 30ºC. The Weather Channel
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Old May 7th, 2015, 08:46 PM   #1607
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Sorry for the delay, the second episode of Japan Railway Journal, aired on NHK World. This is the April show dedicated to the Hokuriku Shinkansen opening. In my opinion not as interesting as the first program.

[dailymotion]x2mmhyb_japan-railway-journal-episode-02_tech[/dailymotion]
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Old May 8th, 2015, 12:40 PM   #1608
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Data passengers

It is coming the publication of data passengers about FY 2014 (other years beginning April 28) and would like to finish updating my list of Passengers and Passengers*km in the Shinkansen network.
Any help is appreciated.


(1) There are passengers who are counted twice when traveling through different lines, so the total is less than the add of lines.
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Old May 14th, 2015, 04:18 PM   #1609
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Old May 16th, 2015, 03:01 AM   #1610
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Due to town planning restrictions dedicated high-speed tracks are extremely costly and therefore rare in urban areas of European cities. Railway lines, especially elevated ones, and massive noise barriers are simply an imposition for European eyes. Hence the compromise of using mainline tracks at lower speeds in urban areas. And with lower speed limits around stations there is little need for greater acceleration.

Asian societies on the other hand seem to be far more tolerant towards hideous high-speed lines in urban areas. That allows them to build the perfect railway from a technical point of view.
While the compromising high speed railways in Europe don't achieve exactly that. They have other strength, however. European high speed services call at grand stations with breath-taking train sheds and use the mainline tracks to reach out into remote corners of a country.
page7
http://www.jrtt.go.jp/11English/pdf/...nstruction.pdf

in case of nagoya
https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=...tigate&f=false

http://ir.nul.nagoya-u.ac.jp/jspui/b...arayama011.pdf

there are so much lawsuits. that was why it took 50 years since tokaido shinkansen
japan is not commies country..

to make 1km wide road takes more than ten years

in yokosuka
comparing to ordinal train
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Old June 12th, 2015, 07:50 PM   #1611
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East-i inspecting the Hokkaido Shinkansen.







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Safety inspection on track for Hokkaido Shinkansen Line

HAKODATE, Hokkaido--An inspection train on June 11 started checking for abnormalities on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line in preparation for the bullet train line’s opening in March 2016.

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) leased its six-car “East i” train to Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR Hokkaido) for its first run in Japan’s northernmost main island.

The survey train left Shin-Aomori Station in Aomori Prefecture at 1:50 a.m. and arrived in Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokkaido around 3 a.m.

The train is expected to make a round trip between the two stations on June 11-12.

According to JR Hokkaido, the East i will continue to check for possible problems on the tracks and in power systems on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line after it opens.
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Old June 19th, 2015, 02:33 PM   #1612
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awesome, love how modern japanese railway system is!
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Old June 25th, 2015, 06:59 PM   #1613
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Hello, does anyone know why the Hokkaido Shinkansen will pass through difficult mountain terrain, instead of going a more direct route under water to Muroran?

Is going through mountains really easier?

I thought the shorter route via Muroran, Shiraoi, Tomakomai would be faster and cheaper.
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Old June 26th, 2015, 04:46 AM   #1614
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I think an undersea tunnel would be more challenging than a land one. The route through Muroran (a declining city) would also bypass more communities currently underserved by main line trains, as well as not serve the Niseko area, which is a magnet for foreign visitors.
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Old June 28th, 2015, 04:56 AM   #1615
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Old June 28th, 2015, 05:32 AM   #1616
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Hello, does anyone know why the Hokkaido Shinkansen will pass through difficult mountain terrain, instead of going a more direct route under water to Muroran?

Is going through mountains really easier?

I thought the shorter route via Muroran, Shiraoi, Tomakomai would be faster and cheaper.

They thought the Seikan tunnel would be a cake walk too. Ended up having to dig it by hand. I imagine mountains are more predictable.
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Old June 30th, 2015, 07:38 AM   #1617
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2 may be dead in Shinkansen incident

May not be an accident, but details are sparse:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/engli...150630_24.html
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Old June 30th, 2015, 08:50 AM   #1618
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May not be an accident, but details are sparse:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/engli...150630_24.html
Arson attack, apparently.

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXLAS...5A630C1000000/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33322794
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Old July 13th, 2015, 01:16 PM   #1619
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Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station tour



This is the first station tour on brand new Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station north of Hakodate city. The station will head the north-end of the Hokkaido Shinkansen from March 2016.

Photos: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/07/13/468/

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Tourist office


Large board display near ticket gates




Station counter (Midori no Madoguchi)


Automatic ticket machine corner


Decorative bricks




Ticket gate area


2nd floor


Tourist office on the left side





























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Old July 13th, 2015, 01:16 PM   #1620
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Related news:

JR Hokkaido is considering to add 3 extra cars on the 3-car Hakodate Liner shuttle service (to start in March 2016) linking Hakodate Station and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto during heavy traffic periods. If this becomes real, it will be necessary the lengthening of a platform at Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station.



http://dd.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/are...1-0151676.html


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The second report is about the Hokkaido Shinkansen terminal at Sapporo Station. JR Hokkaido is considering construct the platforms, 300m west of the current station.



http://dd.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/eco...1-0152629.html
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