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Old July 22nd, 2015, 02:15 PM   #1621
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Hokkaido Shinkansen Kikonai - Seikan Tunnel - Oku-Tsugaru-Imabetsu

After the photo report of the Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station I researched a little about the situation on the most interesting section of the Hokkaido Shinkansen: the Seikan Tunnel with dual gauge track and the new links between zairaisen and Shinkansen on both sides of the Tsugaru Strait.

Youtube user Ayokoi has uploaded the recent days a rear view from Hamanasu Ltd. Exp. between Kikonai and Aomori.





First the Hokkaido side and the link between the conventional and high speed line to the shared Kaikyō Line a few meters south Kikonai Station.

Around 12 kilometers south Kikonai Station, the Signal Station of Yunosato Shiriuchi, former Shiriuchi station (min 9:00).

Next the Seikan Tunnel until the end of the video. Inside the tunnel you can watch the Yoskhioka-Kaitei and Tappi-Kaitei emergency escape point.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiky%C5%8D_Line





The second part of the video starts with the south mouth of the Seikan tunnel and Oku-Tsugaru-Imabetsu Station (3:40). The regular trains uses the side tracks while the Shinkansen pass through the central tracks.

Again the dual gauge track 10 kilometers to the south where the line is divided in two: the Hokkaido Shinkansen and the Tsugaru Line (11:50)



Kikonai Station

A public visit was held on July 11 but not interesting photos was published yet. This is a news report from Kyodo News Agency:



Apparently, this station has three tracks, the two main tracks and a side tracks for south-bound trains.


Oku-Tsugaru-Imabetsu Station

More interesting and more photos here!







Passengers building







Looking towards Aomori (south) with the two main tracks and the side track on the right, so, this track is for the north-bound trains.





Looking towards Hokkaido (north).









General view of the zairaisen tracks on the sides of the Shinkasen station.





Looking north.













Maintenance tracks and a KiHa 40 running on the Tsugaru Line.


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Old July 23rd, 2015, 12:09 AM   #1622
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A interesting fact is that Seikan Tunnel was projected and built for future use for Shinkansen high-speed trains. But this project wasn't realized because of privatization of JNR and low demand on trains between Sapporo and Tokyo.

By the way, JNR almost abandoned the works of Seikan Tunnel in the 1980's. High costs of construction were making the project unfeasible. At that time, thousand of persons preferred to travel from Tokyo to Hakodate and Sapporo by air and freight was loaded by coastal ships. JNR intended to use the tunnel for oil depot.
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 10:31 AM   #1623
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Shinkansen 500 Series × Evangelion



From autumn 2015 until March 2017 an Evangelion themed JR West 500 Series trainset will run on Kodama service from Hakata to Shin-Osaka and back. This is an special train due the 20 anniversary of popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion and the 40 anniversary of the Sanyo Shinkansen.



Schedule of the "Evangelion train":

Hakata 6:36 (Kodama 730) → 11:14 Shin-Osaka
Shin-Osaka 11:32 (Kodama 741) → 16:07 Hakata

Also the special website has released some wallpapers:






www.500type-eva.jp
http://trafficnews.jp/post/41809/
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Old July 27th, 2015, 09:20 PM   #1624
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Moved over from the TOKYO METROPOLITAN AREA (KANTO) | Public Transport thread:

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I think the eventual Kanazawa - Tsuruga - Osaka HSL will never be served by direct trains Tokyo - Osaka via Kanazawa. It could be more realistic this scenario: Tokyo - Nagano - Kanazawa services, and Osaka - Kanazawa - Nagano services.
What about Nagoya-Kanazawa-Nagano services? It would certainly not go amiss to connect the north coast towns to Japans 3rd largest conurbation directly. That, however, would require the Hokuriku Shinkansen to join the Tōkaidō Shinkansen somewhere near Maibara.

As for Ōsaka-Tokyo through services. I wonder whether JR West and JR East wouldn't have at least an emergency schedule in store just in case the Tōkaidō Shinkansen is temporarily disconnected. But that would mean that the rolling stock is able to bridge the frequency gap.
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Old July 27th, 2015, 09:59 PM   #1625
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Nagoya (Maibara) Kanazawa - Nagano trains will be possible with the FGT but I think the Nagoya - Matsumoto - Nagano limited express is faster (only 3 hours actually) and the shortest route 250 vs 480 (Nagoya - Maibara - Kanazawa - Nagano).
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Old July 28th, 2015, 12:44 AM   #1626
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As for Ōsaka-Tokyo through services. I wonder whether JR West and JR East wouldn't have at least an emergency schedule in store just in case the Tōkaidō Shinkansen is temporarily disconnected. But that would mean that the rolling stock is able to bridge the frequency gap.
This is precisely what the Chuo Shinkansen is being built for. I have more trust that the Chuo Shinkansen will be built before Kanazawa is connected to Osaka.

The Hokuriku line to Tsuruga will be complete 2025.
The Chuo Line to Nagoya 2027.
The Chuo Line to Osaka 2045 ( unless they fast-track it ).
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Old July 29th, 2015, 01:38 PM   #1627
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ayokoi


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‘Dr. Yellow’ lucky Shinkansen shows its belly for 1st time

HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--Railroad buffs and children were delighted at the rare opportunity to see an inspection Shinkansen, popularly called “Dr. Yellow,” lifted above their heads for periodic servicing on July 25.

In the sweltering summer heat, a large number of families with children cheered as the 25-meter lead coach was hoisted above their heads.

“It is the first time I saw the train, and it is actually neater and cooler than I expected,” said Yuki Yokobori, a 9-year-old spectator from Tokyo.

It marked the first time that Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), the operator of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, allowed train fans to observe the lifting of the Dr. Yellow bullet train for inspection at its factory in Hamamatsu.

The bogies and other interchangeable parts of the inspection train are replaced every 1.2 million kilometers. The train was also repainted a bright yellow before it was unveiled for the public opening event on July 25.

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Old August 7th, 2015, 07:58 PM   #1628
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From Rail Journal:

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Talks begin on Hokuriku Shinkansen extension
Friday, August 07, 2015



JAPAN's ruling Liberal Democratic and Komeito parties began discussions on August 7 on the proposed third phase of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, which would extend the line from Tsuruga to Shin-Osaka

Funding for studies will be included in the budget for the 2016 financial year with the aim of identifying a preferred route option in 2017.

The initial 228km section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano to Kanazawa opened in March and the 120.7km Kanazawa - Tsuruga extension is due to be completed in 2022

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Old August 8th, 2015, 06:09 AM   #1629
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If JR West is smart, they should open the Hokuriku Shinkansen line from Kanazawa to Fukui first before opening it to Tsuruga. Mostly because there is relatively little tunneling needed between Kanazawa and Fukui, unlike the need for a very long tunnel east of Tsuruga (the longest above-sea zairaisen gauge tunnel in Japan, the Hokuriku Tunnel, has the south portal just east of Tsuruga Station).
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Is it possible to have a high-speed freight service in some Shinkansen tracks?

I believe there's demand to a overnight high-speed freight train between Tokyo and Hokkaido via new Hokkaido Shinkansen. These trains could carry express mail, medicines and other types of low weight products. In Europe, there's a project called Eurocarex, a future overnight high-speed freight service between London, Paris, Amsterdam and Lyon with trains running at 270 Km/h.

In Japan, this service could be operated by JR Kamotsu, using second-hand N700 Shinkansen Series converted for cargo service.
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Old August 10th, 2015, 05:18 AM   #1631
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1) There are no second-hand N700 sets lying around.

2) There is no track connection between north and south in Tokyo.

3) The Shinkansen has no tracks near industries, and the different gauge means it can't just use regular tracks.

4) The system is so busy during the daytime that nighttime is reserved for mandatory maintenance and inspection-there aren't any available tracks.

5) There isn't a market for high-speed freight runs within Japan-the country is compact enough that most of it can be accessed from Tokyo overnight on the regular lines anyway.
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Old August 10th, 2015, 09:13 AM   #1632
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6) The axle load limitation of about 16t per axle (and most likely a very low ton per meter limitation as well) will mean it can only carry very light loads. You would need to shorten carriages to around 20m or even shorter to have any useful loading capacity.

7) A N700 can't handle the 50Hz overhead wires north of Tokyo (Several older JR East trains can)
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Old August 10th, 2015, 09:43 AM   #1633
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4) The system is so busy during the daytime that nighttime is reserved for mandatory maintenance and inspection-there aren't any available tracks.
How many daily non-passenger runs do Shinkansen lines have?
Like, Tokaido Shinkansen has somethiing like 10 passenger trains per hour, 160 passenger trains from morning till evening.
But how many Doctor Yellow trains run the length of Tokaido Shinkansen every day?
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Old August 10th, 2015, 10:17 AM   #1634
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Well, the real-high speed freight services are being studied in Hokkaido with the train-in-train system. Maybe not for all the Hokkaido-Tohoku Shinkansen Line but for the easy management of the Seikan tunnel:

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Recent and interesting Begin Japanology from NHK World.

- History of its construction.

- Brief about the train-ferry Aomori-Hakodate.

- The introduction of the Shinkansen service and new ideas from Hokkaido Railway Company to allow freight trains inside high-speed train or train-in-train.
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Old August 11th, 2015, 02:36 AM   #1635
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My guess is that in the end, the solution is special train where containers designed for zairaisen container carrying cars are loaded in a wider, covered freight car, with 20-30 of these special freight cars per train (and modified EH800 locomotives on both ends of the train). This will allow the freight train to traverse through the Seikan Tunnel at speeds around 200 km/h.

The containers will be loaded and unloaded on these special cars at an expanded Aomori Freight Yard on the Honshu side and a new freight yard at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station on the Hokkaido side.
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Old August 11th, 2015, 03:54 AM   #1636
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that's exactly one of the solutions to the problem about Shinkansen running on the Seikan Tunnel, shown on the video that Sr. Horn posted.
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Old August 11th, 2015, 10:10 AM   #1637
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How many daily non-passenger runs do Shinkansen lines have?
But how many Doctor Yellow trains run the length of Tokaido Shinkansen every day?
- Almost close to NONE

- 3 or 4 times a month the Doctor Yellow runs the entire route (1 day he goes DOWN Tokyo - Hakata the next day he goes UP Hakata - Tokyo) ex: 3 times he is using the Nozomi timetable once he's using the Kodama service this is the JR Central set

- the JR West and the I-East i dunno but i think is the same idea, the JR Kyushu uses a 800 set
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Old August 30th, 2015, 04:07 PM   #1639
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Was in the Gunma Prefecture last month and shot some video during a bike ride of the Joetsu Shinkansen and Hokuriku Shinkansen.
I thought the E7 traveled at 250km/h, but it didn't look like it to me, anyway.
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Old August 31st, 2015, 10:33 AM   #1640
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Some news report about the Hokkaido Shinkansen. First, the expected data for the opening and the type of services:

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March 26 eyed for launch of Hokkaido Shinkansen Line

SAPPORO – Railway operators envision starting service on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line linking the northern main island with Honshu on March 26, 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Hokkaido Railway Co. and East Japan Railway Co. are making arrangements for 13 round trips per day, they said. Ten of the 13 round trips will connect Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokkaido and Tokyo in 4 hours and 10 minutes at the fastest, while the remainder will link Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and stations in the Tohoku area.

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The Japan Times

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The second, about the Shinkansen platform alignment on Sapporo Station. [My translation, can be errors] JR Hokkaido is considering to locate the Shinkansen tracks and platforms on the current platform 1 and 2 (north side of the Station) and widening the viaduct for one kilometer towards east and west. Please, read the comment of k.k.jetcar below.

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高架の拡幅、東西1キロ JR、新幹線の現札幌駅ホーム案で 10棟前後立ち退きも



JR北海道が、北海道新幹線札幌駅のホームを現在の駅構内に設ける場合、駅を含め東西1キロ超の範囲で北側に線路の敷地を広げ、高架を拡幅する検討をしていることが29日分かった。4案ある新幹線ホームの位置のうち、JRは現駅構内に設置する「現駅」案を基本に進める考えを示しており、この案で駅を改築する場合、高架に近いビルなど10棟前後の建物が立ち退きを余儀なくされる可能性も出ている。

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Yahoo

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Also, on 22th of August, JR Hokkaido started the training operations for the crew staff on the Hokkaido Shinkansen with the trips between Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and Shin-Aomori.

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