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Old April 18th, 2016, 05:36 PM   #1821
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Late this fall? I think places south of Kumamoto would not tolerate such lax commitment to service restoration, especially missing the summer holiday rush.
A professor at Kansai University, has projected restoration in one month best case, and two months worst, based on past recovery effort timelines after the Tohoku Quake and the Chuetsu Quake.
http://www.sankei.com/affairs/news/1...180041-n1.html
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Old April 18th, 2016, 06:23 PM   #1822
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Railway workers fix the tracks of a Kyushu shinkansen (bullet train) after it derailed during the recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, on April 18, 2016 ©- (Jiji Press/AFP)



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp...e-victims.html
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Old April 19th, 2016, 10:40 AM   #1823
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Old April 19th, 2016, 01:02 PM   #1824
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Kyushu Shinkansen service will be restored between Shin-Minamata* and Kagoshima Chuo Stations starting tommorow, April 20, JR Kyushu announced today. Safety checks were conducted and this portion of the line was deemed safe for resumption of operations.
http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXLAS...10C16A4000000/

*this station is configured so turnback operations can be done (折り返し運転), such as for curtailed services such as this
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Old April 19th, 2016, 05:24 PM   #1825
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If Kyushu Shinkansen will resume its operations in Kagoshima, JR Kyushu will create a "Shinkansen Relay" service on narrow-gauge Kagoshima Main Line from Shin-Minamata to Kokura?
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Old April 19th, 2016, 06:15 PM   #1826
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It's probably something on the cards, but that depends if the Kagoshima Main Line is passable.

Though it would probably be better if they looked into restoring services to Shin-Yatsushiro, seeing as it's Shin-Yatsushiro that has the Shinkansen Relay provision...
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Old April 19th, 2016, 08:33 PM   #1827
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More details about the reopening from the Mainichi Shimbun:

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Reopening of Kyushu Shinkansen still a long way off



The Kyushu Shinkansen will not be up and running before the Golden Week holiday period beginning at the end of the month due to earthquake damage, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism told the Mainichi Shimbun.

Following a magnitude-6.5 temblor on April 14, Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) had indicated it was aiming to resume services before Golden Week, but further quakes appear to have worsened damage to the line.

It was learned from the transport ministry on April 18 that around 30 new damaged sections of sound-insulating walls along the line have been found, bringing the total to around 80. The rails are also warped in several locations, and metal fasteners attaching the tracks to sleepers have been broken. The damage was found to continue along a stretch, and it is thought that a deadhead bullet train that derailed near Kumamoto Station broke the parts as it advanced off the rails before coming to a stop.

The magnitude-7.3 earthquake on April 16 that followed the April 14 foreshock is thought to have worsened the damage along the tracks. On April 18, JR Kyushu began preparations to return the derailed train to the rails. A ministry source said, "We can't predict how long it will take to reopen the line."


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Old April 19th, 2016, 08:46 PM   #1828
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It's probably something on the cards, but that depends if the Kagoshima Main Line is passable.

Though it would probably be better if they looked into restoring services to Shin-Yatsushiro, seeing as it's Shin-Yatsushiro that has the Shinkansen Relay provision...
It is true.

From Shin-Yatsushiro, JR Kyushu would operate a "relay service" to Hakata, stopping at Kumamoto (if conditions permit it), Chikugo-Funagoya and Kurume. Two 787 Series and two 885 Series could be used on this relay service, departing from Kokura fifteen minutes after Sakura Shinkansen train arrive in Hakata.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 11:36 PM   #1829
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Old April 20th, 2016, 05:35 AM   #1830
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What song did they use in that ad?
Boom! by Maia Hirasawa, this is the song featured in the video.
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 10:45 AM   #1831
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The operator of the Kyushu Shinkansen train line says it will hold test-runs this week as soon as repairs of a quake-affected section are completed.

The line links Hakata in the north, through Kumamoto, to Kagoshima in the south. Trains take less than an hour-and-a-half to cover the nearly 260-kilometer route in Kyushu,

All service on the line had been suspended since April 14th, when a strong quake derailed an out-of-service train in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Inspectors also found that about 150 places on the line, including sound barriers and bridges, had been damaged by the series of quakes.

Service on one-third of the line, between southernmost Kagoshima-Chuo and Shin-Minamata in Kumamoto Prefecture, resumed on Wednesday.

Kyushu Railway Company said on Thursday that further repair work is to be completed as early as Friday. And after test-runs on Friday or Saturday it will restart service between Kumamoto and Hakata, the largest city in Kyushu.

JR Kyushu added it is unclear when the company can resume service on a 70-kilometer section south of Kumamoto station as the derailed train has not been removed.

A senior JR Kyushu official, Mamoru Tsutaka, said his firm places top priority on safety but also seeks to quickly resume service to accelerate recovery efforts for quake survivors in Kumamoto.



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http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...9-nishinp-soci

on 28th April. all line of Kyushu shinkansen will be open again
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 03:14 PM   #1832
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Shinkansen services resumed between Hakata and Kumamoto today.
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 03:39 PM   #1833
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It's really amazing how quick they are going about their business to get things up and running again. Great job JR Kyushu!!
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Old April 24th, 2016, 08:35 AM   #1834
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Shinkansen services resumed between Hakata and Kumamoto today.
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Old April 25th, 2016, 05:36 AM   #1835
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Hopefully, JR Kyushu should be able to resume service between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo probably by the end of this month. I'd hold off until middle May so they can do a careful line inspection, especially the long tunnels south of Kurume Station all the way to Kagoshima-Chuo.
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Old April 27th, 2016, 10:02 AM   #1836
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Kyushu Shinkansen to resume full operations.
(http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160427_06/)
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Old April 28th, 2016, 07:51 PM   #1837
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Three JR train operators report record profits on shinkansen demand

Three listed Japan Railways Group firms have posted record consolidated sales and operating profits for fiscal 2015, thanks to brisk demand for shinkansen services.

In the reporting period, sales at East Japan Railway Co. grew 4 percent from the year before to ¥2.8 trillion, with operating profit of ¥487 billion, up 14.1 percent.

Sales increased 4 percent to ¥1.7 trillion at Central Japan Railway Co. Operating profit expanded 14.2 percent to ¥578 billion.

West Japan Railway Co. saw its sales rise 7.5 percent to ¥1.4 trillion and its operating profit surge 29.9 percent to ¥181 billion.

JR East and JR West were able to boost revenues by ¥47.5 billion and ¥28.9 billion, respectively, thanks to the March 2015 extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line to Kanazawa that shortened travel times between the city and Tokyo.

JR Tokai saw revenue from its Tokaido Shinkansen service linking Tokyo and Osaka rise by ¥48.5 billion. “Both business and leisure demand were strong,” JR Tokai President Koei Tsuge said.

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All three companies forecast drops in operating profit in the current year. Costs for large-scale repairs for shinkansen lines are expected to weigh on JR East and JR Tokai.

JR East, however, projects sales growth, due in part to the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line in March.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 04:29 PM   #1838
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New Suntory beer cans feature 15 different Shinkansen bullet trains and local landscapes

Now you can enjoy the beauty of a high-speed rail journey through Japan with this collection of exclusive picture-perfect cans.



In addition to showcasing the different Shinkansen models that run on the nation’s extensive high-speed rail networks, the cans will also feature well-known landscapes and tourist spots that can be found on each train’s local route.

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The 350-millilitre (11.8-ounce) cans will be sold in exclusive dozen-packs around the country from 19 July. While the price point is unspecified, online retailer Bravo Ten at Rakuten plans to sell the boxes for 2,892 yen (US$26.03), plus postage.

In addition to the 12-packs, Suntory will be releasing a number of special four-piece sets, available exclusively from convenience stores around the country from 26 July. Containing four 330-millilitre cans, the designs featured will be: The Hokkaido Shinkansen (“Hayabusa” H5 Series) which also appears in the dozen set; the “0 Series” Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen and the rarely sighted “East i E926” and “Doctor Yellow” 923 model trains, which inspect the conditions of the track and overhead lines while travelling at full speed, using special on-board equipment.
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Old April 30th, 2016, 04:58 PM   #1839
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I think design work for the successor to the N700 Series Shinkansen is already underway. I expect a new model with lower train weight, better traction motors and a nose more akin to that of the JR East E5/E6 model to emerge in a couple of years. It'll be limited to a top speed fo 300 km/h, but can take sharp curves between Tokyo and Atami Stations faster, use less power, and won't generate so much "boom" noise as the train exits tunnels. And it will allow full 300 km/h operation on several sections of the Tokaido line.

Sure, there is the Chuo Shinkansen maglev, but that won't enter service until at least 2027.
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Old April 30th, 2016, 11:10 PM   #1840
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With Chuo Shinkansen, some Nozomi trains probably will cease its operations. So, I think it could be a opportunity to introduce a "high-speed freight train" on Tokaido Shinkansen.

Japanese courier companies such as Yamato, Sagawa and Nippon Express use JR Freight trains for express parcel transport. In cooperation with JR Freight, Sagawa operates M250 freight EMU's between Tokyo and Osaka along Tokaido Main Line. In the other hand, Tokaido Shinkansen depot in Tokyo is located near JR Freight Tokyo Freight Terminal and have easy access for trucks.

A "Kamotsu Shinkansen" (貨物新幹線) between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka could be reliable, profitable and environmentally friendly. This service could be operated in a joint-venture between JR Tokai, JR Freight and Japanese courier companies (Sagawa, etc.). The rolling stock would be four rebuilt N700 trainsets with capacity for 48 5-ft containers in a enclosed space. Trains would run two times a day in each direction. With this service, M250 narrow-gauge freight EMU's could be retired.
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