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Old February 13th, 2016, 09:07 PM   #1981
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The new Twilight Express under construction at Kinki Sharyo plant.



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Old February 21st, 2016, 01:33 PM   #1982
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Izukyu, a private operator subsidiary from Tokyu, in the Izu Peninsula has presented a few days ago the new version of the 2100 series "Alpha Resort 21", basically an exterior repainting.





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Old March 1st, 2016, 03:32 PM   #1983
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JR USA station; Oita
New design of USA station

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Old March 6th, 2016, 01:39 PM   #1984
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Beloved Hokkaido sightseeing train makes last seasonal run along Sea of Okhotsk

SHARI, Hokkaido--The Ryuhyo Norokko drift ice sightseeing train cruised into Shiretoko-Shari Station to cheers on Feb. 28 to complete its final run after more than two decades of service.

About 260 passengers made the farewell trip on the Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR Hokkaido) Senmo Line train and were treated to spectacular views of drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk.

"The drift ice seen from the train was a scene different from everyday life and beautiful," said Shari resident Chisato Sasaki, a 36-year-old mother who boarded the train for the first time with her two daughters. "With a name that is familiar to town residents and tourists, I want JR Hokkaido to continue the train's service in a new form."

The Ryuhyo Norokko left Abashiri Station at 1:57 p.m. As it approached its final destination, passengers broke into applause when an in-car announcement said, "Thank you for using our train for 26 years."

Train buffs along the railway line also extended their gratitude.
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Old March 7th, 2016, 08:56 PM   #1985
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The closed north section of the JR Joban Line between Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures will be opened by the end of 2016.


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Asahi Shimbun reported few days ago about the 651 Series trapped at Haranomachi Station in the isolated section of the line. JR plans to remove the train from the railway in mid-March, maybe with a movement to Sendai depot first?











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FIVE YEARS AFTER: Joban Line to be fully resumed by spring 2020

Damaged in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and disrupted by the nuclear accident, the JR Joban Line, which runs between Tokyo and Miyagi Prefecture, is set to fully resume operation by spring 2020.

On March 5, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe inspected the Joban Line and told reporters, “I instructed the transport minister to set as early as possible the time when train services will be resumed along the entire portion.”

The government is expected to set the target of spring 2020 for the full resumption of service at its Reconstruction Promotion Council meeting on March 10, according to government sources. That will allow railway services to be fully available before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, to be held in the summer of that year.

At present, services are still unavailable in two sections. One is the 46-kilometer stretch between Tatsuta Station in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, and Haranomachi Station in Minami-Soma, also in the prefecture.

The other is the 22.6-km section between Soma Station in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, and Hamayoshida Station in Watari, Miyagi Prefecture.

Of the 46-km stretch, the 21-km portion between Tomioka Station in Tomioka and Namie Station in Namie is close to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, and most of the areas along the route have been designated as “difficult-to-return zones” due to high radiation levels.

In those areas, it is necessary to remove the crossties and gravel that are contaminated with radioactive substances and to lay new ones. The work is expected to continue until fiscal 2019.

Meanwhile, the operation of the remaining sections is scheduled to resume by fiscal 2017.
Asahi Shimbun


Well, the brand new 14.6 km between Soma and Hamayoshida are scheduled to revenue in service by December 2016. Tracks are moved inside with more tunnels and viaducts.


Green: tunnel
Red: viaduct
Blue: ground level




Source: http://www.seicho.co.jp/

New Yamashita Station (Yamamoto, Watari district)

FNN 16/02/2016

Woks on the nuclear exclusion area seems to be started between Tomioka and Iwaki-Ota:


NNN 01/03/2016
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Old March 7th, 2016, 09:37 PM   #1986
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In March, JR Hokkaido will transfer the Esashi Line for a new third-sector company called South Hokkaido Railway (道南いさりび鉄道). This new company will operate a regional service between Kikonai (connection with Hokkaido Shinkansen) and Goryokaku with 9 former JR Hokkaido KiHa 40 DMU's. This line will change the name to Isaribi Line.


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The Kaikyo Line stretch between Kikonai and Seikan Tunnel will be used only for JR Freight trains.
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Old March 9th, 2016, 04:03 AM   #1987
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Yamagata Shinkansen & Itaya Station

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Old March 11th, 2016, 03:42 PM   #1988
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Hokkeguchi Station (法華口駅 Hokkeguchi-eki?) is a railway station in Kasai, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.




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i was searching for a train station. the kind you rarely see. small. countryside. we found it. and by accident, found something else. someone else. miyako. the station master. i watched her smile at each exiting passenger. then, noticed her wave at the departing one-car train. then, surprisingly, she continued waving. she waved until there was no trace left of the distant train. no one witnessed her, except, well, me. in that short span, my love and wonder of life was renewed. when i spoke to her later, she said at first she felt so shy. and hardly waved at all. slowly, over time, she began doing something she neither needed to do, nor imagined she ever would. so, this is miyako, master of a tiny station in the middle of nowhere japan who attends to every train and passenger that passes by:
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Old March 11th, 2016, 03:54 PM   #1989
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Kizukuri Station

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Kizukuri Station (木造駅 Kizukuri-eki?) is a railway station on the JR East Gonō Line located in the city of Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture Japan. It is 119.5 rail kilometers from the southern terminus of the Gonō Line at Higashi-Noshiro Station. Kizukuri Station is a kan'i itaku station, administered by Goshogawara Station, and operated by Tsugaru municipal authority, with point-of-sales terminal installed. Ordinary tickets, express tickets, and reserved-seat tickets for all JR lines are on sale (no connecting tickets).
Kizukuri Station was opened on October 21, 1924 as a station on the Mutsu Railway in former Kizukuri Town, and became a station on the Japanese Government Railways (JGR) when the Mutsu Railway was nationalized on June 1, 1927. With the privatization of the Japanese National Railways (successor of JGR) on April 1, 1987, it came under the operational control of JR East. The current station building, decorated with a huge shakōkidogū statue on its facade, was completed in 1992.


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Old March 11th, 2016, 04:06 PM   #1990
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Hottoyuda Station (ほっとゆだ駅 Hottoyuda -eki?) is a JR East railway station located in Nishiwaga, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

there is hot spring(onsen) in the station


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Old March 11th, 2016, 04:28 PM   #1991
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Tsushimanomiya Station
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Tsushimanomiya Station (津島ノ宮駅 Tsushimanomiya-eki?) is a railway station in Mitoyo, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. Tsushimanomiya Station opens on August 4 and 5 only, when the nearby Tsushima Shrine (津嶋神社 Tsushima Jinja?) has the Great Summer Festival. Excluding temporary closed stations, the station has the shortest opening days in Japan



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Kamedake Station (亀嵩駅 Kamedake-eki?) is a train station in Okuizumo, Nita District, Shimane Prefecture, Japan.


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Osaka station. I love it, I think it's spectacular:

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Does the Japanese government invest in railways or only the private companies do that?
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Osaka Station used to be one of the "uglier" major stations in Japan (especially after World War II, when the original buildings were destroyed by World War II air raids). The opening of Acty Osaka on the south side of the station in 1983 helped things, but the real renovation happened between 2007 and 2011, when the North Gate Building and the new canopy cover over the station platforms turned it into one of the most attractive large stations in Japan (along with JR East Tokyo Station, JR West Kyoto Station (despite the complaints about the architecture), and JR West Hakata Station).
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Next February, I'll go to Japan. I wanna go from Tokyo to Otsu, when I will stay in a friend's house. But, I wanna go by local train (I will go back to Tokyo by Shinkansen). It is possible? It is cheaper than Shinkansen, despite many transfers between JR East, JR Tokai and JR West trains?
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Old March 13th, 2016, 10:24 PM   #1997
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Yes, it is!

It takes around 8 hours, 8210¥, and at least five changes at Numazu, Hamamatsu, Toyohashi, Ogaki and Maibara.

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Thank you.

I'll use local train because I want to feel the Japanese day-to-day and it is possible to take better photos of Fuji-san and Japanese rural areas in a local train.
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Yes, it is!

It takes around 8 hours, 8210¥, and at least five changes at Numazu, Hamamatsu, Toyohashi, Ogaki and Maibara.

Good luck!
I personally think to get reliable connections over the JR Central portion of the Tokaidō Main Line, you start riding JR Central trains at Atami (the division point between JR East and JR Central), then ride one train to Shizuoka, then another train to Hamamatsu, then another train to Nagoya, then one final train to Maibara before riding a JR West train to Otsu.

From Otsu back to Tokyo, take a kaisoku train to Maibara, then board the Hikari Shinkansen train there to go back to Tokyo.
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Speaking of that, a few of my acquaintances played the 'gaijin card' pretty strongly in order to get to Tokyo for very little money - they bought local tickets from Kyoto to a nearby station and then went on to ride normal lines to Tokyo, taking about 8 hours (in their words). Once they arrived in Tokyo, they 'lost' their tickets and claimed that they had come from Yokohama, thus paying about 500 yen in total.
Of course this is totally illegal, but it's really quite audacious.

Personally I'd rather take the Shinkansen and get it over it, but when you're cash-strapped and young...
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