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Old April 12th, 2016, 04:14 AM   #2041
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The Kosei Line was indeed built for potential operation of trains at 160km/h, and the minimum radius of 1400m and the elevated construction was part of that. It has been used for high speed tests (up to 160km/h) of railway stock since JNR times.

I read that the institution of 160km/h running would be complicated by the presence of slower accelerating trains that top out at 110~130km/h, and (according to one blurb I read) the time savings of only about 10 minutes compared to current timings. The MLIT also has not shown any desire to approve such services either.
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Old April 12th, 2016, 05:16 AM   #2042
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While the Kosei Line could support the 681/683 Series EMU's at 160 km/h, does JR West want to run the 223/225 Series EMU on the same line at that speed? I think the limitations of the 223/225 EMU's explains why the maximum speed on the Kosei Line is only 130 km/h. Of course, I think the 223/225's only max out at 130 km/h on the Tokaidō and San'yō Main Lines due to need to be compatible with the many JR Freight trains running on both lines in the Keihanshin region.
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Old April 12th, 2016, 01:24 PM   #2043
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Max speed of 225 series is 130 Km/h.

I think JR West could insert traction motors in all 225 Series axles for fast and better acceleration. And all JR Kamotsu train could use Tokaido Main Line from Kyoto to Maibara, making Kosei Line as "all-passenger train railway".
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Old April 12th, 2016, 03:48 PM   #2044
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The issue is that Kosei has a superior profile (I think), which comes in handy for heavy freight trains.

PS-please refer to it as "JR Freight" It is easier to follow when we are talking in English.
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Old April 12th, 2016, 03:51 PM   #2045
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683 Series are tilting trains?
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Old April 20th, 2016, 08:40 PM   #2046
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New Izu Craile resort train



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JR East Yokohama Office has announced on 21th of January the revenue in service of Izu Craile resort train entering service in summer or end of summer 2016. The name is the combination of the words "Cool", "Rail", and "Elegant".

The train will run from Odawara to Shimoda along the JR Ito Line and Izu Kyūkō Line. The rolling stock used for the service is a 4 car set rebuild 651 series.

Car 1 will have window-facing counter seats on the seaward side, car 2 will have a bar counter and lounge, car 3 will have semi-open compartments, and car 4 will have conventional unidirectional 2+2-abreast seating.

All tickets are sold as Green Car. Timetable announced by JR:

Down: Odawara (11:40) - Izukyu Shimoda (14:06)
Up: Izukyu Shimoda (15:09) - Odawara (17:12)

Intermediate stops: Atami, Ito, Izu-Kōgen, Izu-Atagawa, Izu-Inatori y Kawazu.

Source: http://tetsudo-shimbun.com/article/topic/entry-606.html
Well, today was held a presentation for media at JR East Omiya General Rolling Stock Center, place where the unit was modified since November 2015. Here some photos from MyNavy. You have a hundred of pictures on the site: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/04/20/376/


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Izu CRAILE will enter in service on 16th of July.

13/April Youtube channel: レールちゃんねる[Rail Channel]
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 06:19 PM   #2047
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random but I kind of find it funny the two japanese rail threads here is made by cantonese and hongkong guy lol.
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Old May 1st, 2016, 04:44 PM   #2048
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New Kyoto Railway Museum receives 14300 visits its first day



Coinciding with the Golden Week it is inaugurated the new Kyoto Railway Museum (old Umekoji SL Museum), the biggest in Japan.

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KYOTO (Jiji Press) — West Japan Railway Co. opened the nation’s largest railway museum to the public in Kyoto on Friday.

The Kyoto Railway Museum displays 53 train cars, ranging from a steam locomotive to a Shinkansen high-speed train car, in a floor space of about 30,000 square meters.

JR West expects 1.2 million to 1.3 million visitors in the first year.

The museum is an upgrade to the facility and exhibits it took over from the Umekoji steam locomotive museum, which closed in August last year.

It features valuable exhibits, including cars of the first 0 series Shinkansen train and the Twilight Express, a luxury sleeper train that until spring last year connected Osaka with Sapporo. Also on display is a sleeper train car used for the Imperial family before World War II.
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Photos: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/04/30/011/


Live coverages and lots of special programs on national television:









And more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvB3...el=tetsudoud35
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Old May 1st, 2016, 06:11 PM   #2049
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Next year, I will visit Japan. Of course, I will go to this museum.
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 01:23 AM   #2050
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Don't neglect the JR Central's Shinkansen Museum outside Nagoya. Very impressive.
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 01:54 AM   #2051
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Left to right:

- JR West 500 Series Shinkansen (for me, the most beautiful high-speed trainset ever produced)

- JNR 583 Series (a limited-express EMU built in 1968; they operated at Tohoku Main Line from Ueno to Aomori)

- JNR 181 Series Kodama (this train was introduced in 1958 and It was the fastest narrow-gauge train of that age. It was also the first limited-express EMU in Japan)
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 03:16 PM   #2052
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I agree on the 500 series Shinkansen. Gotta say it is weird that after that trainset, the next ones seemed to go decades back in terms of design. The square-ish profile and boxy cars of the N700 make it look like something out of the 60´s.
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 06:03 PM   #2053
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Actually, the larger profile of the N700 is a tribute to superior aerodynamics and precision modeling. The N700 can match or outperform the 500 series in just about every way. And it can do so while carrying more people in greater comfort and using less energy. While the 500 series is certainly sleek, it is something of an anomaly compared to the other Shinkansen.
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 10:10 PM   #2054
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500 Series was so expensive that JR West bought only nine trainsets. Initially, 500 Series operated only on Nozomi services between Hakata and Tokyo. After the introducion of N700/N700A, 500 Series was transfered for Kodama services on Sanyo Shinkansen.

Some sources says that 500 Series is the most expensive Shinkansen EMU ever produced.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 02:08 PM   #2055
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There is this myth that the series 500 was expensive, but was it?

Some examples (sourced from wikipedia):
  • JR West 500: 5 billion yen => 40 million euros per 16 car set
  • JR Central N700A: 4,6 billion yen => 37,5 million euros per 16 car set
  • JR Hokkaido H5: 4.5 billion yen => 36,7 euros per 10 car set
  • Eurostar E320: about 70 million euro per 16 car set
  • Velaro D: 33 million euros per 8 car set
  • TGV 2N2 for ONCF: 28,6 million euros per 8 car set

So, compensating for inflation, yes, for a Shinkansen it was expensive, but not as excessively as some may lead you to believe and compared to some European models it wasn't.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 04:36 PM   #2056
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Why e320 (British Rail Class 374) is so expensive?
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Why e320 (British Rail Class 374) is so expensive?
It has to be compatible with many different signalling systems, electrification systems, and even platform clearances. It also must have additional safety systems for use in the Chunnel, customs facilities (just in case) and security/anti-terrorism systems in excess of what purely continental trains carry.
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Old May 4th, 2016, 12:28 PM   #2058
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Was it not the research and development costs that were prohibitively expensive on the JR 500 series?
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Old May 4th, 2016, 06:48 PM   #2059
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Expensive or not, the 500 series was basically kicked off the Tokaido Shinkansen by JR Tokai, which found its incompatible seating capacity (caused by the lesser seating on the driving cars) bothersome when service disruptions required substitution of trainsets. Also, passengers found the tubelike airliner body cross section claustrophobic.
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Old May 6th, 2016, 03:28 PM   #2060
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Next year, I will visit Japan. Of course, I will go to this museum.
I have just returned from Japan and while I was not able to get to the new Kyoto Rail Museum, I was able to visit the Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama, JR East's Railway Musem in Omiya, Saitama and the Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park in Yokokawa, Gunma. While the first two museums were relatively glitzy and glamourous, I really enjoyed the down to earth Usui Pass Museum for being totally hands on with all cabs open for people to crawl around and over on. Definitely do not miss this great place in the mountains.
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