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Old June 8th, 2016, 07:36 AM   #2081
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Old June 8th, 2016, 07:45 PM   #2082
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"fifty two seats of happiness"



One four-car set was modified from set Seibu-4009 into a tourist train called the Fifty-two Seats of Happiness (52席の至福 Gojūni seki no shifuku) for use on services operating between Seibu Shinjuku and Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Seibu Chichibu and Hon-Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture, entering service from 17 April 2016. The interior and exterior design of the train was overseen by architect Kengo Kuma.









The "fifty two seats of happiness" naming expresses the "relaxation" and "feeling of being special and exclusive" resulting from spending time in the 52 seat capacity Tourism Train. The name was also chosen for its originality and memorability. In addition the "The Seibu Traveling Restaurant" catchphrase was selected to setoff the characteristic "fifty two seats of happiness" name, all being decided to simply convey that this is the Tourism Train being operated by Seibu Railway Co., Ltd. and also a restaurant train where passengers can enjoy
delicious food.

The logo mark takes inspiration from the number "52" to express the nature of "Chichibu", one of the leading tourist areas along the Seibu Line, as the shapes from a deck of playing cards, using colors that coordinate with the exterior of the train.

The spade expresses "water", the diamond "autumn leaves", the club "plants" and "happiness" in the shape of a clover. The heart is used to express a place and a time that we can spend together with and our feelings for our customers.

The exterior design expresses the four seasons of "Chichibu", one of the leading tourist areas along the Seibu Line, and also dynamically depicts the Arakawa River which runs through abundantly natural Chichibu and Musashino.

The interior of the cars features a motif based off of an image of canyons and other features. Portions of the interior of the train also use traditional crafts and locally sourced lumber from areas along the railway.



























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https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/topics/pk...000000bjom.pdf
http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/04/14/399/
http://www.seibu-group.co.jp/railways/seibu52-shifuku/
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Old June 8th, 2016, 07:45 PM   #2083
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ETR 122 Series "Setsugekka"

On April 23, 2016 the newly designed, silver vermilion Setsugekka (雪月花, lit. “Snow, Moon, Flowers”) train started its operation on weekend and holidays in Niigata Precture, on a day tour back and forth between the Jōetsumyōkō Station and Itoigawa Station.

The journey is approximately 3 hours, sitting in spacious chair, with superb view of the Sea of Japan from the nation’s largest train panoramic window and watching the majestic mountains of Myoko referred to as Echigo Fuji.

Meals on the train are prepared by Michelin two-star rated French cuisine chef Ryuta Iizuka. Chef-owner of Restaurant Ryuzu, using local ingredients.

Jōetsumyōkō Station departure including the meal “snow course” is 14,800 yen and the “Hana course” is 6,000 yen.






















































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https://www.echigo-tokimeki.co.jp/setsugekka/
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Old June 8th, 2016, 08:37 PM   #2084
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After then hinting about closing the Chichibu line (thank you Cerberus) I am so glad to see them investing in a tourist train out to there. I have been out there and it has a great location and the line goes through a very pretty route.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 05:43 PM   #2085
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The train that never died —— 103 series

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With many renew programs , 103 series still on their duty to serve passengers . Its funny that the trains born in 1960s still in service in Japan .
















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Old June 10th, 2016, 09:22 PM   #2086
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Dunno if you're trying to make a point with your "funny 1960s trains are still in service in Japan", but you should know that's fairly common in many established systems to have some older rolling stock in the mix - even those with heavy use (London Underground actually operated 1960s stock on the Victoria Line until 2011 even, and that's a metro system, not some inaka transport service). JR Kyushu (one line) and JR West are the only users of this stock still and JR West is replacing them on some lines progressively (for example, they are being withdrawn from the Osaka Loop Line and replaced with this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/323_series). See the rolling stock plan up until 2019 here in the JR West briefing: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/i...-medium_03.pdf

In general they're pragmatic about rolling stock use. Often heavily trafficked lines have their rolling stock switched out more frequently (see Yamanote line, they are between 11 to 14 years old and they're already being phased out with the new E235), and often you'll find that less trafficked lines will have rolling stock passed onto them by the busier lines as technology improves and better stock becomes available. This is untenable on some line to the inaka given their use is low, and economically replacement of the stock cannot be justified. When your system is run for profit as JR West, JR East, JR Central are, it's very hard to justify economically unfeasible replacement when perfectly good and functioning rolling stock is available.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 11:01 PM   #2087
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What does inaka mean?

No offense, but its confusing to have random words of another language sprinkled about a post.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 11:11 PM   #2088
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What does inaka mean?

No offense, but its confusing to have random words of another language sprinkled about a post.
Countryside. Same as Canadians or Americans saying "boonies", which no other English speaking country uses to my knowledge (English definitely not). We all have our regional variations even to English, so be understanding.

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Old June 10th, 2016, 11:20 PM   #2089
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I've heard Aussies and even a few Kiwis use "boonies".

However:

A) I try to avoid such language online

B) Within the same language is different from different languages.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 11:48 PM   #2090
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I have to say you're being a bit pedantic about this and it is totally taking away from the potential discussion. I don't think the use of "inaka" takes away from clarity of my post as a whole... Please keep discussions on-topic and if you have a problem, PM in future.
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Old June 11th, 2016, 03:07 AM   #2091
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One of the reasons these old trains are still in service in that they are designs of the former JNR- they were built in huge quantities and to the credit of the engineers, extremely durable. Also, maintenance standards have kept them in serviceable condition all these years. This is also true of many other railways in Japan- Hankyu, for example, has many rolling stock built in the 1960's, and they are kept spic and span, almost as new as when they rolled out of the factory, despite being used in everyday commuter service. It is a fact that Japanese rolling stock is highly valued (much like Japanese cars) in the secondhand market, given their durability and good condition from careful maintenance.
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Old June 11th, 2016, 09:37 AM   #2092
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However, the old 103 and 113/115 Series EMU's are starting to retire in large numbers, mostly because of the high power usage of these old trains. That's why in the Niigata region, the 115's are being replaced by the E129 Series; in western Japan, the 115's in the Hiroshima area are being replaced by the new 227 Series. I wouldn't be surprised within 7-8 years all the 115's running between Shimonseki and Himeji on the San'yō Main Line are replaced by something like the 227.
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Dunno if you're trying to make a point with your "funny 1960s trains are still in service in Japan", but you should know that's fairly common in many established systems to have some older rolling stock in the mix - even those with heavy use (London Underground actually operated 1960s stock on the Victoria Line until 2011 even, and that's a metro system, not some inaka transport service). JR Kyushu (one line) and JR West are the only users of this stock still and JR West is replacing them on some lines progressively (for example, they are being withdrawn from the Osaka Loop Line and replaced with this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/323_series). See the rolling stock plan up until 2019 here in the JR West briefing: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/i...-medium_03.pdf

In general they're pragmatic about rolling stock use. Often heavily trafficked lines have their rolling stock switched out more frequently (see Yamanote line, they are between 11 to 14 years old and they're already being phased out with the new E235), and often you'll find that less trafficked lines will have rolling stock passed onto them by the busier lines as technology improves and better stock becomes available. This is untenable on some line to the inaka given their use is low, and economically replacement of the stock cannot be justified. When your system is run for profit as JR West, JR East, JR Central are, it's very hard to justify economically unfeasible replacement when perfectly good and functioning rolling stock is available.
Oh I mean the scenes of the old train still running on the lines is kinda nice one . Not laugh at them . Maybe I should use better English to express what I mean for I'm not native English speaker .

Different company has different operation strategy . In my opinion , JRW will keep old trains running until they not fit the need or "too old" . And JRE will keep the trains to be latest for keeping a low maintenance cost .
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However, the old 103 and 113/115 Series EMU's are starting to retire in large numbers, mostly because of the high power usage of these old trains. That's why in the Niigata region, the 115's are being replaced by the E129 Series; in western Japan, the 115's in the Hiroshima area are being replaced by the new 227 Series. I wouldn't be surprised within 7-8 years all the 115's running between Shimonseki and Himeji on the San'yō Main Line are replaced by something like the 227.
All the way from Shimonoseki to Himeji on one train?

And aren't there commuter rapids from Himeji to Maibara?

From there, I believe there is a Home Liner to Nagoya, where one can transfer to another bound for Shizuoka.

Home Liner Numazu runs from Shizuoka to Numazu, where one can catch a JR East commuter rapid for Tokyo.

So its possible to traverse the Tokaido and Sanyo Main Lines using commuter rapids and Home Liners in about six changes of trains, am I right?
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00Zy99, I'm actually referring to all the 115's running on various local services along the San'yō Main Line between Shimonoseki and Himeji (Shimonoseki to Shin-Yamaguchi, Shin-Yamaguchi to Tokuyama, Tokuyama to Iwakuni, and so on). In fact, right now you're seeing fewer and fewer 115's in the Hiroshima area as they are being replaced by 227's.
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Old July 12th, 2016, 10:58 PM   #2097
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JR Joban Line resumed between Odaka and Haramachi (Minamisōma)

The Joban Line is one step closer to the full resumption.

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In good news for residents, an evacuation order for the southern part of the city here was lifted on July 12 for the first time since the massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant five years ago.

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With at least some of the residents returning home, East Japan Railway Co. resumed service on the 9.4-kilometer stretch between Odaka and Haranomachi stations on the Joban Line for the first time in more than five years on the morning of July 12. The first train of the morning entered Odaka Station carrying 170 or so people on two cars as traditional flags used in the Soma Nomaoi (Soma wild horse chase) festival on the platform greeted passengers.

The central government is pushing to lift evacuation orders on all areas of the prefecture excluding difficult-to-return zones by March 2017.
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One month before, test running:



Fresh images from the construction works on the new track alignment north of Sōma station (resumption expected by march 2017):

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How does the 52 Seats of Happiness run? Is it a chartered train or is it on a tourist line?
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How does the 52 Seats of Happiness run? Is it a chartered train or is it on a tourist line?
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for use on services operating between Seibu Shinjuku and Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Seibu Chichibu and Hon-Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture, entering service from 17 April 2016.
It runs on weekends and national holidays, on the Seibu main lines. You must make reservations to ride it.

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