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Old November 16th, 2010, 03:07 PM   #281
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Yes, but wouldn´t uncomfortable seating drive the richest businessmen to take a plane rather than Shinkansen Green Car?

How convenient is the Gran Class for someone who wants to talk on a cell phone, load a laptop and be connected to net, to work while on the road?
Not really since business people consider time is money therefore the shorter the overall travel time the better making Shinkansen a better option.
As for speaking on your cell phone at your seat, it is against etiquette and required for you to step out to the connecting hall. Lastly you do not need to travel on green to connect a laptop since JR Central provides Wi-Fi(Green seats even provides you with an power socket).
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Old November 16th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #282
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Not really since business people consider time is money therefore the shorter the overall travel time the better making Shinkansen a better option.
Do you mean Shinkansen is faster than plane?
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Old November 16th, 2010, 06:57 PM   #283
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If you consider transfer times to and from airports then the travel time between certain stations/cities is faster when going by high speed trains instead of flying.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 07:15 PM   #284
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Tōkaidō Shinkansen is the de facto choice for many travellers in Tōkyō — Nagoya — Ōsaka corridor because of speed and city-center to city-center convenience. Green car is actually decent... It's comfortable (very easy to take a nap) and dead quiet (can get reading or other work done). It's generally quiet in the regular section, but occasionally, you will get bad parents who let their kids run all over the place and make a ruckus... Besides how much can you really enjoy a business-class or equivalent airplane seat for journeys this short anyways?

Shinkansen isn't the "poor man's" alternative... In fact, everybody from big-name Japanese celebrities (such as comedians or tarento, who frequently need to travel back and forth between Tōkyō and Ōsaka), to business execs and members of the Imperial Family take the Shinkansen. There was also a case maybe a year ago where government police authorities took one car of a train out of service and used it to transport a high-profile criminal suspect.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #285
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Tōkaidō Shinkansen is the de facto choice for many travellers in Tōkyō — Nagoya — Ōsaka corridor because of speed and city-center to city-center convenience. Green car is actually decent... It's comfortable (very easy to take a nap) and dead quiet (can get reading or other work done). It's generally quiet in the regular section, but occasionally, you will get bad parents who let their kids run all over the place and make a ruckus... Besides how much can you really enjoy a business-class or equivalent airplane seat for journeys this short anyways?
JAL does have First Class on domestic flights. I mean, First Class separate from and higher than Business Class:
http://www.jal.co.jp/en/inflight/dom/f/seat/
130 cm pitch, matching the Gran Class (or vice versa)
The business class (Class J) looks like this:
http://www.jal.co.jp/en/inflight/dom/j/seat/
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Shinkansen isn't the "poor man's" alternative... In fact, everybody from big-name Japanese celebrities (such as comedians or tarento, who frequently need to travel back and forth between Tōkyō and Ōsaka), to business execs and members of the Imperial Family take the Shinkansen.
Does the Imperial Family have any Shinkansen Imperial Train?
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Old November 16th, 2010, 08:05 PM   #286
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Market share (Shinkansen vs. airlines) (2008):
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Tōkyō area — Nagoya area: 68,000 pax / day
  • 100% Shinkansen
  • 0% airlines
Tōkyō area — Ōsaka area: 128,000 pax / day
  • 82% Shinkansen
  • 18% airlines
Tōkyō area — Ōkayama Prefecture: 8,000 pax / day
  • 67% Shinkansen
  • 33% airlines
Tōkyō area — Hiroshima Prefecture: 15,000 pax / day
  • 58% Shinkansen
  • 42% airlines
Tōkyō area — Fukuoka Prefecture: 28,000 pax / day
  • 10% Shinkansen
  • 90% airlines
For trips between Tōkyō area and Ōsaka area, the Shinkansen owns airlines, and still manages to do very well further down into Okayama and Hiroshima area.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 08:08 PM   #287
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As for Imperial trains on the Shinkansen, there used to be an exclusive 0 series set. Later on, they used 100 series, with a special bi-level green car for use by the Imperial Family, which they would couple into a regular 100 series train and operate as an Imperial train. Nowadays, I believe they just reserve an entire car in a regular-service train, so it's no longer an "Imperial train" per se.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 12:21 PM   #288
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Is there a fixed quantity of passengers per day required to change the status from an unmanned to a manned station?
Chikugo-Funagoya is weird. Reminds me of Montabaur in Germany. One of the initial arguments was that if the limited express services on the Kagoshima Main Line are terminated, people will shift to Chikugo-Funagoya, but as they have decided not to terminate all the services... huh.
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Old November 19th, 2010, 04:08 AM   #289
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Yeah, well Kyūshū Shinkansen has some ridiculously short station-to-station distances, but Chikugo Funagoya Station seems even more absurd. It hardly deserves local service, yet they will soon be getting Shinkansen trains. But if I was living in the area, I would probably find a cheaper limited express service much more useful.
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Old November 19th, 2010, 04:08 AM   #290
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Vietnam high-speed rail plan back alive; Japanese government to conduct project studies
http://www.asahi.com/international/j...011170165.html

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The Embassy of Japan in Vietnam has recently signed a memorandum of understanding relating to studies towards construction of the north-south high-speed railway linking the capital of Hanoi in northern Vietnam with Ho Chi Minh City in the south. This is the first time that the Japanese government will begin studies specifically for the proposal, and the massive ¥5 trillion project initially rejected by the Vietnamese National Assembly in June of this year is picking up steam again.

In December 2009, Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment requested that the Japanese government conduct a project study for the proposed high-speed rail link. Although the proposal was later rejected in the National Assembly, citing financial feasibility and other factors, an additional request was made by the Ministry in August of this year, and on November 2, the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam signed a memorandum of understanding on the Project to Draft a North-South High-Speed Rail Construction Plan. By the end of the year, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment will compile the contents of the study.
Another article with a little more information below...
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Old November 19th, 2010, 04:09 AM   #291
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Japanese government to provide technical support in drafting Vietnam high-speed rail plan
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Vietnam Railways recently revealed that it had suggested the inclusion of a technical cooperation program for drafting plans related to the Hanoi — Vinh (Nghệ An Province in Vietnam’s North Central Coast region) and Nha Trang (Khánh Hòa Province in Vietnam’s South Central Coast region) — Ho Chi Minh City sections of the North-South High-Speed Rail Project as a scheduled action item for FY2010 in an official document forwarded by the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam to the Ministry of Planning and Investment on November 2. The document was simultaneously sent to the Vietnam Office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an Independent Administrative Corporation. In an official document dated November 5, the Ministry of Planning and Investment responded to the Embassy of Japan that it would accept the technical support. The news was reported by VnEconomy on November 12.
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Old November 19th, 2010, 04:19 AM   #292
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Pictures of a model of Kawasaki’s efSET at Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2010 (2010.11.11):
Source: http://gigazine.net/













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Old November 19th, 2010, 05:49 AM   #293
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Is the train made for export only or will it run on a JR line?
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Old November 19th, 2010, 06:23 AM   #294
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Is the train made for export only or will it run on a JR line?
It's intended as export-only model. Probably why all we've seen so far are these models.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0DChUYghQ4

Specs:
Approx. 200m long
Top speed: 350kmh
8 cars, 6M2T configuration
575 passengers capacity
Approx. 14 ton axle load
power output ~9700kW (?)
full active suspension

from the video: the head of sales for KHI's rolling stock division says the market they are focusing the most on is North America. Apparently the "basic" design has been completed, and while exhibiting/gauging interest from potential foreign customers, will continue to advanced design stages.
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Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2010

Convention was held 2010.11.10 to 2010.11.12 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City. Anything and everything railway-related, even food / drink vending machines. I already posted the efSET photos in the previous post (and k.k.jetcar got the efSET video), but here's the rest of the goodies.

Sankei Shimbun overview:

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Old November 19th, 2010, 07:50 AM   #297
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Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2010: Fare Collection
http://gigazine.net/index.php?/news/...gate_mtij2010/

At Nippon Signal's booth:

Newest-type conventional faregate



The card reader is a display that can be programmed to show the desired image.



Low-cost version without barriers:



It prints a receipt for you that tells you what seat you reserved, what train, etc.... A similar system is already in use for passengers using the EX-IC card on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen.



Response time is silly fast.



Completely contactless faregate system. The gates are designed taller than conventional faregates so they can properly sense the device.



Stick this in your wallet or bag and you can pass through. This is only an experimental version... They are aiming for something about as thick as three IC cards stacked on top of each other for actual mass production of the technology.



Ticket information is displayed on large LCD screen, which also tells you what platform to board from and in what direction to walk.

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Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2010: JR Hokkaidō DMV
http://gigazine.net/index.php?/news/..._dmv_mtij2010/

Over to JR Hokkaidō's booth and the Dual Mode Vehicle (DMV) currently under development. Eventually will be able to run both on tracks and on the road, mostly intended as an alternative for struggling local (rural) lines that want to save on operating costs and rural areas where the current rail line doesn't necessarily serve places people want to go.







Overview of the different technologies involved:
  • Guidewheel self-steering system: for smooth running along track curves
  • Rear-axle weight distribution control system: for stable running and balanced transmission of drive forces
  • Rear-tire drive system: for ensuring proper steel wheel adhesion with the rail
  • Hydraulic mode change system: for speedy transformation between street-running and track-running modes;
  • Mode interchange system: for ensuring proper mode change


First model was the DMV in 2004, followed by the DMV921 in 2009 and the DMV922 in 2010.



The DMV can bypass roads during congestion or make detours via roads when service on the tracks is disrupted.









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Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2010: KATO train models
http://gigazine.net/index.php?/news/...odel_mtij2010/

KATO, which is typically known for its train models for hobbyists, was also present, trying to sell their models as a marketing tool for rail projects. An interesting way of visualizing projects for the layperson, and actually not that far-fetched... JR West already uses models of its rolling stock when training its crews.





These are Portram LRVs.







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Old November 19th, 2010, 08:02 AM   #300
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More posts here:

Kawasaki SWIMO (battery-powered LRV):
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1811
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1812

Kawasaki overseas railcar orders:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1813
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