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Old November 22nd, 2010, 08:55 PM   #301
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JR Central shares up after announcing it will bid on Florida HSR project
http://www.morningstar.co.jp/portal/...o?rncNo=387262

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Railway-related stocks were doing well on November 22. The expectation that JR Central (TYO: 9022) will team up with rolling stock manufacturers and big-name trading companies to bid on the proposed Florida high-speed rail project in the United States appears to be a major factor. According to a November 22 article in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the railway participated in the pre-bid qualification process to narrow down the number of firms bidding on the project, and will market a system based on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen.

According to the report, JR Central teamed up with 11 firms in the qualification process, including three electrical equipment firms—Hitachi (TYO: 6501), Tōshiba (TYO: 6502), and Mitsubishi Electric (TYO: 6503)—as well as Sumitomo Metal Industries (TYO: 5405), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (TYO: 7011), Sumitomo Corporation (TYO: 8053), Mitsubishi Corporation (TYO: 8058), Nippon Signal (TYO: 6741), Kyōsan Electric Manufacturing (TYO: 6742), Nippon Sharyō (TYO: 7102), and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). The railway says it will aim to win bids on the project to construct a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando (approx. 130 km). The total project cost is estimated at between US $20-30 billion, and the project will be formally put out to bid sometime next summer.

On November 22, JR Central saw shares rise by ¥13,000 to ¥648,000, while partnering firms also saw boosts in their share prices. Perhaps in a ripple effect caused by bargain-hunting traders, other railway-related firms including Tōyō Denki Seizō (TYO: 6505) and Kinki Sharyō (TYO: 7122) also posted some of the highest share price jumps of the day. One spokesperson for a bank-affiliated securities firm said, “After the news surrounding the Florida high-speed rail bid, traders have been buying up shares in the partnering firms, but the small-name firms are always much easier to handle. Of course, when it comes to how long the popularity will last, no one knows for sure.”

JR Central shares closed up ¥5,000 to ¥640,000, while Tōyō Denki Seizō closed up ¥25 to ¥389 and Kinki Sharyō closed up ¥20 to ¥420.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 09:34 PM   #302
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Nice. Florida will most likely be the first state to have a true HSR line.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 12:51 AM   #303
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Nope, California, as they already begun preparation for construction, I think.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 02:53 AM   #304
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Nope, California, as they already begun preparation for construction, I think.
Nope. There hasn't even been talk of bidding yet.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 05:45 AM   #305
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Nope. There hasn't even been talk of bidding yet.
Exactly. Environmental reviews won't be completed until well into 2011, then construction will begin in 2012. Actual operation on the initial Central Valley segment is not slated to begin until 2017. Florida HSR, being much smaller in scale (and less subject to nimby lawsuits) is a step ahead to fruition, barring any political footballing.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:46 PM   #306
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Hitachi tipped to win revamped high speed train deal
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THE government is tipped to confirm Japanese train manufacturer Hitachi this week as the winner of a slimmed-down deal to replace the UK’s ageing Intercity 125 high-speed trains.

It is thought ministers have re-jigged an existing agreement with Hitachi’s consortium Agility Trains to make the £7.5bn trains it offered for the UK’s Intercity Express (IEP) scheme cheaper and simpler to run.

Agility is already the preferred bidder on the deal, which will replace 40-year-old diesel trains on lines from London to Edinburgh and to Wales.

But the previous Labour government reviewed the IEP project amid cost concerns and proposed changes.

Ministers originally asked manufacturers to propose three types of train powered by electricity, diesel and a mix of both, allowing them to run on electrified and un-electrified lines.

Under the revised scheme, Hitachi is thought to have offered a modified version of its original train, with some diesel-powered carriages and others using power from overhead lines.

If Hitachi and Agility are confirmed as winners, it would be bad news for the UK’s last train builder Bombardier, which has 3,000 staff in Derby.

The Canadian group bid for the contract with German firm Siemens and is understood to be the reserve bidder.

The Department for Transport said it plans a rail announcement on Thursday, but declined to give details.

A rail industry source said: “The supposition is it will be something on the proposed replacement for the high speed train and the suspicion is that it may involve Hitachi.”
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Old November 24th, 2010, 08:05 AM   #307
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E5 series U2 arrives at Sendai Port: Part 1

From 2010.11.22 to 2010.11.23, train U2 was lifted back onto land at Sendai Port after being transported by water from Kawasaki Heavy Industries. This is the first mass production unit. In regards to changes from the prototype mass production unit, the door on Car 10 has apparently been changed from a plug door type to a sliding door type.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 08:06 AM   #308
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E5 series U2 arrives at Sendai Port: Part 2

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Old November 25th, 2010, 12:07 AM   #309
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JR Tokai plans to start partial maglev service in 2020
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Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) is considering opening up a portion of the maglev train line between Tokyo and Nagoya before the entire route is completed, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

The route that could be opened early is between Kofu and Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Sources said JR Tokai, which hopes to begin full Chuo Shinkansen maglev train service between Tokyo's Shinagawa Station and Nagoya in 2027, plans to start service on the Kofu-Sagamihara section around 2020, seven years ahead of schedule. By opening this portion early, the railway firm hopes to use fare revenue to cover construction expenses on the rest of the route.

JR Tokai is currently extending its conventional 18.4-kilometer test track in Yamanashi Prefecture to 42.8 kilometers. It plans to use this track for commercial use, which is expected to connect Sagamihara and Kofu in about 15 minutes.

Construction costs for the entire route are expected to reach about 5.1 trillion yen, and the new line, when completed, will enable travel between Tokyo and Nagoya in about 40 minutes. JR Tokai pushed back the launch of the maglev line by two years from the original 2025 target because of a drop in revenue from the Tokaido Shinkansen line.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 02:00 AM   #310
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Of course not... Any help is appreciated.

More on the Chūō Shinkansen below...
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Old November 25th, 2010, 02:02 AM   #311
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JR Central to offer pre-opening rides on maglev in 2013-2014
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At a November 24 press conference, Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) president Yamada Yoshiomi revealed the railway's plans to kick off paid rides on maglev trains in FY2013 and FY2014. The railway will allow the general public to ride revenue-service trains before the opening of the Chūō Shinkansen maglev in 2027, promoting the high-speed performance and ride comfort of the trains. "We want to increase the fanbase for the maglev," says Yamada.

The paid test rides will be carried out on the maglev test track in Yamanashi Prefecture using the L0 series, the first-generation revenue-service trains. The railway says the plan is to offer rides on Saturdays and Sundays on specific days. Tickets will be awarded in a lottery. The railway will now hammer out the details, but plans on charging a fare equivalent to the actual cost.

The test track is currently being extended from 18.4 km to 42.8 km. If doing a roundtrip on the test track after the extension is complete, journey time on the paid test rides would likely be around 20-30 minutes.
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JR Central: Will take 30 years to pay for maglev train; US is potential market
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TOKYO Nov 24 (Reuters) - It will take Central Japan Railway Co (9022.T) as long as 30 years to recoup the cost of constructing a 360 kilometre (224 miles) magnetic levitation train line between Tokyo and Nagoya, the company's chairman said on Wednesday.

Due to open in 2027 at a cost of 5.1 trillion yen ($61.4 billion), the maglev rail link will be funded from company cashflow, Chairman Yoshiyuki Kasai told reporters.

"We will have about 250 billion to 300 billion of (annual) cashflow considering 3 to 4 percent of depreciation of capital investment," Kasai said.

Known locally as JR Tokai, the company, which already operates conventional high-speed rail services between the two cities, is pushing ahead with the maglev project even as a shrinking population and competition from new discount airlines erodes demand for rail travel.

Overseas, the company, as part of a Japanese consortium, is promoting the technology for a proposed route on the the U.S. east coast connecting Washington and Boston. JR Tokai, Kasai said, is not interested in offering the technology to China.

"Our priority is to promote the maglev in the U.S. We have absolutely no plans now to promote the train in China," he said.

Floating on powerful superconducting magnets 8 centimetres above its track, the linear motor train can travel at speeds of up to 581 km per hour (361 miles per hour), which will allow it to cut the travel time between Japan's capital and Nagoya in central Japan by an hour, to 40 minutes.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 02:03 AM   #313
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Chūō Shinkansen Subcommittee considers involvement of JRTT as construction lead
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On November 22, it was revealed that proposals asking for the participation of the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT), an Independent Administrative Corporation, as a construction lead for the Chūō Shinkansen maglev have surfaced in the national government's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Chūō Shinkansen Subcommittee, tasked with investigating the maglev project. The proposals asked for the participation of the JRTT alongside JR Central, which has stated its intention to fund construction of the Tōkyō — Ōsaka section out of its own wallet. The proposal is an attempt to get the JRTT, with its public authority as a governmental entity to acquire right-of-way and perform other tasks, involved in the project and accelerate the opening of the Nagoya — Ōsaka section.

At the 12th Subcommittee Meeting on November 24, the subcommittee will unveil a fundamental plan in preparation for the publication and release of the midterm report indicating the direction regarding the construction lead and route alignment by the end of the year. The operating lead for the project will likely be JR Central, but if the JRTT participates as a construction lead for the project, it's likely the perception of the maglev project will shift to one of national importance.

The subcommittee says that only opening the Tōkyō — Nagoya section, slated for 2027 according to JR Central, means "the benefits of the project are limited." Opinion in the subcommittee is mounting towards involving the JRTT from the perspective of accelerating the opening of the Nagoya — Ōsaka section, slated for 2045 according to JR Central.

In addition, there are also proposals to open the entire line at once by having JR Central as construction lead for the Tōkyō — Nagoya section and the JRTT as construction lead for the Nagoya — Ōsaka section. In regards to the critical issue of securing construction capital, the subcommittee will evaluate the possibility of establishing funds and other schemes.

Meanwhile, JR Central is reluctant to accept strong participation by the national government, fearing that the maglev will turn into a political pet project. In the extension of the Yamanashi test track currently underway, JR Central has already contracted out construction of a portion of the section to the JRTT. JR Central is also considering contracting out construction of sections of the Chūō Shinkansen, slated for a groundbreaking in FY2014, to the JRTT, and could use that as reason not to get the JRTT involved as a construction lead.

While the funadamental plan would place Route C through the Southern Alps as the preferred route, some members of the subcommittee point out that investigation of the environmental impacts of the route is "not yet complete," and the subcommittee will likely avoid making any conclusions about the route alignment for the project.

In regards to how to maximize the benefits of the maglev project along the Suwa / Inadani detour (Route B), a long-awaited wish for Nagano Prefecture, the subcommittee will likely begin considering the topic in the new year, after the midterm report has been published.
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JR Central: Foreign makers cannot offer integrated system
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On the afternoon of November 24, Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) chairman Kasai Toshiyuki gave a speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. In regards to exporting high-speed rail to the United States, Toshiyuki remarked, "Germany's Siemens, France's Alstom, and Canada's Bombardier are rolling stock manufacturers, and we don't believe they have the ability to offer an integrated system that incorporates operations and maintenance."

Kasai also said, "What we are trying to do is create and offer an integrated, total system that allows for safe, precise, and stable operations." He emphasized, "It is critical to have a cooperative relationship with the U.S. government, which makes the decisions regarding infrastructure investment, and we would join together with the Japanese government to carry things out. We would also supplement our lack of experience by teaming up with a partner firm that is well-versed in the government and business of the United States."
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Elevation works at Asahikawa Station complete: Part 1

New elevated station building and tracks opened at Asahikawa Station on 2010.10.10. Asahikawa is a minor city in northern Hokkaidō, but it is the the station is the central terminal for Asahikawa and the junction of the Hakodate Main Line, Sōya Main Line, Sekihoku Main Line, and Furano Line. For a station that gets less than 10,000 daily entries and exits, they pulled out all the stops and did a very nice job. I'm actually a little surprised that they were able to go this far, and this definitely has to be one of the overall best new station buildings in Japan in recent years.

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Two limited expresses lined up.



Looking west, in the Sapporo direction. The elevation works began 12 years ago.





Locally-produced wood such as ash is everywhere in the concourse levels, a total of 3,000 trees used and 88,000 individual wood pieces. The concrete columns also feature a "wood-grain" etch, stressing the importance of wood and the wood craft to Asahikawa.



Like at Iwamizawa Station, citizens had the chance to get their names etched into wood blocks incorporated into the station building's walls.





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Elevation works at Asahikawa Station complete: Part 2

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Source: http://blog.livedoor.jp/miseburo/

The truss frames supporting the station canopy are designed to look like trees. The canopy as a whole lets in a lot of light, giving the platforms an entirely different impression than most other elevated stations in Japan.



They are still working on the exterior, but once they remove all the temporary stuff and the glass exterior is revealed, it should be even brighter.



Super Kamui limited expresses lined up. There is frequent service to Sapporo and Shin-Chitose Airport, but apparently JR Hokkaidō has been forced to cut some trips in the December schedule changes.



Super Kamui is every 30 minutes to Sapporo, with half of those extending further on through-service into Shin-Chitose Airport. There's also a few other limited expresses that go all the way to Sapporo as well, but these are less regular.



Kiosk. There's only one on the platform level, on Platforms 3 and 4. Makes sense since these are the busiest in the station.



Platform level directional signage near the escalators, with built-in LCDs. The left one is showing door stopping locations for the next train (12:00 Super Kamui for Shin-Chitose Airport), while the right one is showing an ad for Asahikawa Station and JR Hokkaidō. Asahikawa is especially famous for its zoo, so perhaps that's why the staff are all animals.



Looking northwest towards the Sapporo direction.



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Elevation works at Asahikawa Station complete: Part 3

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Source: http://blog.livedoor.jp/miseburo/

Opposite side of the station, in the direction of Wakkanai / Abashiri and Furano. As part of the elevation of the station, they were finally able to bring in the Furano Line tracks alongside the other lines... When the station was still at ground level, the Furano Line was off to the side and less convenient to access.



It's a bit jarring to see older JNR-era one- and two-car diesel units moving in and out of the station... A bit of a mismatch.





Super Kamui EMU lined up against a Sōya Main Line DMU. The ridership drops dramatically north of Asahikawa, which is DMU territory.







Old ground-level station buildings and tracks. This one's been through a lot, especially with the harsh climate.

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Elevation works at Asahikawa Station complete: Part 4

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Source: http://blog.livedoor.jp/miseburo/

Now to the concourse levels.
Escalator shaft on the platform level is shielded from the platforms by a glass enclosure, part of the climate control measures for the station to prevent wind and snow from entering the main part of the building. You enter via a glass door to access the escalators. This is where the wood starts kicking in...



Stairwell opposite the escalators. The warmth of the wood, the flooring, and the lighting constrasts with the cold, but modern platform level.



Connecting passage for access to / from all platforms. Station is all barrier-free, and all platforms have elevator and escalator access.



The ash blocks with people's names carved in. Selection process was open to anyone in Japan.



From the second floor, looking down at the first-floor passage connecting the east and west concourse areas.



Area at bottom leads to the station's West Exit.



Going down to the first floor...



Small "mezzanine" level for the stairwells.



From West Exit, looking up at the second level.



West Exit



East Exit. Apparently, this is the northernmost station in Japan equipped with automatic faregates.

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Elevation works at Asahikawa Station complete: Part 5

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Source: http://blog.livedoor.jp/miseburo/

North-side first-floor passage connecting the east and west concourses. Includes a Kiosk convenience store, an ekiben shop, a souvenir / knick-knack store, a small cafe, and the coin storage lockers.



South-side passage is a little more barren.



Waiting room and Midori no Madoguchi ticket counters, located approximately midway between the east and west concourses.



Souvenir shop, with a mini-replica of the truss frames on the platform level.



East Concourse. The area around the East Exit of the station is planned to be the future home of a woodcarving museum and a visitor information center.





West Concourse is a little more utilitarian.



Outside the West Exit, they are still working on the columns and elevated structures. Perhaps they plan on extending the West Concourse out...

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Elevation works at Asahikawa Station complete: Part 6

Some videos:

Opening ceremony, where the stationmaster gives the signal to depart for the commemorative train:


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Train action:


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