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Old December 2nd, 2010, 09:17 AM   #341
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Pre-opening test rides on HB-E300 hybrid diesel units for Resort Asunaro: Part 2

Part 2:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/kitani_sinrowotore/

LCD with real-time footage and LED scroll. You can actually see the camera in this shot, inside the operator's cab behind the windshield. There's also another camera at left hanging from the ceiling of the car.



This one's used to display images of the observation area. Perhaps they will use this when they have Tsugaru shamisen performances and other events inside the train.



Stopped at Asamushi Onsen.



Station name signs have already been repainted blue in preparation for transferral to third-sector operator Aoi Mori Railway in conjunction with the opening of Tōhoku Shinkansen extension. You can just make out the white sticker seal they have at the bottom of the sign, in between "Shimizugawa" and "Nishi-Hiranai," which hides the Aoi Mori Railway logo until opening day.



Hakuchō No. 18 overtakes us.



At Noheji, watching workers changing out the signs.



Now, some shots of the interior.



Rotating seats after arrival at Kamikitachō. The Kirakira Michinoku is 1+2 seating, and the one-seat rows can be rotated to face the windows. The Resort Asunaro is 2+2 seating, though, and only permits 180-degree rotation.



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Old December 2nd, 2010, 09:18 AM   #342
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Pre-opening test rides on HB-E300 hybrid diesel units for Resort Asunaro: Part 3

Part 3:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/kitani_sinrowotore/

Stepping out at Kamikitachō. To the right is a 701 series EMU on the Tōhoku Main Line, bound for Aomori. The station sign at right has yet to be replaced, but the frame has already been repainted in blue.



The ends bear some resemblance to the E233 series commuter EMUs in the Tōkyō area... I'm afraid this one will take time to grow on me, though.



Braille map



Niigata Transys builder's "sticker"



Deck area, outside the men's toilet.



Left to right: Men's toilet, sink, baggage rack, door. Behind us is the all-purpose / wheelchair-accessible toilet.



Final set:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/kitani_sinrowotore/



Passing by another unit at Kominato.



Arrival back at Aomori.

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Old December 2nd, 2010, 09:19 AM   #343
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HB-E300 Resort View Furusato

On display at Matsumoto Station. This was sometime in September.
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/e127_northalps_109/



Different paint scheme for each area



Different moquettes, as well.



View from the camera inside the observation area.









First day of service (2010.10.02):


Source: karibajct on YouTube
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 09:19 AM   #344
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HB-E300 Resort Shirakami (Aoike)

Shots of the Akita area unit (2010.10.25) at Higashi-Noshiro Station on the Ōu Main Line / Gonō Line.
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/exptokiwa2/

This is a four-car unit, longer than the others. The existing Resort Shirakami services are run with three 3-car Kiha 40 formations, each given a unique name: the Aoike, the Buna ("Beech (tree)"), and the Kumagera ("Black Woodpecker"). The new HB-E300 has an extra car added and will replace the first Aoike train, whose cars will be coupled with the other two Kiha 40 sets to form four-car trains.







Car 2. This one is different from all the other cars, featuring nine compartments.





Testing on the Ōu Main Line:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/fukagawa_masa2425/





Resort Shirakami trains traveling on the Gonō Line along the Sea of Japan.


Source: AomoriPrefAMCP on YouTube

Compared to existing Resort Shirakami trains, the new hybrid trains consume 10 percent less fuel, reduce NOx emissions by 60 percent, and reduce noise levels by 20 dB when idling and 30dB when departing stations.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 02:54 PM   #345
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Starting the day after tomorrow, Limited Express services from Aomori to Hokkaido will start at Shin-Aomori, make a turn at Aomori station and then continue to the Seikan tunnel? Will there be an increasement in local connections between Shin-Aomori and Aomori station?
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 07:02 PM   #346
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Yup.
This is the weekday schedule at Shin-Aomori (bound for Aomori):

(before)
http://www.jreast-timetable.jp/1011/...4/0854010.html

(after)
http://www.jreast-timetable.jp/1012/...4/0854010.html

They're beefing up local trains (black), plus adding new rapid service (blue) and limited expresses (red).
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 10:17 PM   #347
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Are there plans to transfer the Ominato Line to Aoimori Railways?
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 01:46 AM   #348
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Not yet, at least. The line will still be operated by JR East, but it will be completely "cut off" from the rest of the JR East network after the opening.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 08:46 AM   #349
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Tōhoku Main Line cab view: Aomori to Hachinohe

On the eve of the opening of the last part of the Tōhoku Shinkansen, a cab view on a Tōhoku Main Line train from Aomori to Hachinohe, a 96 km journey. This section will be transferred out of JR East's hands and over to Aoi Mori Railway when the Shinkansen opens. Train is a JR East 701 series.
Source: SuperExpress1 on YouTube

Part 1: Aomori to Yadamae http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGzJlpCRlFk&hd=1
Part 2: Yadamae to Asamushi Onsen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yrCWm5_am4&hd=1
Part 3: Asamushi Onsen to Kominato http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3YGiFlOa8w&hd=1
Part 4: Kominato to Noheji http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csc7_cb-DrE&hd=1
Part 5: Noheji to Ottomo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xp2IWCp-XY&hd=1
Part 6: Ottomo to Misawa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsy0RQQWblM&hd=1
Part 7: Misawa to Shimoda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTTngs5RSqo&hd=1
Part 8: Shimoda to Hachinohe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RbhH3EmTxQ&hd=1
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 08:47 AM   #350
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Agatsuma Line replacement track

The Yamba Dam project is a controversial dam project in Gunma Prefecture just outside of Tōkyō, and construction was suspended in 2009 (may start up again actually). While the fate of the dam is in limbo, work on related construction is still moving forward regardless of the outcome, at least for the time being.

Included in the construction works is the replacement of 6 km of the JR Agatsuma Line between Iwashima and Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi. This section of the line is supposed to be flooded when / if the dam goes into service, so they needed to move it up to higher ground, which includes construction of new bridges and tunnels.

Some recent pictures during the autumn leaves season (2010.11.07):
Source: http://sasa-jea.seesaa.net/

First, some scenes of the existing Agatsuma Line. Near Nakanojō Station, where a 185 series train painted (temporarily) in Shōnan livery on a Kusatsu limited express for Ueno comes gliding in.



115 series local train stops alongside.



185 series train departs.



One of the new bridges on the replacement rail line, Agatsuma River Bridge No. 2. This is a five-span continuous prestressed concrete panel-stayed bridge. This is downstream of the dam site, but this section still needs to be replaced so that trains can climb up the valley to get above the planned height of the reservoir behind the dam.



Behind the new rail bridge are new roads and roadway tunnels.



Looking back at Agatsuma River Bridge No. 2. The existing ground-level tracks can be seen snaking by on the left.



Agatsuma Line train passes below... Above is the new Kangasawa Ramp, connecting existing roadways with the new roadway built for the dam.



There's another arch bridge and some tunneling work for the new track, but I will post those when I get a new set of photos.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 10:16 AM   #351
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Are there in Japan diesel-electric multiple units (DEMU)? I mean units where a diesel engine drives an electrical generator which produces electrical energy. The generated current is then fed to electric traction motors on the wheels or bogies in the same way as a conventional diesel electric locomotive. If Yes could You provide me with some recent examples? Thank You. Claude
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 10:40 AM   #352
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Yes, JR East's hybrid dmu types, the E200 and EB-E300 are technically DEMUs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HB-E300_series

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KiHa_E200

JR East press release. Scroll down to see the transmission setup on these units.

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/press/20051102/
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The last Tsugaru limited express train betwen Hachinohe and Aomori is arriving at Aomori station at 0:30 on December 4. Due to strong wind, it was 20 minutes behind the schedule.

source : modernday @ dcinside.com
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 08:53 PM   #354
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JR West 287 series press debut (redux)

Finally got some decent pics of the interior. Enjoy!
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/

Shin-Ōsaka / Kyōto end car of the three-car unit. This one has double pantographs which are designed to sweep frost and ice off the catenary. After requests from locals who are working hard to help preserve the Oriental stork from the brink of extinction, JR West agreed to rename the existing Kita-Kinki service to the Kōnotori ("Stork").



Infamous "Kumoroha" car, the Kinosaki Onsen / Amanohashidate / Higashi-Maizuru end car. These units will replace 183 series units deployed out of Fukuchiyama Yard.



Closer look at the coupler and HID lamps.



They also had these on the 225 series.



Inside the Kumoroha car, at the partition between green car seating (right) and standard class seating (left).



Green car is 2+1.



Standard seating is 2+2, but has more pitch than the older trains.



Wheelchair-accessible restroom and sink. One pair is located at the Shin-Ōsaka / Kyōto end of each of Car 2 and Car 6. Car 3 and Car 5 have the women-only restrooms.



The non-walkthrough end. Top speed is 130 kph.



Car 5 (left) and Car 4 (right), when coupled.

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Old December 4th, 2010, 01:47 AM   #355
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Tōhoku Shinkansen extension to Shin-Aomori opens

The 82 km extension of the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Hachinohe to Shin-Aomori opened on 2010.12.04, marking the completion of the full length of the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō to Shin-Aomori. At about 675 km, this is now officially the longest line (based on line naming conventions) in Japan. From Shin-Aomori north, the next big step is the extension through the Seikan Tunnel to Shin-Hakodate (as the Hokkaidō Shinkansen) and onto Sapporo.

ANN news report (2010.12.03) on the eve of the opening.
Retailers inside the station prepare for the big day.



Fuji TV report (2010.12.04) covering the first train from Shin-Aomori Station, Hayate 12 for Tōkyō, departing at 6:31 am. Scheduled arrival at Tōkyō was 9:51 am.


Source: jagayan7 on YouTube

The 7th CM in the "MY FIRST AOMORI" series begins broadcasting in Tōkyō area.
This one is called "Date". Protagonist Miura Haruma finds a girl and begins to explore Aomori's sights.


Source: samar2265 on YouTube

More to come as I get it...
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Tōhoku Shinkansen link completed
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T101204002936.htm

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Thirty-eight years after first being planned, the Tohoku Shinkansen line came into full service Saturday with the start of operations along an 81.8-kilometer section that connects Hachinohe and Shin-Aomori stations in Aomori Prefecture.

The start of services between Hachinohe and Shin-Aomori means three major bullet train routes--the Tohoku, Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines--have been fully connected, extending from Aomori Prefecture at the northern tip of Honshu to the southernmost region of Kyushu.

The 713.7-kilometer trip between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori takes about three hours 20 minutes by bullet train--40 minutes less than a trip using previous train connections.

However, Mother Nature put a damper on the first day of full services, as operations between Tokyo and Morioka were temporarily disrupted by strong winds in Fukushima Prefecture. Several runs were delayed.

The start of full operations on the Tohoku Shinkansen line came 38 years after the government laid out a basic plan for bullet train services extending from Morioka Station in 1972.

Services between Omiya Station in Saitama Prefecture and Morioka Station began in 1982, five years before Japanese National Railways was privatized and transformed into a group of private corporations.

In December 2002, services started between Morioka and Hachinohe.

Based on the nationwide Shinkansen railway development law enacted in 1970, the government decided to construct five new Shinkansen segments--the Tohoku route between Morioka and Shin-Aomori stations, the Hokkaido route, the Hokuriku route, Kyushu's Kagoshima route and Kyushu's Nagasaki route.

The Tohoku route is the first of the five newly projected Shinkansen courses to be completed.

Construction costs were covered by the central and local governments.

The Kyushu Shinkansen line's Kagoshima route will become fully operational on March 12, following the completion of a new section. Services on the Hokkaido Shinkansen line are scheduled to begin between Shin-Aomori Station and Shin-Hakodate Station in Hokkaido in fiscal 2015.

After opening ceremonies were held Saturday at Shin-Aomori and Tokyo stations, the first Aomori-bound Hayate No. 11 left Tokyo at 6:28 a.m. and the Tokyo-bound Hayate No. 12 left Shin-Aomori at 6:31 a.m. Both left right on time.

The new Hayate (falcon) model of bullet train will make 15 round trips between the two stations each day.

A ticket including basic fare and express train charge is 16,370 yen for a reserved seat in a standard-class car.
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Tōhoku Shinkansen extension (redux): Part 1

First, an ANN news report doing a quick overview of the first day of operations. The first day was somewhat marred by poor weather, as strong winds over 30 mps in Fukushima Prefecture forced JR East to cancel eight trains and delays 22 others by as much as three hours until the weather died down. Looked pretty dreary in Aomori as well.



Another ANN news report of the action at Tōkyō Station, where actor Miura Haruma, the protagonist of JR East's CM series on the extension, made an appearance to celebrate the opening.



Next, some scenes of Hayate E2 series trains arriving at and departing from Shin-Aomori, including the arrival of Hayate 11, the first train departing from Tōkyō. Also shots of the mayhem inside the station, and clips of the zairaisen operations, including limited express arrivals and departures.


Source: karibajct on YouTube
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Tōhoku Shinkansen extension (redux): Part 2

Not to be too distracted by the hulabaloo over the Shinkansen, there were some other changes in the zairaisen network that also went into effect with the opening of the extension.

First, some scenes at Aomori Station, now a terminus for the Aoi Mori Railway. Clips of signage at the station, which has been switched out with the transfer of operations of the Tōhoku Line, and shots of the departure of the commemorative train, a 701 series rapid departing Aomori at 8:54 am bound for Hachinohe. With the transfer of operations, a total of 122 km from Metoki to Aomori was added to Aoi Mori Railway's jurisdiction, and the 701-1000 series deployed out of JR East's Morioka Office were transferred over to Aoi Mori Railway. With the discontinuation of JR's limited expresses between Hachinohe and Aomori, Aoi Mori Railway also started rapid service on this section, in combination with through-service rapid services from the JR Ōminato Line. The trains are still in JR paint scheme, but they placed some Aoi Mori Railway decals and special wrap ads all over the exteriors.


Source: karibajct on YouTube

The Kamoshika (named after the Japanese serow), a limited express service on the Ōu Main Line between Akita and Aomori, was discontinued. Limited express service on this section is now consolidated under the Tsugaru service. A collection of clips of the JNR-era 485 series 3-car trains that used to ply this route:


Source: RAILWAYMOVIES on YouTube

Some other changes. I'm probably missing some since I don't follow intercity stuff as much.
  • Modifications to the Tsugaru limited express, which used to operate on the Tōhoku Main Line between Hachinohe and Aomori / Hirosaki, but which now operates on the Ōu Main Line between Aomori and Ōdate / Akita, absorbing the Inaho and Kamoshika.
  • The section of the Inaho limited express between Akita and Aomori was discontinued and transferred over to the Tsugaru. As a result, the Inaho no longer holds the title for the longest-distance regularly-scheduled daytime limited express (Niigata ‒ Aomori is 459 km), which it had held since 2001.
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Tōhoku Shinkansen extension (redux): Part 3

Now on to the pics.

Set 1, at Tōkyō Station:
Source: http://miyayume.cocolog-nifty.com/trainbox/

Zero days to the opening of the extension.



Departure board at Tōkyō Station for the Tōhoku, Yamagata, and Akita Shinkansen. These are the first trains on opening day:
6:26 Yamabiko 201 for Sendai
6:34 Hayate 11 for Shin-Aomori
6:46 Max Yamabiko 203 for Sendai
7:02 Hayate-Komachi 13 for Morioka / Akita



Platform 22 departure board later during the day... The wind wreaked havoc on the schedule.
14:56 Hayate-Komachi 31 for Shin-Aomori / Akita
16:52 Max Tanigawa 419 for Echigo Yuzawa
16:08 Max Yamabiko / Tsubasa 145 for Sendai / Yamagata / Shinjō



Hayate-Komachi 31 for Shin-Aomori / Akita, a couple of hours late due to the disruption.
The "Hachinohe" commonly seen on destination signs on Hayate trains has now disappeared, replaced by "Shin-Aomori."



Set 2. More from Tōkyō Station:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ultragreencar/

New platform information display, installed just for the opening. Included among the destinations on the Platforms 20-23 row for the Tōhoku, Yamagata, Akita, Jōetsu, and Nagano Shinkansen is "Shin-Aomori."



First train for Shin-Aomori was Hayate 11, a 10-car E2 series departing from Platform 22.



"Hayate 11 for Shin-Aomori, reserved seats"



Things picking up inside the zairaisen part of the station, where one of the ekiben shops had some event to celebrate the opening.

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Tōhoku Shinkansen extension (redux): Part 4

Set 3, at Shin-Aomori Station:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/talisker25y/

Entering from the West Exit, just after sunrise.



East Exit is all-glass exterior.



Restaurants on the first floor of the building.



Chicken ekiben...





Set 4:
Source: http://train-garakuta.cocolog-nifty.com/

First departures from Shin-Aomori.



Banner and kusudama at Shin-Aomori. The line to purchase commemorative tickets for the station's opening stretched outside the station building.



Inside Hayate 12 for Tōkyō, the first departure from Shin-Aomori.



Banner and kusudama at Hachinohe. At least some people who wanted to ride on the first day did the short trip from Shin-Aomori to Hachinohe and back.



Inside Hayate 93, the first outbound train on the extension, currently stopped at Shichinohe Towada.



Stopped at Shichone Towada.

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