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Old December 4th, 2010, 11:02 PM   #361
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Tōhoku Shinkansen extension (redux): Part 5

Set 5, at Shichinohe Towada Station:
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Arriving Hayate train



Hopefully, we'll get some thorough tours of the station interiors at Shin-Aomori and Shichinohe Towada. I think the weather spoiled plans for a lot of passengers and railfans.
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Old December 5th, 2010, 01:44 PM   #362
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As always, quashlo, an amazing update on the newly opened line. Thank you!

I am looking forward to the opening of the Kyushu shinkansen as well as the first section of the Hokkaido shinkansen. In the future it will probably be possible to go all the way from Wakkanai down to Kagoshima in one day. Anyone who knows if the projected time between Sapporo and Tokyo with shinkansen still will be 3 h 57 min? Will the trains be able to travel in 360km/h?
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Old December 5th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #363
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Welcome to the "other" thread.

Not sure about the Wakkanai part... Population gets pretty dicey that far north. If they extend it past Sapporo at all, I don't think it would go any further than Asahikawa. Even then, though, I'm not sure the locals would want it if it meant possibly giving up cheaper, more frequent limited express service to Sapporo. This is already happening on the Nagasaki route of the Kyūshū Shinkansen, I believe.

The 3h57m estimate is from this 2006 report by the Hokkaidō Economic Federation, which assumes 360 kph. Both JR East and JR Hokkaidō have been mum about the design speed for the line, and all we know is that in the near future, the Tōhoku Shinkansen will see a speed-up to 300 kph and then 320 kph. Perhaps after that, they will begin to look at practical ways to get to 360 kph.

Technologically, I don't think it's an issue... After all, the maximum design speed of the FASTECH units was already 405 kph (even though they only operated up to 360 kph in actual trials), and the 300X was already testing at 443 kph on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen almost 15 years ago. I believe there is also a lot of room still to improve on the E5 and E6 series, since it seems like JR East played it safe and didn't incorporate all of the elements of the FASTECH units, including the permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) or the neko-mimi air brakes... Who knows what else they passed up on in this generation? Ultimately, I think the major considerations are still environmental, particularly the noise standards.
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Old December 6th, 2010, 08:03 AM   #364
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JR Central to install cameras on N700 units as anti-snow measure
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/aic...OYT8T01218.htm

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Starting this season, JR Central will begin installing on-board cameras beneath the floors of N700 series trains, the newest series of Shinkansen trains, in an effort to reduce snow damage. The system checks on the propensity of the snow to fly up as the train passes and the level of snow accumulation on the undercarriage, limiting the speed as the snow increases. Since there is the danger of track ballast flying up at high speed and damaging the car body when lumps of snow fall off while the train is traveling at high-speed, the railway plans to outfit 50 trains (approx. 60 percent of the total) with the system by the end of FY2011.

Since the line first opened, Shinkansen trains have received damage from snow near Sekigahara in Gifu Prefecture. In the past, the railway has brushed snow off trains at stations and sprinkled water along the tracks to keep snow from flying up, but now plans on further strengthening anti-snow measures this season.

The cameras will be installed underneath the floor of Car 16 on N700 series trains (16-car formations). The captured footage will be transmitted via wireless communications to the Shinkansen Command Center, which manages train operations, where the condition of the snow will be confirmed. In addition to trains, the railway will also install cameras at a total of three trackside locations between Kyōto and Gifu Hajima.
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Old December 6th, 2010, 08:03 AM   #365
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Tōkaidō Shinkansen ridership in November posts small increase
http://www.sankeibiz.jp/business/new...1551007-n1.htm

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Average daily ridership on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen for the period November 1 through 28, announced by JR Central on November 29, showed a four-percent increase over the same period last year. Tourists out looking to view the autumn leaves on the last weekend of November descended upon Kyōto, pushing ridership just slightly above last year's numbers. Compared to the year before last year, however, ridership is down seven percent.

The Tōhoku Shinkansen extension will open on December 4, while the Kyūshū Shinkansen extension will open on March 12. JR Central president Yamada remarked, "Once all the dust has settled on the new Shinkansen extensions, I hope all the operators can come together and evaluate creative campaigns," indicating the JR companies' intentions to offer products and events designed to increase Shinkansen ridership.
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E3 Komachi trains through the Sengan Pass

E3 series Komachi trains on teh Yamagata Shinkansen traveling through the Sengan Pass during the autumn leaves season.















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JR East announces ridership performance of Shin-Aomori extension on first three days
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2010/20101207.pdf

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Ridership performance on Hachinohe ‒ Shin-Aomori section (compared to same day of the week from previous year)
Code:
Date       Outbound        Inbound             TOTAL
        ==============  ==============  ====================
          2010   2009     2010   2009     2010   2009   %Ch
12.04    4,000  2,900    4,600  3,000    8,600  5,900  146%
12.05    3,300  3,100    4,200  2,900    7,500  6,000  125%
12.06    2,700  2,700    2,800  2,600    5,500  5,300  104%
=====    =====  =====    =====  =====    =====  =====  ====
Avg      3,300  2,900    3,900  2,800    7,200  5,700  126%
Shinkansen ridership performance at newly-opened stations:
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Date         Shichinohe   Shin-
               Towada    Aomori
2010.12.04     1,600      8,900   
2010.12.05     1,200      7,000
2010.12.06       600      5,200
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Daily Avg      1,100      7,000
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Old December 7th, 2010, 10:55 AM   #369
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JR East announces new E657 series for Jōban Line limited expresses
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2010/20101206.pdf

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  • Our Super Hitachi and Fresh Hitachi limited express services linking Ueno Station with major stations on the Jōban Line operate on 37 outbound trips and 34 inbound trips (departing from and arriving at Ueno) daily, and are used by approx. 26,000 passengers daily.
  • Beginning in spring 2012, we will introduce new rolling stock (E657 series) on the Jōban Line between Ueno and Iwaki, and by fall 2012, all regularly-scheduled limited express services serving Ueno Station will be operated with the new trains.
  • The new trains will operate between Ueno and Iwaki. Services between Iwaki and Sendai will operate with existing trains (E653 series) under a new brand name. Cross-platform transfers will be offered at Iwaki Station.
  • The new trains are designed for improved noise insulation and ride comfort, and will feature an in-train broadband environment via WiMAX technology, as well as passenger amenities incorporating universal design.
Note 1: The E653 series are trains currently used on the Fresh Hitachi services between Ueno Station and Iwaki Station.
Note 2: At the time of introduction of the new trains, the broadband Internet connection is scheduled to be offered on the section between Ueno and Mito. As trackside UQ WiMAX infrastructure is installed, we will gradually expand the scope of the service.

Number of new cars: 160 (16 10-car trains)
Rolling stock details: See below
Introduction timeline: Planned rollout beginning in spring 2012, with completion of replacement of existing trains in fall 2012
Lines served: Jōban Line between Ueno Station and Iwaki Station
Service plan: In coordination with passenger demand, we will modify the service plan for limited express trains as necessary.
Other: In regards to the detailed operating schedule, we will make an announcement as soon as plans have been drafted.

Details of new rolling stock for Jōban Line limited express services
  • Pleasant train environment
    • In addition to installing full-active suspension on end cars and green cars, reducing vibrations while running, dampers will be installed between cars, improving ride comfort.
    • The trains will feature a floor structure that improves noise insulation.
    • Air purifiers will be installed, creating a pleasant in-train environment.
    • Air conditioning systems will feature individual vents, allowing for adjustment of air blast direction and speed at each seat.
  • Adapted to needs of business users
    • We will construct a broadband environment using WiMAX technology, allowing for casual Internet use inside the train.
    • Power outlets and tables for supporting personal computers will be provided at each seat.
    • Passenger information displays will use full-color LEDs, transmitting destination and station information as well as service alerts and news.
  • In-train amenities to improve passenger comfort
    • Trains will feature a large restroom accessible to motorized wheelchairs, multi-purpose rooms, and seats that permit fastening of wheelchairs.
    • Emergency intercom systems allowing for communication with the train crew will be installed within each cabin and inside restrooms.
    • Security cameras will be installed at the entry points to each passenger cabin.
    • One automated external defibrillator (AED) will be installed in each train.

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Standard class



Green car

The PDF has most of the major specs, but it appears that the major changes are:
  • Fixed formations of 10 cars, versus 7, 7+4, or 7+7 formations for the current 651 series and E653 series trains.
  • Lower passenger capacity (600 pax) per train. In 7+4 formation, the 651 series can carry 638 passengers while the E653 series can carry 734 passengers. The big difference with the E653 series is due to the seat pitch (960 mm vs. 910 mm).
Super Hitachi 651 series:


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Window view from an E653 series Fresh Hitachi (7+4) from Katsuta to Ueno (123 km, 1h22m):
Source: seigen120kaihin on YouTube

Part 1: Katsuta to Tomobe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7CarwbJWuk&hd=1
Part 2: Tomobe to Tsuchiura http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA3n3t7u4t4&hd=1
Part 3: Tsuchiura to Kashiwa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAu7fRX0uzs&hd=1
Part 4: Kashiwa to Ueno http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXywi-KBAts&hd=1
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Direct service Ueno ‒ Sendai limited expresses to be eliminated
http://www.asahi.com/travel/rail/new...012070420.html

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On December 7, JR East announced that it will introduce new E657 series trains onto Jōban Line limited expresses and eliminate the seven direct-service trips (across both directions) between Ueno and Sendai. Together with these changes, the Ueno ‒ Iwaki section of the Jōban Line will be divided into two sections: Ueno ‒ Iwaki and Iwaki ‒ Sendai. Passengers traveling between the two halves or from the Sendai half towards Ueno will have to transfer at Iwaki Station.

The current 651 series trains, which have been running on the Ueno ‒ Sendai section since 1989, will be gradually replaced by the new trains, retiring completely in the fall of 2012.

Starting in spring 2012, the new trains will operate on the Ueno ‒ Iwaki section of the Jōban Line, and the E653 series trains that have been operating primarily as Fresh Hitachi services between Ueno and Katsuta (and as far as Iwaki) will be shifted over to the Iwaki ‒ Sendai section.

Spokespersons for JR East say, "We devised ways to ensure convenience while considering the needs of the approx. 90 percent of riders who were traveling on the Ueno ‒ Iwaki section. We will mitigate some of the impact by permitting cross-platform transfers with limited express trains traveling in both directions on the Iwaki ‒ Sendai section." In regards to the impact to scheduling as a result of the elimination of direct service, the railway says it will only be "a few extra minutes to allow for transfers."
This is the "second half" of the story about the new E657 series trains. Not all that surprising, given that the Super Hitachi services have been in direct competition with the Tōhoku Shinkansen for many years now, as the Ueno ‒ Sendai section of the Jōban Line is probably (?) the last major long-distance intercity pair where regular limited express service still survives despite Shinkansen service. Plus, given that they will be gradually speeding up the Tōhoku Shinkansen with the introduction of E5 and E6 units, it is perhaps a good time to close the book on the direct-service limited expresses.
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Tōhoku Shinkansen extension boosts Hokkaidō limited express ridership
http://mainichi.jp/hokkaido/seikei/n...40231000c.html

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On December 8, JR Hokkaidō announced that ridership between Shin-Aomori and Hakodate for the first three days after the extension of the Tōhoku Shinkansen (December 4-6) was up 7.7 percent year-over-year. In its original plans, the railway says it forecasted a six-percent increase, and a hopeful Nakajima Naotoshi, president of the railway, said at a press conference, "It's an acceptable start. I expect ridership to increase further as we approach the new-year's period."

With the opening of Shin-Aomori Station on the Tōhoku Shinkansen, local governments in southern Hokkaidō, the Hokkaidō Prefectural Government, JR Hokkaidō, and others have launched various travel campaigns to encourage visitors from stations in the Tōhoku region and from Greater Tōkyō to take trips out to Hokkaidō.

According to the railway, approx. 7,900 passengers used Super Hakuchō and Hakuchō limited expresses between Shin-Aomori and Hakodate between December 4 and 6. On opening day (December 4) alone, ridership was approx. 3,000 passengers, a 17.5 percent increase over the same day last year. Seat reservations on the Super Hakuchō and Hakuchō through the end of this month are already up 26 percent year-over-year.

Meanwhile, regarding the dilemma over transferring out administration of the parallel conventional line should the Hokkaidō Shinkansen be extended to Sapporo, Nakajima revealed that Hokkaidō governor Takahashi Harumi had asked him to "not take lightly" the petition to keep operations of the conventional line under JR, signed by 110,000 people and submitted by Hakodate City to JR. Nakajima remarked, "It's a tough decision. If we knew what the national government is going to kick in (including use of surplus money from the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency), I think the situation might be different."
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JR Central president reports on progress of San'yō / Kyūshū Shinkansen through-service preparations
http://jr-central.co.jp/news/release/nws000645.html

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At JR Central, we are proceeding with preparations that will allow us to receive San'yō / Kyūshū Shinkansen through-service trains, which will soon be serving Shin-Ōsaka Station and using Torikai Car Yard.

Improvements to passenger facilities at Shin-Ōsaka Station
Through the facilities improvements described below, we will implement wayfinding and guidance for customers on the Kyūshū Shinkansen.

Improvements to departure boards and door stopping location displays
In addition to revamping departure boards and door stopping location displays inside Shin-Ōsaka Station (on platforms and within the station's paid area) to accept the new train names and destination stations, we will convert the departure boards inside corridors to full-color LEDs like the other departure boards, improving visibility. In addition, at places where door stopping locations are different, we will install new door stopping location displays.

Construction of a new escalator on Platform 20
In March, we will finish construction of an additional escalator on Platform 20, which will serve San'yō / Kyūshū Shinkansen through-service trains. In addition, on the small staircase from the faregates, we will install new escalators in both directions.

Implementation of a Shinkansen operations management structure
In order to ensure smooth train operations on the Tōkaidō, San'yō, and Kyūshū Shinkansen, we will implement systems improvements and a command structure, guaranteeing smooth and stable operations just as we currently do. In particular, in order to prevent a train delay from cascading to other services, we have established rules for operations management.
  • By connecting the COMTRAC (Computer Aided Traffic Control System) operations management system for the Tōkaidō / San'yō Shinkansen and the SIRIUS operations management system for the Kyūshū Shinkansen, we will be able to know the operational status of all trains running on the Tōkaidō, San'yō, and Kyūshū Shinkansen lines in one centralized place. (Implemented November 2010)
  • In order to allow for unified operations management, we will permanently station a JR Kyūshū chief-of-command responsible for the Kyūshū Shinkansen at the General Command Center for the Tōkaidō / San'yō Shinkansen, located in Tōkyō. In the event of service disruptions, the three railway companies will discuss a response at the General Command Center in Tōkyō before deciding on a unilateral action.
Maintenance at Torikai Car Yard
Coinciding with the entry of San'yō / Kyūshū Shinkansen through-service trains into JR Central's Torikai Car Yard in Settsu City, Ōsaka Prefecture, JR Central will be subcontracted to do train cleaning. As a result, we are making preparations for checking train facilities. In addition, since JR Central will also be responsible for emergency inspections or repairs, we will also implement necessary employee training.
Some pictures from the accompanying press release. At first, I thought that the trains indicated in these displays might be in the actual schedule, but there's some inconsistencies, so I think what they put on the signs is only for illustrative purposes.

Platform / concourse departure boards. The Mizuho service (first row) appears to be signed in orange, while the Sakura (second row) is in pink (obviously).



Departure boards inside corridors.
This is the existing display type, which uses three-color (red, green, orange) LEDs and some regular backlit (?) signs for the stopping pattern.



New type is full-color LCD. The difference is like night-and-day.
The stopping pattern for this Mizuho service on the board goes from Tōkyō to Kagoshima Chūō, one of the reasons why I suspect these aren't actual scheduled services.



Door stopping location information displays.



Nihon Keizai Shimbun also reports that in the event of a delay on the Kyūshū section, the railway will deploy emergency trains to ensure that passengers traveling from Fukuoka towards the Shin-Ōsaka direction will still be able to arrive on time.

It will be interesting to see how they coordinate efforts during service disruptions, since it will now be three different companies coordinating together instead of just two.
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Old December 9th, 2010, 10:32 AM   #373
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JR Central says it will place orders for L0 series stock in new year
http://mainichi.jp/select/wadai/news...20146000c.html

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On December 7, JR Central revealed that it will place rolling stock orders with railcar manufacturers at the start of the new year in preparation for the production of the new L0 series trains to be used on the maglev Chūō Shinkansen set to open between Tōkyō and Nagoya in 2027. Manufacturers will begin work on manufacturing the new trains before the end of the fiscal year, aiming for a completion sometime in FY2013 for testing.

In October of this year, JR Central announced details of the new trains, which feature a box-shaped cross section and increased interior space. Currently, the railway is hammering out the detailed design, and executives say they have entered the final stages of preparation before submitting the car order.

Nippon Sharyō, a subsidiary of JR Central, will handle the manufacture of the cars together with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Hitachi, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, part of the railway's plan to tap multiple manufacturers with proven track records.

JR Central will complete two end cars and three middle cars by FY2013, and plans to begin running tests following the completion of the extension of the maglev test track in Yamanashi Prefecture. By FY2015, the railway will manufacture an additional nine cars, beginning running tests with a total of 14 cars. The railway will run the cars in formations of five to 12 cars in preparation for revenue service at 500 kph.
Will be interesting to see how different the L0 series is compared to the experimental trains currently in use. For reference, this is a trial ride inside the experimental maglev train at 501 kph, taken in summer 2005. Only a couple of years before they start up the paid maglev test rides.


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Time running short in deciding fare structure for Kyūshū Shinkansen
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/region/kyus...0225000-n1.htm

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While it's now less than 100 days until the opening (March 12, 2011) of the full length of the Kyūshū Shinkansen linking Kyūshū and Kansai, the fare structure, originally expected to be announced between late September and October, has yet to be revealed. The reason is that discussions with the national government and others have stalled, leading competing airline companies to grow anxious because they are uncertain about "their opponents' hand." Meanwhile, travel agencies hoping to cash in on the opening have grown impatient and begun to make commitments before the train has set to depart, crafting travel plans and moving forward with other efforts.

Previously-released estimates placed the fare between Shin-Ōsaka and Kagoshima Chūō at around ¥21,000, but while JR Kyūshū president Karaike Kōji had originally indicated the fare structure would be announced from late September to October, he later hinted that the timeline could slip to late October or November. In the end, Karaike commented at a mid-November press conference that the railway was "in the final stages" of formalizing the fare structure.

JR Kyūshū, which will take the initiative in applying for the proposed fare structure, wants to secure a certain amount of fare revenue, strengthening its financial base through the Shinkansen opening. However, this has led to a stalemate in discussions with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), which wants an emphasis on a fare structure consistent with JR West's San'yō Shinkansen or the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, which operates many more trains and carries many more passengers but charges cheaper fares.

For the tourism industry, the opening of the full length of the Kyūshū Shinkansen is "pleasant news with a powerful impact" (Kinki Nippon Tourist), and Kansai travel agencies are trying to launch their travel products quicker than other companies.

Spokespersons for Kinki Nippon Tourist say, "It's a foregone conclusion that these will be popular travel plans for some time after the opening," and have already crafted several plans for two- to four-night stays. The company is on alert, ready to print out pamphlets as soon as JR announces the fare structure.

Spokespersons for Hankyū Travel are taxing their minds as well: "The train schedule and fare structure after the opening are important, but we also need to how many seats we will be able to secure." However, the company says it has already begin accepting customers on tours of Kyūshū on existing railway lines.

And then there are the future rivals, the airline companies. Spokespersons for All Nippon Airways, which operates regularly-scheduled flights from Ōsaka (Itami) Airport to all prefectures in Kyūshū , are also left pondering: "We'd love to start thinking about fare discount programs, but just what is going on (with the Shinkansen fares)?" Japan Air Lines, currently under financial restabilization, has introduced a substantial discount pre-purchasing program in response to the Tōhoku Shinkansen extension opening on December 4, and says, "We'll likely respond in a similar manner for the Kyūshū Shinkansen."
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JR Kyūshū drops hints about Kyūshū Shinkansen fares
http://www.asahi.com/kansai/travel/n...012080023.html

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For the San'yō / Kyūshū Shinkansen set to begin direct service in March 2011, on December 7 JR Kyūshū revealed its intentions to introduce a discounted one-way fare between Shin-Ōsaka and Kagoshima Chūō below ¥20,000. Airfares on the same route are ¥22,400 (when purchasing roundtrip). The railway hopes to offer a substantial discount to drive up ridership.

JR Kyūshū president Karaike Kōji responded to an Asahi Shimbun interview. Together with the 3-hour 45-minute travel times on the fastest service, the Mizuho, breaking the "four-hour barrier," the fares will improve competitiveness.

The railway plans to set discounted fares between Hakata and Kagoshima Chūō at around ¥9,000. In order to encourage casual demand, the railway will keep the fare below ¥10,000. The current discounted fare when transferring between limited express and Shinkansen is ¥7,800.

The Hakata ‒ Shin-Yatsushiro (Kumamoto Prefecture) section of the Kyūshū Shinkansen will open on March 12, and through-service with the San'yō Shinkansen will begin. JR will soon apply for approval of its proposed regular fare structure with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). Discounted fares will be decided afterwards, coordinating with San'yō Shinkansen operator JR West and others. The railway will formally decide on the proposed train schedule within the month.
Another story on the fare structure for the Kyūshū Shinkansen after the opening. Based on this, the Hakata ‒ Kagoshima Chūō trips will see a ¥1,500 to ¥2,000 fare increase (for reference, time savings is about 50 minutes).
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Kyūshū Shinkansen operator training: Aiming for on-time operations, to the second
http://www.nishinippon.co.jp/nnp/item/213233

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"Operating status: Everything normal. Train condition: Excellent."

It's late November. JR Kyūshū operator Yamaguchi Kazuhito (32), who completed a roundtrip between Hakata and Kagoshima Chūō as part of his operator training, showed signs of relief at Hakata Station as he handed off the new N700 series train for the Kyūshū Shinkansen to a JR West operator.

In late November, JR Kyūshū established a new Hakata Shinkansen Crew Office responsible for Kyūshū Shinkansen operations. The office is carrying out operator training runs for its Shinkansen operators virtually daily. The office is expected to be responsible for approx. 80 operators.

With exprience operating conventional-line trains for nine years, Yamaguchi became a Shinkansen operator in April of this year. Born in Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture, he has been waiting anxiously for the opening of the full line through his home region, the Chikugo area. The new section to open between Hakata and Shin-Yatsushiro features few tunnels, and Yamaguchi says, "It's a thrilling feeling to operate the train."

Meanwhile, the Shinkansen service demands the highest levels of safety and precision. A resolute Yamaguchi confided, "I want to polish my operating skills before the opening, and I hope to bring my time differential for arrivals at each station to less than one second."
N700 series operator training between Shin-Yatsushiro and Shin-Minamata.
The roofs are already sooty...


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Sinfonia Technology supplies Beijing ‒ Shanghai PDL with speed generators
http://www.asahi.com/digital/nikkank...012080002.html

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On December 7, Sinfonia Technology revealed that two of its speed generators were selected for the Jinghu Passenger Dedicated Line (PDL), the high-speed railway between Beijing and Shanghai where running tests at 500 kph are set to be conducted in March 2011. The units will be delivered in January of next year. Transport infrastructure including high-speed railways is proceeding at an accelerated pace in China. In the next three years, Sinfonia plans to increase annual sales in its speed generator business to ¥500 million, approximately double the current sales.

Speed generators are speed sensor devices attached to train axles, sensing voltage changes through the rotation of the axles. Speed data for each of the train wheels is transmitted to the train control equipment and the anti-lock brake control equipment. The speed generators ensure uniformity in speed differentials between each of the wheels, preventing against wheel slippage or excessive wear when applying brakes.

In addition to experience supplying equipment for multiple conventional and Shinkansen trains both within and outside of Japan, Sinfonia is supplying approx. 1600 railcar speed generators annually to big-name China railcar manufacturer CSR Sifang. Sinfonia has over a 50% share of the Chinese market for high-speed railcar speed generators. By strengthening it's business in China, Sinfonia forecasts ¥1.5 billion in sales of railcar electrical components three years from now.
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JR Kyūshū 14 series cars donated to Malaysia: Part 1

JNR-era 14 series cars were recently shipped to Malaysia to start their second life. Included in the shipment are six (6) 14 series sleeper cars formerly operated by JR Kyūshū on Sakura, Mizuho, and other sleeper services (the so-called "blue trains"). In their last stint in regular service in Japan, these six cars operated on the final Fuji sleeper limited express before that service was discontinued with the March 14, 2009 timetable changes.

Amateur video in commemoration of JR Kyūshū blue train services. The discontinuation of the Fuji and Hayabusa sleeper services on 2009.03.13 marked the end of Kyūshū blue train services. In its heyday, the Fuji stretched almost 1,600 km between Tōkyō and Nishi-Kagoshima, a journey over 24 hours long.


Source: kirin0825 on YouTube

NHK documentary on the Fuji (2009.04.29) (Japanese only).
Follows the stories of some of the passengers who rode the trains and the final days of the service.
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JR Kyūshū 14 series cars donated to Malaysia: Part 2

Some pics:
Source: http://kiyosuka.potika.net/

The special Revival Fuji run on 2009.03.15, after the cars had ended regularly-scheduled service.



At Kumamoto General Car Yard, being loaded onto trailer trucks (2010.11.24).



Loaded and ready to move...



Transport of the cars to the Port of Taniyama in Kagoshima City was carried out in three movements between 2010.11.25 and 2010.11.27.



Awaiting departure at the Port of Taniyama



Being lifted onto the cargo vessel (2010.11.29).



Departure on 2010.11.29 around 19:00. After a 12-day sea journey and some modifications, the six cars will be used on long-distance services operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB, or Malayan Railways Limited) between Johor Bahru and Tumpat.

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JR West 14 and 24 series cars donated to Malaysia

The other half of the shipment to Malaysia consisted of a total of eight (8) cars operated by JR West:
  • Seven (7) 14 series passenger cars used on the Moonlight Kyūshū rapid sleeper service and Spur seasonal ski-season service, which were decommissioned after the Moonlight Kyūshū was discontinued in 2009.
  • One (1) 24 series sleeper car used on the Ginga ("Galaxy") express sleeper service between Ōsaka and Tōkyō, which was discontinued in 2008.
A few Moonlight Kyūshū videos:

First, at Ōsaka Station. The all-blue is a much better paint scheme, although these aren't that bad either.


Source: ayokoi on YouTube

Window views from Shin-Ōsaka to Hakata:


Source: syaso on YouTube

The reverse direction, from Hakata to Shin-Ōsaka:


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Clips of the Ginga express sleeper train, including scenes from inside the train on a trip from Tōkyō to Ōsaka. The scene after sunrise running along a Hankyū train near Kyōto is especially nice.


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