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Old February 3rd, 2011, 10:46 PM   #581
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JR Central will avoid all-day cancellation of service in planned overhaul of Tōkaidō Shinkansen
http://www.nikkei.com/news/category/...3E2E2E2;at=ALL

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In regards to the major overhaul of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen planned in coordination with the opening of the maglev Chūō Shinkansen slated for 2027, on February 1 Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) revealed its intention to carry out construction works without the need to cancel service all-day on the Shinkansen. By optimizing the construction methods, the railway will contain cancelled services to a portion of trips during the early morning and late evening periods, allowing operations to continue even during construction in the hope of keeping the impacts to passengers to a minimum.

JR Central executives revealed the plans at a February 1 meeting of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Transport Policy Council (an advisory body to the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism), which is scrutinizing the maglev plan.

A future major overhaul of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, already 41 years old, is unavoidable. In the past, JR Central has estimated that the overhaul period would last about 9 years, and had plans to cancel services all-day for two days straight on a total of 37 occasions during this period. In order to completely replace large steel bridges and related critical components in one fell swoop, the railway believed that it would be necessary to cancel service for two days straight at each location in order to carry out the construction work.

By introducing a new method that replaces bridges and other structures by dividing the work into phases, JR Central will avoid all-day cancellation of services. The line is in service 18 hours daily, but the railway says it will be able to complete the overhaul by cancelling only a portion of services (approx. three hours a day during the early morning and late evening) a total of 470 times during the course of the overhaul. The railway wants to make active use of the slack created in the Shinkansen schedule as a result of the maglev opening, but says that the costs for the overhaul project will now be slightly higher than if service were cancelled all-day.
Will be interesting to see this in action... As the oldest high-speed line in the world, I don't believe anyone has yet run into the issue of having to replace significant parts of an existing line.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 10:47 PM   #582
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Local groups call on JR East to preserve direct-service Ueno ‒ Sendai limited expresses
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JR East has announced its intention to discontinue direct-service limited expresses between Ueno and Sendai on the Jōban Line starting in spring 2012. In response, local jurisdictions in the Sōsō area have voiced their complaints, saying the move “is likely to mean losses for regional economies.” On January 17, the local Jōban Line Revitalization Strategic Committee (Chairman: Minami-Sōma City mayor Sakurai Katsunobu) visited JR East’s Mito Branch Office to petition for the preservation of the direct-service trains.

According to JR East’s announcement, a total of seven daily direct-service limited express trains on the Jōban Line between Ueno and Sendai, including four inbound trains and three outbound trains, will be discountinued in spring 2012. The railway will introduce new E657 series trains between Ueno and Iwaki. With the discontinuation of direct-service trains, limited express passengers north of Iwaki Station will need to transfer at Iwaki.

Regarding reasons for the discontinuation, the railway cited the fact that daily ridership between Iwaki and Sendai is only about seven percent of the ridership between Ueno and Iwaki, and that ridership on stations north of Iwaki Station has declined about 40 percent compared to ridership 15 years ago.

On January 17, Minami-Sōma City mayor Sakurai and other representatives of the Jōban Line Revitalization Strategic Committee who visited JR East’s Mito Branch Office petitioned for continuation of the direct-service trains, claiming that the convenience of residents in the affected areas would decrease, leading to a drop in railway ridership, and that the transfer at Iwaki Station would be bad for public image, leading to substantial impacts including a decline in visitors from the Greater Tōkyō area and a decrease in the desire of companies to enter the Sōsō area.

Meanwhile, four groups from Hama-dōri including the Committee of Sōsō Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Chairman: Haramachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Takahashi Ryūsuke) also visited JR East’s Mito Branch Office on the 27th of last month to lobby for continuation of the direct-service trains. Committee executives say, “If the direct-service trains are discontinued, we’ll become the ‘transport boondocks,’ leading to an inevitable decline in the desire of companies to enter the Sōsō region. Even if it’s just one train a day, I hope they can retain the service.”

In response, JR East’s Mito Branch Office says, “We will minimize passenger inconvenience by having cross-platform transfers at Iwaki Station, and will do our best to speed up travel times by considering transfer times.”

Officials from the Sōsō region say they will continue their lobbying efforts with JR, calling on Hama-dōri tourism industry groups to participate in the movement.
Window view on a 651 series Super Hitachi limited express from Ueno to Sendai.
This is Super Hitachi 7, departing Ueno at 8:00 am and arriving at Sendai at 12:23 pm.

Part 1: Ueno to Matsudo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWbunbtCumk&hd=1
Part 2: Matsudo to Tsuchiura http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe61-vXxL7k&hd=1
Part 3: Tsuchiura to Mito http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh-SGzylD7M&hd=1
Part 4: Mito to Katsuta to Hitachi Taga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGGTf4hKA0g&hd=1
Part 5: Hitachi Taga to Hitachi to Izumi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgFLnT3l7RE&hd=1
Part 6: Izumi to Yumoto to Iwaki http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax_ivJK56Wg&hd=1
Part 7: Iwaki to Hirono http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWxCEpMv9Pc&hd=1
Part 8: Hirono to Tomioka http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGSMEuVMJAs&hd=1
Part 9: Tomioka to Ōno http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D8KJObjRMc&hd=1
Part 10: Ōno to Namie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT8G_GnAkKg&hd=1
Part 11: Namie to Haranomachi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SQzoYq-Teo&hd=1
Part 12: Haranomachi to Sōma http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F6CdyTA7Pg&hd=1
Part 13: Sōma to Sendai http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhwYr46q4rQ&hd=1
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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:19 AM   #583
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Creating 1st Online Railway Reservation System

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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:43 AM   #584
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One of Tokyo Station's newly completed domes has appeared in the public eye recently:



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Old February 11th, 2011, 08:36 PM   #585
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Tickets for first E5 series Hayabusa sell out in 40 seconds; GranClass sells out in 10 seconds

Unfortunately, I’ve been a little busy with work and haven’t had much chance to post... I’ve got a bit of time coming in the next few days so I’ll try and catch up on the latest news.

On 2011.02.05, the first round of tickets for the first Hayabusa trains went on sale nationwide. The first guy to purchase tickets (no doubt a railfan) took the bus all the way from Saitama to Aomori, lining up at 3:00 am just to purchase a ticket. The first outbound train to Shin-Aomori sold out in about 40 seconds, while the first inbound train into Tōkyō sold out in about an hour. The GranClass seats in both directions sold out in 10 seconds.

ANN news report (2011.02.05):

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Old February 12th, 2011, 03:08 AM   #586
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does anyone know if the E954 shinkansen which is similar to the E5 in service and which line it runs on?
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Old February 12th, 2011, 03:34 AM   #587
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It was only experimental train, and after tests it was demolished in 2009.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 04:00 AM   #588
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Only one more week until service begins.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 08:23 AM   #589
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Tokaido line

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Old February 27th, 2011, 09:44 AM   #590
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C61 20 undergoes running tests at Ōmiya General Rolling Stock Center

Between 2011.02.21 and 2011.02.24, the C61 series locomotive currently under refurbishment at Ōmiya General Rolling Stock Center in Saitama was taken for test runs inside the yard. Some shots in and around the Railway Museum (whistle sounds great ):


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Old February 27th, 2011, 09:45 AM   #591
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Shinkansen photos: Part 1

A few photos from http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/shinkansenwotorou5963/:

E6 series


Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/shinkansenwotorou5963/

E1 series approaching Ōmiya during heavy snow


Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/shinkansenwotorou5963/

E3 series


Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/shinkansenwotorou5963/

More E6 series:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/shinkansenwotorou5963/

In 10+7 formation with an E5 series.



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Shinkansen photos: Part 2

E2 series in light powder
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/shinkansenwotorou5963/







800 series
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/shinkansenwotorou5963/





E4 series
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/shinkansenwotorou5963/







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Old February 27th, 2011, 09:47 AM   #593
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Kyūshū Shinkansen: Shin-Tamana Station

A few shots of Shin-Tamana Station on the soon-to-open section of the Kyūshū Shinkansen. This is a Shinkansen-only station (no connection to zairaisen), similar to Shin-Ōmuta Station. Design concept for the station is “Nature, Light, and Rhythm: A Station in the Forest.”
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More CMs for Kyūshū Shinkansen

Well, I already posted JR Kyūshū’s CM spot, but here are JR West’s versions. I like these much better.
Source: Betamax1984 on YouTube





Also, JR Kyūshū also produced a few Web-only CMs: http://kyushushinkansen.com/tvcm

There’s also a song composed by Mukaiya Minoru (as the Mukaiya Club) and sung by Kim Bianca just for the Kyūshū Shinkansen opening. The song is about cherry blossoms, the namesake of the new Sakura service. Only two weeks to go before service begins!

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N700-7000 series Mizuho / Sakura press-only test rides: Part 1

On 2011.02.12, one month before the opening of the full length of the Kyūshū Shinkansen on 2011.03.12, JR West and the Kinki Transport Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) organized a special test ride (just one of a series) between Shin-Ōsaka and Kumamoto to publicize the new San’yō / Kyūshū Shinkansen through-service. 2011.02.12 was also the first day of reserved seats going on sale, with tickets on Mizuho trains departing Shin-Ōsaka on the first day of service selling out in 15 seconds.

There have been test rides previously, but only of JR Kyūshū units on the Kyūshū section and JR West units on the San’yō section. This was the first time test rides were offered on through-service runs. A total of 50 people, including executives from Kansai’s major private railways, participated in the event, and there were various PR events and receptions in Kumamoto and Kagoshima designed to attract visitors to the Kansai area.

The unit used on this particular test ride was S6, an N700 series S unit (JR West N700-7000 unit). This particular test ride was private, invitation-only.

First, some photos:
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/

An N700-7000 series unit rolls into Track 20 at Shin-Ōsaka Station at 10:04 am as press officials crowd the platform. The train departed Shin-Ōsaka at 10:22 am, arriving at Kumamoto at 13:51 (3 hours, 29 minutes journey time). When the service actually begins, the Mizuho will take about 3 hours and the Sakura 3 hours, 20 minutes on the same section. Top speed is 300 kph on the San’yō section and 260 kph on the Kyūshū section, but the test ride was delayed a bit as a result of blizzards in Hiroshima and Yamaguchi Prefectures.



Posters hanging in Shin-Ōsaka Station advertising the through-service.



Participants were handed badges and tags containing their assigned car and seat number.



A JR West press conference was held on the first floor of Shin-Ōsaka Station starting at 9:30 am.



Television crews with equipment heading up to the platforms.



Departure boards on Platform 20 signed the train as “Out of Service Train 891.”



The (full-color) LED signs on the train’s sides were marked for “Test Ride Event.”



The green car section occupying half of Car No. 6 was especially popular among TV and press reporters.



Poster ad on the car walls. There’s another version on the JR Kyūshū units.

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N700-7000 series Mizuho / Sakura press-only test rides: Part 2

Next set:
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/

Arriving at Hakata Station and entering the new section of the line, from inside Car No. 4. Press officials were allowed to venture only into specific sections of the train, and some of the equipment was not open for use. While it was only cloudy in Ōsaka, the weather got worse the further south along the line. A low pressure front brought rain to the Himeji area, which later turned into hail near Okayama, forcing the train to reduce speed. As a result, participants missed out on experiencing the full power of the train, which has all powered cars and a 2.6 kphps acceleration to combat steep grades in the Kyūshū section.



Test Ride Train 891 for Kumamoto



Passing Okayama Yard on the left.



The green “car” is actually only one-half of Car No. 6, towards the Ōsaka end, with 24 seats. The other half of the car houses 36 standard seats.



Pictures are courtesy of this guy, editor of Rail Magazine. Seats are based on the N700 series synchronized comfort seats, with wooden elements made of aged cherry wood. The seat fabric features deodorant qualities, and the carpet, decorated with a flower arabesque pattern, is designed to block out noise. The seats feature synchronized reclining capability with air-powered leg rests.



Reserved, standard-class seating (2+2), which is a refinement of the reserved “saloon seats” on the 700 series Hikari Rail Star, offers perhaps the best value for money, beating out the green car seats from one generation ago in terms of quality. The seat cushion and back can be adjusted simultaneously. Wood in this section is red cherry.





Braille in the seat handles

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N700-7000 series Mizuho / Sakura press-only test rides: Part 3

Standard seating (2+3) isn’t bad either, with young cherry wood and red and blue checkered moquettes.







The eight-car unit features an array of passenger amenities, including a powder room and diaper-changing table (Car No. 5), multi-purpose room and multi-function toilet (Car No. 7).

Multi-purpose room



Multi-function toilet



Diaper-changing table in Car No. 5



Entering the blizzard in Yamaguchi Prefecture…
Arrival at Shin-Yamaguchi was at 12:50, 27 minutes later than the original schedule of 12:23 due to the weather.

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N700-7000 series Mizuho / Sakura press-only test rides: Part 4

Last photo set:
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/

Three Mizuho / Sakura N700 series units lined up at Kumamoto Station. The nearest is our test ride unit, S6. Arrival at Hakata was 30 minutes behind schedule due to weather, but there was a lot of slack built into the original schedule that allowed the train to regain time on the Kyūshū section, where weather was less chaotic.



Arrival at Shin-Tosu Station, 20 minutes late. This will be a transfer station with the Nagasaki Main Line, which will get a new station here. The new section of the line between Hakata and Shin-Yatsushiro was built over 13 years at a total cost of approx. ¥892 billion. Work on the Funagoya – Shin-Yatsushiro section began in 1998, while work on the Hakata – Funagoya section began in 2001. The MLIT completed its inspections and issued its certification of the line on 2011.02.04.



Weather got much better around Shin-Tosu, with some sunlight peeking through every so often.



Special “Mizuho and Sakura” bentō.



Arrival at the terminal, Kumamoto. The LED signs help indicate to passengers which doors will open.





Arrival at Kumamoto at 13:51, 12 minutes behind schedule.



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N700-7000 series Mizuho / Sakura press-only test rides: Part 5

The Shinkansen Exit at Kumamoto Station. Work was (is?) still proceeding feverishly outside the station. The east side of the station, housing the zairaisen tracks, will become the Shirakawa Exit.



Kumamoto PR folks celebrating the arrival of the train.



The Shinkansen automatic faregates are in place, awaiting opening day.



There were also test rides open to the public being offered out of Kumamoto. Here, participants check in.



Kansai yuru-characters (mascots) were out in force to promote tourism to the Kansai area. The only one I recognize here is Sento-kun, the half-deer, half-Buddha character on the right created for the 1300th anniversary of Heijō-kyō Capital in Nara.



Looking down at the ground-level zairaisen tracks, which are slated to be elevated some time in the future.



A look at the same spot 39 years ago, with the brick steam locomotive house. It’s a vastly different scene now…



The completion of the full length of the Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route will connect Shin-Aomori to Kagoshima Chūō by Shinkansen, stretching 2000.8 km.
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N700-7000 series Mizuho / Sakura press-only test rides: Part 6

A few videos:

JR West was offering several test rides to the public (in addition to rides being offered by JR Kyūshū). A total of 800 seats were available to the public on the four JR West-sponsored test rides between 2011.02.05 and 2011.02.20, with 145,000 people applying.

asahi.com video (2011.02.05):



Test ride trains on the San’yō Shinkansen (2011.02.20):


Source: EZ30tRutH6 on YouTube

A sneak peek inside JR Hakata City, scheduled to open 2011.03.03. Work inside the building is complete, but they are still doing the final touches outside.


Source: Tsurayuki100sei on YouTube
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