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Old February 27th, 2011, 09:54 AM   #601
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Shin-Ōsaka Station constructon updates

A short photo update (2011.02) on the construction at Shin-Ōsaka Station for an additional Shinkansen platform and two additional sidings west of the station.
Source: http://saitoshika.blog119.fc2.com/



Zoom-in on the part where they are adding new sidings. The new columns and tracks are clearly visible.



At the station, work is proceeding on the Hankyū Shin-Ōsaka Building immediately adjacent to the new platform. The office building will be directly connected to the station through what is currently a gaping hole in the station exterior.





Next, we purchase a platform entry ticket to check out the new platform under construction, from the existing Platform 26. Platform work is well underway, and the canopy is already taking shape.



It’s only one track and one side platform, but the station feels substantially larger than before with this latest addition.

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Hokuriku Shinkansen: Fukui Station

A few photos of the completed aerial structure at Fukui Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen. While the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano to Kanazawa is scheduled to open in FY2014, this section further west has already been completed in conjunction with the elevation of the entire station. However, there is no consensus on the line west of Kanazawa, so for now, the Shinkansen structure sits empty.
Source: http://saitoshika.blog119.fc2.com/



This will become the Shinkansen tracks and station when the extension to Fukui opens. To the right of the structure at ground level is the station for Echizen Railway, a small, local private railway serving the Fukui area. The completed zairaisen station to the left is two island platforms and five tracks, and a stark change from when the station was still at ground level.



Approx. 800 m of aerial structure approaching the station has been completed.



When it opens, the station will be two tracks.





With the opening of the extension to Kanazawa, travel times between Tōkyō and Kanazawa will be reduced from the current approx. 4 hours to 2 hours, 25 minutes. Travel times between Tōkyō and Toyama will be reduced to 2 hours, 10 minutes. Unfortunately, passengers traveling between Toyama and the Ōsaka area who currently use the Thunderbird limited express will be forced to transfer at Kanazawa. Kanazawa and Toyama have historically had closer connections to the Nagoya and Ōsaka area, so it’s in their best interests to get the extension to Fukui and Ōsaka moving as soon as possible.
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E5 series Hayabusa public test rides: Part 1

Before the debut of the E5 series Hayabusa in regular commercial service on 2011.03.05, a special series of test rides was offered to the public between 2011.02.18 and 2011.02.20. The original plan was to award invitations to 4,000 applicants (500 passengers per train), but after receiving close to 250,000 applicants, JR East added another 400 seats. Even then, only one in 56 people who applied was awarded an invitation. Here’s all the details.

First off, some videos:

ANN news report (2011.02.18):



Assortment of clips.
JR East was selling special Hayabusa boxed lunches and other goods at Ōmiya Station. Also, nice horn at 7:30. Perhaps it’s just my imagination, but the E5 seems exceptionally quiet, even as it passes through stations at high speed.


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JR East has had a traveling mockup of the GranClass seats on display at a few stations this month. This one was at Ōmiya Station.



Window view from Sendai to Shiroishi Zaō on one of the test rides (2011.02.18). Train reaches 300 kph at 8:20, but most of this section is in tunnel, so there’s not much to see. First daylight section at 300 kph is around 9:30.


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E5 series Hayabusa public test rides: Part 2

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

E5 series unit U2 on a special test ride run, waiting for departure at Platform 15 of Ōmiya Station. This is Car No. 10 (E514), the Sendai end car and GranClass car. Unit U2 is the first mass-production unit, and features a few small improvements over the mass-production prototype unit S11 (U1), including a redesigned interior and minor changes to the exterior, including a switch from plug doors to sliding doors for the end cars.



Departure boards signed the train as Charter No. 537, bound for Sendai. The train departed Ōmiya at 14:30, arriving at Sendai at 15:42. After about half an hour, the train departed Sendai at 16:10 and arrived back at Ōmiya at 17:34. Many eyes were on this event in particular, as it was the first time members of the public would be able to see the insides of the E5 or the GranClass seats, and the first time passengers would be able to experience 300 kph on the Tōhoku Shinkansen.



The new falcon logo for the service.



Low-noise pantographs. Although each 10-car train has two pantographs, only one is in use at any time to keep noise levels down.



The LED screens inside the train were signed as non-reserved seats, with participants in the test rides only assigned to specific cars in trains. When revenue service actually begins, however, all seats will be reserved.

The outbound trip from Ōmiya to Sendai took 1 hour, 12 minutes—the same as when the Hayabusa begins service, and eight minutes faster than the current Hayate services on the same section.



Car No. 2 (E526), with standard seating. Seat pitch was increased from the current 980 mm to 1,040 mm, and the seat width for seats in three-seat rows was increased.



The standard seats on the Hayabusa are a slight improvement over the current standard seating, with softer head cushions that can move up and down.





Accelerating to 300 kph through the Kantō Plain, with the Nikkō Mountains in the distance.



The standing chap stick test.
With the full active suspension, there is almost no vibration when running at 300 kph. JR East’s engineers aimed for a ride comfort like “sliding on the surface of a mirror,” and it sounds like they got it.

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E5 series Hayabusa public test rides: Part 3

Part 2 of the photos:
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/

Lined up aside two E4 trains, awaiting departure back to Ōmiya on Platform 12 at Sendai Station. On the way to Sendai, the train reached 300 kph about a minute after passing Utsunomiya. The E5 will enter service at 300 kph, but this will be increased to 320 kph in FY2012. According to JR East vice-president Ogata Masaki, who was present during the test rides, the E5 could easily reach 360 kph, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for these trains.



18-seat GranClass car. They still had a protective covering on the aisle section of the carpet.



The now-famous genuine-leather shell seats made by Recaro, together with Hitachi and JR East. Maximum reclining angle is 45 degrees, seat width is 520 mm, seat pitch is 1,300 mm.



All these pictures are courtesy of this guy, the editor of Rail Magazine.



Cute GranClass attendant



With the hulabaloo over the GranClass, the green car has gotten less attention, but still is not bad. Seats feature powered legrests, reading light, and power outlets for computers.



Arriving at Ōmiya, running parallel alongside an E1 series Max unit, marking the end of a 3 hour, 17 minute round-trip test ride. In addition to the speed-up to 320 kph, FY2012 will also see the beginning of coupled operations at 300 kph with the E6 series for the Akita Shinkansen, later increasing to 320 kph in late FY2013.

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JR East teams with Kawasaki, Sumitomo on California HSR; JR Central teams with Fluor, Balfour Beatty on Texas HSR
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East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has finalized a plan to team up with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Sumitomo Corporation to bid on the high-speed rail project proposed in California (U.S.). Meanwhile, Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) will team up with major American construction firms in a bid for the high-speed rail project in Texas. While the competition to win high-speed rail projects in the United States will be a fierce battle with European firms and the Chinese over cost and performance, the two Japanese teams will bring their specialized expertise in an effort to win contracts.

In addition to Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Sumitomo Corporation, JR East’s consortium will include Nippon Sharyō, Hitachi, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The consortium will indicate its intent to participate in the bidding process to the California state government by March 16.

The California project is expected to involve the mixing of conventional and exclusive high-speed tracks. JR East will make use of proven “mini-Shinkansen” technology, already in use on the Yamagata Shinkansen and other lines, that permits running on both exclusive high-speed and conventional tracks. The railway will offer rolling stock technology that has been upgraded to American standards for fire resistance and durability. The railcar manufacturers in the consortium would be responsible for designing and manufacturing the trains, while JR East would be responsible for providing the operating and management knowhow. Sumitomo would be responsible for data gathering, procurement, and administration.

In the Texas project, JR Central has signed a memorandum of understanding to team with American construction and engineering giant Fluor and the local U.S. unit of U.K. construction giant Balfour Beatty. As for Japanese firms, eleven firms including Mitsubishi Corporation, Tōshiba, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) have already agreed to cooperate with JR Central.

The Obama administration has heralded “Buy American” as a major condition to awarding high-speed rail contracts. JR Central hopes to clear this condition by sub-contracting out civil works and a portion of the manufacturing of electrical and signaling equipment to Fluor and Balfour Beatty.

JR Central had been aiming to win orders by marketing its rolling stock technology based on the N700 series Shinkansen, with the Florida state proposal as its top-priority effort. But after Florida Governor Rick Scott announced his intention to shelve the project in mid-February, JR Central revamped its strategy. The railway now intends to prepare a bid for the Texas project, selecting locally-connected Fluor to join its team.

The Florida state high-speed rail project, however, had been awarded approx. $2.4 billion (¥196 billion) in federal money and progress had been made almost to the point of breaking ground on the project. In contrast, no detailed construction plan has been developed for the California and Texas lines.

The California project has been awarded money from the federal government and finalized its route plans, and has now begun looking for firms to participate in the project. However, a timeline for actual groundbreaking has yet to be determined. The Texas project doesn’t have a finalized route plan. There is also the possibility that American-specific rolling stock standards will be required for collision safety and other areas. JR Central president Kasai Toshiyuki has said, “This will be development proposal type of project. We would spend about three full years on developing it.”

In the United States high-speed rail projects, Germany and France are taking the lead in marketing efforts in California. Competition with Chinese and Korean teams, who are offering low cost as their selling point, is also becoming more fierce.
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UK sticks with plans to buy Hitachi trains
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...7202HQ20110301

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LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - Britain said on Tuesday it would push ahead with plans to replace its ageing Intercity Express trains, keeping a consortium including Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi (6501.T) as preferred bidder.

"I can now announce that I am resuming the IEP (Intercity Express Programme) procurement and proceeding with the proposal that Agility trains (the consortium) have put forward as preferred bidder," Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said.

"We will now work with Agility trains with a view to reaching financial close by the end of this year," he told parliament.

There had been fears the scheme, which would replace the diesel-powered trains dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, could be axed as part of a squeeze on government spending.

Hitachi had originally aimed to complete the deal by December 2009, but the previous Labour government delayed the scheme ahead of last May's general election.

The British contract is key to Hitachi's plans to break the dominance of the big three in the global railway market -- Germany's Siemens (SIEGn.DE), Canada's Bombardier (BBDb.TO) and France's Alstom (ALSO.PA).

The transport ministry said the 4.5 billion pound ($7.3 billion) programme would provide 500 new carriages for the East Coast and Great Western Main Lines, with the first trains in service by 2016.
Under the plans, Hitachi will build the trains at a new factory in County Durham, northeast England, that will be in operation by 2013, creating 500 jobs, the ministry said.

The new rolling stock will be a mixture of all-electric and "bi-mode" diesel-electric trains.

The government would offer Hitachi conditional financial assistance to build the factory, Business Secretary Vince Cable said.

Hammond also announced a 704 million pound ($1.2 billion) plan to extend the electrification of the Great Western Main line from Didcot, west of London, to Cardiff in Wales.

British infrastructure project manager John Laing is also part of the Agility consortium. (Reporting by Adrian Croft and Tim Castle; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
Good news for Hitachi… Hopefully, this will become a stepping stone into the larger European market.

Hitachi CM (2009.12) for the Class 395 units. Translation below.
Maybe they will make one for the new trains?


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1825—England gives birth to the railway.
Eventually, it crosses the ocean to Japan, and Hitachi begins making trains...
Safer, more comfortable, and more environmentally-friendly.

Like our hybrid system, which stores and reuses generated electricity.
And this aluminum shell, lighter than before, reducing energy consumption.

Hitachi’s technology, contributing to reduced carbon dioxide emissions, will finally begin running in the birthplace of railways, England.

The train is about to make its debut on the CTRL high-speed rail line.

From trains to operating systems, providing solutions for railways across the globe.
For Hitachi, it’s all about the environment.

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UK sticks with plans to buy Hitachi trains: Redux

A short ANN news report (2011.03.02):



There are also some worries from investors and others that the downsizing of the original contract (from 1,400 cars to 500 cars, with a corresponding 40 percent cut in the contract value) may be problematic for Hitachi.
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TV Tōkyō feature on the E5 Hayabusa

A recent Gaia no Yoake (“Dawn of Gaia”) episode on the E5 Hayabusa, starring famous actor Eguchi Yōsuke.

Starts with an overview of the opening of the Tōhoku Shinkansen extension to Shin-Aomori on 2010.12.04, after which Eguchi Yōsuke takes a tour of JR East’s Railway Museum in Saitama, where he follows the evolution of railways in Japan, from steam locomotive to limited expresses to the Shinkansen. Then it’s off to JR East’s Shinkansen maintenance center in Sendai to learn about the E5, starting with the Fastech 360 development process carried out behind closed doors by JR East with a 100 Japanese firms, including Hitachi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Tōshiba. Then, a quick overview of the GranClass service, followed by a test at 320 kph on-board the train, where JR East’s R&D leader for the E5 observes the pantograph—with its newly-developed “piano key” design to ensure constant contact with the overhead—and tests the vibration of the train.


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Thanks to bikkuri bahn on jnsforum.com for finding this great video.
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Japan tests opportunities for Asia-Europe freight transport using Trans-Siberian Railway
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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Kyodo) A freight train carrying Japanese-made roof tiles left Vladivostok on Sunday for Moscow to test whether the overland route using the Trans-Siberian Railway is quicker than the shipping route via the Mediterranean Sea.

The test is aimed at checking how long it takes to transport commodities from Hamada port in Shimane Prefecture to western Russia when using a regular container cargo ship from Hamada to Vladivostok and the Trans-Siberian Railway, transport ministry officials said.

The trans-Siberian route is expected to take as little as about 30 days, compared with around 50 days for the sea route from Hamada port to western Russia, the officials said.

The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is keen on proving the competitive advantage of the trans-Siberian route to motivate more companies to use the container service from Hamada to Vladivostok, they said.
Despite the recent row over the Kuril Islands, diplomats from both countries met yesterday (2011.03.02) in Tōkyō about the possibility of Japan helping Russia with high-speed rail construction and natural resources development in eastern Siberia:
http://www.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20110...411921000.html
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Japanese experts to assist in study of “Golden Rail Corridor” in India
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MUMBAI: Ahmedabad may soon be only three-and-a-half hours from Mumbai and Kolkata less than half a day away. The Railway ministry will rope in Japanese experts to study the feasibility of a special 'golden rail corridor', with passenger trains running at 160-200 km per hour.

Railway minister Mamata Banerjee said the pre-feasibility study for the western leg of the corridor, between Delhi and Mumbai, would start early next fiscal. Countries like China have already brought cities closer with trains running at over 360 km per hour and magnetic levitation trains (Maglev).

"Similar studies will be initiated for other corridors including Ahmedabad-Mumbai, Mumbai-Kolkata," she said, adding Indian Railways plans to take the efficiency of trains to the next level. The Maharashtra government has already put its Mumbai-Nagpur Maglev train project, which promises to cover the 800 km distance within three hours, on the backburner.
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JR West’s preliminary goal for Kyūshū Shinkansen: 50% market share
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Just a month to go before the opening of the full length of the Kyūshū Shinkansen, on February 12 JR West revealed that its goal for share of the passenger transport market between Ōsaka and Kagoshima, in which it will compete with air travel, is 50 percent. Currently, airlines have secured an approx. 90 percent share of the total market in between the two regions, but both JR West and JR Kyūshū are prepared to stage a comeback through cheaper fares and reduced travel times as a result of the opening of the Kyūshū Shinkansen.

Airlines have the competitive edge between Ōsaka and Kagoshima when it comes to travel times. However, when considering the additional time needed for security and other boarding processes, as well as the fact that Kagoshima Airport is about an hour bus ride away from central Kagoshima City, JR West spokespersons say, “In reality, the travel time between Ōsaka and Kagoshima is virtually the same between Shinkansen and airplanes.”

Meanwhile, on the price side JR West will introduce a special Internet reservation discount for members of the railway’s card program. When making reservations between Shin-Ōsaka and Kagoshima Chūō for round-trip reserved seats on the Mizuho at least three days before the day of the trip, the one-way fare drops to ¥17,000—an approx. 20 percent discount over the standard fare.

JR West is marketing the Shinkansen’s competitive advantage in convenience and price, aiming to quickly increase the Shinkansen’s market share from the current 10 percent to 50 percent. JR West president Sasaki Takayuki remarked, “We want to open up new markets with the Shinkansen. We are hoping to promote the charms of Kyūshū and create new passenger demand.”
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JR Central announces plan to install platform doors at remaining Tōkaidō Shinkansen stations
http://www.asahi.com/national/update...102160034.html

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On February 16, JR Central president Yamada Yoshiomi revealed a plan to move forward with installation of platform doors (moving platform gates) at stations on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen to prevent passengers from falling off platforms and onto the tracks. Close to half of the stations on the line already have fixed discontinuous platform fencing that has several openings for train doors, but the railway will develop an automatic door system to be installed on the fencing starting in FY2011.

According to JR Central, of the 17 total stations on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, only three—Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama, and Atami—have platform doors. At eight stations including Tōkyō, Nagoya, and Shin-Ōsaka only fixed fencing is provided, and at six stations with limited boardings and alightings including Kakegawa, Toyohashi, and Maibara no barriers of any kind are provided. As the door locations differ depending on the number of cars in the train and the train type, there are many locations where fixed fencing installations must be designed with large openings to accommodate all trains.

At the press conference, Yamada remarked, “All trains on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen now operate with 16 cars, and the fleet will eventually consist of either 700 or N700 series trains. In coordination with this fleet consolidation, we are hoping to install platform doors,” indicating the railway’s intention to develop platform doors at its own research facilities and together with manufacturers. A timeline for installation has yet to be determined.

Regarding platform doors, following a fatal accident where a blind passenger fell of a platform on the JR Yamanote Line, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ōhata Akihiro commented, “I would like to orchestrate the advancement of platform door installation,” establishing a platform door installation working group on February 9 together with JR and private railway companies.
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E5 and E6 series testing

Recent clips (2011.02.28) of testing.
E6 at Ugo Sakai Station on the Ōu Main Line and Ōkama Station on the Tazawako Line, E5 at Iwate Numakunai Station on the Tōhoku Shinkansen.


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There are also some worries from investors and others that the downsizing of the original contract (from 1,400 cars to 500 cars, with a corresponding 40 percent cut in the contract value) may be problematic for Hitachi.
The contract only covers the Wales part of the GWML and ECML replacements to start with, hence the reduction. If the bi-mode is a success, then I'd imagine there will be another order for trains on the line to Cornwall and perhaps also the Cross-Country network.
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Mitsui receives order for 32 new electric locomotives for South African freight line
http://www.mitsui.co.jp/en/release/2...1107_4048.html

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", head office : Tokyo, Japan, President and CEO : Masami Iijima) signed a contract through its subsidiary, Venus Railway Solutions (Pty) Ltd., for the supply of 32 new electric locomotives with Transnet Limited ("Transnet"), a transport and logistics company wholly owned by the South African government, on 17 December, 2010, and it is effective on 2 March 2011. The contract amount is about ¥19 billion (US$230 million).

These locomotives will be utilized for an 860 km iron ore line which runs between Sishen, which has some of the largest iron ore mines in the world, and Saldanha port. The electrical portion of these locomotives will be supplied by Toshiba Corporation ("Toshiba"), and the mechanical portion, such as bogies and bodies, will be supplied by Union Carriage and Wagon Company (Pty) Ltd. ("UCW"), a rolling stock manufacturer in South Africa.

Mitsui together with Toshiba and UCW has supplied 75 electric locomotives to Transnet in the 1980s, which still have a high reliability and availability, and received additional ¥65 billion order for 154 electric locomotives in 2006. Because of that achievement, Mitsui succeeded to receive this new order of 32 new electric locomotives for the iron ore line on 17 December 2010.

South Africa, hosted and successfully operated the FIFA World Cup in 2010, is the world's leading producer of major mineral resources and is developing its economy on the strength of high resource demand. South Africa has been intensively investing in its infrastructure, including railway transportation and ports, to reinforce its rapid growth.

Under strong global demand for mineral resources especially iron ore and coal, Transnet is implementing its investment plan to improve the railway transportation infrastructure, and, thus, Transnet will continue to procure electric locomotives.

Countries in southern Africa, as typified by South Africa, abound in natural resources and have a great demand for improved transportation infrastructure relating to natural resources. Mitsui, in cooperation with Toshiba, intend to expand their share of the locomotive market in South Africa and other African countries for a contribution to the economical growth of those countries.
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E5 Hayabusa debuts in revenue service: Part 1

The new E5 series Hayabusa made its debut on the Tōhoku Shinkansen on 2011.03.05.
Fans gathered all up and down the line to capture the start of a new era on the line, marked by a new top speed of 300 kph and the Shinkansen’s new first class, the GranClass service.

About 1,500 people gathered at Tōkyō Station to watch the first departure from Tōkyō, Hayabusa 1, leading to severe platform congestion and a small incident in which an older man in his 60s fell onto the tracks. Although uninjured, there were residual minor delays as a result.

First, some news reports (2011.03.05):
TBS news report. I feel like I’ve seen that GranClass attendant about ten times already…



ANN news report.
Kishimoto Mai, who played the heroine in the MY FIRST AOMORI CM series, was on hand at Shin-Aomori to watch the departure of Hayabusa 4, the first Tōkyō-bound departure, at 6:10 am.



Tōō Nippō clips from Shin-Aomori and Hachinohe Stations:


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E5 Hayabusa debuts in revenue service: Part 2

Ride on the first train from Sendai to Tōkyō. I guess Yoshinaga Sayuri couldn’t make it for the ridiculously early (around 6:00 am) ceremonies, so JR East played a recording of her, similar to the GranClass CM.


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Passing Shin-Hanamaki, Kitakami, and Mizusawa – Esashi Stations at top speed:


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With trackside sprinklers on. I believe there was some light snow in the Tōhoku area on the first day of service.


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The chaos at Tōkyō as railfans of all walks assembled to see the newest addition to the Shinkansen family… I have to say that this crowd seemed better behaved than others I’ve seen, though.


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E5 Hayabusa debuts in revenue service: Part 3

Next, a four-part homage to the train that made the E5 possible, the Fastech 360. Designed for a top speed of 405 kph, the train laid the foundations for the technologies that are now part of the Hayabusa, as well as some that never made it into the mass production units, including the famous “cat ears.” But I expect we will see some future refinement of these ideas, as well as entirely new concepts, when the Shinkansen is extended to Hokkaidō. But for now, enjoy this tribute to a legend among Japanese railfans.
Source: tobirabito on YouTube

Part 1:
Clips between Sendai and Furukawa, and at Ōmiya and Karuizawa.



Part 2:
Clips between Furukawa and Kitakami.



Part 3:
Clips between Kitakami and Morioka, and on zairaisen.



Part 4:
Clips between Morioka and Hachinohe.



More to come as it arrives…
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