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Old March 6th, 2011, 08:36 PM   #621
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I like this train a lot. One of my favorites. Its color is really nice too.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 07:20 AM   #622
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Kawasaki and Hitachi seek to form JVs in India, Brazil for railcar production
http://www.nikkei.com/tech/news/arti...2E2E2E2E2;df=2

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One after another, Japanese railcar manufacturers are moving towards production in emerging nations. Kawasaki Heavy Industries has teamed up with Indian Railways to manufacture rolling stock for freight railroads. Hitachi has also begun considering establishing joint venture companies in India and Brazil for manufacturing railcars for urban railways. Unlike European and North American rival firms, Japanese firms have no railcar production hubs in emerging nations, but will establish frameworks to allow for local production and maintenance, with an aim towards winning orders for railway projects in the high-growth markets of developing countries.

In 2016, a dedicated freight railway is slated to open between Delhi and Mumbai (approx. 1,500 km). The total project cost is approx. ¥860 billion, and the Japanese government is providing financing assistance.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries is believed to be a likely candidate to receive an order for the approx. 200 electric locomotives needed to haul the freight cars. With the Indian government pushing for local production, a formal agreement with Indian Railways will be signed if Kawasaki puts in the winning offer in the bidding process in late 2011. Kawasaki would provide Indian Railways with the manufacturing technology, and locomotives designed by Kawasaki would then be assembled at a local factory.

Outside of Indian Railways, Kawasaki is also looking to participate in projects for subway trains and other general railcars. The company is looking for additional local firms to partner with, and there is a possibility that it will move towards railcar manufacturing through a joint venture in the future.

With the aim of winning orders to manufacture railcars for intercity railways in India and Brazil, Hitachi has also begun considering tie-ups with local firms. Currently, the company is in discussions with multiple machinery manufacturers to establish a joint venture factory. First, the company would make an agreement to provide technical support, later strengthening ties with an aim towards local production through the joint venture.

The total value of these railcar production contracts for freight railroads and urban railways targeted by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi ranges from several tens of billions of yen to around ¥100 billion. The domestic market for rolling stock, together with electrical components and other equipment, was worth approx. ¥350 billion in FY2008. With a declining population, prospects are slim for the construction of new lines, and trends in the industry have been flat for the past ten or more years. In addition, when looking at major manufacturers alone, there are already five domestic firms, and entry into foreign markets has been a hot topic.

With the expansion of economic development in India and Brazil, railway construction is proceeding at a fast clip. According to research by an industry group, the global railcar market, worth an average of ¥4 trillion annually between 2005 and 2007, is projected to swell to close to ¥5 trillion yen in 2015. The driving force in the growth is demand from emerging nations.

In markets in developed countries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries has a factory in the United States, and Hitachi will begin production in the United Kingdom. In the past, railcars for emerging nations have been handled as exports from Japan, but leaders such as Canada’s Bombardier and France’s Alstom each have railcar plants in India and Brazil, and have succeeding in winning orders one after another.

Having a local production hub offers benefits in terms of reducing costs and increasing competitiveness in maintenance and administration. In light of the prolonged yen appreciation and demands from countries for domestic production, Hitachi executives said, “Manufacturing railcars close to the actual market is ideal.”


Pakistan: Karachi Circular Railway
India: Delhi-Mumbai Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), Kolkata Metro, Indian high-speed rail
Thailand: Bangkok urban railways
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City urban railways
Indonesia: Jakarta urban railways
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro – Campinas high-speed rail, Manaus monorail, Rio de Janeiro monorail
I already have a few details in other threads about some of these projects:
Bangkok SRT Red Line: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1991
Ho Chi Minh City Metro: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2104
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Old March 7th, 2011, 07:21 AM   #623
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Sneak peek at new JR East E657 series for Jōban Line: Part 1

A few snaps of the new limited express sets for JR East’s Jōban Line, the E657 series. Railfans and regular users of the JR Katamachi Line (Gakken Toshi Line) in Higashi-Ōsaka City in the Kansai area were offered a special treat as the first half of the first unit was recently coupled together at Kinki Sharyō’s headquartuers for eventual transport to Hitachi’s plant in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture on 2011.03.09.
Source: http://green.ap.teacup.com/jr207vvvf2000/

Car No. 5 (green car, trailer) being pulled into position…
I believe the two protrusions from the roof of the car at the left end are for the WIMAX broadband service to be offered in all cars of this series, designed to target business commuters traveling between Tōkyō and smaller cities on the Jōban Line like Mito, Hitachi, and Iwaki.



Car No. 3 (standard class, motor car)





Car No. 2 (standard class, motor car)





Good look at the pantograph and car end. The deck (and probably much of the rest of the train) looks like it might end up very similar to the E253 N’EX (Narita Express) units.



Nose is looking good…
Paint scheme is a bit reminiscent of the new N’EX units too.



I’m wondering if the beltlines will all be red, or if we will get a bit of variety like the E653 series currently holding down Fresh Hitachi runs.

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Old March 7th, 2011, 07:22 AM   #624
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Sneak peek at new JR East E657 series for Jōban Line: Part 2













First five cars of the first unit are assembled and ready for transport…

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Old March 7th, 2011, 07:22 AM   #625
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Sneak peek at new JR East E657 series for Jōban Line: Part 3

Second set of photos:
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Car No. 5 (green car).
Capacity is 30 seats.













We should get at least a few videos when the cars are actually moved to Yamaguchi on 2011.03.09.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 07:45 AM   #626
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With the completion of the Tohoku Jukan Line in 2013, we may even see these units at Tokyo Station, marking a return to services there that ended back in the seventies.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 10:09 AM   #627
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E5 Hayabusa debuts in revenue service: Part 4

Right-side window view on Hayabusa 1 from Tōkyō to Shin-Aomori.
Source: SuperDragooon on YouTube

Tōkyō: 0812 (dep)
Ōmiya: 0836 (arr), 0837 (dep)
Sendai: 0948 (arr), 0950 (dep)
Morioka: 1032 (arr), 1033 (dep)
Shin-Aomori: 1122 (arr)

Part 1: Tōkyō to Ōmiya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTfj_SBK1TU&hd=1
Part 2: Ōmiya to Utsunomiya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP6UfsVWR6g&hd=1
Part 3: Utsunomiya to Kōriyama http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzQGEMQYoMo&hd=1
Part 4: Kōriyama to Sendai http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryqyvaalSpE&hd=1
Part 5: Sendai to Ichinoseki http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWVQYuhqE84&hd=1
Part 6: Ichinoseki to Morioka http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLd9mnkJWo8&hd=1
Part 7: Morioka to Hachinohe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLaJKjsIL6o&hd=1
Part 8: Hachinohe to Shin-Aomori http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_98MSH4iR0&hd=1

Ride inside the Gran Class from Sendai to Tōkyō, where the airplane-style service influences are quickly apparent. The traditional PA chime seems to match particularly well with the Gran Class.


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Hayabusa 3 departs Tōkyō (2011.03.06). Looks like the station was still crowded with people who had missed getting their photos on the first day.
The train that holds down this run is the same as the Hayabusa 4 that departs Shin-Aomori at 6:10 am, arriving at Tōkyō at 9:24 am. Departure back the other way is at 9:36 am, so the turnaround time at Tōkyō for alighting, cleaning, and boarding is a mere 12 minutes.


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E5 Hayabusa debuts in revenue service: Part 5

Lastly, a few pics to finish it off…

First, at Tōkyō Station (2011.03.05):
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/airmitsurucamera747sr/

The star of the show… Hayabusa 1.





Hayabusa 4 arriving at the station.



Hayabusa 3 departing.



Second set:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/airmitsurucamera747sr/

Full-color LEDs being put to good use…





So far, Gran Class has been virtually full on all trains, and all seats are fully booked for the next week or so. Overall, seats on the Hayabusa service have been filled to 65% of capacity for March 5-8. JR East says it plans on increasing the number of Hayabusa services this fall, as well.

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Old March 9th, 2011, 10:11 AM   #629
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E5 Hayabusa debuts in revenue service: Part 6

Next, a photo tour of the Gran Class. These are shot on Hayabusa 3, departing Sendai at 6:25 am.
Source: http://maruemorning.air-nifty.com/

Suica penguin working to promote the new service, together with Musubimaru…
Mobile Suica users can take advantage of the discounted fare for the Hayabusa year-round.



Train glided into the platform 10 minutes early.



Everyone was taking photos of this, together with the train’s one-of-a-kind nose.





Spacious 2+1 seating



Pretty wide pitch. Like other Shinkansen seats, these new shell seats are also designed to rotate so that passengers are always oriented in the direction that the train is moving.



I don’t believe they let you in if you don’t have a Gran Class ticket, although I did see some videos of railfans doing “drive-bys” through the Gran Class section.
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E5 Hayabusa debuts in revenue service: Part 7

Next in the set:
Source: http://maruemorning.air-nifty.com/

The first riders to try the service were treated to the “fresh car (train?)” smell… The paired seats are separated by small partitions, so it shouldn’t be too bad if you get one of those seats even when you travel alone.



Reclined to the full 45 degrees. The Gran Class food and beverages menu is already placed on the armrest before passengers arrive.



Our cameraman found the headrest especially comfortable.



Overhead bins like airplanes. There is a reflective plate installed in the ceiling of the bin that allows shorter passengers to easily check if they’ve left anything behind.



Shell seats eliminate the problem with people who use recline their seats just a little too far.
Each seat is provided with instructions on how to use the seat, a JR East info magazine, and a set of slippers (which can be taken home).



Airplane-style all-electronic reclining… Seat back, cushion, and footrest can be moved independently or in unison. The opposite armrest contains the fold-out tables, a 100 V power outlet for personal electronics, and the attendant call buttion.



The LED screen display is designed a little differently, but the content is the same (train info, news headlines, etc.).



Last set:
Source: http://maruemorning.air-nifty.com/

Japanese lunch + apple juice



Snacks are unlimited.
Okaki (rice munchies) + hot green tea



Coffee



The menu features ingredients from up and down the Shinkansen the line, and is different based on train direction (Tōkyō-bound or Tōhoku-bound) and season. Drinks menu is all free refills, including alcohol (beer, wine, sake, cider). Blankets, eye masks, and shoe horns are also available by asking the attendant. Overall, a new standard of Shinkansen travel. Since this is an entirely new class of service, they also introduced the Gran Class “G” icon for use in printed timetables.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 10:12 AM   #631
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JR Kyūshū CM for Kyūshū Shinkansen

Here’s the full 45-second version of the new CM. Same music as the earlier one (Jackson 5), but this one actually has some thought behind it. Only three more days.

“The Next Page in Kyūshū’s History”


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Old March 10th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #632
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JR East formally announces interest in California HSR
http://www.nikkei.com/news/latest/ar...E38698E0E2E2E2

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At a March 8 press conference, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) president Seino Satoshi formally announced the railway’s interest in participating in a project to build a high-speed railway in California (United States). The California state government is requesting expressions of interest from firms’ intending to participate in the bidding process, with a deadline of March 16, and Seino said the railway will notify officials of their intention to submit a bid for the project. JR East plans to make preparations to submit a bid proposal together with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Sumitomo Corporation, and other firms in anticipation of the bid requirements.

At the press conference, Seino made the following remarks regarding JR East’s strengths: “In addition to Shinkansen technology, we also have our mini-Shinkansen technology to offer, which can run on both high-speed and conventional tracks. We’ve also got the knowhow to develop train stations (such as ekinaka station retail facilities).” In addition to European teams from Germany and France, Asian teams are also expected to submit bids, including China, which has a competitive edge in terms of low cost.
NHK article also has a video of the press conference:
http://www.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20110...524641000.html
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Old March 10th, 2011, 08:37 AM   #633
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Phúc: Vietnam’s high-speed railway plan to be revised for Japanese-style system
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Vietnam’s Government Office Chair and Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, who is currently on a visit to Japan, held a conference with the Nihon Keizai Shimbun inside a Tōkyō hotel on the evening of March 8. Phúc announced the government’s intention to revise the proposed north-south high-speed railway—with the aim of introducing Japan’s Shinkansen technology—and re-submitt the proposal to Vietnam’s National Assembly. As a result, the possibility has now resurfaced that a major project targeted by Japanese firms may kick back into gear.

Phúc supports the economic reform policies being lead by Prime Minister Dũng, and was promoted to a member of the Politburo at the National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam in January. He is perceived as a potential candidate for the next deputy prime minister, making him a possible future head of state (president) or prime minister of Vietnam.

The north-south high-speed railway would connect the 1,570 km distance between the capital Hanoi and the southern commercial metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City in about five hours. While the National Assembly rejected a proposal in June of last year that would have used a Japanese-style system, citing costs that were “too high,” Phúc commented, “The project itself hasn’t been rejected.” Following the completion of project studies by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to begin in April, Phúc said the government would develop a revised proposal to be re-submitted for approval by the National Assembly.

The project costs are estimated to reach as much as US $56 billion (approx. ¥4.6 trillion), and the Vietnamese government is aiming for a groundbreaking on sections of the line by 2020. The revised proposal would lead to renewed business opportunities for firms looking to participate in the project, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Sumitomo Corporation.

Phúc stated his intention to prioritize measures against surges in commodity prices to avoid overheating the country’s economy, and is also considering additional increases to interest rates. Phúc also stressed plans to accelerate efforts to close the trade deficit, including boosting exports.
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Hokkaidō Shinkansen may be forced to slower speeds on tracks shared with freight
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In the dilemma surrounding the need to ensure safety when Hokkaidō Shinkansen and freight trains pass each other, it was discovered on February 2 that officials are looking towards avoiding passing in Shinkansen and freight trains passing in opposite directions. Aomori Prefecture Governor Mimura revealed the news at a question and answer session at a Prefectural Assembly meeting on the same day. However, some freight slots will be difficult to schedule around, and it appears that some Shinkansen trains will be forced to travel at slower speeds for some time following the opening of the line in FY2015.

The total length of the shared tracks where Shinkansen and freight trains would pass each other is 82 km, including the 54-km Seikan Tunnel. In February of last year, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) offered possible solutions to the problem, including construction of a separate tunnel at the cost of over ¥500 billion, but Aomori Prefecture balked at the proposal.

While the Seikan Tunnel was built to able to handle Shinkansen trains in the future, it is also a critical freight link between Hokkaidō and Honshū. There have been some concerns about how shared freight / Shinkansen usage of these tracks could affect high-speed operations, particularly when a Shinkansen train traveling at high speeds passes a freight train traveling on the opposite track. They have been considering possible solutions to counteract this problem, including development of high-speed freight trains, but according to this, at least in the first years it appears they will only attempt to optimize the schedule to avoid these issues.
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All-Kyūshū Wave CM

Missed this CM yesterday, but I thought this was a pretty creative effort on JR Kyūshū’s part to get the public psyched about the Kyūshū Shinkansen opening. They ran a single train specially decked out in the rainbow colors down the entire length of the line, and invited over 10,000 members of the public all across Kyūshū to gather along the tracks and wave to the train. Cameras inside the train then captured the footage that was eventually used for this CM. There’s at least two versions of this… The other one is here. The song is by Maia Hirasawa, a half-Japanese Swedish singer-songwriter.


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Old March 10th, 2011, 10:51 AM   #636
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http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/aom...OYT8T01072.htm



While the Seikan Tunnel was built to able to handle Shinkansen trains in the future, it is also a critical freight link between Hokkaidō and Honshū. There have been some concerns about how shared freight / Shinkansen usage of these tracks could affect high-speed operations, particularly when a Shinkansen train traveling at high speeds passes a freight train traveling on the opposite track. They have been considering possible solutions to counteract this problem, including development of high-speed freight trains, but according to this, at least in the first years it appears they will only attempt to optimize the schedule to avoid these issues.
Yes, I saw that article on the web too. I thought it was a foregone conclusion that the high speed "train on train" system was to be used if freight was to be run during the shinkansen operation hours. Otherwise alot of those freights would have to be run in the early AM hours, which would also impact the maintenance windows. I wonder what headways JR East/JR Hokkaido are thinking of with reagards shinkansen services.
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http://www.kahoku.co.jp/news/2011/03/20110303t22025.htm

My proficiency in Japanese is not high, however, according to this article, does it mean that the future high speed train on the shared freight / Shinkansen section in the Seikan Tunnel may travel at 260 km/h?
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Yes, some may be able to run at 260km/h, but others which have to share tunnel space with freights will be restricted.
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I think there is still opportunity to increase this speed... The 260 kph is basically the minimum standard for all the new Shinkansen extensions (Hokuriku, Kyūshū, Hokkaidō, etc.), due to a law that was enacted decades ago. The government (through the JRTT) builds lines to this minimum standard, but the operator (i.e., JR) can then invest in additional improvements to increase the speed. This is what happened on the Tōhoku Shinkansen, and why we are now running at 300 kph (and eventually 320 kph). From a travel time perspective, it will probably be in JR Hokkaidō / JR East's best interests to increase the speed, otherwise the service to Hakodate (and hopefully, eventually Sapporo) may not be competitive with airlines in some markets.
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Sneak peek at new JR East E657 series for Jōban Line: Part 3

Second set of photos:
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Car No. 5 (green car).
Capacity is 30 seats.













We should get at least a few videos when the cars are actually moved to Yamaguchi on 2011.03.09.
The new E657 will be operate on the Super Hitachi (Tokyo-Sendai) service, no?

With new E5 Shinkansen between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori, the sleeper train Akebono will be discontinued?

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