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Old March 11th, 2011, 02:04 AM   #641
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Well, the direct service to Sendai will be discontinued. It will just be Ueno – Iwaki. Passengers going all the way to / from Sendai will now need to transfer at Iwaki or take the Shinkansen. I believe the Ueno – Iwaki service will be all E657 series.

As for the Akebono ("Dawn"), I don't think there's any recent news about it. There were some fears the service would be discontinued with the opening of the Shin-Aomori extension, but it's still in service right now. I've heard it's still doing well, so perhaps it may yet survive for a few more years.

Akebono clips at Ōmiya (2011.01):


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Old March 11th, 2011, 06:43 AM   #642
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I haven't heard any news about Akebono either. It serves a different market than the shinkansen, running on the northern portion of the Ou Main Line, and then south on the Uetsu Line towards Niigata, giving overnight access to Tokyo for residents of places such as Sakata or Tsuruoka. I believe its timings are set to be convenient for passengers who want to catch their train in the late evening hours, which in this case is points south of Akita.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:04 AM   #643
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Any news with regards to the earthquake and tsunami? My thoughts and wishes go to those affected.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:17 AM   #644
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Any news with regards to the earthquake and tsunami? My thoughts and wishes go to those affected.
According to news agencies, train services in northern Japan and Narita Airport are paralyzed due to the earthquake close to Sendai and tsunami risk. Frankly, I'm very afraid that something worse could happen in Japan because I have many friends there.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:31 AM   #645
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A tsunami of 7.3M hit Soma port on 3:50PM SLT. The magnitude is reported to be 8.4.
All trains are suspended at the moment to check for safety but there are no reports of derailment including all Shinkansen lines including Tohoku Shinkansen running near the epi-center.

Most unfortunate for all people commuting by train tonight.


= Edit =
JR East just reported that they will cancel all trains for today.

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Old March 11th, 2011, 01:18 PM   #646
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Tōkaidō Shinkansen partially back in service
http://www.nikkei.com/news/category/...08122009000000

Around 18:30, outbound service on Tōkaidō Shinkansen was restored with some trains. JR Central plans to move outbound trains currently stopped along the line and run them to their destination. Reduced service will also be provided out of Tōkyō Station. In the inbound direction, they will continue currently-stopped trains to their destinations, but will not run any new trains for the rest of the day. The earthquake caused a power outage on the Tōkyō – Shizuoka section of the line, but it appears that this has now been corrected.

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Train in testing at Sendai Station derails
http://www.nikkei.com/news/category/...E3E2E2E2E2E2E2

A train undergoing testing while stopped at Sendai derailed (one wheel only). No injuries. Perhaps an E5 or E6?

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JR East cancels remaining service on Shinkansen and conventional lines in Greater Tōkyō, Tōhoku region
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=soc_30&k=2011031100916

JR East is obviously the hardest hit (this is the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan), and they have decided to completely abandon the remaining scheduled service on March 11 on all Shinkansen (Tōhoku, Jōetsu, Nagano) and conventional lines in the Tōkyō and Tōhoku areas. A portion of conventional lines in Nagano and Niigata are running, though. No word on when service will be restored, however, as I’m sure they have a lot of inspections to complete.

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Scheduled ceremonies and special events for the Kyūshū Shinkansen opening postponed, but the service will still debut as originally planned
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=soc_30&k=2011031100931

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Tōkyō has also pretty much ground to a halt, as service on all metro-area railways (subway, JR, private railways) are temporarily suspended.

Scene at Yūrakuchō Station:


Source: Nihon Keizai Shimbun
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Old March 11th, 2011, 11:09 PM   #647
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Which regions and lines of Japan were hit?

Tokyo, far to the south of Great Tohoku Earthquake, was seriously affected by shaking - buildings broke, including a gas refinery that caught fire.

How far did the shaking affect the other directions of Japan? What about the Sea of Japan side of Tohoku, or Hokkaido which is after all just as far north of Sendai as Tokyo is south?

There have been typical news reports of "bullet train" missing. More specific reports state that one train is missing on Senseki line - which is zairaisen - but they explicitly mention 2 trains missing. Can anyone specify the lines and approximate locations of both/all missing trains?
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Old March 12th, 2011, 11:23 AM   #648
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I live and work in Yokohama; I had to walk home 5 hours because the trains stopped yesterday (Totsuka to Yamate). It really goes to show you how valuable transportation is in Japan!

Power was out in Totsuka ward, but Totsuka station had power. Do they have generators or does the Tokaido line overhead power the stations as well?

And last I heard on TV, 4 trains were missing up in Tohoku. I saw helicopter coverage of an elevated station completed destroyed by a tsunami and a 4 car train strewn across the muddy ground, dented and broken like and old toy. I also saw footage of another line affected by a landslide; the ground under the tracks slid down the mountain side, leaving the tracks dangling like a rope bridge.

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Old March 12th, 2011, 12:24 PM   #649
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I also saw footage of another line affected by a landslide; the ground under the tracks slid down the mountain side, leaving the tracks dangling like a rope bridge
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That would be the Iiyama Line, the landslide was caused by a different earthquake than the one that struck Tohoku.

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Hokkaido which is after all just as far north of Sendai as Tokyo is south?
There was shaking here, that lasted longer than the usual temblor. Damage was confined to tsunami that hit port areas, though relatively light compared to things down south.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 11:52 PM   #650
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Now there are reports that as many as 5 trains had been missing - but all 5 had been located, and no casualties.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 08:32 AM   #651
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This is the train I remember seeing on TV yesterday:


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Old March 13th, 2011, 08:49 AM   #652
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Restoration of service on Tōhoku, Akita, Yamagata Shinkansen will take time
http://www.asahi.com/special/10005/TKY201103120550.html

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After damage to facilities and equipment at multiple locations was discovered along the Tōhoku Shinkansen in Fukushima, Miyagi, and other prefectures, all services on the line, together with the Akita and Yamagata Shinkansen, were cancelled on March 12. On March 13, most of the zairaisen (conventional lines) in the Greater Tōkyō area, as well as the Jōetsu and Nagano Shinkansen, will resume normally-scheduled service, but the damage in the Tōhoku region is severe, and it’s still uncertain when service can be resumed.

On the Tōhoku Shinkansen, there is difficulty in checking on the extent of the damage from Tochigi Prefecture north. “We’ve just begun inspecting facilities north of Nasu–Shiobara Station. It will take a fair amount of time to understand (the extent of the damage),” said a JR East spokesperson on the evening of March 12.

According to JR East, by the evening of March 12 inspections were largely complete on the Tōhoku Shinkansen between Ōmiya and Nasu–Shiobara, where damage was minor. And even then, there were multiple reports of damage, including three masts supporting the overhead at Oyama Station that had toppled over and columns on the Oyama – Utsunomiya section and at Nasu–Shiobara Station that suffered cracks.

There has been little, if any, progress on assessing the status of the facilities in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate Prefectures, where damage is expected to be more severe. So far, there have been confirmations of spalling on concrete columns supporting the aerial structure near Kōriyama Station, but the railway is a long way from understanding the overall status of the line.

The railway is also having difficulty contacting some of its regional offices as a result of damage to local company buildings or power outages. Access is prohibited to many areas as well, making it difficult for the railway, whose staff cannot enter to conduct inspections. A spokesperson at JR East headquarters says, “We have no idea at all just how long it will take to bring the line back into service.”

Originally, the railway had also said that a test train on the Tōhoku Shinkansen had derailed while stopped at at Sendai Station immediately after the earthquake, but it was later revealed in inspections that the train was actually decelerating to enter the station.

As for zairaisen in the Tōhoku region, JR East had originally announced that it had not received word from crews on a total of four trains as of the morning of March 12, but their whereabouts were eventually confirmed by the evening. According to JR East and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the passengers and crews were confirmed safe.

Overhead masts on the Tōhoku Shinkansen, toppled over in the earthquake. (March 12, 5:28 pm, Kunimi Town, Fukushima Prefecture).



ANN news report (2011.03.12):



Nikkei also has a picture from JR East showing spalling and cracking on concrete columns supporting the aerial structure between Shin-Hanamaki and Morioka.
Source: Nihon Keizai Shimbun



The Nikkei article also says that sections of embankment on the Tōhoku Main Line between Umegasawa and Nitta Stations in Miyagi Prefecture had collapsed and bridge girders on the Hachinohe Line between Shukunohe and Rikuchū Yagi had been washed away by the tsunami. There are also multiple locations where the overhead has been damaged.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 08:50 AM   #653
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Service restored on Jōetsu, Nagano Shinkansen

As of 16:04 on 2011.03.12, JR East restored service on the Jōetsu and Nagano Shinkansen after being forced to suspend service for approximately 25 hours as a result of what is now being called the Tōhoku Region Pacific Ocean Earthquake. There were also several earthquakes up to M6 in the Nagano and Jōetsu regions in the late evening of 2011.03.11 and early morning of 2011.03.12 that caused damage on the Iiyama Line, a conventional line. A section of track there on a mountain slope is now suspended in mid-air after the ground beneath gave way in a landslide. However, inspections confirmed the safety of the Shinkansen infrastructure, and service was able to resume on the Jōetsu and Nagano Shinkansen lines.

TBS news report (2011.03.12):

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Old March 14th, 2011, 07:53 AM   #654
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JR East have a hard serious problem since last friday after northeastern japan stike by a magnitude 9.0 quake, that halts the tohuko shinkansen line and toppled all vital facilities of all rail system going for north, it could takes time before all train will resume for service to served again the passenger. They will do little by little until it will restore again.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 10:06 AM   #655
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Kanto is currently experiencing power shortages and has implemented rolling blackouts starting today. This has affected most rail lines; most are not operating or are on a very limited schedule today.

http://yokosonews.com/news/tokyo-tra...dule-march-14/

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Train Schedule in Tokyo (2011/3/14)



Here is the list of service.



(Assembled by Paul Funatani as on 2am 3/14/2011)



*** This page is currently being updated NOW

SEIBU Railways :

*All day on Special Schedule ( Every 10 min.) only three lines listed

-Ikebukuro Line
Between Ikebukuro and NerimaTakanodai

-Toyoshima Line
Between Nerima and Toshimaen

-Sinjuku Line
Between Seibu Shinjuku to



KEIO Railways

*No train scheduled 9 am - 1 pm, 6 pm - 10 pm
Half as a regular timetable.
- Between Chofu and Keio hachioji
- Between Chofu and Takao Sanguchi
- Between Chofu and Hashimoto



Odakyu Railways

-Between Shinjuku to Kyoudou
Run Every 15 min.
Service suspended : No Express & Ltd. Express



TOBU Railway

Suspended : Limited Express
Suspended : TJ Liner (Ikebukuro to Ogawa-cho)



TOKYO SUBWAY

Possibly reduce numbers or trains/ schedule change
- Arakawa Line (Toei Streetcar Arakawa line?)
- Nippori - toneri Liner



TOKYO METRO

Regular Schedule
- Ginza line
- Marunouchi line



JR-East

Regular Schedule
- Yamanote line
- Chuo Kaisoku (Rapid) (Tokyo-Tachikawa)
- Keihin Tohoku (Kamata-Akahane)
- Tokiwa Kaisoku (Ueno-Matsudo)
- Joban Keikosen (Ayase - Matsudo)

Cancelled
- ALL Other lines



JR-Tokai(Central Japan)

- Tokaido line
Service suspended : 9:20 am to 1 pm, 3:20 pm - 10 pm
Between Atami to Fuji

- Minobu line
Service suspended : 3:20 pm - 7 pm
Between Fuji and Kajikazawakuchi
Service suspended : 1:50 pm - 4 pm, 6:20 pm - 8:30pm
Between Fuji and Kajikazawakuchi



Tama City Monorail

Service suspended : Daytime
Reduce ; Morning / Night
visit website( http://www.tama-monorail.co.jp/ ) for schedule
I don't think it has been determined how long service reduction will last. But I have to stay it is severely crippling; many people could not get to work this morning.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 11:06 AM   #656
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Tōhoku Shinkansen service between Tōkyō and Nasu‒Shiobara in Tochigi will be restored tomorrow (2011.03.15). Don't know what effect the rolling blackouts will have on that, though. JR Central already had problems getting trains out morning of 2011.03.14 due to train crews not showing up because they can't get to work with the very limited train service being provided right now.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 11:12 AM   #657
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Tōhoku Shinkansen service between Tōkyō and Nasu‒Shiobara in Tochigi will be restored tomorrow (2011.03.15).
Well, at least the line has been cleared to the outer limit of the Tohoku Shinkansen commuter zone. I reckon there is more serious damage on the line as you get closer to Miyagi Pref.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 11:15 AM   #658
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Sendai Station damage:
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/society/ne...000426470.html





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Old March 14th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #659
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As for the Tōhoku Shinkansen north of Nasu‒Shiobara, there was some news report on the structural damage... These are in Kitakami City (Iwaki Prefecture).





At least the rebar held everything together and there was no collapse. Of course, the structures may be more damaged in other spots that we don't know about yet.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 01:03 PM   #660
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Aomori

What is the condition of Tohoku Shinkansen between Morioka and Aomori? Were Morioka and areas northward seriously damaged by quake?
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