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Old May 2nd, 2011, 09:41 PM   #681
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Hokuriku Shinkansen for sure. It is already under construction with inauguration scheduled for 2014.
When is okuriku Shinkansen due to be extended from Toyama to Kanazawa?
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 09:54 PM   #682
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End of FY2014, so probably spring 2015.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 09:28 PM   #683
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What you describe are test rides by paying customers along a portion of track, not a true regular revenue service connecting cities.
Shall Chuo Shinkansen have regular revenue service after reaching Sagamihara and Kofu?
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Old May 4th, 2011, 02:13 AM   #684
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Shall Chuo Shinkansen have regular revenue service after reaching Sagamihara and Kofu?
I highly doubt it. Nagoya is the goal.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 02:31 AM   #685
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I highly doubt it. Nagoya is the goal.
Actually it is under consideration since JR Central wants to showcase the technology to the world as soon as possible so it can be marketed in the global market not as a test model but a full fledged commercial model with an actual route.
They set 2020 as their target if they decide to proceed.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 11:16 PM   #686
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JICA to begin feasibility studies for Vietnam HSR in May
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The project to construct a north-south high-speed railway in Vietnam using Japan’s Shinkansen technology is about to take off again. In late May, the first real feasibility study for the project will begin with help from Japan. The Vietnamese government plans to finalize the details of the project while examining the progress on the study. If the Vietnamese Parliament approves the plan, the project would move forward.

The north-south high-speed railway is one of Vietnam’s three major national projects, with a total project cost of $56 billion. The railway would connect the capital Hanoi with the commercial metropolis of southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City—a distance of 1,560 km—in five and a half hours. Currently, conventional trains take over 30 hours to make the journey. The Vietnamese government had been aiming for a phased implementation starting in 2020, but in June 2010, the Parliament voted down an implementation plan for the project, citing various problems including financial feasibility. Government officials were asked to revise the plan.

The feasibility study will focus on the sections to be constructed first: Hanoi – Vinh (282 km) in northern Vietnam and Ho Chi Ming – Nha Trang (382 km) in southern Vietnam. The study will take two years, with the costs being borne by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a technological cooperation project. The cost of the study is estimated at around ¥400 million. Several Japanese consultancy firms will form a joint venture to hammer out the scope of the project, with the expectation that Shinkansen technology would be used. JICA will make a formal decision on the JV on May 6.

After examining the contents of the feasibility study, the Vietnamese government plans on resubmitting a revised plan for the project to the Parliament. As Vietnam is aiming to become an industrialized nation by 2020, there is a possibility that the government may push for approval of the project within Parliament before completion of the feasibility study.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 11:21 PM   #687
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JR Central receives Vietnam railway personnel for training on Shinkansen operations
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The Vietnam Railway Corporation is to send four workers to the Central Japan Railway company, JR Tokai, for training in signalling and handling carriages.

The training was made clear in a memorandum of understanding on personnel training for 2011 signed recently by the two companies.

The national strategy for railway development up to 2020 with a vision for 2050 requires a greater effort to bring into operation some transnational express rail sections.

However, Vietnam, a developing country, is facing numerous difficulties in implementing a high technology project such as automation and electrification. This has posed a big challenge to the rail sector along with the need for huge investment, which is hard to mobilise.

To help Vietnam address the problem, Japan has trained 14 rail workers in express rail technology over the past two years. In addition, the world’s third largest economy has offered a joint research programme on designing two express rail stretches, one from Hanoi to Vinh, capital city of the central province of Nghe An, and the other from Ho Chi Minh City to the beach resort in Nha Trang city in the southcentral coastal province of Khanh Hoa.

In an official letter sent to the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment in November, 2010, Japan offered to add the joint research programme to its aid list in the 2010 fiscal year. In an official letter to the Japanese embassy, Vietnam has agreed to accept this additional technical aid.
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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 15 (Shin-Ōmuta)

This is an all-new station serving Ōmuta City, built bypassing central Ōmuta. There is no connection to zairaisen, as the central station for Ōmuta City, Ōmuta Station—served by the Kagoshima Main Line and the Nishitetsu Tenjin–Ōmuta Line (a private railway line)—is about 10 km away. The closest existing stations are Yoshino on the Kagoshima Main Line and Kuranaga on the Tenjin–Ōmuta Line, but these are about 3 km west of the Shinkansen station.

First, some shots of the exterior (2011.04.09):
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/s442695/

West side





East side







Closer up (2011.03.13):
Source: http://ameblo.jp/kiyokyu/

Station plaza, west side



A statue of Dan Takuma stands outside the station, a local historical figure who constructed Miike Port and was engineer for the Miike coal mine, eventually becoming chairman of the Mitsui zaibatsu.



Still not much to see outside but some neatly organized lots for sale. The typical land readjustment process takes the (usually) privately-held land outside the station, often in less-than-ideal orientations or shapes, and reorganizes them to suit the eventual goal (in this case, a station-side development), at the same time building the necessary infrastructure (roads, etc.).


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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 16 (Shin-Ōmuta)

Another, more comprehensive set:
Source: http://gogo37572549.at.webry.info/

Typical traffic is about 1-2 tph per direction.





Heading back down to ground level…



Mezzanine level



Mural showcasing Daijayama, a local festival in Ōmuta





Personally not a big fan of JR Kyūshū’s solid-blue signage, but it is simple and easy to understand.



East Exit



Looking north in the direction of Chikugo Funagoya



East Exit plaza





Two lines on the left are the existing rail lines: Nishitetsu Tenjin–Ōmuta Line (left) and JR Kagoshima Main Line (right).

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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 17 (Shin-Ōmuta)

West Exit





Lots of taxis lined up



Returning to the faregates



Waiting room



Good to see wood returning in force for use in station design



Sightseeing pamphlets



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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 18 (Shin-Tamana)

Next, another Shinkansen-only station, Shin-Tamana Station (Tamana City, Kumamoto Prefecture). The station is located near the Kikuchi River, about 3-4 km away from the existing Tamana Station on the JR Kagoshima Main Line.

First, an overview:
Source: http://gogo37572549.at.webry.info/

This set starts at Shin-Ōmuta Station.
A one-station ride in non-reserved seats from Shin-Ōmuta to Shin-Tamana (21 km) costs ¥1280.
In block letters at top is “SUPER EXPRESS,” which has traditionally been used as a translation for Shinkansen (more specifically, the Japanese “超特急” chō-tokkyū).



Through the faregates…



To Platform 12, for Kumamoto and Kagoshima Chūō.



Waiting room on the platform



800 series arrives on the inbound platform



Pretty nice for non-reserved seats…
The journey is a mere eight minutes, though, and through mostly tunnels.



After we get off at Shin-Tamana, our Tsubame departs for Kagoshima Chūō.



Similar to Shin-Ōmuta, there’s only about 1-2 trains per hour per direction.



Down to ground level…



Looking out the window from the stairwell.
This is looking north. The immediate vicinity of the station is mostly farmland, but about 1.5 km away to the southwest is the edge of central Tamana City.





Pretty small array at this location (only three gates). Given the ridership to be expected at a local station of this type, with limited service and without any connection to existing lines, probably a reasonable amount.



Tourist information center

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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 19 (Shin-Tamana)

Moving to the North Exit…
Looks like they put some small stained glass installations here, perhaps a mini-Kurume.



Looking north again…



Station exterior from the North Exit



For tourists, this is the station for Tabaruzaka (part of a prefectural parkland) and Kikuchi Gorge.



Looking northwest in the Shin-Ōmuta direction



Southeast towards Kumamoto



Moving to the South Exit…



Another transit plaza



Red-and-white dotted line is the Shinkansen, while the black-and-white dotted line is the Kagoshima Main Line. The red circle is Tamana Onsen (hot springs).



To the right is the tourist information center, Tama-Lala.



Time to head back to Shin-Ōmuta…

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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 20 (Shin-Tamana)

Set 2:
Source: http://ameblo.jp/sa-h16/

Exterior appears simple, but it’s got some interesting details.











Set 3:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/banybogy/









Lots of wood here, too.



Looking northwest towards the Hakata direction

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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 21 (Shin-Tamana)

Kumamoto direction







Now, some zoom shots with the broccolini in bloom:
Source: http://mindphoto.blog.fc2.com/











Final set:
Source: http://yaplog.jp/mamesiba33/





Goes to show that high-speed rail aerial structures don’t necessarily clash aesthetically with nature or agriculture…
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Old May 7th, 2011, 04:51 PM   #695
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Nice pictures, thanks for sharing..
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Old May 7th, 2011, 09:52 PM   #696
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i'm sorry but what does "shin" mean??

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i'm sorry but what does "shin" mean??

It means new
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Sendai station, May 3rd





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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:03 AM   #699
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Cherry blossoms and trains

Kyūshū-area railways:


Source: kirin0825 on YouTube

On the Ōigawa Railway, a C56 steam locomotive.
Source: rokutetsu on YouTube

Part 1 (2011.04.09):



Part 2 (2011.04.10):



Itabu Station on the Kominato Railway:


Source: MartinXA22 on YouTube
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Thanks. Didn't know they were still working on Sendai Station.
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