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Old April 28th, 2011, 11:52 AM   #761
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Yes.

I kind of covered it in the urban thread focusing on the Sendai area, although I think the news report in there was taken down from YouTube:
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Old April 28th, 2011, 11:53 AM   #762
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Tōhoku Shinkansen service to Sendai restored

On 2011.04.25, Tōhoku Shinkansen service to Sendai resumed for the first time following the earthquake, securing a critical route connecting Tōkyō and the largest city in the Tōhoku region.

NHK news report (2011.04.25).
There were some hiccups in the afternoon as a result of some sagging catenary on the line between Shin-Shirakawa and Shiroishi–Zaō.


Source: popkon12 on YouTube

At Tōkyō Station on 2011.04.25, in the thick of the service disruption, which lasted all afternoon. However, service was back up and running again at around 6:00 pm.


Source: karibajct on YouTube

The next big milestone is tomorrow (2011.04.29), when the full line reopens from Tōkyō to Shin-Aomori (see below).
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Old April 28th, 2011, 11:54 AM   #763
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Service across full length of Tōhoku Shinkansen to be restored tomorrow
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...ke-damage.html

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Katsumi Kishitani worked almost seven weeks straight helping East Japan Railway Co. (9020) repair its busiest bullet-train line after last month’s earthquake. The payoff comes tomorrow when services fully resume for the spring holidays.

Kishitani, a transport ministry rail director for the earthquake-hit area, has been working 16-hour days and sleeping in his office in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. JR East, as the railroad is known, deployed 8,500 engineers on its main Tohoku line to fix tracks, bridges and tunnels damaged by the nation’s biggest earthquake, said Satohiko Asakura, a company spokesman.

“I never imagined something this terrible would happen,” said Kishitani, 45. “We were speechless.”

The magnitude-9 earthquake damaged 1,200 places --including stations, bridges, tunnels and overheard wires -- on the JR East line, and an aftershock earlier this month damaged 550 more. The world’s largest listed railway operator by sales is completing the repair work two weeks faster than in 2004, when a magnitude- 6.6 temblor derailed cars on the Joetsu high-speed line.

JR East initially said the aftershock could delay the resumption of service between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori, Japan’s northern-most high-speed train station, until next month, after the Golden Week holidays.

Passenger Revenue
“The accumulation of knowledge from those two earthquakes has paid off in the speed of our repairs,” Kishitani said.

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami contributed to the railroad’s biggest ever monthly drop in passenger revenue, it said April 5. The Tokyo-based company booked an extraordinary loss of 58.7 billion yen for the year ended March 31 to cover restoration expenses and recorded a 59 billion-yen drop in sales from the quake, it said yesterday.

The 117.7 billion yen in costs and lost revenue from the magnitude-9 quake is almost double the 60.2 billion yen the company recorded from a 2004 earthquake in Niigata, Toru Owada, chief financial officer of the railroad, said yesterday.

“It’s critical to get it up and running,” said Edwin Merner, president of Atlantis Investment Research Corp. in Tokyo, which manages about $3 billion in assets. “The bullet train is very important for business.”

More than California, Texas

The railroad carried 88 million passengers on its five bullet-train, or Shinkansen, lines in the year ended March 31, 2010. That’s larger than the combined populations of California and Texas.

By comparison, Amtrak, based in Washington, said it carried 3.2 million passengers on its high-speed Acela Express train and 29 million across its U.S. network in the year ended Sept. 30.

JR East resumed partial service on the bullet-train line as repairs were completed. It reopened service from Tokyo to Fukushima, where the natural disasters triggered the world’s worst nuclear accident since 1986, earlier this month and extended it to Sendai this week.

The final leg opening tomorrow will allow passengers to ride all 714 kilometers (444 miles) between Tokyo and Shin- Aomori, as well as access the intersecting Akita bullet-train line.

“They are faster in implementation because everyone is committed to delivery,” said Euan Low, a director at engineering and management consultant Mott MacDonald Group Ltd. “The rigor of the engineers and depth of understanding is amazing.”

’Vital to Community’
The full service coincides with the first of four national holidays in Golden Week, one of the nation’s busiest vacation times. A total of 1.5 million people used the Tohoku line during last year’s holiday period, according to company figures.

“Restoring the train and Shinkansen network in the quake area is vital to the community,” said Akihiro Ohata, Japan’s transport minister. “Repairing railways and ports is indispensable to safeguarding employment in the area.”

Sendai’s airport, which was engulfed by the tsunami, started commercial flights April 13 after Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military helped clear uprooted trees, houses and about 5,000 vehicles thrown about by rushing water. The main highway north opened to regular traffic last month.

JR East also may have benefited from additional investments in safety, including reinforcing structures against earthquakes. The railway targeted safety spending of 17.4 billion yen for the year ended March 31, a 56 percent increase from fiscal 2004.

23 Percent Decline
On March 11, a network of 97 earthquake detectors registered the temblor and triggered an automatic shutdown of bullet trains about 15 seconds before the quake hit the tracks, Asakura said. Automatic brakes stopped the 27 trains operating with no fatalities, he said.

The measures didn’t prevent a decline in JR East shares, which are down 23 percent since March 10, the day before the earthquake. The company had a net loss of 61.4 billion yen ($750 million) in the three months ended March 31, its biggest quarterly loss in at least nine years.

Masayuki Kubota, a fund manager at Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. in Tokyo, said the damage will have a “temporary effect” on the company.

“The real-estate business is their most promising growth area,” said Kubota, who oversees the equivalent of $1.9 billion in assets, including JR East shares. “In Japan, land prices are highest in front of railway stations, and so they have the most valuable land all over Japan.”

The nation’s other bullet-train operators -- Central Japan Railway Co., West Japan Railway Co. and Kyushu Railway Co. --did not suffer any major damages from the earthquake.

The earthquake struck six days after JR East started a new 300 kilometer-an-hour (186 mile-per-hour) bullet-train service between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori station. The company ran a new advertising campaign to draw people to the area after cutting travel time from Tokyo to 3 hours and 10 minutes.

“I’m waiting for the bullet train line to reopen,” said Fumio Nakata, 38, a Tokyo office worker from Aomori prefecture. “I want to use it to return to my hometown. It’ll be a relief once it’s running again as I’ll know I can visit my family anytime.”
Service on the full line will be restored 49 days after the earthquake, “reconnecting” Japan from Aomori to Kagoshima by Shinkansen. The last forecast pegged the date at 2011.04.30, but they were able to accelerate the schedule and squeeze an extra day out, and that date was already a revised forecast from the “early May” prediction immediately following the large aftershock on 2011.04.07.

The reopening is good timing for the Golden Week holiday period and should help people get home or go on vacation. It will also help ease the big revenue hit JR East is taking from the good 6-7 weeks the line has been down (as well as the revenue hit to Aomori and the Tōhoku region, which had been banking heavily on the Shinkansen service, including the Hayabusa).

For the immediate timeframe, they will still be running a slightly reduced schedule and at slower speeds. Departures out of Tōkyō will be ~86% of the regular schedule, and the travel time between Tōkyō and Shin-Aomori will be 4 hours, 5 minutes or longer—about an hour longer than normally. They will also be running the Hayabusa E5 series trains (one roundtrip each Tōkyō – Sendai and Tōkyō – Shin-Aomori), although at reduced speeds just like the other trains.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 04:18 PM   #764
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Service across full length of Tōhoku Shinkansen to be restored tomorrow
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...ke-damage.html



Service on the full line will be restored 49 days after the earthquake, “reconnecting” Japan from Aomori to Kagoshima by Shinkansen.
What "re"connection?
They have never been connected!
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For the immediate timeframe, they will still be running a slightly reduced schedule and at slower speeds. Departures out of Tōkyō will be ~86% of the regular schedule, and the travel time between Tōkyō and Shin-Aomori will be 4 hours, 5 minutes or longer—about an hour longer than normally. They will also be running the Hayabusa E5 series trains (one roundtrip each Tōkyō – Sendai and Tōkyō – Shin-Aomori), although at reduced speeds just like the other trains.
What shall be the full trip time between Kagoshima and Aomori, including waiting time for two connections (one in Tokyo station, and one somewhere between Osaka and Fukuoka)?
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Old April 29th, 2011, 09:49 AM   #765
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What shall be the full trip time between Kagoshima and Aomori, including waiting time for two connections (one in Tokyo station, and one somewhere between Osaka and Fukuoka)?
I did a query on jorudan.co.jp departing Kagoshima-Chuo at 7:58 AM today. A Mizuho train would arrive at Shin-Kobe at 11:30 AM. A Nozomi would depart at 11:38 AM and arrive in Tokyo at 2:30 PM. Last, a Hayate would depart Tokyo at 2:56 PM and arrive at Shin-Aomori at 7:28 PM. It looks like it would take 11 hours 30 minutes and ¥42,110. If you play around on the various time-table websites perhaps you could find a faster journey.
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Old April 30th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #766
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I'm riding from Sendai to Tokyo on May 3rd in the morning. I hope they won't have any problems, and that aftershocks won't strike again
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Old May 1st, 2011, 05:32 AM   #767
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What "re"connection?
They have never been connected!
Officially you are correct, but the earthquake struck the day before they were supposed to be connected.

My use of "reconnect" is a reference to the JR East CM, whose slogan I prefer to translate as "reconnect" and not just "connect"... The English copy sounds better as "Let's reconnect Japan" rather than the literal translation of the Japanese ("Let's connect Japan") and fits better with the overall theme of recovery after disaster.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 05:33 AM   #768
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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 9

Some recent photos of the line to serve as a short interlude to the station tours:
Source: http://ameblo.jp/maimai24/

Between Kagoshima Chūō and Sendai:



Between Sendai and Izumi:









At Izumi Station:





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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 10

Between Izumi and Shin-Minamata:









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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 11

A couple more shots against the backdrop of the Yatsushiro Sea… Perhaps the best place to shoot photos along the new line.
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/shinkansenwotorou5963/









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Old May 1st, 2011, 05:35 AM   #771
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Cherry blossoms on the Yamagata Shinkansen













Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/shinkansenwotorou5963/
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Full length of Tōhoku Shinkansen reopens; E5 series Hayabusa returns

On 2011.04.29, 49 days after the earthquake, the Sendai – Ichinoseki section of the Tōhoku Shinkansen was reopened, and service across the full length of the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō to Shin-Aomori was restored. It also marked the completion of a Shinkansen network from Shin-Aomori all the way down to Kagoshima Chūō—the earthquake struck the day before this milestone was originally scheduled to be achieved.

Service was also restored just in time for Golden Week to serve passengers going home or on vacations for the holidays.

ANN news report (2011.04.29):
Morning was largely 100% loads, although there were some seats available in the afternoon. They will be running 90% of the regular schedule, with slow zones on certain sections.



With the reopening of the full length of the line, E5 series Hayabusa also made a return to service. The E5’s debut was cut short when the earthquake struck on only the 7th day of Hayabusa service. Even now, the trains are still restricted to lower speeds due to safety, but hopefully they’ll be back running at normal speeds soon.

Hayabusa 501 at Sendai, bound for Shin-Aomori.
Trains sported the special decals for「 がんばろう日本!がんばろう東北!」(“Don’t give up, Japan! Don’t give up, Tōhoku!”) and 「つながろう、日本。」 (“Let’s reconnect Japan.”). Japanese train operators rarely use horns unless absolutely needed, so perhaps this was more than a simple warning to some railfan getting too close to the tracks…


Source: asahicom on YouTube

Unit U2 as Hayabusa 502 (for Tōkyō) and Hayabusa 501 (for Shin-Aomori) at Ōmiya Station:


Source: tobu2181 on YouTube

Unit U2 as Hayabusa 502, at Sendai Station:


Source: ayokoi on YouTube

Lots of press people and railfans greeted the first E5 to return to Tōkyō Station, Hayabusa 501:


Source: tiyodalain on YouTube

Hayabusa 506 bound for Tōkyō at Morioka Station:


Source: karibajct on YouTube
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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 12 (Chikugo Funagoya)

Continuing our station tours with Chikugo Funagoya (Chikugo City, Fukuoka Prefecture).
This station is situated next to Chikugo Regional Park and is a connecting station with zairaisen (Kagoshima Main Line) trains.

First set:
Source: http://umebar.exblog.jp/





Like Kurume, Chikugo Funagoya has a mechanical clock featuring various local mascot characters that pop out every half-hour.





On the other side of the station plaza is the zairaisen station, which was relocated here to connect to the Shinkansen station from the original site (Funagoya Station), located about 500 m to the north.



Waiting room.
The glass panes in the door feature silhouette images of wildlife and nature in recognition of the station’s location next to Chikugo Regional Park.





Closer look at the zairaisen station:
Source: http://oimosany.exblog.jp/

Bus section of the station plaza



Entrance to the zairaisen station









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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 13 (Chikugo Funagoya)

Zairaisen platforms:
Source: japanomad on Flickr

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Zairaisen station is a simple two-track station with platform bridge.

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Returning to the Shinkansen station:
Source: http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/456327/blog/

For the tourists and visitors…



The station plaza is also home to a wooden boat exhibit prepared by Chikugo City. During the Edo Period, these small wooden boats traveled up and down the Yabe River carrying rock and stone. There was a small boat shed (funagoya) that housed the boats near what is now Oshima, Chikugo City, eventually giving its name to the entire area and the nearby Funagoya Onsen hot springs.



Rotary island inside the station plaza



Another set:
Source: http://ameblo.jp/konfami-07/

The area beneath the aerial structure is used a simple plaza / waiting area.



East side of the station



The theme of Chikugo Funagoya is “station inside a park”, so there’s not really much outside the station. Tracks at right lead to Shin-Ōmuta.





Moving back inside the station…



Shinkansen faregates





Tourist information center

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Final segment of Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route opens: Part 14 (Chikugo Funagoya)

From the second floor, you get a good view of the area outside. This is the east side of the station



Up to platform level…





Chikugo Funagoya is a three-track station, allowing for passing in the southbound (for Kumamoto, Kagoshima Chūō) direction.



Looking down at the zairaisen platforms



Shots of the trains on opening day:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/norimiyahara/

The approaches into the station are curved, making it a good spot to take photos.



N700 and 800 series meet







Lots of locals came out on opening day to see the new station and trains.



From the Yabe River:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/norimiyahara/

I’m growing fond of the yellow and brown paint scheme on the station…
Matches well with the open fields outside the station and the flowers in bloom along the riverbank.



Since this is a mostly rural area, the soundwalls are shorter, offering a slightly better view of trains than at other locations along the line.

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Old May 1st, 2011, 01:31 PM   #776
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Officially you are correct, but the earthquake struck the day before they were supposed to be connected.
What shall be the next wheeled Shinkansen route to open for scheduled traffic?

Hokkaido Shinkansen between Aomori and Shin-Hakodate?
Hokuriku Shinkansen between Nagano and Toyama?
Kyushu Shinkansen branch between Shin-Tosu and Nagasaki?
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What shall be the next wheeled Shinkansen route to open for scheduled traffic?

Hokkaido Shinkansen between Aomori and Shin-Hakodate?
Hokuriku Shinkansen between Nagano and Toyama?
Kyushu Shinkansen branch between Shin-Tosu and Nagasaki?
Hokuriku Shinkansen for sure. It is already under construction with inauguration scheduled for 2014.
Hokkaido shinkansen sometime around 2015 but there is still difficulties needed to be cleared on regulation for usage of Seikan tunnel.

Nagasaki route, who knows......
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So last part of Hokuriku shinkansen, the Hokkaido, and Chuo seem like the last major Shinkansen projects planned?
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So last part of Hokuriku shinkansen, the Hokkaido, and Chuo seem like the last major Shinkansen projects planned?
Yes, and the aforementioned Nagasaki route (possibly a mini shinkansen route), at least in most of our lifetimes.
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Yes, and the aforementioned Nagasaki route (possibly a mini shinkansen route), at least in most of our lifetimes.
I am hoping for a transition project for the Sanyo Route from wheel on rail technology to maglev some time around 2050~2060.
It will connect Tokyo - Fukuoka within 3 hours and Tokyo - Hiroshima within 2 hours.
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