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Old April 17th, 2006, 09:07 PM   #61
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A super find, the Yellow shinkansen.

That train is called Docter Yellow 

Doctor Yellow is the nickname for the high-speed test trains that are used on the Japanese Shinkansen ("Bullet Train") dedicated express passenger train routes. The trains have special equipment on board to monitor the condition of the track and overhead wire, including special instrumented bogies and observation blisters.

The 'Doctor' part of the name is obvious from their test and diagnostic function, and the 'Yellow' part comes from the bright yellow color they are all painted. Some have a blue waistline stripe, some a green one. The original color scheme of yellow with a blue stripe (applied to the Class 921 track-recording cars) was created by reversing the colors (blue with yellow stripe) used on narrow-gauge track-recording cars.

In build and appearance, they are very similar to production, passenger carrying Shinkansen trains, and line inspection is carried out at full line speed (i.e. up to 270 km/h on the Tokaido Shinkansen).

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Old April 17th, 2006, 09:56 PM   #62
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These trains look spectacular!!!
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Old April 17th, 2006, 10:21 PM   #63
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Old April 17th, 2006, 11:26 PM   #64
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Great pics!
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Old April 18th, 2006, 04:01 AM   #65
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Old April 18th, 2006, 05:10 AM   #66
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Great pics.
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Old April 18th, 2006, 07:24 AM   #67
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Fantastic pictures.

JR is the backbone of Japan.Without it Modern Japan wouldnt exist.

I bow down to you JR

I dont know what I would do without it?
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Old April 18th, 2006, 03:14 PM   #68
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I can't figure out how to quote pics from a previos post, but one of the pictures of the double-deck Shinkansen - it looks like it is 3 by 2 seating. Are the trains broad-gauge? That seems kind of tight for a long distance train.
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Old April 18th, 2006, 07:40 PM   #69
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I can't figure out how to quote pics from a previos post, but one of the pictures of the double-deck Shinkansen - it looks like it is 3 by 2 seating. Are the trains broad-gauge? That seems kind of tight for a long distance train.
they are standard track gauge, but have a wide loading gauge (train width)
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Old April 18th, 2006, 07:55 PM   #70
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Because the Shinkansen is a comlete new system it could make them bigger then the High Speed Trains in Europe. The trains run only on new High Speed Tracks and don't use the old narrow gauge lines with a small loading gauge. And you have to take into acount that the Japanese aren't the biggest persons on this planet, they don't need big German or American sized seats.
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Old April 18th, 2006, 11:46 PM   #71
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Old April 18th, 2006, 11:49 PM   #72
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BTW this train looks like the ICE train from Germany, any connection?
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Old April 19th, 2006, 05:04 PM   #73
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Japanese Company Plans to Test Train Powered by Fuel Cells

Japanese Company Plans to Test Train Powered by Fuel Cells
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17 April 2006

TOKYO -- A Japanese rail company will soon test using fuel cells to help power a train, following the lead of auto makers in rolling out cleaner, more efficient transportation.

Pollution-free fuel cells generate electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, producing only water vapor as exhaust.

East Japan Railways Co., which serves the congested Tokyo area and carries 16 million passengers a day, will start test runs of the NE Train, or New Energy Train, in July with the aim of operating it on regular tracks by the middle of next year.

The initial train will consist of a single car powered by electric batteries and capable of traveling 62 miles an hour. A diesel-run generator will provide most of the electricity, with two 65-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cells chipping in about a third.

JR East, as the Tokyo rail company is also known, estimates the NE Train will consume about 20% less energy than traditional trains. The company has cut overall energy consumption by 13% since 1990 despite rising traffic volumes.

The NE Train's fuel efficiency will be aided by batteries that recharge every time the train brakes. Similar technology has scored a big hit for Japanese auto makers, which are catering to surging global interest in hybrid cars.

JR East's new trains are envisioned for use in remote areas where there are no overhead power lines. They could replace older battery-driven trains, or those running solely on diesel.
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Old April 19th, 2006, 07:16 PM   #74
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Considering most unelectrified track in JR East is through rugged mountain terrain, I dunno how these fuel cells can move tons of locomotive up the hills, even if it's still mostly diesel.

I'm surprised "hybrid trains" aren't in existence already though- are most current train braking systems wasting all of the energy as heat, instead of recycling the energy into batteries or the overhead wire?
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Old April 21st, 2006, 10:24 AM   #75
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Just spent a month in Japan, mainly around Mito, Chiba province and Nagoya. Made several trips on JR Shinkansen, as well as Tokyo inter-city trains and private trains. I find them convenient and comfortable. The seats are just fine with me and I'm a typical 5' 10" westerner.

Japan really does it well with their train system. I recommend using it next time you're in Japan!
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Old April 21st, 2006, 01:22 PM   #76
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it isn't a JR train.

It is Arakawa Line (Tram) of Toei company
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Old April 21st, 2006, 01:30 PM   #77
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Japanese trains are great
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Old April 21st, 2006, 01:33 PM   #78
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JR trains are good, BUT

They have the worst stations for such great trains. The stations are old, crampt, dirty and even the newer stations such as Kyoto, they just built a new building for ticketing, and shopping, but it seems that they didn't even change the platforms.

Most platforms in Japan just have blacktop (the ones they use to pave roads) floors.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 01:44 PM   #79
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will consume about 20% less energy than traditional trains. The company has cut overall energy consumption by 13% since 1990 despite rising traffic volumes.
Love to hear this stuff.... wish i could read more about developments of this nature.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 01:53 PM   #80
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The Shinkansen is realy long!! How many cars have it? 15? 20?! Is the train comunication very popular in Japan?
BTW amazing pics...
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