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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:03 AM   #801
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Cherry blossoms and trains

Kyūshū-area railways:


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On the Ōigawa Railway, a C56 steam locomotive.
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Itabu Station on the Kominato Railway:


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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:16 AM   #802
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Thanks. Didn't know they were still working on Sendai Station.
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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:22 AM   #803
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i'm sorry but what does "shin" mean??
Means "new".

For the most part, the Shinkansen is brought into the city whenever possible, but in some cases, this is just not practical, and the Shinkansen station must be built in a separate location from the conventional line station.

For these cases, "shin-" is just part of the de facto naming convention. Think Shin-Yokohama (vs. Yokohama), Shin-Ōsaka (vs. Ōsaka), or Shin-Kōbe (vs. Sannomiya), or more recently, Shin-Aomori (vs. Aomori).
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Old May 10th, 2011, 11:08 AM   #804
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JICA to begin feasibility studies for Vietnam HSR in May
http://www.nikkei.com/news/category/...08122009000000
I hope I'm not getting to off topic...but I was always wondered why the Japanese want to build this North-South Vietnam line. I think they want it more than the Vietnamese. The line will cost more that the value of Vietnam's yearly GDP. And I have a feeling that the Chinese can build this line cheaper and with more financial assistance than the Japanese. I'm guessing it's all politics; with China rising, Japan is fighting for influence in Asia where ever it can get it, especially in SE Asia and India.

Speaking of India, I think that's the next place Japanese firms should be fighting for contracts. It's too bad the Indians don't have rail ambitions like the Chinese. It's also too bad all the technology Japan sold to the Chinese has been reversed engineered and copied; now the booming business foreign rail companies had there will soon dry up.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 12:09 PM   #805
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Yes, it's partly influence, but also makes good economic sense- the domestic Japanese market for railway rolling stock is shrinking, and the opportunities for growth are all abroad. Vietnam is seen as friendly to Japanese investment, as the Vietnamese have no great love for China- just look at history, and current events (i.e. Paracel Islands)

Japan is involved in railway projects in India, and will certainly be in line to build an HSR line there, should the opportunity arise. It is just that India is a bit behind China in economic development, and will require more time and patience.

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Old May 11th, 2011, 07:25 AM   #806
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I think the work in sendai station is to reconstruct the sturcture due to earthquake damage last March 11 devastated quake i remember in news said theres a damage in the deck section of the staion.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 02:57 PM   #807
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Just found that. Maglev speed at half the cost ?

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Ground-Effect Robot Could Be Key To Future High-Speed Trains
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Old May 11th, 2011, 10:07 PM   #808
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The ultimate plan was to take bullet trains are far up north as possible into Hokkaido (eventually as far as Sapporo)

After Sapporo though, well I don't if that marks the end. Quashlo, what do you think?

In 100-200 years from now, I suppose that it would be time to go cross-country. From the south-west end, you will see a link to South Korea.

Then from the Northern end, a link from the Northern most point of Japan (i.e. the most up north area in Hokkaido) to Sakhalin then into Russian territory.

Then possibly, by year 3000 (if planet Earth is still around), a link between the Japanese mainland and Okinawa
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Old May 12th, 2011, 08:25 PM   #809
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There are ideas to connect Sakhalin to Hokkaido, but it cannot be done by Russia alone, as it too expensive.

There are also ideas to connect Sakhalin to continent. Tunnel construction was abandoned in 1950's. Currently there are 3 ideas with no specific plans
- 12km tunnel
- a large dam that will make Far East Maritime climate more warmer (Vladivostok has very similar climate to Moscow, Sapporo and Chicago)
- 7km bridge
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Old May 13th, 2011, 11:54 AM   #810
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After Sapporo though, well I don't if that marks the end.
There have been concepts of an eventual shinkansen line to Asahikawa (and even to eastern Hokkaido). However, the reality is that these markets show little promise. The Sapporo-Tokyo air corridor is one of the busiest in the world, so there is potential there for competing high speed rail service. However, the Sapporo-Asahikawa rail corridor has few intermediate cities of any size, and less population density than even prefectures in Tohoku. Asahikawa itself is a city of only 350,000, and like the rest of Hokkaido outside of Sapporo and the Hakodate suburbs, is losing population. The current clockface ltd. express service (super kamui) is quite adequate, and some services continue on to Shin-Chitose Airport. However, if there is an actual decision to extend the network out to Asahikawa, it will likely be a mini-shinkansen service, utilizing the current at-grade route converted to 1435mm gauge (or dual gauge).

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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:56 PM   #811
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There's a project to develop a variable gauge train that will be able to inter-run between Shinkansen lines and the narrow gauge network.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 06:40 PM   #812
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When is Hokuriku Shinkansen extension Kanazawa-Fukui due to open?
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Old May 20th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #813
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construction hasn't started yet, so don't expect completion date...
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Old May 21st, 2011, 02:31 PM   #814
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Vietnam is seen as friendly to Japanese investment, as the Vietnamese have no great love for China- just look at history, and current events (i.e. Paracel Islands)

Japan is involved in railway projects in India, and will certainly be in line to build an HSR line there, should the opportunity arise. It is just that India is a bit behind China in economic development, and will require more time and patience.
But so is Vietnam. And India is bigger.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 08:23 AM   #815
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New Wakkanai Station building opens: Part 1

JR Wakkanai Station on the Sōya Main Line in Hokkaidō is widely-known among railfans as the northernmost station in Japan. On 2011.04.03, a new station building opened, replacing the deteriorating older station building. This is a small station, with limited service, and there are only about 120 daily entries (2008).

Old station building (2009.09). The boarded-off section outside the station is now occupied by the new station building, part of the Wakkanai Station Redevelopment Project.


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New station building


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First, some pictures of the old station building on the night of its last day (2011.04.02):
Source: http://blog.livedoor.jp/sarorunkamuy1981/

Lobby area



Waiting room, where locals and railfans were gathered to see a small piece of railroad history for the last time. As a result, the station seemed a little busier than usual.



There was a small exhibit on display in the waiting room in commemoration of the last days of the old station building.



Destination plates



Whistles used on steam locomotives



Special signage and other items



The old JNR schedule at the station for the now-abandoned 148.9 km Tenpoku Line between Otoineppu and Wakkanai.



With the closure of the old station building, this standing soba noodle shop also closed. Apparently they were very busy their last day, probably from all the railfans and visitors who wanted to have one last meal at the shop. After 5:00 pm, they began offering free soba noodles.

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New Wakkanai Station building opens: Part 2

Next, the new station building, in HDR (?).
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With the harsh weather, the doors and heater help keep the inside warm.

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16 trains a day (8 arrivals, 8 departures)

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The station complex isn’t complete yet. They will now demolish the old station building, build the redevelopment building (which will house a cineplex), and connect it to the new station building. They’ve got a whole bunch of rebar sticking out the sides of the new building which will connect into the redevelopment building. The grand opening is scheduled for next spring.

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The new building features accessibility improvements and will eventually include a relocated bus terminal inside.
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New Wakkanai Station building opens: Part 3

A few videos:

Limited express Super Sōya 1 arrives at and departs the station (2010.07.25). Includes a small tour of the old station building. The section of the line north of Asahikawa is unelectrified.


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Sound inside a Kiha 261 Super Sōya limited express leaving Wakkanai, bound for Sapporo.


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A meal at the standing soba shop inside the station:


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Old May 23rd, 2011, 08:25 AM   #818
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Japan-Vietnam JV wins bridge repair work for North-South Railway
http://www.viet-jo.com/news/nikkei/110518043942.html

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Vietnam Railways announced that a joint venture between Japan’s Taisei Corporation (HQ: Shinjuku Ward, Tōkyō) and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (HQ: Chūō Ward, Tōkyō) and Vietnam’s Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No. 1 (CIENCO 1) have won the contract for the first package of railway bridge repair work for the North-South Railway. The May 17 electronic edition of the Vietnam Investment Review reported the news.

The contract value of the project (first package) is ¥3.972 billion, and the construction will take place over 30 months starting in mid-June. The work involves eight railway bridges and associated construction of approach roads.

Vietnam Railways is serving as the investment lead for the North-South Railway’s railway bridge repair project, and the total investment will reach 2.471 trillion dong (approx. ¥9.7 billion). Official development assistance (ODA) provided through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and funds issued by the Vietnamese government will be used to cover the costs.
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JR West to develop lithium-ion battery railcar
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West Japan Railway Company (JR West) will develop a train running on lithium-ion batteries for practical use by 2020. The railway will first focus efforts with an eye towards operations on un-electrified sections, aiming to begin regular revenue service in the 2020s. The battery trains are expected to consume over ten percent less energy than diesel railcars. East Japan Railway Company (JR East) is also in the process of adapting the technology for practical application, and development of energy-efficient trains is now picking up.

JR West recently established an internal R&D team, and is aiming to develop a prototype train as early as next fiscal year. The cost of R&D for the train and other details have not yet been determined.

The train is designed to recharge its internal battery when stopped by drawing power from feeder facilities located near train stations through overhead wires. The train accelerates using the energy stored in the battery, and features a regenerative braking system that returns energy generated by the motors when decelerating to the battery. The railway will investigate the practicality of the technology using batteries from multiple manufacturers, and hopes to develop a working unit for revenue operations by 2020.

The cost of the lithium-ion batteries is estimated at ¥30 million per train. If mass production of the batteries accelerates, JR West believes the cost of procuring the batteries can be reduced to around one-seventh the current price by around 2020.

Currently, trains running on diesel engines operate on the railway’s unelectrified track, which comprises almost 40 percent of its network. The railway says replacement with railcars powered by lithium-ion batteries can decrease energy consumption by over ten percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions and noise.

A variety of facilities and equipment are needed to operate the trains, and it’s expected that reducing railway companies’ fixed costs will be difficult. If a practical battery-powered train is developed, the railway will be able to reduce the cost of procuring diesel fuel, as well as reduce track maintenance costs through reducing the weight of railcars. If introduction of the trains expands to electrified track sections, not only will the railway will be able to reduce electricity consumption, but JR West president Sasaki Takayuki says, “Overhead and ground equipment for electrified track will become unnecessary.”

In regards to railcars equipped with lithium-ion batteries, the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) has been developing a battery-powered tram. JR East has also begun test running of its own train, and has already introduced hybrid railcars featuring storage batteries and diesel engines onto the Koumi Line running through Nagano Prefecture.

JR East’s Kiha E200 series DMU, began running on the Koumi Line in 2007 as the world’s first hybrid train in revenue service.


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JR East HB-E300 DMU, the railway’s latest hybrid DMU.


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First E657 series unit for Jōban Line limited express service delivered to JR East

First set made a three-day trip (2011.05.21 to 2011.05.23) from the Hitachi plant in Kudamatsu City (Yamaguchi Prefecture) to Katsuta Car Center in Hitachi Naka City (Ibaraki Prefecture). These are scheduled to enter service in spring of next year.

Passing Mukainada Station on the San’yō Main Line (Fuchū Town, Hiroshima Prefecture) (2011.05.21):


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At Inazawa Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line (Inazawa City, Aichi Prefecture) (2011.05.22):


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At Okazaki, Gamagōri, and Toyohashi Stations on the Tōkaidō Main Line in Aichi Prefecture (2011.05.22):


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