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Old April 21st, 2006, 03:01 PM   #81
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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...
In the Tokaido Shinkansen, all trains have 16 cars.
But in the Sanyo Shinkansen, 700 series "HIKARI Railstar" have 8 cars, 0 Series have 6 cars and 100 Series has 6 and 4 cars only.
All "NOZOMI" trains have 16 cars in both Shinkansen lines.

Total length of 16 cars reach about 400m.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 04:25 PM   #82
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I was amazed by how long the trains are. And to consider the whole thing gets motoring at 300km/h or so is mind blowing. Truly incredible machines...
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 08:34 AM   #83
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Most platforms in Japan just have blacktop (the ones they use to pave roads) floors.
I've never been in a Japanese station that didn't have tile floors on the platforms. And they always have the serrated tile in one row for blind folks to follow. And I've been in MANY train stations in Japan!

The amazing thing for me is how fast the Shinkansen go through the stations. Does anyone know what speed they are required to maintain going through stations? Seems awful fast from the platform!
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 09:06 AM   #84
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What's the 'wanman' katakana referring to in the tram pic?

Does it mean one person operation?
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 09:20 AM   #85
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I've never been in a Japanese station that didn't have tile floors on the platforms. And they always have the serrated tile in one row for blind folks to follow. And I've been in MANY train stations in Japan!

The amazing thing for me is how fast the Shinkansen go through the stations. Does anyone know what speed they are required to maintain going through stations? Seems awful fast from the platform!
Blacktop platforms are more common in rural Japan as well as Western Japan.
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 09:32 AM   #86
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BTW this train looks like the ICE train from Germany, any connection?
No, all Shinkasen trains are built by Japanese companies (Kawasaki, Hitachi) and ICE trains are built by German companies (Siemens).
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 03:55 PM   #87
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What's the 'wanman' katakana referring to in the tram pic?

Does it mean one person operation?
Exactly. This is the only tram line in Tokyo today. Tokyo had 41 tram lines at their best.
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 09:43 PM   #88
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Wow Amazing love those bullet train.
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 03:39 AM   #89
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"Tsubasa" and "Komachi" trains connect to the "Yamabiko".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omiLaojQBMU

"Nozomi" operation from Hakata to Shin-Osaka
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp0M8tnPP98
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 05:28 AM   #90
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No, all Shinkasen trains are built by Japanese companies (Kawasaki, Hitachi) and ICE trains are built by German companies (Siemens).
Well I know they're both built by different companies or country, what I was implying is the design(the head). Look closely at the photograph I am showing. Did JR borrow the design from ICE or was it just pure coincidence?

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Old April 23rd, 2006, 08:00 AM   #91
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Well I know they're both built by different companies or country, what I was implying is the design(the head). Look closely at the photograph I am showing. Did JR borrow the design from ICE or was it just pure coincidence?
Mito'oka Eiji and the ICE designer were friends and he asked to borrow the design. Anyway, the inner design is defferent.
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I did some more googling and it turns out that the ICE3 and the Shinkansen Nozomi 500 are desinged by Alexander Neumeister He is also a design consultant for Hitachi industries, the builder of the Kyushu series 885. There are more connections between the German and the Japanese designers then I thought.

I was wrong, 御免なさい
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http://img123.imageshack.us/img123/2018/jr41vw.jpg

these are not JR trains, but Meitetsu (Nagoya City Railroad) 名鉄. the newer one was bought specifically for the opening of the new Chubu airport (although the super express , and local trains also go there)

its funny with everyone saying how good JR is with this pic in there... while JR is great and i take the Tokaido (not shinkansen) like everyday, i also take the meitetsu often and it smells, the trains are old, and the staff are all rude.
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Old April 30th, 2006, 05:44 AM   #94
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Blacktop platforms are more common in rural Japan as well as Western Japan.
Tokyo as well, almost a majority of JR stations have blacktop platforms, even the in the worlds busiest train station in Shinjuku but it seems that they are slowly getting replaced by tiles now.

JR opened a new exit on the Southern Terrace side of Shinjuku station and its new and the ticketing area, gates is all blacktop. I wonder why they cheap out like that, maybe its a temporary exit, but it doesn't look like it since it has escalators to the platforms.
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Old May 1st, 2006, 12:42 PM   #95
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That ICE train looks a lot like one of the limited express trains of the private railways in Tokyo- the Odakyu Romance Car 50000 series.


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Old May 1st, 2006, 08:01 PM   #96
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That one looks like this swiss train

the GoldenPass panoramic train from the MOB railways.
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Old May 1st, 2006, 10:57 PM   #97
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I have noticed that a number of Japanese trains have the cabs elevated. Why is this? I realize it gives them a better view, but I would think the drawbacks of extra height and wind resistance would be more important.
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Novelty, I guess- being able to see out the front in the first car makes the ride more interesting. Unless there's a person commiting suicide on the tracks... not sure what happens then, though I hear the driver can make the glass opaque if that occurs.

That train isn't high speed rail either, so aerodynamics aren't as big of an issue. But there are double decker Shinkansen, so they probably have the height and wind resistance things settled.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 02:21 PM   #99
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I went to the Transportation Museum in Tokyo on May 13, 06 because its closing for good and moving to Saitama for reopening next year October and I found these interesting:


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