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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:40 PM   #1081
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Some pics of JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka… I’ve got others in the Subways and Urban Transport thread. This is the major intercity and JR terminal for Fukuoka, and is served by JR Kyūshū’s commuter network plus the Shinkansen and zairaisen limited expresses to Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Ōita, and other destinations in Kyūshū.

As part of the opening of the Kagoshima route of the Kyūshū Shinkansen, JR gave Hakata Station a huge facelift, including construction of what is now Japan’s largest station tenant building, JR Hakata City. The station is now a major public destination, and includes an array of commercial and entertainment uses, plus several public open spaces. The station’s rooftop has been designed as a “railway shrine” featuring local gourmet foods and other souvenirs to take home.

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The rooftop also has an observation deck:

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #1082
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Also this small model garden railway for the kids:

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The new third-floor station concourse has some really nice views of the tracks. The track pair on the very right is the San’yō Shinkansen. Here, a 787 series Tsubame is waiting on one of the turnaround tracks.

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Add an 885 series Kamome and an N700 series.

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At platform level…

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #1083
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An 883 series Sonic was stopped at the station

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Back to the third-floor concourse…
There’s a small café seating area with these model trains for the kids, all inside the faregates.

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You also get some nice views of the platforms and tracks, although it’s sometimes in shade from the station building.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #1084
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Shinkansen departure boards are full-color LCDs.
Top is the San’yō Shinkansen, bottom is the Kyūshū Shinkansen.

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The next day, it was off to Nagasaki…
JR Hakata Station at 5:45 am:

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Commuter EMU on one of the other platforms

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #1085
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Our train, Kamome 1 for Nagasaki, a 6:00 am departure.
Our train on this journey is the all-black 787 series.

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These used to be known as Tsubame sets when they were still used for Relay Tsubame services connecting Hakata Station with the completed southern half of the Kagoshima route of the Kyūshū Shinkansen. With the completion of the full route, however, these are now more frequently spotted on various other limited express, including the Ariake, as shown here. The old Tsubame logo (a swallow) still remains on the train.

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The plain all-black exterior might be a bit deceiving, as the interior is quite nice.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #1086
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Heading to work perhaps?
Although not as well developed as the Kansai area, there is an extensive commuter EMU network that links Fukuoka and the rest of northern Kyūshū.

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Sunrise over the Chikushi Plain…

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Got some shut eye for the two-hour train ride, but woke up at Isahaya as a bunch of commuters boarded the train, headed for work in Nagasaki.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #1087
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Upon arrival at Nagasaki Station, an 885 series Sonic was waiting on the opposite platform.

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Our train

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Kiha 66 / 67 DMU Seaside Liner, a rapid service for the Nagasaki Main Line / Ōmura Line / Sasebo Line. This one’s only bound for Kikitsu. JR Kyūshū refurbishes a lot of their older stock with creative paint schemes and interiors, part of what makes them so popular among railfans.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #1088
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The station building is quite large, and houses a JR Kyūshū hotel.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:45 PM   #1089
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Some views of Nagasaki Station from the top of Mt. Inasa:
Could we see a brand new Shinkansen station here in the coming decade?

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #1090
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Was lucky and got an 885 series on the journey back to Fukuoka …
Can also see an 817 series commuter EMU and a few other trains sitting in the yard adjacent to the station.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #1091
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Standard JR limited express ticket

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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:48 PM   #1093
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Also bought some local treats at the JR station: castella, a type of sponge cake.

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Limited expresses are given unique names for branding purposes… Many of these names can have a long history covering a multitude of different rolling stock, with Shinkansen services often inheriting the same names as services they replace. The Hakata – Nagasaki services are branded as the Kamome (sea gull).

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After arriving at Hakata, I had dinner inside JR Hakata City… There is a large restaurant collection at the station, and JR took special care to assemble an array of pricepoints and local cuisines that would attract everyone from local folks looking for a decent place to eat to tourists wanting to sample some of Kyūshū’s culinary delights… Of course, I fell into the latter category, so I went for the ¥5,000 horse sashimi.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #1094
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Great pics quashlo. I've been following your Japan picture thread, and I wonder how many pictures you have taken and which equipment?

The 885 series almost looks like a Siemens Velaro, at least in the dark.
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Great pics! Food looks great!
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Old April 12th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #1096
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The 885 series almost looks like a Siemens Velaro, at least in the dark.
Both trains are designed by the same guy, so it's not just a coincidence.

And with a bit of imagination you can also recognize the TGV in the 787 series. It does look like JR Kyushu did it on purpose with both trains.
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I've been following your Japan picture thread, and I wonder how many pictures you have taken and which equipment?
I think I took about 15,000 pictures overall on that two-week trip.
I have a Nikon D3100... Nothing too fancy, I suppose, but a good camera for a first DSLR.
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Both trains are designed by the same guy, so it's not just a coincidence.

And with a bit of imagination you can also recognize the TGV in the 787 series. It does look like JR Kyushu did it on purpose with both trains.
The 787 series's resemblance to the TGV is obvious in your first photo, where the camera angle disguises the fact that the nose is steeper than the TGV's.

The 885 series looks like the Class 395 in the UK, also from the Hitachi A-Train family. The 885's interior is much cooler, though.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #1099
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At Hakata Station the next day, waiting for my train on a short hop over to Kita-Kyūshū.
A relief, waiting for his train?

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One of the new N700 sets signed as a Hikari service for Shin-Ōsaka. Perhaps a pull-out from Hakata Minami yard?

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Typical Shinkansen station design is to have small waiting rooms at platform or concourse level.
At right is an EX-IC terminal for the IC card system used for Shinkansen reservations and tickets.

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All of the Shinkansen stations have some form of platform fencing or platform doors. The older stations use simple railings, but perhaps these will eventually be replaced with platform doors. I suppose it’s less of an issue at a station like Hakata, where all trains stop.

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I scheduled a ride on one of the N700 series units again.

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