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Old May 30th, 2012, 09:02 PM   #1121
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Hakone Tozan Railway reveals conceptual design for new train

The Hakone Tozan Railway, a major tourist-oriented mountain railway in the Hakone area just west of Tōkyō, has recently revealed the conceptual design for a new 3000 series train. These will be the first new trains on the railway since the additional 2000 series trains that arrived in 1997.
It would be fun if they would buy the next new trains from Stadler Rail.
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Old June 5th, 2012, 09:44 AM   #1122
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I hope the Kyushu luxury train is taking its passengers straight to the plastic surgeon's office. Emergency face transplants for everyone!
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Old June 5th, 2012, 06:29 PM   #1123
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Nice train, I see the attraction and am sure the service will be impecable. However somehow it feels as out of place as Huis ten Bosch on Kyushu and I personally would have rather seen a Ryokan style train with onsen car than this somewhat Europeanesque set up. Unless dressing up as early 20-century rich white person is the new cosplay of the year?
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Old June 5th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #1124
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Well, I'm sure Huis ten Bosch doesn't appeal much to Western tourists, but it's mainly targeting domestic tourists anyways, so it only needs to appeal to Japanese (and to a lesser extent, visitors from other parts of Asia). Even for this, they may have set up an English web site, but they're still primarily targeting domestic tourists.

On the surface, I suppose the sketches look pretty "European", but I wouldn't be fooled by all the stand-in models. The Japanese influence is there... The deluxe suite sketch with the old dude in white sitting down reading a book has plenty of Japanese elements, including the kakejiku calligraphy scrolls, the sudare bamboo blinds, the green tatami bamboo mats, and the shōji paper lattice screens. If you look at the first large conceptual sketch showing the deluxe suite car with the giant window, that one actually looks mostly Japanese, with the chōchin paper lanterns, bonsai tree, and ikebana display. There's some other minor hints like the bed and chair moquettes that look like maki-e gold-and-black lacquer.

Not sure why the two sketches look different, but these are just sketches anyways... I suppose maybe the suite could be designed to allow for easy remodeling to allow them to do seasonal switches between Western- and Japanese-style design, or (perhaps more likely) they will have two separate cars.

I somehow don't think an onsen car would be very practical, but perhaps they could have gone with some Japanese-style seating with a kotatsu (table heater) or something.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 03:20 AM   #1125
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Looking at the pics, I was somewhat reminded of scenes you would see on Meitantei Conan or some such mystery show.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 05:15 AM   #1126
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Bullet-train extensions approved

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Transport minister Yuichiro Hata on Friday approved the construction of three shinkansen extensions worth a combined ¥3.04 trillion that will go into operation by the end of fiscal 2035.

The three segments are a 211-km route between Hakodate, Hokkaido and Sapporo, a 113-km segement between Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, and Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, and a 21-km link between Isahaya, Nagasaki Prefecture, and the city of Nagasaki.

It is the first approval for shinkansen line construction with the Democratic Party of Japan in power. The last approval was in March 2008, for a section between Takeo Onsen, Saga Prefecture, and Isahaya.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 10:42 PM   #1127
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JR Freight announces development of two new locomotives

Official press release is here:
http://www.jrfreight.co.jp/common/pd.../201207-03.pdf

EF210-301
This will be the successor to the EF67 types used to push trains up the steep grades on the Seno – Hachihonmatsu section of the San’yō Main Line in the Hiroshima area. The EF67s are over 40 years old now, and this new locomotive is based on the EF210 types, with a new type of coupler featuring a silicon buffer. Completion is expected on 2012.09.03.



EH800-901
This will be a dual-voltage unit capable of running under 20 kV and 25 kV DC and featuring Shinkansen DS-ATC (digital ATC) signaling. Completion is expected in autumn 2012. This new locomotive is designed exclusively for dual use of the Seikan Tunnel by both Shinkansen and zairaisen trains, which is coming in only a few years when the Shinkansen extension to Shin-Hakodate opens in 2015.

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JR East To Develop Next-Gen Train Control System
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TOKYO (Nikkei)--East Japan Railway Co. (9020) is moving toward adopting a next-generation train control system as part of its efforts to upgrade the railway system in greater Tokyo by improving operations and streamlining facilities.

The new system, called communications-based train control (CBTC), is different from conventional automatic control systems and does not require traffic lights. It will detect train locations via radio communications and automatically control rail traffic.

JR East is ready to start development with system manufacturers for implementation on the Joban local line, which runs between Tokyo and neighboring prefectures. If everything goes smoothly, the system will be introduced in about 10 years.

The company through Sunday had solicited firms interested in participating in the project. The candidates have been asked to prepare proposals containing a system overview, functions, estimated costs and other information by the end of October.

By year's end, JR East will select one or two companies with which to discuss further details, and will make the final decision by the end of next year.

http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20120716D1607N01.htm
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Old July 16th, 2012, 07:32 PM   #1129
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how are they progressing with the Train on Train project?
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Old July 16th, 2012, 08:31 PM   #1130
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does not require traffic lights. It will detect train locations via radio communications and automatically control rail traffic.
It's not really next-gen. It's been there for quite a long and adopted by a number of urban rail systems around the world.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 09:09 PM   #1131
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It is next generation from the current system...hence...next gen.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 10:54 PM   #1132
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Yeah, ukiyo is right... It's not meant to say that it's advanced, just that it's going to be the successor of the current system.

Anyways, most CBTC operations are usually simple back-and-forth operations with fully grade-separated traffic. The section selected for this CBTC experiment is the Jōban Local Line (Ayase ‒ Toride), which is already fully grade-separated (this probably happened when they quadruple-tracked the line decades ago to provide segregated rapid and local services as part of 五方面作戦).

Part of the impetus for JR East in developing its own system (ATACS) was to deal with the unique situations present in most urban transit in Japan, such as the high frequency of grade crossings, complexity of through-services, local / express setups, etc. All of these functions would need to be controlled by the software, so ATACS is much more like ETCS Level 3 than a simple CBTC system.

As always, the details are obscured, but my inclination is that this latest news is just an investigation into the cost-effectiveness of CBTC, as there are a handful of other lines in the Tōkyō area like the Jōban Local Line where the full package of ATACS functions wouldn't necessarily be needed, such as the Chūō Rapid Line, Chūō‒Sōbu Local Line, Yamanote Line, Keiyō Line, Saikyō Line, etc.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 07:13 AM   #1133
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Enoshima Electric Railway, familiarly known as Enoden, has 100 years of history. It links the central Shonan area, Kamakura and Fujisawa, a distance of approximately 10 kilometers. You can enjoy the changing scenery of mountains, beaches, tunnels and changing into a streetcar. Along the railroad line, there is the ancient city of Kamakura with 800 years of history and Enoshima Island which is famous as a seaside resort. In the ancient city of Kamakura there are famous Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines such as Kamakura's Great Buddha, Hase Kannon temple, Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu shrine and Zeniarai Benten. You can also find art museums and popular spots along the historical streets.
Enoshima Island is a symbol of the Shonan area. The Enoshima Lighthouse Observation Tower located at the highest point of the island offers a 360 degree panoramic view that includes a view of Mt. Fuji, Oshima Island or the distant Landmark Tower in Yokohama. Our variety of coaches with classical and modern designs will carry you along your journey

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Old July 29th, 2012, 10:35 AM   #1134
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That's one cute little railway!
I concur. Beautifully nostalgic and inspirational at the same time!
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Old October 8th, 2012, 08:59 PM   #1135
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Old October 10th, 2012, 05:42 AM   #1140
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^ Thats cool, love the emblem and the color of the train gives a very royalty feel. Had no idea theres this type of train.
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