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Old March 23rd, 2013, 01:40 AM   #1241
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintetsu_Shima_Line

Thak you for your updates quashlo, I didn't know there were double deck trains on standard gauge tracks in Japan, beside a few Shinkansen. But I heard there are a few double deck trains on narrow gauge lines.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 10:33 PM   #1242
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Kyōsan Electric establishes local Indian office in Delhi
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Kyosan Electric Manufacturing, a 100-year-old Japanese company that manufactures railway and road signalling systems, opened its first India office in Delhi on Monday to increase its presence in the country's railway network.

The company has plans to be part of the huge expansion
of the Indian railways network by providing safety signalling system for the proposed high speed railways and special corridors. There are 20 rail routes that are ready for high speed corridors.

In the next five years, signalling projects in Indian railways is expected to touch $3 billion. "Indian railways and road users can look forward to improved traffic safety and reliability, and our global corporate motto has been promoting safety and reliability," said T Tokodai, president and chief operating officer, Kyosan Electric Manufacturing.
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries begins construction of new Mihara Test Center
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Tokyo, March 27, 2013 - Today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) began construction of the "MIHARA Test Center," Japan's first comprehensive railway transportation system verification facility, at the Wadaoki Plant of its Mihara Machinery Works in Hiroshima Prefecture. The test center - which takes its name both from its location and from the acronym "Multipurpose Integrated Highly Advanced Railway Applications" - will have a 3.2 kilometers (km) long loop track capable of accommodating various international standards. Operation is slated to commence in the first half of 2014. Plans call for the center to welcome use by outside entities such as other companies, government offices and organizations.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the construction site today attended by local government officials and representatives of related organizations, associations, a university, railway companies, manufacturers and trading companies. Attendees included Deputy Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture Kazuaki Jono, Mihara City Mayor Yasuyuki Goto and MHI President Hideaki Omiya.

Construction of the MIHARA Test Center is aimed primarily at strengthening Japan's business competitiveness in railway systems, a pillar of the country's infrastructure export strategy. The center will function as a strong support tool for verifying compliance with international standards and for promoting product development. At the same time, it will also serve to further enhance Japan's highly acclaimed railway system maintenance and management capabilities. Future plans call for center facilities to be further upgraded to enable comprehensive verification testing and demonstrations related to smart communities.

MHI has already had test tracks at the Wadaoki Plant not only for railway systems but also for the APM (automated people mover) system and the HSST (high-speed surface transport) magnetic levitation system. With construction of the new MIHARA Test Center, these existing test tracks will be significantly extended by introducing the 3.2km loop track. The new test tracks will enable train performance testing under various conditions: for example, operation at a maximum speed of 100km/hour, continuous operation, and noise testing on curves. The center will also have system capability to perform comprehensive train testing, including the signaling system, communications system, operation management, etc.

Although the global market for railway systems is presently booming, competition among system suppliers has become increasingly intense due to the entry of competitors in newly emerging countries. Against this backdrop, the market now tends to require more sophisticated signal and operation management systems and more complex route layouts in urban areas, and as a result high-level system integration capability to respond to these requirements has become a key factor for winning orders. Construction of the new test facility is MHI's response to today's market trends and the company's need to enhance its competitiveness.

MHI plans not only to use the MIHARA Test Center for its own purposes but also to make the facility widely available for use by other entities. Based on that intention, evaluation and management methods will be taken under consideration - from the viewpoints of fairness, confidentiality and openness - by a committee that will include related industrial associations and corporations. Several organizations have already expressed interest in cooperating, and this stance will enable a team approach to enhancing Japan's competitiveness in this field.

Going forward MHI intends to play a role as a leading company in this area and aggressively promote the superiority of Japanese railway systems to the global market. At the same time it will leverage construction of the MIHARA Test Center to strengthen its own international competitiveness as a systems integrator.
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New sightseeing train enters service on Hisatsu Orange Railway
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 熊本県と鹿児島県を結ぶ「肥薩おれんじ鉄道」(熊本県八代市)は24日、全国的にも珍しい食がテーマの観光列車「おれんじ食堂」の運行を開始した。ゆっくりと海沿いを走るため、景色を眺めながら、沿線の特産品をふんだんに使った料理が楽しめる「ちょっとぜいたくな旅」が売り。

 この日は八代駅で出発式を開催。午前10時20分ごろ、ホームに一番列車が入ると、横断幕を持った地元の人々がオレンジ色の上着や手袋を身に着けてお出迎え。古木圭介社長は「これをきっかけに沿線が新しい観光地となってほしい。末永く愛していただきたい」とあいさつした。
This is the Orange Restaurant (おれんじ食堂) that debuted on 2013.03.24… There’s finally some footage on YouTube.

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New section of Shinano Railway to be named the Kita-Shinano Line
http://mainichi.jp/area/nagano/news/...20029000c.html

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 県などが出資する第三セクター・しなの鉄道(上田市)は27日、北陸新幹線の金沢延伸に伴いJR東日本から移管される現信越線の長野−妙高高原間(38・3キロ)について、路線名を「北しなの線」とすると発表した。

 同社や県、沿線市町でつくる対策協議会が「地域に愛される鉄道のイメージを高め、利用促進を図る」ために昨年11〜12月に公募し、延べ2437件が寄せられた。

 2月の選定作業で「北しなの」「五岳」「信越高原」の3案に絞り込み、今月上旬の役員会で「北しなの」が選ばれ、27日の取締役会で正式に決定した。

 藤井武晴社長は「利用者に親しみやすく、現行区間(篠ノ井−軽井沢)の『しなの鉄道線』とも一体感がある」と説明。公募でも106件と、最も多かったという。

 応募の中には、「しんえつ一茶線」など信濃町出身の俳人、小林一茶にちなんだものや、野尻湖のナウマン象をモチーフにした「ナウマンライン」など沿線ならではのユニークなものも寄せられていた。

一方、新潟県側のえちごトキめき鉄道に移管される妙高高原−直江津間(37・7キロ)については12年6月、名称が「妙高はねうまライン」に決まっている。

The 38.3 km section (8 stations) of JR East’s Shin’etsu Main Line between Nagano and Myōkō Kōgen, which will be abandoned when the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension to Kanazawa opens for service and transferred over to third-sector operator Shinano Railway, will be named the Kita-Shinano Line. Of course, Shinano Railway already operates 65.1 km (19 stations) of the Shin’etsu Main Line between Karuizawa and Shinonoi that were abandoned when the Takasaki – Nagano section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen (i.e., “Nagano Shinkansen”) opened in 1997.

When the Shinkansen is extended to Kanzawa, 75.0 km (17 stations) of the Shin’etsu Main Line between Nagano and Naoetsu and 177.2 km (36 stations) of the Hokuriku Main Line between Kanazawa and Naoetsu will be transferred out of JR ownership.

The Niigata sections of the abandoned lines will be operated by the Echigo Tokimeki Railway as two lines:
  • Myōkō Haneuma Line (37.7 km, 10 stations): Myōkō Kōgen – Naoetsu (currently Shin’etsu Main Line)
  • Nihon-kai Hisui Line (59.3 km, 11 stations): Naoetsu – Ichiburi (currently Hokuriku Main Line)
The Toyama Prefecture third-sector railway (currently no name has been selected yet) will operate 98.7 km of the current Hokuriku Main Line between Ichiburi and either Isurugi or Kurikara (border with Ishikawa Prefecture). The Ishikawa Prefecture third-sector railway will be named the IR Ishikawa Railway and will be responsible for 20.6 km of the current Hokuriku Main Line between either Isurugi or Kurikara (border with Toyama Prefecture) and Kanazawa.
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries releases new CM for railcar air-brake system
http://www.mhi.co.jp/en/news/story/1303291639.html

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Tokyo, March 29, 2013 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed the preparation of a new TV commercial introducing the company's advanced railway car brake system enabling a smooth, safe and secure ride. In advance of the new commercial's airing on TV, starting today it will be available for viewing on the company's website (Japanese language only). The promotional ad represents MHI's third offering in a series of TV commercials being created to demonstrate the company's manufacturing technologies. It describes how in the early part of the 20th century MHI became the first Japanese manufacturer to make a brake system for railway use, and it relates how the company's brake system subsequently evolved and was adopted on trains spanning from steam locomotives to the Shinkansen bullet trains. In tandem with the new commercial, MHI will progressively launch corporate ads in newspapers, magazines, on radio and inside transport systems.

The title of the new commercial is "Yume wa kasoku suru," which in English loosely translates to "Accelerating Dreams." The ad introduces how MHI's air-brake system has been adopted in the newest model Shinkansen trains, the N700A, and it focuses on the company's spiral-type compressor which serves as the source of air used in the braking device. Adoption of MHI technology in the model N700A Shinkansen has shortened the train's requisite braking distances, as also indicated in the commercial.

The new commercial is scheduled for airing on TV from April through June; the newspaper/magazine ad version will be launched in the April 1 issue of the weekly magazine "Nikkei Business"; and the radio version will soon be broadcast nationwide on TOKYO FM network at around 1:50 p.m. every Sunday. In addition, the commercial, along with a supplementary 4-minute movie: File No. AAA since 1924, will be available for viewing on a specially created area within MHI's website(http://www.mhi.co.jp/discover/mhi_file/) . The complementary movie will discuss the company's proprietary air-brake system in greater detail from the perspective of the staff in charge of its development program. The commercial will also be on open view at Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum in Yokohama and at the M's Square showroom on the second floor of the company's Shinagawa Head Office building, where the braking system itself will also be on display.

The new commercial is the third in an expanding series of video presentations introducing MHI's manufacturing technologies. The first commercial, launched in May 2012, introduced the vibration control systems installed in Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest freestanding broadcasting tower (634 meters), to protect the top structure from wind vibrations. The second ad introduced the company's innovative "hollow-head" engine valves that contribute significantly to improved automotive fuel efficiency. Together with the latest commercial in the series, the new advertising initiative aims to convey in easy-to-understand terms how MHI technologies are being used in various ways all around us.

Spiral-type compressor to supply air for air-brake system
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New luxury lounge at JR Hakata Station complete
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 JR九州は29日、福岡市のJR博多駅3階の改札口横に、豪華寝台列車「ななつ星in九州」の利用客ら向けの専用ラウンジを完成させ、4月2日のオープンを前に報道関係者らにお披露目した。

 ラウンジ名は「金星(きんせい)」。夜空に輝く一番星にちなみ、ななつ星の出会いの場を大切にしたいとの意味を込めたという。旅行相談(事前予約制)や、ななつ星の出発時、到着時の待合室として利用する。

 広さ約130平方メートル。床やテーブルにはナラ材などを利用し、室内は明るく、木の香りがほのかに香る。椅子の布地には、熊本県天草地方に伝わる天草更紗(さらさ)の柄を採用した。

 ななつ星の車両デザインと共に、ラウンジの内装も手掛けた工業デザイナー、水戸岡鋭治さんは「多くの方が幸せな気持ちになってほしい」と話した。旅行相談はクルーズトレインツアーデスク0570・550・779(水、日曜、祝日休業)。

報道関係者にお披露目された「ななつ星in九州」専用ラウンジ=福岡市博多区のJR博多駅で2013年3月29日、小原擁撮影
On 2013.03.29, JR Kyūshū unveiled the new exclusive lounge for its Seven Stars in Kyūshū luxury train service at Hakata Station to the press. The 130 sq m lounge, named Venus (金星), was designed by Mitooka Eiji and will open on 2013.04.02.

Kyōdō video report (2013.03.29):

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Esashi Line west of Kikonai to be replaced with bus service
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 JR北海道が2014年春に廃止する方針を示している江差線木古内―江差間(42・1キロ・メートル)を巡り、沿線の木古内、上ノ国、江差の3町とJR北海道は28日、覚書を交わし、同区間のバス転換が決まった。

 覚書では、廃止後に運行する路線バスに対し、JR北海道が9億円を拠出して支援することを明記した。地元合意を受けてJR北海道の小池明夫社長は、5月頃までに国土交通省に同区間の廃止を届け出る考えを明らかにした。

 3町で作る「JR江差線対策協議会」で、3町はバス転換の前提として、運行区間を江差駅から約9キロ・メートル離れた道立江差高校まで延伸し、1日6往復とする考えを提示。JR北海道は地元負担への支援に加え、バスの購入費や停留所の設置費用を含めた9億円の拠出を提案していた。

 覚書への署名後に記者会見した小池社長は「3年後の北海道新幹線開業に向け、沿線地域の観光振興に努力したい」と述べた。同協議会会長の工藤昇・上ノ国町長は「廃止は時代の流れ。3町でバス運行の事業者選定などを協議する」とした。

 今回の合意により、15年度に開業する北海道新幹線新函館駅(仮称)を中心とした道南地方の鉄道像が固まった。新幹線開業時にJR北海道から経営分離される江差線木古内―五稜郭間(37・8キロ・メートル)については、第3セクター鉄道で運行を続ける。来年5月には第3セクター鉄道会社が設立される見通しだ。

 新函館(現・渡島大野)―五稜郭間(14・5キロ・メートル)については、JR北海道が新幹線開業までに電化し、函館駅まで接続列車を運行して利便性を高める。

NTV video report:
http://www.news24.jp/nnn/news8812397.html

As part of the Hokkaidō Shinkansen extension to Hakodate, the Esashi Line will be transferred out of JR Hokkaidō ownership. While it’s already been agreed that the 37.7 km “urban” section of the line from Goryōkaku (i.e., Hakodate) to Kikonai will be inherited by a third-sector operator, this news involves the 42.1 km outer segment of the line from Kikonai to Esashi. JR Hokkaidō and the three towns along this segment (Kikonai, Kaminokuni, and Esashi) have signed an MOU to convert this segment to bus operation. JR Hokkaidō will provide ¥900 million in funding to help pay for vehicles and bus stops. With the conversion to buses, the line will be extended another 9 km to Esashi High School. The MOU also states that six roundtrips will be provided daily.

Window view of the section to be bustituted. Daily ridership on this section is abysmal (the NTV article quotes 41 passengers a day), and JR Hokkaidō has been looking to abandon the line for some time now, as the line has been operating at an annual loss of ¥300 million.

Part 1: Esashi to Yunotai



Part 2: Yunotai to Kikonai

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Old March 30th, 2013, 06:08 AM   #1249
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I have something to question if the East Japan Railways have a plan to donate some unused train here in the Philippines again to help the Philippine National Railways, now the past donation they give are such the 14 series sleeper, 203 EMU, Kiha 59 and 52 are use for commuter and express service but is not sufficient to make additional trips and to accommodate to large volume of the passenger so the Philippine National Railways needs some additional train.
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Are the E7 and W7 are different type or it's identical shinkansen?
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They are identical.

The only difference is that the E7 is owned by JR East and the W7 is owned by JR West.
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High school student secures Guiness World Record for longest distance by rail in 24 hours
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/ne...OYT1T01397.htm

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 東京都八王子市の高校1年生山田和諒(かずあき)さん(16)が昨年夏に北海道・木古内駅から鹿児島・川内駅まで3115・7キロ・メートルを23時間57分で移動した鉄道の旅が「24時間以内に列車で移動した世界最長距離」としてギネス世界記録に認定された。

 昨年8月18、19日に長野、上越新幹線や日本海沿いを走る夜行列車などを、慌ただしく7回乗り継いで記録を達成。10月に英国のギネスワールドレコーズに申請した。

 ようやく届いた認定証を手にした山田さんは30日、「申請から半年近くたち、あきらめていたので驚いた。しばらくは気ままな旅を楽しみたい」と語っていた。
The student traveled from Kikonai Station in Hokkaidō to Sendai Station in Kagoshima in 23h57m, traveling 3,115.7 km on the Jōetsu Shinkansen and overnight trains traveling along the Sea of Japan coast, probably Twilight Express or Nihon-kai ("Sea of Japan"). Took half a year from application to approval for the Guiness World Records.
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High school student secures Guiness World Record for longest distance by rail in 24 hours
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/ne...OYT1T01397.htm



The student traveled from Kikonai Station in Hokkaidō to Sendai Station in Kagoshima in 23h57m, traveling 3,115.7 km on the Jōetsu Shinkansen and overnight trains traveling along the Sea of Japan coast, probably Twilight Express or Nihon-kai ("Sea of Japan"). Took half a year from application to approval for the Guiness World Records.
Too bad the itinerary is not mentioned. Would make the article more interesting. Apparently the previous record was held by an American who did it in 2009, also in Japan.
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What is the current best time, with 2 connections, for the 2000 km Kagoshima-Shin-Aomori?
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What is the current best time, with 2 connections, for the 2000 km Kagoshima-Shin-Aomori?
I don't know if it's the best time, but this:
11:42 dep Shin-Aomori Hayate #32
15:08 arr Tokyo
15:20 dep Tokyo Nozomi #377
17:53 arr Shin Osaka
17:59 dep Shin Osaka Mizuho #607
21:45 arr Kagoshima Chuo


gives a 10 hour 3 minute journey, including 18 min. transfer time. Other schedules are at least 25 minutes longer.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 03:23 PM   #1256
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I don't know if it's the best time, but this:
11:42 dep Shin-Aomori Hayate #32
21:45 arr Kagoshima Chuo


gives a 10 hour 3 minute journey, including 18 min. transfer time. Other schedules are at least 25 minutes longer.
Nice... now we can figure best way to get to Shin-Aomori in the morning by zairaisen. Is it better to arrive from Hokkaido, or along the Sea of Japan coast?

Can one arrive to Shin-Aomori by 11:42 from Sapporo? Asahikawa? Wakkanai?

Meanwhile, in Chugoku - that is, the Shina one - 2206 km Beijing West-Shenzhen North can be done in 10:16. With no connection. G71, depart Beijing West 8:00, arrive Shenzhen North 18:16.
How about Z4-G71?
Z4: departs Yichang East 18:35. Arrives Beijing West 6:58+1. Then 1:02 connection to G71...
The distance Yichang East-Beijing West is 1497 km. So this adds up to 3703 km in 23:41.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 03:45 PM   #1257
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Nice... now we can figure best way to get to Shin-Aomori in the morning by zairaisen. Is it better to arrive from Hokkaido, or along the Sea of Japan coast?
Depends where you're coming from.

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Can one arrive to Shin-Aomori by 11:42 from Sapporo? Asahikawa? Wakkanai?
Same day? No. If you take the overnight express Hamanasu, any points in Hokkaido are accessible for that late morning departure.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 04:00 PM   #1258
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Same day? No. If you take the overnight express Hamanasu, any points in Hokkaido are accessible for that late morning departure.
Yes - with 6 hour connection in Aomori.

Arriving in Aomori by Hamanasu at 5:39, what would be the earliest time to reach Kagoshima?
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There's a pending application for a high school student who's traveling around the U.S. on Amtrak long-distance route. I think he was going for the "shortest distance by rail in 24 hours" record.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 10:08 PM   #1260
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Well, this is the longest "regular" itinerary I could find... I think he must have used some special trains (臨時列車) like the Moonlight Echigo or Kitaguni, as I just don't see how you could get another 60 km longer than this while using the routes indicated in the article.

At the best, you can tack on a km or two on Kagoshima City's tram network to the end of this itinerary, maybe a little more if JR Kyūshū tweaked the schedules out of Kagoshima Chūō a little bit.

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16:51  Dep  Wakkanai
              Super Sōya 4       396.2 km
21:50  Arr  Sapporo
22:00  Dep  Sapporo
              Hamanasu           472.3 km
05:39  Arr  Aomori
05:43  Dep  Aomori
              Tsugaru 2            3.9 km
5:48   Arr  Shin-Aomori
6:17   Dep  Shin-Aomori
              Hayabusa 4         713.7 km
9:23   Arr  Tōkyō
9:30   Dep  Tōkyō
              Nozomi 21         1174.9 km
14:39  Arr  Hakata
14:55  Dep  Hakata
              Kamome 27           31.5 km
15:19  Arr  Shin-Tosu
15:23  Dep  Shin-Tosu
              Sakura 413         260.3 km
16:45  Arr  Kagoshima Chūō
=====  ===  ==================  =========
TOTAL                           3052.8 km
Part 1: Wakkanai to Tōkyō: http://jorudan.co.jp/norikae/cgi/nor...2=&eok3=&Csg=1

Part 2: Tōkyō to Hakata: http://jorudan.co.jp/norikae/cgi/nor...2=&eok3=&Csg=1

Part 3: Hakata to Shin-Tosu: http://jorudan.co.jp/norikae/cgi/nor...2=&eok3=&Csg=1
You can gain almost 3 km by using the Kamome instead of the Shinkansen, without affecting your departure from Shin-Tosu...

Part 4: Shin-Tosu to Kagoshima Chūō: http://jorudan.co.jp/norikae/cgi/nor...2=&eok3=&Csg=1
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