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Old May 7th, 2013, 09:37 PM   #1301
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JR West Golden Week results

Official press release:
http://www.westjr.co.jp/press/articl...7_beltushi.pdf

Golden Week period:
2013.04.26 through 2013.05.06

Golden Week period limited express ridership:

Code:
                                             TOTAL       1st Half      2nd Half
                                          2013.04.26-   2013.04.26-   2013.05.01-
                                          2013.05.06    2013.04.30    2013.05.06
                                          ===========   ===========   ===========
Shinkansen (Shin-Ōsaka - Nishi-Akashi)
  Nozomi                                  1.141   97%   0.458   96%   0.683   98%
  Hikari                                  0.115   93%   0.043   94%   0.071   93%
  Mizuho                                  0.045  111%   0.019  110%   0.026  111%
  Sakura                                  0.165  104%   0.069  105%   0.096  103%
  Kodama                                  0.048  104%   0.019  101%   0.029  107%
  TOTAL                                   1.513   98%   0.608   97%   0.905   98%

Zairaisen
  Hokuriku Line
    (Itoigawa - Naoetsu)
      Hakutaka, Hokuetsu, etc.            0.118  100%   0.047  101%   0.071  100%
    (Maibara - Tsuruga)
      Shirasagi                           0.090  101%   0.035   98%   0.055  103%
  Kosei Line (Kyōto - Tsuruga)
    Thunderbird, etc.                     0.210   97%   0.084   95%   0.126   98%
  San'in Line (Nijō - Kameoka)
    Kinosaki, Maizuru, etc.               0.055   98%   0.022   97%   0.033   99%
  Fukuchiyama Line (Ōsaka - Sanda)
    Kōnotori                              0.038   98%   0.015   98%   0.023   98%
  Chizu LIne (Himeji - Kamigōri)
    Super Hakuto                          0.024   96%   0.009   94%   0.015   97%
  Hakubi Line (Okyama - Niimi)
    Yakumo, Sunrise, etc.                 0.057  101%   0.021   96%   0.036  105%
  Seto Ōhashi Line (Okayama - Kojima)
    Shiokaze, Nanpū, etc.                 0.107   98%   0.041   98%   0.066   98%
  Kansai Airport Line (Hineno - KIX)
    Haruka                                0.052   97%   0.024   98%   0.028   95%
  Kisei Line (Wakayama - Minoshima)
    Kuroshio                              0.070  101%   0.026  102%   0.044  100%

  TOTAL                                   0.822   99%   0.325   98%   0.496   99%

TOTAL                                     2.335   98%   0.934   97%   1.402   99%
Keihanshin (Ōsaka – Kōbe – Kyōto) region short-distance ticket sales:
1.194 million per day (104%)

Short-distance ridership at main stations (daily average for Golden Week period):
Ōsaka: 144,000 (110%)
Kyōto: 60,000 (100%)
Sannomiya: 47,000 (104%)
Kōbe: 22,000 (150%)
Himeji: 14,000 (118%)
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JR Kyūshū Golden Week results

Official press release:
http://www13.jrkyushu.co.jp/NewsRele...E?OpenDocument

Limited express ridership for three main segments:
Kyūshū Shinkansen (Hakata – Kumamoto)
Nagasaki Main Line (Tosu – Hizen Yamaguchi)
Nippō Main Line (Kokura – Yukuhashi)

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                            This Year  Last Year
                            =========  =========
Outbound                     378,000    394,000   96%
Inbound                      377,000    394,000   96%
TOTAL                        755,000    788,000   96%

Kyūshū Shinkansen
  Hakata - Kumamoto
    Outbound                 166,000   175,000   95%
    Inbound                  164,000   173,000   95%
    TOTAL                    330,000   348,000   92%
  Kumamoto - Kagoshima Chūō
    Outbound                  90,000    97,000   92%
    Inbound                   92,000   100,000   93%
    TOTAL                    182,000   197,000   92%

Zairaisen limited expresses
  Nagasaki Main Line
  (Tosu - Hizen Yamaguchi)
    Outbound                 128,000   132,000   97%
    Inbound                  129,000   134,000   97%
    TOTAL                    257,000   266,000   97%
  Nippō Main Line
  (Kokura - Yukuhashi)
    Outbound                  85,000    87,000   97%
    Inbound                   83,000    87,000   96%
    TOTAL                    168,000   174,000   96%
  TOTAL
    Outbound                 212,000   219,000   97%
    Inbound                  213,000   221,000   96%
TOTAL                    425,000   440,000   97%
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JR Hokkaidō Golden Week results

Official press release:
http://www.jrhokkaido.co.jp/press/2013/130507-1.pdf
Code:
   This year             Last year
================     ================
2013.04.27 (Sat)     2012.04.28 (Sat)
2013.04.28 (Sun)     2012.04.29 (Sun)
2013.04.29 (Mon)     2012.04.30 (Mon)

2013.05.03 (Fri)     2012.05.03 (Thu)
2013.05.04 (Sat)     2012.05.04 (Fri)
2013.05.05 (Sun)     2012.05.05 (Sat)
2013.05.06 (Mon)     2012.05.06 (Sun)
Golden Week period limited express and express ridership on four main intercity segments:

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                                           This Year  Last Year
                                           =========  =========
Naka-Oguni - Kikonai (for Honshū)
  Super Hakuto, Hamanasu, etc.               71,800     73,100   98%

Higashi-Muroran - Tomakomai (for Hakodate)
  Super Hokuto, Suzuran, etc.                87,400     89,300   98%

Sapporo - Iwamizawa (for Asahikawa)
  Super Kamui, Super Sōya, etc.             107,000     114,400  94%

Minami-Chitose - Tomamu (for Kushiro)
  Super Ōzora, Super Tokachi                 43,400      44,000  99%

TOTAL                                       309,600     320,800  97%
Sapporo area ridership (four lines, local services, inbound + outbound):

Code:
                                This Year  Last Year
                                =========  =========
Sapporo - Otaru                   677,400    680,800   99%
Sapporo - Iwamizawa               397,700    394,500  101%
Sapporo - Shin-Chitose Airport    649,500    630,500  103%
Sapporo - Ishikari Tōbetsu        237,100    237,900  100%

TOTAL                           1,961,700  1,943,800  101%
Ridership at Shin-Chitose Station
This year: 298,100
Last year: 280,900
Year-over-year: 106%
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Old May 11th, 2013, 06:24 AM   #1304
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Can anyone know if there's another batch of unused coaches from east japan railways that would donate for Philippine National Railways here in the Philippines.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #1305
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Can anyone know if there's another batch of unused coaches from east japan railways that would donate for Philippine National Railways here in the Philippines.
No recent news. There were not so many rolling stock retirements this spring timetable revision compared to past. You'll have to wait until the autumn timetable revision or next year, for developments, if any. The most recent ODA transfer seems to have been three kiha 38 dmu's made redundant on the Kururi Line, to Myanmar. Expect fewer transfers anyway, as JR East has purged a large number of older stock already through their aggressive replacement program.
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Expect fewer transfers anyway, as JR East has purged a large number of older stock already through their aggressive replacement program.
JR West--which still has a lot of older 103/113/115 EMU trainsets in passenger service west of Kamigōri Station and west of Banshū-Akō Station --could see a HUGE number of retirements fairly soon. I do know JR West tested a 223 EMU trainset between Okayama and Shimonoseiki on the San'yō Main Line since last fall; this could lead to a big 223 or 225 EMU order that could purge all the 113/115 trainsets in western Japan in very short order.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 05:45 AM   #1307
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JR East to introduce cruise train in 2016

In a press conference yesterday, the president of JR East announced plans for a luxury cruise train service beginning in the spring of 2016, with an operating area primarily in JR East territory, particularly the Tohoku and Shin'etsu regions.

To enable this service, JR East will spend 5 billion yen (approx. 50 milllion USD) to develop a 10 car trainset, in a 2 class configuration consisting of individual suites, 2 to 3 per car. There will be dining and lounge areas. All areas will be barrier-free in design. The aim is to provide a super luxury travel experience, with prices in the 200,000 yen range for a 3 days 2 night journey from Tokyo. Design of the trainset will be entrusted to Ken Okuyama, designer of the Ferrari Enzo as well as elements the JR East E6 trainset.

The trainset will be bi-mode powered, with power taken from overhead catenary on electrified routes, and high-power underfloor diesels providing propulsion on non-electrified sections. JR East calls this system "EDC", presumably signifying electro-diesel car. No word yet on if hybrid technology will be used. Also, a further upgraded full active suspension will be utilized, to provide a smooth and comfortable ride.

JR East press release:

http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2013/20130603.pdf

This news report has a video clip:
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2013...064861000.html

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Japanese government pushing for railway export to Sweden
スウェーデンに鉄道輸出 政府が後押し、まず技術協力

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNAS...10C13A5PP8000/

On 2013.05.17, the Japanese government will sign an MOU with the Swedish government to begin providing technical knowhow regarding safe running in snowy environments and ekinaka (station retail) business in an effort to market Japan’s extensive expertise and experience in preparation for Sweden’s high-speed rail project between Stockholm and Gothenburg, set to break ground in 2017 and partially open in 2024.

Railway bureau executives from the two countries will meet to sign the MOU, and conferences of government officials and railway company representatives from both countries will be held once to twice a year. In particular, Japan will introduce various technologies and measures, including melting snow that has accumulated on railcars and blowing away snow from the track. Japanese railway engineers will also provide technical training tailored to the snow conditions in Sweden, where trains are frequently delayed or cancelled as a result of snowfall. By building a relationship of trust with the Swedish government, the Japanese government hopes to translate the transfer of technical expertise into contract wins for railcars and railway equipment for Japanese manufacturers.
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Sōjitz consortium wins contract for portion of Delhi–Mumbai Industrial Corridor
双日、インドで貨物鉄道建設へ 受注額1100億円

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNAS...00C13A5MM8000/

The ¥110 billion contract was won as a team with Larsen & Toubro (L&T), India’s largest industrial machinery manufacturer, and involves a good chunk of the 1,500 km exclusive freight railway between Delhi and Mumbai, covering 626 km between Rewari (Haryana state) and イクバルガー (?) in western Gujarat state. Groundbreaking will take place this summer, with completion and start of service in 2017. Sōjitz is also hoping to win other segments of the corridor.

Using yen loans, Sōjitz will be responsible for administering the entire segment, from planning to construction. Wear resistant rail for the line, designed to withstand the heavy freight loads, will be manufactured by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation.
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JR Kyūshū, State Railway of Thailand sign cooperative agreement
タイ国鉄に在来線技術提供 JR九州、覚書を締結へ 福岡

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/region/news...2080001-n1.htm

English article:
http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/05/226730.html

At a regular press conference on 2013.05.15, JR Kyūshū president Karaike Kōji announced that the railway has signed a cooperative agreement with the Thai National Railways aimed at providing operating systems expertise, including on-time performance and safety technologies, for conventional (low-speed) railways. State Railway of Thailand president Prapat Chongsanguan will visit Japan and sign the agreement at JR Hakata Station on 2013.05.24. This is JR Kyūshū’s first international-level cooperative agreement.

A working group will be established in June or July, and the Thai side has also expressed interest in tourist-oriented rail service and station building business, both areas where JR Kyūshū has a large body of expertise.
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JIC, Oriental Consultants, Sumitomo JV selected for Myanmar Railways project

Official Sumitomo Corporation press release:
http://www.sumitomocorp.co.jp/news/2...03_110008.html

A JV of Japan International Consultants for Transportation (JIC), Oriental Consultants, and Sumitomo Corporation was selected by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Myanmar Railways Safety and Service Improvement Project (ミャンマー国鉄道安全性・サービス向上プロジェクト).

Currently, the Myanmar Railways are in a state of disrepair, with 650 derailments, collisions, and other accidents occurring annually. The JV will provide the necessary equipment and materials, track maintenance experience, and training seminars to improve the administrative and maintenance capabilities of the national railway. The JV will also survey the existing railway infrastructure, rolling stock, and electric (power) infrastructure, as well as the accident history, to identify the needed improvements. The project will cover a pilot 20 km segment of the line between Yangon and Bago.

Some basic information on the Myanmar Railways:

Total route length: 5,876 km (12% double-tracked)
Number of lines: 37 (all un-electrified)
Daily number of trains: 455 (freight: 29)
Fleet size: 431 locomotives, 189 DMUs, 1,277 passenger cars, 3,236 freight cars
Workforce: 22, 199
Daily passengers: Approx. 180,000
Main lines: Yangon – Mandalay, Yangon loop
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Toyama Chihō Railroad will introduce new tourist train to capture Shinkansen demand
富山地鉄、観光列車を今夏投入 新幹線開業にらむ

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNZO...20C13A5LB0000/

On 2013.05.27, Toyama Chihō Railroad (Toyama Chitetsu), a local private railway in the Toyama area, announced that it plans to introduce secondhand bi-level car(s) on a new tourist train to begin operating this summer, in time for the Obon holiday season. The cost to purchase and introduce the secondhand train will be funded using money from Toyama Prefecture.

While the article says that there are no details regarding the train in question, I suspect we may be looking at ex-Keihan stock from the Kansai region, where the last of the 3000 series “TV Car” limited expresses was retired from revenue service in March of this year. Toyama Chitetsu already operates ex-Keihan cars, along with. ex-Seibu Red Arrow cars on a separate tourist train branded as the Alps Express, but they hope to expand their tourist train offerings and capitalize on high-paying tourist demand.

Their results for FY2012 showed a 1% year-over-year increase in annual passenger volume (both rail and tram) to 9.56 million, with rail posting a 2% year-over-year increase to 5.34 million. Ridership at Tateyama Station, the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, showed a 7% year-over-year increase. While visitor numbers to the Alpine Route were below 1 million for the second straight year in a row, the railway says that it is seeing a shift in tourism from large group tours to individual and small group tours, which led to the growth in ridership at Tateyama Station.

On board the Alps Express:

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Shizuoka, Yamanashi governors envision railway for Mt. Fuji
富士山:「登山鉄道を」 静岡・山梨両知事が構想

http://mainichi.jp/feature/news/2013...40036000c.html

With the expected listing of Mt. Fuji as a World Heritage Site in June, governors from Shizuoka Prefecture and Yamanashi Prefecture have informally recognized that construction of a mountain railway from the mountain trailhead to the fifth station up the mountain is needed. The vision is to create a tourist railway that serves the mountain and surrounding Five Lakes region.
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Hakone Tozan Railway finalizes design for new 3000 series cars

Official press release:
http://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/dat/pdf/20130605.pdf

These will be the first new trains for Hakone Tozan Railway in 25 years, featuring a bright red-orange (“Vermillion Hakone”) livery and large glass paneling to allow passengers to enjoy the scenery. These will also be the railway’s first VVVF units, and will come with various other environmentally-friendly measures, including interior and exterior LED lighting and oil-free electric air compressors. Apparently, the design process took slightly longer than originally envisioned due to the VVVF inverters and single-car-per-unit design, so they are envisioning completion in April 2014 and a debut in revenue service around November 2014, a delay of about half a year from the original schedule. A total of two cars will be produced at a cost of about ¥800 million.





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Here's some conceptual renders of the JR East luxury train from the press release:



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Japanese government pushing for railway export to Sweden
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http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNAS...10C13A5PP8000/

On 2013.05.17, the Japanese government will sign an MOU with the Swedish government to begin providing technical knowhow regarding safe running in snowy environments and ekinaka (station retail) business in an effort to market Japan’s extensive expertise and experience in preparation for Sweden’s high-speed rail project between Stockholm and Gothenburg, set to break ground in 2017 and partially open in 2024.

Railway bureau executives from the two countries will meet to sign the MOU, and conferences of government officials and railway company representatives from both countries will be held once to twice a year. In particular, Japan will introduce various technologies and measures, including melting snow that has accumulated on railcars and blowing away snow from the track. Japanese railway engineers will also provide technical training tailored to the snow conditions in Sweden, where trains are frequently delayed or cancelled as a result of snowfall. By building a relationship of trust with the Swedish government, the Japanese government hopes to translate the transfer of technical expertise into contract wins for railcars and railway equipment for Japanese manufacturers.
Start construction in 2017? First I've heard of it.
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Given parliamentary approval the construction of the double-track line between Järna and Linköping could begin in 2017 for completion no later than 2028.
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/s...-go-ahead.html
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I think that luxury train from JR East may have another purpose: it may be the first of several trainsets that replaces the now-aging trainsets running the Hokutosei and Cassiopeia overnight train service (or its future successor) between Tokyo and Sapporo. The very fact the train can use both overhead electric power and on-board diesel-hydraulic power means it can travel from Tokyo to Sapporo without needing to change locomotives at Hakodate like you do now with the overnight sleeper trains.
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Start construction in 2017? First I've heard of it.
Would be funny if we got news about our railway construction from Japan before we did from our own government. Would also not be that surprising either...
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Originally Posted by Svartmetall View Post
Would be funny if we got news about our railway construction from Japan before we did from our own government. Would also not be that surprising either...
Actually... it was reported in the local Swedish Railways thread, and we both commented on it: link
So let's take that discussion there instead.

More on-topic, I'm sure most Swedes will be happy to see knowledge and quality from Japan make it's way to our rails.
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