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Old November 11th, 2013, 08:00 PM   #1461
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Interesting pics- I see that it is a bolster equipped design (rather than bolsterless), and that some kind of damper mechanism is fitted in the interior to the bolster crossbar, resembling a semi/active suspension.
I must have missed the press release, but apparently this new design integrates the coil springs into the frame:
http://www.khi.co.jp/english/news/de...130624_1e.html
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Why do they stop these visits?
They need the space as a staging area for construction work to convert the tunnel for Shinkansen operation. To be 100% clear, it's only the station platforms and the public tour of the station that will be abandoned. The Seikan Tunnel Museum (and the cable line inside the museum the that goes from surface level down to the tunnel level) will still remain open for visitors.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 08:28 PM   #1463
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If I remember correctly, I think both JR West and JR East are fairly committed to operating luxury cruise trains. Not an if or when really, they just have to finalize the finer details like route, etc. It's not clear who will be designing those sets, but I doubt it will be Mitooka, since he doesn't really have a history with either railway. Off the top of my head, I can't recall any train that he's designed for either of the two largest JRs... He's mostly JR Kyūshū, with smaller local railways (地方鉄道). Plus, if you look at the render of the JR East set, it's clearly not Mitooka's style.
Given the fact that Seven Stars in Kyushu train is sold out for eight months in advance, that tells me there is considerable interest in luxury cruise trains, especially with Japan's large number of retirees.

I do think something similar in configuration to the Seven Stars in Kyushu trainset--a DF200 locomotive leading a six to eight car consist--is what we'll see from the JR West and JR East luxury cruise trains. That way, they won't be limited to electrified lines. With many Joyful Train trainsets soon coming to the end of their useful lives, we could see an explosion of new car and/or large-scale rebuilding programs (rebuilds from old Blue Train passenger cars or recently retired EMU's) into a new generation of trains for Joyful Train and luxury cruise operations.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #1464
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They need the space as a staging area for construction work to convert the tunnel for Shinkansen operation. To be 100% clear, it's only the station platforms and the public tour of the station that will be abandoned. The Seikan Tunnel Museum (and the cable line inside the museum the that goes from surface level down to the tunnel level) will still remain open for visitors.
Thank you. The closed sections will remain closed forever, or will they be opened to visitors again once the works are finished? In that case, if safety will be an issue, they could built a glass wall like in the Gotthard...
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Old November 12th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #1465
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It’s unclear just how much will remain permanently closed… As I understand it, the cable car will still be in service, so I suspect at least some part of the undersea complex will still be open to visitors for tours and exhibits. But the station itself is (well, now it’s “was”) only open to passengers who registered with the railway for a special tour package, where you have to arrive via train. I believe visitors just coming from the surface via the Seikan Tunnel Museum and then taking the cable car down to the undersea complex get a different tour where they don't get to see quite everything. I think those tours will still continue.
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Speaking of which, has JR East mentioned when will they finally open the Tōhoku Through Line between Ueno and Tokyo Stations? They haven't even put up the overhead wiring yet!
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Well, the plan is to open the line in fiscal 2014, so realistically it would be the tail end of that, meaning March 2015, with the spring timetable revision.
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Well, the plan is to open the line in fiscal 2014, so realistically it would be the tail end of that, meaning March 2015, with the spring timetable revision.
Since the tracks and viaducts are pretty much complete, I would not be surprised they install the overhead wiring some time in the spring of 2014, aiming for an October 2014 start of service. It'll probably initially be limited to trains coming in from Takasaki and Utsunomiya heading to Shinagawa Station, but I can see down the road trains also coming in from the Jōban Line, and all trains will eventually terminate at Yokohama Station.
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That project was quite complex I recall. Any pictures of the current progress?
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For the most part, it's an urban project, so it's covered in the other thread. I posted an update a few days ago:
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JR Shikoku announces new 8600 series limited express

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http://www.jr-shikoku.co.jp/03_news/...3-11-25/01.htm

In order to replace aging 2000 series DMU trainsets, currently serving as the workhorses of the Shiokaze (しおかぜ “Seabreeze”) limited express services on the Yosan Line linking Okayama and Matsuyama, JR Shikoku will introduce two new trainsets (four cars total) of a new DC EMU rolling stock series, the 8600 series. The trains will enter service starting in June 2014 on the Yosan Line’s Ishizuchi (いしづち) service between Takamatsu and Matsuyama.

Previous JR Shikoku rolling stock was designed jointly by the railcar manufacturers and the railway’s in-house rolling stock development team, but the design of the new 8600 series also incorporated recommendations from railway employees with experience in architectural design. The train will feature the standard array of modern furnishings, including reclining seats (both seat back and cushion move in unison), as well as power outlets, movable headrests, drink holders, coat racks, and large pull-out trays to facilitate notebook computer use. The train will also come with the standard barrier-free designs for restrooms, as well as full-color passenger information displays inside the train and LED units for the cabin lighting systems.

Top speed will be 130 km/h, with VVVF inverters and regenerative braking for improved energy efficiency and hermetically-sealed three-phase squirrel-cage rotors with external fans (全閉外扇式三相かご形誘導電動機) to simplify maintenance. The trainsets will also take advantage of air spring tilting to streamline the bogie structure and ensure on-time performance.

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“Shine Orange” interior (unmotorized car)



“Fresh Green” interior (motorized car)



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JR Shikoku’s most recent similar series is the 8000 series used on the Shiokaze and Ishizuchi services:



The new 8600 series will replace these 2000 series units:

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New sightseeing train for JR Shikoku
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JR Shikoku has also finalized the interior and exterior design of a new sightseeing trainset, the Iyo-nada Monogatari (伊予灘ものがたり “Story of the Iyo Sea”), to begin running in summer 2014. In conjunction with the new sightseeing train, the railway will designate a nickname for the seaside section of the Yosan Line between Iyo-shi (伊予市) and Iyo Ōzu (伊予大洲), the Ai Aru Iyo-nada Line (愛ある伊予灘線).

Specifically, JR Shikoku will refurbish two Kiha 47 series DMU cars for the new train. The exterior of the new trainset will feature a deep madder red (reminiscent of sunsets on the Iyo Sea) and gold (drawing from the sun and oranges). Each car of the two-car trainset will feature a different color and a unique design. The interior will feature window-facing seats on the side of the train fronting the Iyo Sea, a well as four-person box and two-person face-to-face seating to allow passengers to enjoy dining while in the train.

The train will operate between Matsuyama and Iyo Ōzu / Yawatahama (八幡浜) via the Yosan Line’s seaside loop through Iyo Nagahama (伊予長浜).

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No details on the dining service, but based on the sketches, it looks to be sweets as opposed to entrees or full-course meals.







Cab view on the Yosan Line from Iyo Ōzu to Iyo-shi via Nagahama:

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Some videos on the Seven Stars in Kyūshū… Unfortunately, there’s not many pictures available on the Web because there’s only so many reservations available for purchase, so these are probably the best way to get a feel for the interior and the travel experience. The videos are Japanese only, so I’ve translated the major topics with timepoints in the video.

A 2-hour live TV special that aired half a month before the start of service, only in the Kyūshū area. The two main guests are Kyūshū natives (Kokushō Sayuri 国生さゆり is from Kagoshima and Suzanne スザンヌ is from Kumamoto), plus a pair of comedians from Ōsaka (Nakagawa-ke 中川家) who are well-known as railfans.

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00:02:30 Starts off at JR Hakata Station with a tour of the Venus Lounge (金星), the exclusive lounge for the service, which features the same design motifs as the train interior and a piano music piece that was produced just for the lounge.
00:07:00 Next, a bit about the history of luxury cruise train for Kyūshū, first envisioned back in 1987 when JNR was dissolved. Apparently, there was some doubt about the viability of the service even within the railway, with many wondering if the service could really sustain enough demand to last, but the ¥3 billion project to manufacture the train—twice the cost of a normal sightseeing train—eventually got rolling. 
00:10:20 The recruitment process for 25 train crew positions was open to not only JR Kyūshū employees, but also customer service specialists in the hotel and airline industries. Some of the crew were former train operators and conductors and underwent extensive training at hotels.
00:11:45 The history of luxury trains in Kyūshū goes back to 1906, when Kyūshū Railway ordered a five-car passenger train from American railcar manufacturer J.G. Brill Co., and while the cars made it to Japan, the plan was never fully realized after the railway was nationalized. 
00:12:25 Travel agents from Europe were invited to a special presentation by the railway, in preparation to market the service to non-Japanese passengers.
00:13:10 Work on the carbodies was done at Hitachi’s Kasado plant in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, while the interior was prepared at JR Kyūshū’s Kokura Works (小倉工場), all the while veiled in secrecy, with the train wrapped in black plastic and hidden from view.
00:15:00 Next, a live tour of the trainset at the railway’s Kagoshima Rolling Stock Center (鹿児島車両センター), starting with the dining car, which includes a tea room and uses pear wood in abundance (each car uses a different type of wood).
00:17:35 Next, the gangway. Note the nameplates with the names of (presumably) the individual suite rooms, all local stations (and placenames) in Kyūshū.
00:18:00 The lounge car, featuring walnut wood, live music performed by the train crew, and a bar counter offering drinks, including a specially-crafted cocktail just for the train service.
00:22:50 Footage during the practice runs of the service, where the crew, cooks, and other staff do a full-scale rehearsal. The railway brought some of its own employees to play the guests for this rehearsal. Clips of the vibration tests on the train, which features an enhanced suspension to maximize ride comfort—the staff identify locations with a high level of jerking or bouncing using a computer recorder, allowing track maintenance crews to go out later and fine-tune the tracks. 
00:23:45 Next, an interview with a railfan along the line who scrambles all across Kyūshū—Dazaifu (Fukuoka), Tara (Saga), Nagasaki, Aso (Kumamoto), and Yufuin (Ōita)—to try and capture pictures of the train’s test runs.
00:34:15 A look at some of the restaurants and chefs behind the dining service on the train, starting with Shimomura Kōji, who runs a well-respected two-star French restaurant in Tōkyō’s Roppongi district. In order to develop his dessert for the dining menu, he traveled to Kyūshū and tried many local ingredients and traditions. In Miyazaki, he got inspiration for tatami-style trays made from local rush; from Saga, he borrowed dishes made in the Arita-yaki (有田焼) ceramic style, featuring platinum plating.
00:36:55 Next, Yamanaka Takuo, one of the most famous sushi chefs in Hakata (Fukuoka). JR Kyūshū’s president himself asked Yamanaka to be part of the train’s team of cooks. On the day of the rehearsal, he brought his ingredients on board to make the sushi on the spot (300 dishes, for 28 people), and tested out the specially-designed sushi counter. After the meal, he disembarks at Hita Station and takes the train back to Hakata.
00:39:20 The Venus Lounge also has a special dessert of passionfruit mousse topped with coconut milk cream and shōchū (焼酎) gelée, produced by a famous sweets shop in Fukuoka. Also included is a vacuum-compressed o-shibori (wet towel おしぼり) that inflates when you pour a little water on it.
00:41:10 Next, a look at some of the designers behind the train itself, starting with Mitooka Eiji, a Tōkyō industrial designer who has helped design most of JR Kyūshū’s rolling stock since JNR was dissolved. A look at some of his past works, including how he was able to convince the railway’s field staff and top-level executives to adopt unusual designs such as all-white paint schemes (generally considered bad because they show dirt easily) and use of wood (rots easily from water).
00:45:00 A look at Mitooka’s designs at JR Hakata City, the renovated Hakata Station in Fukuoka that opened in 2011. Starts with the rooftop “railway shrine” (鉄道神社), skyline observation deck, and miniature train, followed by the platform-level play room for children. The railway’s president comments that Mitooka’s most salient contribution to JR Kyūshū’s designs may be his commitment to design for children and families.
00:46:50 Mitooka inspects the prototype window frames for the train that arrived at his Tōkyō studio. The windows are a complex design that feature shōji (traditional paper screen doors 障子), cloth curtains, and kido (wooden slide doors 木戸), all crammed into a 10 cm thick frame.
00:48:10 Footage from an industrial design exhibit featuring Mitooka’s works in Thailand, where he explains his design philosophies to Prime Minister Yingluck. The success of the exhibit helped formalize a agreement between JR Kyūshū and Thailand’s national railways to cooperate in technical fields related to railway operations.
00:49:20 A live interview with Mitooka on-board the trainset at Kagoshima, starting with his appreciation of wood. One of the key inspirations behind his design for the train was to build a “Japanese” Orient Express.
00:50:55 A tour of the suite rooms, featuring all-glass sliding doors, walnut wood finishes, and bedsheets with the star motif. The window was designed with a low sill to allow passengers to enjoy the scenery while lying down, while the bed can be erected upright as a sofa. The ceiling design draws from domed church roofs, increasing the openness of the room. The shower room features a rainforest shower head and all-hinoki (Japanese cypress ヒノキ) paneling. In particular, the sink in the restroom was crafted by Sakaida Kakiemon XIV (酒井田柿右衛門), a ceramicist in the Arita-yaki tradition and the 14th generation of Kakiemon family of potters. The sinks on the train were some of his last works before he passed away in June of this year. A peek at one of the other suites, featuring cherry wood (each room features a different wood).
00:54:20 Shots of the kumiko (組子), the ornate woodwork that adorns the walls of the lounge car. Apparently, Mitooka didn’t expect to be able to incorporate this type of design into the train given that is a very delicate form of art, but the craftsman in question was especially eager to be part of the project. This woodworking tradition, which involves assembling specially-shaped wood pieces together without the use of fasteners, comes from Ōkawa in Fukuoka, a city famous in Japan for its furniture and wood products. The craftsman hadn’t designed for a train before, and his major concern was noise due to train vibration, so he devised a special countermeasure by embedding fiber cushioning into the frames.
00:57:45 A look at the course itineraries and the major destinations served. The 3-night, 4-day course starts from Hakata, arriving at Yufuin in three hours. Passengers sleep on board the train the first night, arriving at Miyazaki the next morning. Passengers disembark at Hayato and take the special bus to Kirishima Onsen (霧島温泉) hot springs for one night. The third day is spent in Kagoshima City, followed by a second night inside the train. The fourth day is Aso in Kumamoto, then returning to Hakata.
00:58:15 A tour of the destinations in Miyazaki, starting with Miyazaki Jingū shrine (宮崎神宮) and the Minka-en (民家園), a collection of houses in traditional Japanese styles.
01:00:35 Next a tour of the three inns for passengers at Kirishima Onsen hot springs village in Kagoshima.
01:07:40 A look at Tsuchie Corporation (槌絵), the metalsmiths from Kita-Kyūshū in Fukuoka behind the train’s metallic finishes, including the grill and Seven Stars in Kyūshū emblems. While a Kyūshū local firm, the work was especially difficult and was almost too much for them, so they brought in help from additional metal craftsmen in Tōkyō and Niigata. Tsuchie was responsible for shaping the pieces, the Tōkyō metalsmiths for polishing, and the Niigata metalsmiths for the gold plating.
01:09:30 Next, the Arita-yaki potter responsible for the dishes to be used in the train’s dining service. The grandson of one of Japan’s most famous potters, he specially designed the cups with a larger, shorter base to deal with the bumpiness of the train. The railway president was especially focused on the texture and smoothness of the cups when drinking and wanted large dishes and plates, and Mitooka selected this particular potter after seeing his work in a gallery.
01:14:55 Some scenic footage inside and outside the train, including aerial footage during the testing phase.
01:18:25 An overview of the 1-night, 2-day course. Starts from Hakata in the morning, arriving at Nagasaki four hours later. After spending the day in Nagasaki, passengers stay the night on the train and arrive at Aso in Kumamoto the next morning. After some time in Aso, the train heads to Yufuin, before returning to Hakata in the evening.
01:18:50 A look at the three-hour tour of Nagasaki, including the Glover Gardens (グラバー園).
01:21:25 The tour of Aso, which includes breakfast at a special restaurant built by the railway at the station exclusively for Seven Stars in Kyūshū passengers.
01:24:00 The tour of Yufuin hot springs resort, which includes a stop at Artegio (アルテジオ), a music-themed art museum in the forest.


A video report on a ride on the inaugural service, following one passenger and his wife from Shizuoka who reserved 3 nights and 4 days in one of the suite rooms for ¥380,000.

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01:40 As soon as you enter, one of the attendants hands you complimentary branded memorabilia (a pen and badge) and explains the room’s amenities.
03:00 Some of the scenes along the line for the first service were impressive, with locals and railfans up and down the line to greet the train—a bit reminiscent of JR Kyūshū’s CM spots for the Kyūshū Shinkansen opening in 2011 that were pulled from TV and languished in obscurity due to the earthquake and tsunami in Tōhoku.
03:30 Next, some clips of the dining service, with live piano and a greeting from JR Kyūshū’s president, Karaike Kōji. The meal on the first night was an 8-course affair including marinated squid wrapped in bluefin tuna, salt-baked abalone, and a pasta with dried and salted Seki mackerel (fished from Saga Prefecture). All of the meals are produced and prepared by famous local restaurants in Kyūshū, and cooks from the restaurants actually come on board to prepare the meals.
05:40 On the final night, the crew left this particular couple a special surprise after hearing that they were celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary on the trip.
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Japan to provide rolling stock, infrastructure for Myanmar railways
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Railway construction to connect large cities in Myanmar is about to get a kick-start with help from Japan. Buoyed by public- and private-sector technical expertise and government support in the form of official development assistance (ODA), the project would upgrade a 600 km railway line linking the country’s largest city, Yangon, and the economic hub of Mandalay. Under a plan being prepared by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japanese firms are expected to win contracts to supply rolling stock and signaling systems. Upgrades to Myanmar’s key economic corridor are also intended to help prepare an attractive investment environment for Japanese firms.

The project involves upgrading the main trunk line of Myanmar’s national railway network, linking Yangon and Mandalay via the capital city, Naypyidaw. The majority of rail investments in the country are directed towards new lines, and with the boost in railway capacity, the age of existing trunk lines has become a hot button issue.

The Japanese and Burmese governments will hold a joint meeting between vice-ministers in the respective transportation ministries, discussing potential assistance strategies from Japan such as ODA. Japan currently plans to begin offering yen loans in spring 2014, with JICA beginning work on local studies and surveying work sometime in FY2014. Contracts would be awarded in FY2015 after a multi-national competitive bidding process, according to a railway improvement plan developed by JICA.

The JICA plan would include Japanese-standard signaling and track systems. Consortiums led by general trading companies such as Mitsui & Co. (三井物産), Marubeni Corporation (丸紅), and Itōchū Corporation (伊藤忠商事), partnering with railcar manufacturers such as Kawasaki Heavy Industries (川崎重工業), Hitachi (日立製作所), and Kinki Sharyō (近畿車両), are expected to be the main bidders on the project. As a multi-national bidding process, Japanese firms aren’t guaranteed a win, but are expected to have a leg up thanks to pre-bidding discussions between the Japanese and Burmese governments.

Japan would begin construction as soon as FY2016, prioritizing the 270 km section from Yangon. The remaining segments to Mandalay would be completed around 2030. The plans also include a speed upgrade from the current 30-40 km/h to 100 km/h, eventually halving the travel time between Yangon and Mandalay from 16 hours to 8 hours and improving freight and passenger capacity.

Myanmar’s geographical location makes it suited as an expansion hub into the continental Asian market, and combined with the cheap labor, the country is an attractive investment location. Yangon is also located next to port facilities, and if a goods distribution infrastructure can be established connecting Yangon with the country’s second city and economic hub in Mandalay, the project could become a catalyst for expanding opportunities for Japanese firms in automobile, textile, food, and other industries.

Foreign investment is on the rise in Myanmar, widely viewed as the “last frontier” of Asia, and there is increasingly fierce competition for contracts among multinational companies. In the infrastructure market, Japanese firms lost out to competitors from China and Korea in an airport contract in August, but it is hoped that railway projects may turn out differently.



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Some cab views on Myanmar Railways:



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