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Old January 16th, 2014, 07:04 AM   #1541
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NHK's 1st episode of Train Cruise, "A Century-Old Railway in Kyushu":

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Canadian, Nick Szasz, takes us train cruising, the best way to travel, on the Hisatsu Line in Kyushu that connects Kumamoto to Kagoshima. Known as the Treasury of Railway Heritage, this century-old line has many historic stations and bridges, and is a popular destination for rail enthusiasts.

Nick travels along the Kuma River on the Steam Locomotive Hitoyoshi; transfers to the Isaburo Shinpei, which climbs slopes using a loop and a switchback; and boards Hayato no Kaze, a limited express to arrive at Sakurajima. On the way he tastes the local ekiben lunch boxes, and experiences the magnificent natural landscape.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 04:42 PM   #1542
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Battery EMU ready to start testing
23 Jan 2014



JAPAN: East Japan Railway's Series EV-E301 prototype 1·5 kV DC/battery electric multiple-unit was delivered to the Karasuyama Line on January 22, ready for the start of test running.

Branded 'Accum', the two-car unit is derived from the experimental 'Smart Denchi-kun' battery railcar which was tested on the same line in 2012. It comprises a pair of 40 tonne motor cars with all axles powered, and has a maximum speed of 100 km/h. Each vehicle is equipped with 95 kWh lithium-ion batteries. Longitudinal seating is fitted in both cars, giving a total capacity of 99 seated and 265 standing passengers. LED lighting is used throughout, but no toilet has been provided.

JR East plans to operate the BEMU on through services between Utsonomiya and Karasuyama vi Hoshakuji, running as a conventional EMU on the Tohoku Main Line which is wired at 1·5 kV DC and using its batteries on the non-electrified branch. A recharging facility has been provided at Karasuyama where the batteries can be topped up using the pantograph fitted to one of the vehicles.

If the initial trials are successful, JR East hopes to order additional EV-E301 trainsets to replace the remaining diesel trains used on the line.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 08:38 PM   #1543
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Folks, I wanted to clarify a question...

In 1958, Brazilian railway Estrada de Ferro Sorocabana acquired 30 trainsets made by a consortium formed by Kawasaki and Toshiba for suburban services in São Paulo metropolitan area. They ran until 1979, when they were replaced by French EMU's.


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These were the first Japanese trains sold for overseas after the war?
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Old January 25th, 2014, 04:48 AM   #1544
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Some broad gauge (1676mm) 4-8-2 steam locomotives built by Mitsubishi were sold to a railway in southern Chile (around Temuco), back in 1952. I think railway equipment exports really started to pick up in the later half of the fifties, though- prior to that Japan was still rebuilding, and only steam locomotives were part of the export catalog.
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New venezuelan EMU are in production line?
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Old January 25th, 2014, 03:49 PM   #1546
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New venezuelan EMU are in production line?
The announcement of the order back in Oct. 2012 mentioned delivery "for 30 months"- whether that means in 30 months, or within 30 months, I don't know.
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Some broad gauge (1676mm) 4-8-2 steam locomotives built by Mitsubishi were sold to a railway in southern Chile (around Temuco), back in 1952. I think railway equipment exports really started to pick up in the later half of the fifties, though- prior to that Japan was still rebuilding, and only steam locomotives were part of the export catalog.
Hum, very interesting. I never imagined that Chile brought Japanese steam locomotives in the 1950's.

There are some Toshiba-Kawasaki trainsets acquired by Sorocabana still in operation, in a short commuter rail in Salvador (Brazil):


http://outrofoco.wordpress.com/tag/trens-urbanos/

Brazil isn't a big customer of Japanese trains. After the purchase of Toshiba-Kawasaki trainset, former State railroad (Rede Ferroviária Federal) acquired some Hitachi-Nippon Sharyo EMU's for Rio de Janeiro commuter rail system, in 1977, soon after major crisis that generated depredations and fatal accidents. This was a response of the Brazilian government to the revolt of commuters.


http://trensfluminenses.wordpress.co...murai-de-inox/


The last Brazilian purchase of Japanese EMU's happened in 1984 for new Porto Alegre metropolitan train. These 25 trains manufactured by Hitachi, Kawasaki and Nippon Sharyo are still in operation today, but will begin to be replaced by new Alstom-CAF trainsets.


http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trensurb


RFFSA also purchased various Hitachi locomotives for a unique freight-only rack railway near São Paulo, in 1974 and 1992. They were replaced by Swiss-made Stadler locomotives last year.


http://vidadmaquinista.blogspot.com....ia-da-mrs.html
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Old January 28th, 2014, 12:30 AM   #1548
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Morio Electric to locally produce railcar switchboards in U.S.
森尾電機、米で鉄道車両用配電盤を生産-日系企業に技術供与

http://www.nikkan.co.jp/news/nkx0120140114baal.html

Morio Electric (森尾電機) will begin local production in the United States of switchboards for railcars by this spring. As part of a 5-year contract, the company will supply technology to Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ local United States production hub in Lincoln, Nebraska, which will then produce the units. In December 2013, Morio Electric launched its first U.S. subsidiary, Morio USA (モリオUSA) in Lincoln, and hopes to take advantage of the growing U.S. presence of Japanese railcar manufacturers.

This is the first time that Morio Electric will be involved in railcar production in the U.S. While the firm has a production hub in Shanghai, China, it was closed around 2010. In addition to switchboards, the company hopes to expand opportunities in the U.S. for its other railcar equipment products, such as information displays, cab equipment, and other components.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has successfully won several large contracts, including commuter rail trainsets for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Kawasaki is the second largest shareholder in Morio Electric, controlling 6.5% of the company. Contracts for Kawasaki comprise about 10% of Morio’s overall consolidated revenues.

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Mitsubishi Electric to establish maintenance division in New York
三菱電、米NYに鉄道車両向け電気機器の保守部門

http://www.nikkan.co.jp/news/nkx0120140115baal.html

Sometime this year, Mitsubishi Electric (三菱電機) will establish a new division for maintenance service on railcar electrical equipment in New York state. The company will deploy maintenance staff on a regular basis in the New York area to deal with necessary maintenance of existing equipment it supplied to area rail operators. By strengthening its “after-service” capabilities, Mitsubishi Electric will expand its business structure in the United States to cover everything from production to sales and maintenance, meeting goals to increase its shore of the North American market to 30% by 2017 (at 10% in FY2011).

Specifically, the firm will augment its servicing capabilities for railcar HVAC equipment and controller components. Up until now, Mitsubishi Electric has been sending out staff from its factory in Pennsylvania for each maintenance request, but the firm will now deploy about 10 staff members, both Japanese and Americans, on a regular basis at a new maintenance division in New York. Mitsubishi Electric has won many contracts to provide railcar electrical equipment for rail operators in the New York area, including New York City Subway and Long Island Rail Road, and establishing a new division in the area will increase convenience for the firm’s clients.

Mitsubishi Electric has been recently expanding its strategy for the North American rail market, constructing a new factory for railcar HVAC equipment in 2012 to increase its global production capacity by 50%.

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Mitsubishi Electric to construct new railcar electrical equipment plant in Gifu
三菱電機 恵那に新工場

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/gif...OYT8T01564.htm

Mitsubishi Electric (三菱電機) has finalized a plan to construct a new plant to produce electrical equipment for railcars in Eno Technopark (恵那テクノパーク) in Ena City, Gifu Prefecture, signing an agreement on the project with city officials on 2014.01.15. Groundbreaking for the new factory, which will serve as a sub-division under the company’s Itami Plant (伊丹製作所) in Hyōgo Prefecture’s Amagasaki City, will take place next month, with the new plant starting operations in April 2015.

The new facility will occupy a 47,592 sq m parcel in Phase 3 of the Ena Technopark. The company choose the location due to proximity to an expressway interchange and national highway, as well as potential coordination with nearby plants in the Chūbu region (Central Japan), including the adjacent Nakatsugawa Plant (中津川製作所).

The new facility will be a three-story steel-frame building with about 20,000 sq m GFA. The company will invest about ¥7.5 billion in constructing the production plant and a product testing line. The plant will begin operations with a total workforce of about 100 employees, with potential to expand the number of workers and employ local residents.

The facility will produce propulsion motors, drive control equipment, brake control equipment, and other electrical equipment for railcars. The company currently produces equipment for the new Chūō Shinkansen maglev trainsets at its Itami Plant, but could expand those production capabilities to the new plant if needed.



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Shinano Railway releases design details of new sightseeing train
しなの鉄道の観光列車、愛称は「ろくもん」に…115系3両編成を改造

http://response.jp/article/2014/01/21/215469.html

On 2014.01.21, Nagano Prefecture’s Shinano Railway (しなの鉄道) revealed details regarding its new sightseeing train scheduled to enter service this summer. Called “Rokumon” (ろくもん), the train is a refurbished 3-car, 115 series set designed by industrial designer Mitooka Eiji.

The train’s name, Rokumon, comes from the “Six Coins” (Rokumonsen 六文銭), the family crest of the Sanada clan, which has roots in the Nagano area during Japan’s Warring States period (戦国時代). The train will feature a red paint scheme, drawing inspiration from Sanada Yukimura’s aka-zonae (赤備え), a type of military formation that called for painting warriors’ weapons and other equipment all in red. Emblems of various family crests, including the rokumonsen, the musubi-karigane (結び雁金) “knotted goose”, and the suhama (洲浜) “sandbar”, will adorn the exterior in gold.

The interior will feature flooring, seating, and tables made with local Nagano-harvested lumber. Car 1 will feature 24 seats and will be designed for families and groups, featuring a small children’s playpen in the center. Car 2 will feature 28 seats in counter seating or sofa-style, and include a common space and kitchen. Car 3 will feature 20 seats in private box style, designed for couples or other groups of 2.

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Car 1



Car 2



Car 3

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”Sweets Train” coming to Kyūdai Line, Ōmura Line
JR九州:「スイーツ列車」久大線と大村線に

http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20140...20174000c.html

JR Kyūshū has selected the Ōita Prefecture’s Kyūdai Line (久大線) and Nagasaki Prefecture’s Ōmura Line (大村線) as the two main lines to operate a proposed sightseeing train called the “Sweets Train”, scheduled to be introduced in 2015. One train will begin operating in the summer, switching between the two lines every one to two months. The railway hopes to capture tourism demand along the two lines and revitalize local economies.

In Ōita, the service is expected to primarily operate on the Hita (日田) – Ōita (大分) section of the Kyūdai Line, with the potential to expand to the Ōita – Beppu (別府) section of the Nippō Line (日豊線). In Nagasaki, the service is planned for the Haiki (早岐) – Isahaya (諫早) section of the Ōmura Line, through-servicing onto the Sasebo Line and Nagasaki Line to connect Sasebo and Nagasaki. For both routes, stopping patterns are currently under investigation.

The Sweets Train will consist of a 2-car formation designed by industrial designer Mitooka Eiji, the man responsible for the railway’s Seven Stars in Kyūshū (ななつ星in九州) that launched last fall. The design will target young women and housewives as the primary ridership demographic, and the train will offer Western-style confections produced by famous pastry chefs together with special Japanese sweets produced by long-standing, local confectionaries.

Currently, JR Kyūshū operates a total of nine sightseeing trains including the Yufuin no Mori (ゆふいんの森) between Hakata (博多) and Beppu and the Ibusuki no Tamate-bako (指宿のたまて箱) between Kagoshima Chūō (鹿児島中央) and Ibusuki (指宿).



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Kumagawa Railway in Kumamoto Prefecture operates a similar “Café Train”:

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On 2014.01.22, third-sector railway operator Kumagawa Railway (くま川鉄道) invited the press to tour the interior of its new Den’en Symphony (田園シンフォニー) cars, designed by Mitooka Eiji. This railway connects Hitoyoshi City (人吉市) and Yunomae Town (湯前町) in Kumamoto Prefecture. The cars will enter revenue service on 2014.03.08, holding down regular-service runs as well as special sightseeing trips operating at slower speed son some sections to allow passengers to enjoy the scenery. An additional two cars will be introduced next fiscal year. Each car has capacity for about 110 passengers (about 40 seated).

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Refurbishment of steam locomotive C58 239 for use on the future SL Ginga service has been completed, and the unit has been undergoing testing for some time now… Here’s the latest:

First, some testing inside JR East’s facilities at Ōmiya (2013.12.20 and 2013.12.21):



Testing on the Jōetsu Line in Gunma Prefecture between Shibukawa and Takasaki (2014.01.15):



Running on the Shin’etsu Line between Takasaki and Yokokawa (2014.01.17):

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The unit has just been delivered to its new home in Morioka on 2014.01.26 and 2014.01.27…

On the Tōhoku Main Line (Utusnomiya Line) in Tochigi Prefecture between Hōshakuji and Kataoka (2014.01.26):



Captured in the snow:



Arrival at the SL inspection house in Morioka:

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a tram rail is a cute rail as a compare to heavy rail
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Does anyone know what the E4 Shinkansen trains will be replaced with on the Joetsu line?

Will it be the E5 and the line upgraded to 320 km/h from 240 km/h?
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Does anyone know what the E4 Shinkansen trains will be replaced with on the Joetsu line?

Will it be the E5 and the line upgraded to 320 km/h from 240 km/h?
They will be replaced by E2's made redundant on the Tohoku Shinkansen by the continuing introduction of E5 series. Likely speeds will be kept at the current 240km/h limit. Services take 2 hours between Tokyo and Niigata [1 hour 40 min on the fastest service(s)], which is entirely adequate and competitive for this market (highway buses take 5 hours, in comparison).
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JR East to produce new E353 series limited express sets for Chūō Main Line

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JR East has announced that they will construct a prototype trainset for a new E353 series to replace the E351 series currently holding down Azusa limited express services on the Chūō Main Line and Shinonoi Line between Tōkyō and Matsumoto via Hachiōji and Kōfu. The prototype trainset will consist of a 9-car base formation and a 3-car supplemental formation (12 cars total), and will be completed by summer 2015 or later, allowing the railway to test the series before beginning mass production.

The prototype will include air spring tilting technology, providing similar speed performance on curves to the current E351 series, together with vibration dampening (for green cars and some lead cars) to improve ride comfort and LED lighting systems to reduce electricity consumption.

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Overall, good news… Was wondering what they were going to do for rolling stock for the Chūō Main Line limited expresses. Looks like they incorporated many of the aesthetics from their modern limited express stock, most notably the Narita Express E253 sets.

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Comparison with E351 series.
Of note is the difference in the formations (E351 was 8+4 in 4M4T+2M2T, but they will add one powered car to the base formation for the E353, which will be 9+3 in 5M4T+2M1T). The E353 will use a different tilting technology based on springs, replacing the E351’s actuator-based system, the first tilting system for revenue trains in Japan.

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I really hope the design keeps close to this concept, that thing looks like it's from 2114 or something
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