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Old February 27th, 2014, 05:33 AM   #1601
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According to JR East, the new Ginga (“Milky Way”) steam service will debut on 2014.04.12, operating on the Kamaishi Line between Hanamaki and Kamaishi.
http://www.jr-morioka.com/cgi-bin/pd...92964368_1.pdf

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FNN local video report (2014.02.21):

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Old February 28th, 2014, 01:07 AM   #1602
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Some clips of the new JR Shikoku 8600 limited express EMU…

Testing inside the Kawasaki plant:



Delivery. Interesting design… Not sure I like the ends, but the profile view is nice.

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Old March 6th, 2014, 07:40 AM   #1603
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From Asahi Shimbun... with inside scenes:

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Old March 6th, 2014, 07:54 AM   #1604
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The last few seconds are the most interesting... You can see how much the train can tilt.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 07:15 PM   #1605
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New and recent railway CMs:

JR West “Discover West” CMs, starring Nakama Yukie (仲間由紀恵):



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Old March 6th, 2014, 07:17 PM   #1606
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JR East “SKI SKI” campaign, starring Kawaguchi Haruna (川口春奈):



JR East “Iku ze, Tōhoku” campaign, starring Kimura Ayano (木村文乃):



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Old March 7th, 2014, 04:23 PM   #1607
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JNR 205 operation in Indonesia





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Old March 7th, 2014, 04:27 PM   #1608
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What stock is that on the right in the top photo?
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Old March 7th, 2014, 09:00 PM   #1609
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Thanks for the photos.
Looks like I got my question mostly answered... The seats are kept down and they are using all six doors.
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Old March 8th, 2014, 03:29 PM   #1610
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@ 00Zy99 : it's 05 series of tokyo metro
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Old March 9th, 2014, 05:36 PM   #1611
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The actual model of new E353 to replace the existing azuza express train



The interior of the train same as like E259
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Old March 11th, 2014, 08:39 PM   #1612
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Pictures of the new JR Shikoku 8600 series during a press tour in Takamatsu (2014.03.05):
http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/.../post_435.html

Base formation is two cars (married pair), with a total of 4 cars introduced in this round. This is JR Shikoku’s first new EMU limited express design since the 8000 series in 1993. will replace aging 2000 series units on the Yosan Line’s Shiokaze limited express services.



Front is designed to be reminiscent of a steam loco, with a round, black face. The train itself features a light-maintenance design, including regenerative braking, VVVF inverters, and hermetically-sealed three-phase squirrel cage rotors (全閉外扇式三相かご形誘導電動機). Unlike the 8000 series, which uses roller bearings for tilting, the 8600 series uses the air suspension system in the bogies to tilt the carbody.



Catchphrase for the new series is “Setouchi Stream Express”, drawing from the 8000 series’ “Seto Breeze” (瀬戸の疾風). An additional 10 cars are supposed to be manufactured by March 2016.





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Old March 13th, 2014, 04:12 AM   #1613
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New “Railway Hobby Train” (鉄道ホビートレイン) by JR Shikoku, captured at the railway’s Tadotsu Works (多度津工場) on 2014.02.28. It’s a completely refurbished Kiha 32 series car, with one of the ends designed to look similar to a 0 series Shinkansen. Needless to say, it’s mostly for the children—not too fond of the exterior, but the interior is actually somewhat interesting.
http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/.../03/11_10.html





“Unmodified” end



It’s not actually a solid nose like the real 0 series, but an ornamental piece attached to the front of the car:



View from the operator’s cab:



Headlight



Changing the headlight to a taillight



Box seating and Shinkansen train model display case



The opposite end of the car has the large display case featuring models of Shikoku-related trains



There are even some small display cases in between the windows.



Seat moquettes are also train-themed:





Seat trays



The box seating is clearly labeled as “non-reserved seating” to avoid passenger confusion.

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Old March 13th, 2014, 04:13 AM   #1614
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Some videos:

Asahi Shimbun report:



Running scenes:

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Old March 13th, 2014, 02:59 PM   #1615
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Japan has a very large loading gauge for Cape gauge track trains. In fact, it seems significantly larger than many UK standard-gauge and even Irish broad gauge trains.
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Note near the end of the running scene video, you can hear the horn of this train--essentially the exact horn used on the old 0 Series Shinkansen trainsets heard when they passed certain stations.
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Old March 14th, 2014, 06:41 AM   #1617
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Japan has a very large loading gauge for Cape gauge track trains. In fact, it seems significantly larger than many UK standard-gauge and even Irish broad gauge trains.
Indeed. In fact the Japanese loading gauge is only slightly smaller than the continental European gauge. Thus the Orient Express trainset could run on the Japanese network back in the 80's during a promotional tour, after modifications to some track-platform clearances.
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Old March 14th, 2014, 06:48 AM   #1618
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Exactly what clearances had to be altered and where?
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Exactly what clearances had to be altered and where?
Mainly track adjacent to platforms- the profile of European stock interferes with high platforms, especially on curves. Tracks were slightly moved to allow clearance. If you look at many Japanese rolling stock, you can see a inward taper in the carbody below the kneeline if you're standing inside the train. This is to allow a generally wider body but to clear station platforms.

There is a youtube video out there of a TV special on the Orient Express in Japan, which has a segment on modifying the track to allow the train to pass through.
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In fact the Japanese loading gauge is only slightly smaller than the continental European gauge.
One limitation is it's 4.1m height limit though. Compare that to 4.3m (GA/GB) to 4.7m (GC) in continental Europe. Given that Europeans are on average much taller (Japan 1.7m, compared to 1.84m for the Dutch) 4.1m would be insufficient for double decker trains in Europe, in Japan it is high enough, except for foreigners.
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