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Old May 13th, 2014, 03:23 PM   #1681
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I do think in Hokkaido, the lines to Kushiro and Wakkanai will remain open because they serve a lot of smaller towns in the outer reaches of Hokkaido and because JR Hokkaido aggressively markets them for summer tourism.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 03:41 AM   #1682
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What is usually going to happen to closed railway lines in Japan?

Just abandoned, removed, or transformed in roads or bicycle lanes, or BRT?
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Old May 15th, 2014, 02:25 AM   #1683
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The replacement bus service began today. 6 round trips/day, the same frequency as the train service. The bus service will take 20 minutes longer than the train, and cost 190 yen more (Kikonai-Esashi). Tellingly, the bus to be used is a small Hino Poncho, with a capacity of about 30 passengers. It's obvious why this line was closed.
Hum, a Hino Poncho in a medium-distance line... I think a medium-size highway bus could be a better choice because these vehicles are more confortable.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 02:28 AM   #1684
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What is usually going to happen to closed railway lines in Japan?

Just abandoned, removed, or transformed in roads or bicycle lanes, or BRT?
Some abandoned railway lines in Ibaraki and Tohoku were changed to BRT roads.
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Old May 20th, 2014, 07:31 AM   #1685
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Second episode, we back to Kyushu, now on board the Yufuin no Mori joyful train between Hakata and Beppu.

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Climb aboard the limited express that runs between Hakata and two of Japan's most popular hot spring resorts, Yufuin and Beppu. The train slows down along scenic spots to let passengers enjoy the beautiful landscape through oversize windows. Discover the local specialties and the charms of highland hot springs.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 04:14 PM   #1686
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On May 21, JR West has announced new details about the new luxury sleeper train.



The concept of this design is "Nostalgia", in fact it is a luxury hotel over rails.

According the press release, the train departs from Kyoto and (Not sure, is my poor translation) will have two routes. One along the north coast of Chugoku region and the other passing by the coast of inner sea.

Train will have 10 cars, one car only for one suite. Five cars more will have three rooms each. Moreover, one car for restaurant and other lounge car with two floors.









JR West said the train starts operations in spring 2017.

Video: http://www.westjr.co.jp/company/ir/m...epertrain.html



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Old May 21st, 2014, 04:22 PM   #1687
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Hmm, looks like DMU.

Didn't JRE have a proposal for an electric version?

Could someone post details about that?
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 03:55 PM   #1688
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 03:59 PM   #1689
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Hmm, looks like DMU.

Didn't JRE have a proposal for an electric version?

Could someone post details about that?
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1205
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 05:42 PM   #1690
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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
NHK link broken. Could someone help me find the video?
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 06:47 PM   #1691
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Here's a new link to the NHK video.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2014...623521000.html
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 06:59 PM   #1692
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Here's a new link to the NHK video.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2014...623521000.html
Thank you.

But that is for the JR West train.

I'm looking for the video of the JR East train.
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 08:10 PM   #1693
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Ah, now I see.

But that's a bit harder, when these video's are gone they are actually gone. If the news video is interesting enough you will find some copies on the internet even though the NHK is very active in removing these copied video's.

Therefore I expect that the video was not that interesting, that it just showed the 2 images from the press release without giving too much more info on the train.


Here are a couple more Japanese articles on the train, but without video's.

http://response.jp/article/2013/06/04/199377.html
http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2013/06/05/028/


And a good picture of the JR East train.

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Old May 28th, 2014, 06:54 AM   #1695
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Speaking of railways, any news of what are they going to do with the rapidly-aging 113/115 fleet? I know that JR East is replacing them in the Niigata area with the new E129, but what about the JR East 115 fleet running on the Chūō Main Line between Takao and Shiojiri and the JR West 115 fleet running on the San'yō Main Line west of Himeji to Shimonoseki?

Here's my guess: the JR East 115's will all be replaced by a combination of 211-3000's and new-build E129's on the Chūō Main Line, and the JR West 115's will be replaced by a new-build 225's with upgraded traction motors to handle the more steeply-graded portions of the San'yō Main Line.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 07:44 AM   #1696
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I'm just asking a question if There's a train coming for the Philippines from any JR company, the only i know there's a kiha alloted for the Philippines for additional rolling stock of the PNR.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 02:58 PM   #1697
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I'm just asking a question if There's a train coming for the Philippines from any JR company, the only i know there's a kiha alloted for the Philippines for additional rolling stock of the PNR.
I have not heard of any. Most surplus emu stock recently is sent to Jakarta's KRL Jabodetabek system where they can actually operate under catenary, and any surplus diesel units have recently been sent to Myanmar, which has an extensive (5400km) railway system desperately in need of operable stock.

Indonesian news report of ex-Saikyo Line 205 series emu being delivered:
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Old May 30th, 2014, 03:50 PM   #1698
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Bad news

Osaka-Sapporo sleeper train Twilight Express service will end in spring 2015.

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Venerable Twilight Express to retire next year

MAY 28, 2014
OSAKA – It harks back to the golden age of travel as it carries premium passengers four times a week from western Japan to Hokkaido and back.

But after 25 years, the aging Twilight Express sleeper train is set to retire next spring, West Japan Railway Co. announced Wednesday.

The luxury Twilight Express takes 22 hours to travel about 1,500 km — currently the longest service distance for any passenger train in Japan — between Osaka in the west and Sapporo in the north.

The service is jointly operated by JR West and two other JR Group firms.

It offers decorated compartments and a saloon where passengers can sit as they watch spectacular landscapes pass by. The diner serves French cuisine.

At present, the Twilight Express makes four round trips a week. But from the final week of next January through February, its three-train fleet will be in service every day except Sunday, JR West said.

“We’d like to see as many people as possible take the train till the service ends,” a company spokesman said.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 04:14 PM   #1699
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AFAIK, Twilight Express is still fairly heavily traveled. Why is it being retired?
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Old May 31st, 2014, 03:31 AM   #1700
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AFAIK, Twilight Express is still fairly heavily traveled. Why is it being retired?
From what I've read, the trainset and the locomotives pulling the train are getting WAY up there in years and maybe too expensive to economically maintain. I believe the trainset was built back in the 1960's and 1970's. The Cassiopeia train may continue for a while, since the trainset was built more recently.
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