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Old May 31st, 2014, 08:06 AM   #1701
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Several reasons are given.

- Hokkaido Shinkansen / Seikan Tunnel
First there is hindrance from the construction work in the tunnel. And afterwards a new locomotive is required to run through the tunnel.

- Hokuriku Shinkansen
The opening of the Shinkansen the old Hokuriku Main Line will become a 3rd sector line including the introduction of a new usage fee structure that is not that positive for this kind of services.

- Age of the trainset
As mentioned by sacto7654, building a new set is just profitable anymore.
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Old June 1st, 2014, 11:08 AM   #1702
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Old June 5th, 2014, 03:21 AM   #1703
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JR East to launch new luxury sleeper train

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East Japan Railway Co. is ramping up efforts to increase the number of passengers who travel by train for sightseeing purposes. The company will launch a luxury sleeper trains service for affluent individuals as early as spring 2017. Also, JR East will develop and create travel products for foreign visitors to Japan in cooperation with Japan Airlines.

A new luxury 10-car sleeper train has six passenger cars and one dining car. The passenger cars have two types—one deluxe suite car with two compartments, and five suite cars with 15 compartments. Each compartment is for two persons, so only a maximum of 34 persons can travel overnight on the train.

The train’s interior design is inspired by Japanese-style wooden houses, the company said. JR East President Tetsuro Tomita unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday the company’s target consumer as wealthy individuals, including foreign visitors, saying, “We’d like passengers to enjoy Japan’s beautiful nature and culture of high quality through spending time on this train.”

Although the train’s service route has yet to be determined, the company will start operating the train within JR East’s train network. The railway operator is to examine the possibility of operating the train on other JR networks in the future.
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Outlook area


Lounge area


Dining-room area


Deluxe suite (maisonette type)


Suite

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Old June 6th, 2014, 06:01 PM   #1704
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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 June 14th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #1705
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I'm just wondering what are happen to the train series sunsrise express and the kiha 65 daisen express are they still active?
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Old June 14th, 2014, 05:53 PM   #1706
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I'm just wondering what are happen to the train series sunsrise express and the kiha 65 daisen express are they still active?
The 285 Series used on the Sunrise Seto/Sunrise Izumo service are operational and will continue to operate for many years to come because there is no Shinkansen service to Takamatsu on Shikoku and to Matsue/Izumo in western Japan.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 04:27 PM   #1707
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The Daisen service was axed in 2004.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 07:16 AM   #1708
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The Daisen service was axed in 2004.
What is the reason why the daisen axed in 2004? I know the daisen are very famous for the tourist and commuter.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 02:50 PM   #1709
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What is the reason why the daisen axed in 2004? I know the daisen are very famous for the tourist and commuter.
It was an overnight train, likely the aging rolling stock as well as the expense of running a night train did it in. The loss of the service was compensated with increased daytime services.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 05:00 PM   #1710
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I'm just asking also if there's a rolling stock from East Japan Railway which will be donate for the Philippine state owned railway the Philippine National Railway? I hope they will give some sleeper coaches and diesel car for additional car for upcoming bicol express
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Old June 18th, 2014, 07:00 PM   #1711
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Old June 21st, 2014, 05:15 AM   #1713
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Here it is, the long-awaited replacement for the aging 113/115 Series EMU in JR West service west of Himeji:



This is the new 227 Series EMU, the first units will arrive in the Hiroshima area this fall for testing and driver training. Essentially a DC-only version of the 521 Series EMU that runs from Maibara to Toyama on the Hokuriku Main Line, the 227 will operate as two- and three-car trainsets normally, though they can be coupled together for trainsets as long as eight cars. JR West intends to buy 276 cars of the 227 Series EMU so (as I expect) it operates from Shimonoseki to Himeji on the San'yō Main Line, the Kure Line, the full-restored Kabe Line, and eventually the Hakubi Line all the way to Yonago and Akō Line to Banshū-Akō.

EDIT: Here is the picture of what the interior of the 225 Series EMU will look like:

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Old June 23rd, 2014, 03:33 PM   #1714
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JR East likely to invite foreign bidders for rolling stock/equipment contracts

Rolling stock replacement program for Hachinohe Line, 18 railcars for 65km non-electrified single track line.

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/data/pdf/2...rocurement.pdf
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Old June 24th, 2014, 04:14 AM   #1715
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Old June 24th, 2014, 04:50 PM   #1716
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EU railway equipment firms to get better chances in Japan rlwy market

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Three companies of the Japan Railway group have promised to open their equipment procurement markets for firms in the European Union in a rare move during Japan-EU negotiations on an economic partnership agreement, according to sources.

During EPA talks, East Japan Railway Co., Central Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co. promised to liberalize their railway-related markets for train cars, brakes and other railway equipment manufactured by companies in the EU.

Private companies rarely make such promises during intergovernmental negotiations. In the Japan-EU talks, the railway field is a major point of dispute alongside tariffs on agricultural products.
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001374352
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Old June 24th, 2014, 09:34 PM   #1717
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I hope we see the import of more Japanese rail technology to Europe.
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Old June 25th, 2014, 04:04 PM   #1718
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I hope we see the import of more Japanese rail technology to Europe.
Yes, despite some grumbling in the EU about the "closed" Japanese railway equipment market, the balance of trade in this sector is actually in favor of the EU. Look at table 1 on page four of this paper from ECIPE:
http://www.ecipe.org/media/publication_pdfs/PB03.pdf
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Old June 26th, 2014, 01:45 PM   #1719
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