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Old September 20th, 2014, 07:30 AM   #1741
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 01:20 PM   #1742
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JR Agatsuma Line relocation

JR Agatsuma Line connects Shibukawa (through Joetsu Line for Takasaki) with Ōmae (55,6 km in total).

Since recent years, JR has worked in a new track between Iwashima and Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi because the new Yamba Dawn. New track saves 300 meters respect the old line. This new track includes the Hachiijo Tunnel (4489m).


The red line is the new track with a new Kawarayu-Onsen station.

Photos taken on August 24. Source: http://mirai-report.com/


Old Kawarayu-Onsen station.


Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi station, Ōmae side connection.


Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi station. 651-1000 Series "Kusatsu" from Shinjuku. The area has many hot springs.


New building for Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi station (2012). This station is a transfer point for the people who visits Kusatsu-Onsen.


Tarusawa Tunnel between Iwashima and Kawarayu-Onsen. This is the shortest tunnel in Japan, only 7,2 meters long. Abandoned at the end of the service the 24 of September.




Old track respect the Dam.




New bridge over the dam from Kawarayu-Onsen station.


Iwashima station, Shibukawa side connection.


Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi station, Ōmae side connection.


By end of August, the new track was completed.

Las train will run on September 24. Between September 25 to Sept. 30 connection works will be done. Trains will run only until Nakanojō and then bus substitute until Ōmae.

Trains revenue in service the 1st of October.


Details of the new track (8-June-2013) by http://abe-sin.sakura.ne.jp/kesiki/g...tetudou25n.htm
















Details of the new Kawarayu-Onsen station (31-August-2014) by http://blog.goo.ne.jp/ogamaru2014/e/...ab0e7386b92335





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Old October 10th, 2014, 02:11 AM   #1743
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JR East just unveiled a special livery for one of the E231-500 trainsets running on the JR East Yamanote Line to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Tokyo Station. Here is a video report from Kyodo News unveiling this special livery:

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Old October 21st, 2014, 03:06 AM   #1744
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Old October 28th, 2014, 02:39 PM   #1745
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Old October 29th, 2014, 11:41 AM   #1746
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JR Hokkaido found to have ignored 260 track irregularities

Hokkaido Railway Co. failed to implement work within a certain time to repair track irregularities found in fiscal 2013 at 260 locations, the Board of Audit said Tuesday.

Of the locations, 90 were not repaired for more than two months after the deadline and 35 were left unrepaired more than six months.

According to the board, JR Hokkaido has a self-imposed rule requiring it to conduct track inspections to check for inclinations or distortions one to four times a year according to the frequency of train traffic.

If any irregularity is found, the company is required to repair it within 30 days.

Two of the violations occurred after the company took measures in October last year to improve track inspections.

Most of the 260 irregularities found by the board are on sidetracks that are not always used.

The board also found the company conducted no inspections on 136 of 3,864 inspection points in the fiscal year ended last March. The numbers of inspections and items checked fell short at 72 locations, the board said.

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Old October 29th, 2014, 12:42 PM   #1747
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It seems JR Hokkaido has a reputation almost as bad as AnsaldoBreda - no one in the Japanese speaking sphere seemed particularly surprised
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Old October 29th, 2014, 01:35 PM   #1748
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Well, true, maybe. I don't know what it means "track irregularities" for japanese railroad standards.

I imagine speed limitations due tracks in bad conditions or whatever... If this is reputation as AnsaldoBreda, can't imagine the multiple "track irregularities" which derive in chronic speed limitations on Spanish railroad network (30km/h or 10km/h on main lines for years)
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Old October 29th, 2014, 02:55 PM   #1749
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I think track irregularities is for the most part, track that is out of gauge. JR Hokkaido has been engaging in cost cutting and also poor personnel management and supervision, compounded by bad management-labor union relations. Even the three railway labor unions quarrel among themselves!

I think most here are resigned to the problems, as these reports continue to come out, the reaction is merely "here we go again"...Such revelations would cause management heads to roll in metro areas in Honshu, but unfortunately, here we have no competition from nimble private operators such as found in Kansai and Kanto, and the fact that the winters here are harsh, the railway is vital as a lifeline during the six months of the year subject to winter conditions- people cannot simply switch to cars or buses when the roads are icy and/or outside is blizzard conditions.
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Old October 29th, 2014, 05:48 PM   #1750
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k.k.jetcar, thanks for the explanation

Well, I suppose those track irregularities derives in speed limitation, so, they know the problem but according laws or whatever, can't repair quickly. Well, I think it occurs in other parts of the world but for the Japanese psique it's unbelievable to permit.
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I think track irregularities is for the most part, track that is out of gauge. JR Hokkaido has been engaging in cost cutting and also poor personnel management and supervision, compounded by bad management-labor union relations. Even the three railway labor unions quarrel among themselves!

I think most here are resigned to the problems, as these reports continue to come out, the reaction is merely "here we go again"...Such revelations would cause management heads to roll in metro areas in Honshu, but unfortunately, here we have no competition from nimble private operators such as found in Kansai and Kanto, and the fact that the winters here are harsh, the railway is vital as a lifeline during the six months of the year subject to winter conditions- people cannot simply switch to cars or buses when the roads are icy and/or outside is blizzard conditions.
This, I think, is one of the saddest things about splitting JNR up as an outsider. It's obvious that JR Hokkaido and JR Shikoku are going to suffer compared to the JR West, JR Central and JR East (even JR Kyushu). Population density is low and the railways are more difficult - especially in Hokkaido. Heads do need to roll and the government needs to step up if you ask me. Given they are owned by the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency, the government should have some influence on them despite this being a theoretically "independent" body?

Mind you, the problems faced by JR Hokkaido strike me to be fairly similar to those faced by many country's railways. Perhaps it is more that the Japanese are a little spoilt when it comes to their railways in general.
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Old October 29th, 2014, 08:32 PM   #1752
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This is the refurbished JR East's E653 1100 subseries. This train will begin in March 2015 with the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen as a Shirayuki service between Niigata and Arai on Shin'etsu Main Line (more)

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Old October 29th, 2014, 08:43 PM   #1753
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Are there any spots where the electrification goes directly from 50 Hz to 60 Hz AC? Or are there always DC breaks between them?
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Old November 10th, 2014, 11:43 AM   #1754
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HD300-501 hybrid locomotive has arrived at Naebo depot in Hokkaido. This is the first 500 subseries.

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The Class HD300 is a hybrid diesel/battery Bo-Bo wheel arrangement shunting locomotive type operated by Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) in Japan. Following the delivery and evaluation of a prototype locomotive in March 2010, the first full-production locomotive entered service in February 2012.
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There is a small colliery railway in Hokkaido: the Rinkou Line, owned by Taiheiyou Coal Services and Transportation.

It is a railway with only 4,0 Km of tracks, located in the city of Kushiro, Hokkaido. The trains carry coal to Kushiro Port, pulled by a small diesel locomotive. This line was inaugurated in 1927 and passenger services ceased their operations in 1966.

As JR Hokkaido is a state-owned company, Rinkou Line is the only private railway in Hokkaido. It is also the last colliery railway in Japan.


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Are there any spots where the electrification goes directly from 50 Hz to 60 Hz AC? Or are there always DC breaks between them?
I know of three areas where there are changes from 1500 V DC to 20,000 V AC: north of Toride Station on the JR East Jōban Line, and between Tsuruga and Itoigawa Stations on the JR West Hokuriku Main Line. That's why the 681 and 683 Series EMU's are dual-voltage units, since both trainsets have to run in 1500 V DC and 20,000 V AC sections of the Hokuriku Main Line.
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JR Kyushu has plans to use FGT (Free Gauge Train) in the services between Hakata Station and Nagasaki Staion via Kyushu Shinkansen and Nagasaki Main Line.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 04:28 PM   #1758
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JR East issues open tender for Hachinohe Line trains
Monday, December 01, 2014



IN an unusual move for a Japanese railway, JR East issued an open tender on November 28 for a contract to supply a fleet of 18 DMU cars for the 107km non-electrified line from Hachinohe in Aomori prefecture to Kunji in neighbouring Iwate

The order comprises six single-car and six two-car trains together with spare parts and technical support.

According to the draft specification, which may be subject to change, the 100km/h 1067mm-gauge vehicles will be 19.5m long with stainless-steel bodyshells. Power will be provided by direct injection six-cylinder diesel engines with a nominal output of 331kW at 2100rpm.

Suppliers will be expected to submit proposals by around August next year and JR East will select a preferred bidder by around March 2016. JR East says it expects to determine delivery dates after selecting a supplier, although it suggests the trains will arrive around August 2017.

Japanese railways tend to procure rolling stock directly through suppliers and new trains are rarely acquired through open tenders
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Picture above is on the Yamanote line in Tokyo, the area between Meguro and Ebisu stations (border of Shinagawa and Meguro wards). The elevated rail line is the Yamanote passenger line, crossing over the Yamanote Freight line (which also hosts Saikyo Line passenger trains). You can see a portion of the Ebisu Station building in the distance.
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