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Old March 25th, 2015, 06:11 AM   #1801
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Old March 25th, 2015, 09:40 AM   #1802
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Security to avoid falls when train runs coupled
Was this meant for 'intentional' falls from the platform (a.k.a. suicides) or unintentional falls because of overcrowding?
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Old March 25th, 2015, 10:37 AM   #1803
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I imagine the second. The person who wants to commit suicide, it will annyway.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 06:55 AM   #1804
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Speaking of Japanese zairaisen "conventional" railways, better start taking videos and pictures of the 115 Series EMU's soon. With JR West now starting to phase in the 227 Series Red Wing EMU's and the JR East E129's now entering service in the Niigata area, the 115's will likely rapidly disappear from JR Group rail lines. It won't be long before JR East announces that they will do additional E129 buys to replace the 115's now running on the Chūō Main Line between Takao and Shiojiri Stations.
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Old April 4th, 2015, 11:14 AM   #1805
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Problems back on JR Hokkaido network:

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Smoke forces evacuation of 120 train passengers below Tsugaru Strait

SAPPORO – A train carrying around 120 passengers made an emergency stop Friday in a tunnel linking Hokkaido and Aomori Prefecture after smoke was detected, forcing the evacuation of all aboard, the rail operator and local fire fighters said.

Hokkaido Railway Co. said the six-car express train was forced to stop in the Seikan Tunnel around 1 km from the nearest station at 5:15 p.m. after a conductor saw sparks and smoke coming from beneath the train.

Two women were taken to hospital, one aged 78 and the other in her 50s.

Passengers aboard the train bound for the city of Aomori from Hokkaido walked to Tappi Kaitei Station, some 140 meters below sea level, before being evacuated by railcar.

On the cause of the incident, JR Hokkaido said it appears three cables delivering power to motors overcharged and cable coating was scorched.

JR Hokkaido Vice President Fumihisa Nishino offered an apology at a news conference held early Saturday morning, saying, “We have caused discomfort to all the passengers. We are very sorry.”

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Old April 4th, 2015, 10:02 PM   #1806
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I saw this case on NHK news.

This train was a Hakucho service, between Aomori and Hakodate.

Fortunately, the emergency system of Seikan Tunnel worked very well. Tappi-Kaitei Station was closed in last year because the works to new Hokkaido Shinkansen.
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Old April 5th, 2015, 11:31 AM   #1807
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Construction progress of the Kyoto Railway Museum (Umekoji SL Museum).

Rail Hobidas offers this interesting photo report of the works on March 31 coinciding with the sakura period in the ancient capital of Japan.


C61 2 with cherry blossoms


Views from the elevated walkway


This outside expositor will show the material of the Bentencho Transport Museum in Osaka






KUHA 103-1, EF65 1, EF58 150




Main access


Twilight Express exhibition





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Old April 5th, 2015, 11:47 AM   #1808
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Excursion train FruiTea



JR East Sendai office has presented the new touristic train "FruiTea", a combination of Fruit and Tea. The train will run on the Ban'etsu West Line from Koriyama to Aizu-Wakamatsu (Fukushima Pref.) with intermediate stops at Bandai-Atami, Inawashiro, and Bandaimachi stations.

The unit consist in two 719 series-car refurbished. Each car has only one door per side (instead the original three doors per car). One car is the cafeteria, and the other a saloon car. The capacity of the train is 36 passengers.

The service will start next April 25 with two round trip journeys. The journey is planned to take around 70 minutes for 64,6 kilometers. The cost is 4200Ľ for adults and 3600Ľ children's.
















Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/.../04/31_13.html

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Other news from the Ban'etsu West Line: Regular Aizu Liner services was discontinued since the start of the revised timetable introduced on 14 March 2015. Seasonal rapid services, named simply Aizu, will however operate during busy holiday periods, using six-car 485 series EMU trainsets.

Source: JR Sendai Office


Rapid service "Aizu". April 4, 2015 @週に一度は撮り鉄を。 (Japanese trains!)
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Old April 5th, 2015, 02:19 PM   #1809
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JR Hokkaido need to get their act together.

But the tourist train and railway museum look good!
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Old April 6th, 2015, 01:17 AM   #1810
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This zenmen tenbou (cab front view) video taken a few months ago shows what the scenery on the FruiTea excursion train will look like, in this case Aizu-Wakamatsu to Koriyama Stations on JR East Ban'etsu West Line:

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Old April 6th, 2015, 08:23 PM   #1811
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Excursion train FruiTea
I know it has been built modifying an existing regional train, so with some constraints, however the idea of a tourist trains with seats partly facing walls instead of windows doesn't seem smart to me...
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Old April 7th, 2015, 02:01 PM   #1812
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Pictures of the replacement of the JR East E231, the E235 are available now. Not exactly a looker if you ask me, but then again, the square shape is practical as this train will not see high speeds on the 34.5 km Yamanote loop line.
The image on Wikipedia: E235
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Old April 7th, 2015, 06:23 PM   #1813
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Someone on another thread posted that if they built the Tokaido Shinkansen today they wouldn't include as many local stops. If that were the case, what would be the effect on the local system. Would there be more regional trains running, such as the Tokai? Would we see more commuter trains from Tokyo extending down to Numazu? Would there be more regional expresses running from Osaka to Maibama? What about Nagoya to Gifu? Would there be limited expresses along the whole route? It would be interesting to take the Tokaido Main Line on expresses instead of the Shinkansen.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 04:17 AM   #1814
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Someone on another thread posted that if they built the Tokaido Shinkansen today they wouldn't include as many local stops. If that were the case, what would be the effect on the local system. Would there be more regional trains running, such as the Tokai? Would we see more commuter trains from Tokyo extending down to Numazu? Would there be more regional expresses running from Osaka to Maibama? What about Nagoya to Gifu? Would there be limited expresses along the whole route? It would be interesting to take the Tokaido Main Line on expresses instead of the Shinkansen.
If they built the Tokaidō Shinkansen today, it would (in my humble opinion!) have the following stops between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka:

Shinagawa
Shin-Yokohama
Atami
Numazu (or somewhere nearby)
Shizuoka
Hamamatsu
Toyohashi
Nagoya
Maibara
Kyoto

As such, you'll see more kaisoku (Rapid) trains on the Tokaidō Main Line. We would have faster commuter trains like the JR West 223/225 Series now.
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Old April 11th, 2015, 08:12 AM   #1815
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Old April 18th, 2015, 11:57 AM   #1816
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Spring scenes

Tōkaidō Main Line, Sakurashukugawa ― Ashiya


Tarumi Railway, Yokoya ― Jūkujō


Nippō Main Line, Kitsuki ― Nakayama-ka


Kominato Railway, Kazusa Ōkubo ― Yōrōkeikoku


Geibi Line, Karuga ― Shirakiyama


Hankyū Kōbe Line, Tsukaguchi ― Mukonosō


Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Nishitokorozawa ― Kotesashi


Kyūdai Main Line, Bungonakagawa ― Bungo Miyoshi


Chūō Main Line, Kai-Yamato ― Katsunuma-budōkyō


Umekōji SL Museum, Kyoto


Tōkaidō Main Line, Nebukawa ― Hayakawa


Estación de Fukaya, Saitama


Kintetsu Yunoyama Line, Sakura ― Komono


Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Mikawaanjō ― Toyohashi


Moka Railway, Kitamouka ― Nishidai


Ōigawa Railway Ikawa Line, Sawama ― Kawane-Ryōgoku


Kintetsu Kashihara Line, Kujō ― Kōriyama


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Old April 20th, 2015, 05:44 PM   #1817
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Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record
A maglev train in Japan reached a speed of 590 kilometers per hour (366 miles per hour) this week, breaking a world record that had stood for 12 years. Central Japan Railway Co. announced the feat on Thursday, after the company's seven-car train completed a test run on an experimental track in Yamanashi prefecture. The train beat the previous mark of 581 kilometers (361 miles) per hour, set in 2003, though a spokesman for the railway company tells The Wall Street Journal that the record may not stand for long. Another test run is scheduled for Tuesday, and the train's speed could reach 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles per hour).
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 02:37 PM   #1818
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New Tobu 500 series



Ken Okuyama will design the new Limited Express train for Tobu Railway. The operator has announced today the design of the 500 series, planned to revenue in service by spring 2017.

The design will remember inside the flow of the Kinugawa and Sumida rivers (ceiling), and the moquete with "Edo Murasaki" colour.



Outside, the colors are three: "beige-champagne", "green forest" and "future blue". Pretends to remember the Tokyo Skytree.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries will manufacture this unit.

Source: TOBU / Tetsudo Shimbun

Moreover...

The new "Sunlight Space" based on refurbished Spacia 100 series. The new livery adopted colors from the Shrines and Temples of Nikko.





















Source: http://response.jp/article/2015/04/18/249270.html

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Old April 30th, 2015, 05:25 PM   #1819
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New Oita Station Building

Finished on mid-April:

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Outside the building with a nice park on the top of the new north building:


Source: http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASH4H6S4HH4HTIPE031.html



















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Old April 30th, 2015, 05:26 PM   #1820
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Inside the new Station building and platforms:




























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