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Old May 1st, 2015, 08:33 AM   #1821
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Very nice pictures and video of the new Ōita Station. The station is important because it is the east end of the Sonic limited express service and a number of trains that travel to the interior of Kyushu start here.
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Old May 1st, 2015, 07:04 PM   #1822
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Wow, that is a seriously impressive station. JR Kyushu are really embracing wood across their network too both in the stations and trains, which is really nice. Amazing design.
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Old May 2nd, 2015, 04:54 AM   #1823
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I wish the other JRs paid as much attention to design an detail as JR Kyushu does - many of the Shinkansen stations could do with a serious facelift.
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Old May 2nd, 2015, 05:17 AM   #1824
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Of course, there have been some instances of design compromising comfort and/or utility. Which is bad. Kyushu Railway needs to bear in mind the passengers just a bit more.
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Old May 2nd, 2015, 02:17 PM   #1825
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I wish the other JRs paid as much attention to design an detail as JR Kyushu does - many of the Shinkansen stations could do with a serious facelift.
Saying that, JR West seems to have done a really good job on a few stations that I have been through - JR Nara station is excellent, for example, and also embraces natural materials, which made it feel a lot better. Plus the new upgrade of Shin-Osaka station really shows that they are taking aesthetics into consideration far more these days. It's the best way to compete against low-cost airlines - make the rail passenger feel a bit more "special".
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Old May 5th, 2015, 10:22 AM   #1826
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The new unit E353 Super Azusa will enter in service this fall. Designer Ken Okuyama shows more renders and details of the new train:

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Old May 5th, 2015, 09:46 PM   #1827
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Compilation of all JR East Shinkansen at Tokyo station, from E2 series (1997) to E7 / W7 series (2014)

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Old May 6th, 2015, 04:30 AM   #1828
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Hakata station

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Old May 6th, 2015, 04:59 AM   #1829
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Only one thing though: I haven't heard who will do the final assembly of the new E353 trainsets. Will it be J-TREC in Yokohama? Hitachi in Kudamatsu southeast of JR West Tokuyama Station? or Kinki Sharyo in the Osaka area?
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Old May 6th, 2015, 11:54 AM   #1830
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That's because nobody here in Japan outside of JR-E and the builders knows anything about it either.
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Old May 6th, 2015, 11:58 AM   #1831
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many of the Shinkansen stations could do with a serious facelift.
How would that help the bottom line of the railway? I would rather they spend money on rolling stock or extending services.
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Old May 6th, 2015, 01:22 PM   #1832
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It would improve the overall passenger experience, which just happens to also include the time spent at stations.
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Old May 6th, 2015, 04:06 PM   #1833
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Hakata station

My, that place is amazing.

Why, it even has its very own train station attached!
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Old May 15th, 2015, 12:11 PM   #1834
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JR-East to introduce new resort train



This new tourist train named "Risotto Shirakami". Based on diesel-hybrid HB-E300 Series, is planned to start services in Akita and Aomori Prefectures by July 2016.

The "Risotto Shirakami" will run through the Ou Main Line and Gono Line between Akita and Hirosaki (Aomori Prefecture).



The train design will be mabe by the team of Ken Okuyama.

Source: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/05/14/415/


HB-E300 series in service:


2-car Resort View Furusato


2-car Resort Asunaro




4-car Resort Shirakami - Aoike

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That looks super awesome, but getting a seat in the cool little mini cafe is gonna be nigh-well impossible... ><
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I wouldn't be surprised that a variant of the HB-E300 shows up on other JR Group lines over the next ten years. There are many rail lines well-suited for tourist trains all over Japan and the sight of one running in Shikoku or Kyushu makes a lot of sense.
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Old May 18th, 2015, 08:47 PM   #1837
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New program of Japan Railway Journal on NHK Work. The topic of this month is the third sector railway, an interesting overview of the Isumi Railway in Chiba Prefecture.

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Isumi Railway: There's Nothing Here!

Most Third Sector railways are former nationally owned lines in rural areas that run at a loss. Recently, Isumi Railway decided on a new strategy to change this. In 2009, they opened their doors to the public to hire a president. They chose a former international airline operations manager, who is also a hardcore rail fan. Discover how his unique perspective and unconventional ideas lead to the revival of the Isumi Railway.
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Old May 19th, 2015, 05:20 AM   #1838
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For those interested, here is a zenmen tenbou (cab view) video of the trip on the Isumi Railway from Ohara to Kazusa-Nakano Station, taken from the only extant KiHa 28 DMU trainset still operational in Japan:



This is the rail line discussed in detail on the third episode of Japan Railway Journal.
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Old May 19th, 2015, 08:33 AM   #1839
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I wouldn't be surprised that a variant of the HB-E300 shows up on other JR Group lines over the next ten years. There are many rail lines well-suited for tourist trains all over Japan and the sight of one running in Shikoku or Kyushu makes a lot of sense.
I doubt it. The HB-E300 is a JR East design and the rights to the design are owned by the railway. JR West or JR Shikoku would likely go with Kinki Sharyo's SMART BEST battery emu (BEMU). JR Kyushu would likely design their own unit, perhaps in collaboration with Hitachi.
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Old May 22nd, 2015, 04:46 PM   #1840
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From Railway Gazette:

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JR East calls international tenders for DEMU fleet
22 May 2015



JAPAN: East Japan Railway announced on May 19 that it is calling international tenders for a fleet of diesel-electric multiple-units to operate services on non-electrified lines, with between 150 and 200 trainsets to be ordered in the coming years.

Bids are due by July 24 for an initial build of 63 vehicles to form 19 single-car and 22 two-car trainsets which will be deployed on services around Niigata and Akita. JR East said it hoped ‘to see many applications from all over the world and to engage in dialogue with top-class manufacturers’. However, the railway emphasises that this is not intended as a framework contract for the entire programme and any further orders ‘will be procured separately’

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