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Old May 25th, 2015, 02:20 PM   #1841
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JR-East to introduce new resort train

I am all for creative freedom, but a fireplace and a fake tree.
Is there any function at all or are they just 'pretty'?
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Old May 26th, 2015, 08:16 AM   #1842
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Just interior touches to make it look like a cafe. It's a tourist train, after all, and has to attract people who otherwise wouldn't visit by train.
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Old June 25th, 2015, 03:33 AM   #1843
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Old June 25th, 2015, 01:07 PM   #1844
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Actually I think it's positive to add art into trains. Though my first thought is to outsource to Starbucks and invest in pretty toilets. (Or does Japan already have pretty toilets and I've forgotten?).

On E353, I think it's a bit underwhelming. I find several HSR trains in Europe to have better designs as far as exteriors.
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Old June 26th, 2015, 04:56 AM   #1845
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On E353, I think it's a bit underwhelming. I find several HSR trains in Europe to have better designs as far as exteriors.
Apples to oranges. The E353 is not an HSR design, and has to meet a different service requirement than HSR. How many recent European long distance EMU designs incorporate a working, reliable gangway connection between cab units?

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Old July 5th, 2015, 02:02 PM   #1846
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Old July 7th, 2015, 02:23 AM   #1847
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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:



Source: http://www.kenokuyamadesign.com/main/?page_id=4897
Wow... that is a gorgeous train.
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Old July 10th, 2015, 10:59 AM   #1848
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Russia - Sakhalin - Japan rail link is back?

According to a news report from Asahi Shimbun (2013), in 2016 Russians will start to construct the mainland Russia - Sakhalin link over the Mamiya Strait.

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Russian Far East railway project may extend to Hokkaido

By DAISUKE NISHIMURA/ Correspondent

VLADIVOSTOK--Russia plans to build a railroad that links Eurasia with Sakhalin Island and may eventually reach Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.

The Sakhalin Oblast government has already held a meeting with Japan’s land ministry about the project, according to the Itar-Tass news agency.

The Ministry for Development of Russian Far East said June 3 that construction will start in 2016 on the 580-kilometer railroad that will connect Selikhino in the Khabarovsk region and Nysh in Sakhalin. A bridge will be built over the 7.3-km narrowest part of the Mamiya Strait, which is also known as the Tatar Strait.

The total cost of the project is estimated at more than 1 trillion yen ($10 billion).

“The construction of the bridge that links the island with the continent is an important point for the development of Sakhalin Oblast,” local media quoted Viktor Ishayev, minister of Far East development, as saying in late May. “There is a possibility that (Sakhalin) will be connected with Japan in the future.”

Ishayev made the comments during a visit to the Sakhalin Oblast capital of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Connecting the railway to Hokkaido would require an undersea tunnel or another bridge.

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This week Tokyo holds an International High Speed Railway Congress, the Russian Railways chief executive officer declared to the Russian media the possibility of a potential rail link between Sakhalin Island and Hokkaido under the Sōya Strait.

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Russia keen on rail link to Japan via Hokkaido

TOKYO, July 7, 2015:

Creating rail communication between Russia’s island of Sakhalin in the Far East and Japan’s Hokkaido island is technically possible, Russian Railways chief executive officer Vladimir Yakunin said yesterday.

“It is technically possible. Japanese and Russian companies are interested in it,” Russia’s TASS news agency quoted Yakunin as saying.

He did not rule out the possibility of using Japanese Shinkansen trains in the Russian Far East, in case a line of high-speed rail communication is built.

“We are studying Japanese advanced technologies in the railway communication sector.”

The 9th World Congress on High Speed Rail kicks off today in Tokyo. Over 1,000 representatives of international companies in the railway sector are attending.

Vladimir Yakunin is one of the chairmen of the congress and will give a speech at the opening. Prior to his trip Yakunin already spoke about the railway connection between the two countries.

“I will talk about the possibility of a railway connection between Russia and Japan if I have the chance. This is a well-known topic about passing through the Nevelskoy Strait and further to Hokkaido,” Yakunin said.

Moreover, he noted the prospects of cooperation with Japan in creating the high-speed railroad Moscow-Kazan.
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The question now is know the Japanese posture about this project and the potential improvements on the Sōya Main Line.
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Old July 10th, 2015, 06:33 PM   #1849
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This is awesome, I love the varying layout, I wish we had this in europe with the various different types of beds and showers. I feel the sleeper trains in Poland are not as awesome as this.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 12:35 PM   #1850
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Old July 25th, 2015, 04:39 AM   #1851
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And now, courtesy of Tetsudo Shimbun, here's the first clear view of the new JR East E353 trainset that will eventually take over the Azusa/Super Azusa services from the retiring E351 trainset:



(EDIT: The original article from Tetsudo Shimbun is here: http://tetsudo-shimbun.com/article/topic/e353.html)
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Old July 25th, 2015, 04:59 AM   #1852
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And now, courtesy of Tetsudo Shimbun, here's the first clear view of the new JR East E353 trainset that will eventually take over the Azusa/Super Azusa services from the retiring E351 trainset:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usfiAsWR4qU
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Old July 26th, 2015, 03:18 AM   #1853
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Here's a longer video of the new JR East E353 trainset, courtesy of YouTube member karibajct:

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Old July 27th, 2015, 01:45 PM   #1854
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Is there a particular reason why Japanese trains often have many windshield wipers, which for a large part also cover the same area?
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Old July 27th, 2015, 11:09 PM   #1855
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Is there a particular reason why Japanese trains often have many windshield wipers, which for a large part also cover the same area?
To make sure that everything is squeaky clean!

Actually, I imagine that there is some sort of regulation on windshield wipers pertaining to size and shape of windshield.
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Old July 28th, 2015, 01:41 AM   #1856
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Is there a particular reason why Japanese trains often have many windshield wipers, which for a large part also cover the same area?
There's a reason for this: the ability to operate in snowy conditions.

We forget in the Sea of Japan coastline of Honshu and in Hokkaido, snowfall amounts during the winter from storms coming in from Siberia can be VERY high. As such, the ability of windshields to operate in such wintry conditions are mandatory. On the new E353 trainset, there are multiple wipers for the cab windows because the Chūō Main Line (where this trainset will primarily travel) west of the city of Hachioji goes through the Japan Alps, an area of sometimes quite large snowstorms in January and February.
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Old July 29th, 2015, 10:18 AM   #1857
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E353 first test run

Today, the 29 of July, the E353 make it first run from Matsumoto to Okaya along the Shinonoi and Chuo Line.

Photos: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/07/29/368/

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Old July 29th, 2015, 10:22 AM   #1858
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I'm always curious, in newer much more aerodynamic EMUs how do you place the driver's position right above the carriage connection corridor? The driver's cabin is much lower now and if he sits in the middle what does it look like down below? Anyone has the interior picture of that particular area, or diagram for it?
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Old July 29th, 2015, 10:37 AM   #1859
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More of JR East E259 series


Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/
With gangway open, at Kamakura Car Center.


Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/
Operator cab is located high up. The path to the right leads to the gangway when the trains operate in 6+6 configuration.
If you prefer:

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Old July 29th, 2015, 08:04 PM   #1860
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Thanks a lot, that clarified things.
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