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Old July 30th, 2015, 03:39 AM   #1861
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As a general question directed to anyone in the know:

Given how much effort is put into stylizing the front ends of the trains, why is so little put in to keeping the airconditioning units in line with the roof - or hiding the under-train equipment? I don't buy the argument that it makes maintenance easier as it's literally just one extra flap to be opened / latch to be secured for access. Is it just corporate culture?
It seems so dissonant to have such a well designed front only to have wires and boxes everywhere once one looks further down the train.
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Old July 31st, 2015, 09:50 AM   #1862
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There are good information about Enoshima Electric Railway.
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Old August 2nd, 2015, 12:07 PM   #1863
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E353 train tour

There has not been a long wait to see the new E353 Super Azusa.



JR East Nagano Branch held a public visit this weekend to the delivered sets S201 (cars 1-3) and S101 (cars 4-12).

The concept for this train is to aim the traditional heritage and the dynamism of the future. The train conserves the characteristic "azusa violet" stream plus a new black stream and the background color "alpine white".

Inside the train, the "green car" (car 9) offers 30 seats. The interior aims the functionality and calidez while the standard cars are themed by the concept of the "Southern Alps and the clearness of the Azusa River" reflected on the seat's moquette. Both seats in Green and Standard Cars has two plugs for each seat and largest tables for portable computers.

The train has other facilites common on the trains manufactured recently such as automatic external defibrillators, CCTV system, multipurpose room, barrier-free toilets, indirect LED lighting and full-color LED indicators on each car, etc.

Also, the technical details. The train incorpores "air spring body tilt device" to improve the comfort.

Source / photos: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/08/02/090/

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Old August 2nd, 2015, 04:33 PM   #1864
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How is access to the control cab? Is it like Odakyu Romancecar?
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Old August 2nd, 2015, 05:15 PM   #1865
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Though I have to say that JR-East have really stepped up their game, all new limited express trains since the new Narita Express, have really blown me away. These are ones of the better looking trains out there.
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Old August 2nd, 2015, 09:27 PM   #1866
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These seem to use the same body shell as the E259 on NEX. Are they compatible in operation? In parts?

What about the N700 and 700 series Shinkansen? Could you recycle the basic shell of an intermediate car from the 300 or 700 series Shinkansen to the N700?
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 12:52 AM   #1867
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N700 is quite different, actually - they could be interchanged, but not without some significant modifications.
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 01:29 AM   #1868
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N700 is quite different, actually - they could be interchanged, but not without some significant modifications.
Not even the basic shell (walls, roof, floor, doors, etc.)?
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 03:48 AM   #1869
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The window sizes are different, the N700 has the panels between carriages, and on some carriages, there are different electrical systems on the roof. The carriage sizes and motors are also different.
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 05:37 PM   #1870
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There is no point in "interchangeability"-trainsets are built and financed on 20 year lifecycles. They would be scrapped before the opportunity would present itself. However, JR Tokai has been rebuilding its N700 trainsets into the N700A standard.
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 05:40 PM   #1871
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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?
It rains often and in large quantities in Japan.
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 05:54 PM   #1872
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As a general question directed to anyone in the know:

Given how much effort is put into stylizing the front ends of the trains, why is so little put in to keeping the airconditioning units in line with the roof - or hiding the under-train equipment? I don't buy the argument that it makes maintenance easier as it's literally just one extra flap to be opened / latch to be secured for access. Is it just corporate culture?
It seems so dissonant to have such a well designed front only to have wires and boxes everywhere once one looks further down the train.
All Japanese rolling stock is built for easy maintenance and high equipment availabilty- equipment failure is very rare. This is one reason Japanese railways have the best on time performance in the world. What happens when a piece of equipment needs examining out on the line but a damn flap gets in the way? That may mean an extra 10 minutes added to the delay. Also, Japan is a high platform country, so coverings reduce space for underfloor equipment-remember, the loading gauge is a restricting factor especially on curves in stations. Also, most people don't care about the stuff below coz they don't see it as they're more than a meter above the rail height.
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Old August 5th, 2015, 12:17 AM   #1873
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Some impressions from a rail journey on the Limited Express Hokuto Train between Hakodate and Sapporo on Hokkaido.

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Old August 6th, 2015, 08:25 PM   #1874
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JR Freight M250 "Super Rail Cargo". This is a high speed freight service (130 km/h max) owned by Sagawa Express and JR Freight. Connects the Tokyo Freight Terminal with the Ajikawaguchi Station (Osaka) in 6 hours.

Video footage taken in Osaka area.
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Old August 8th, 2015, 01:09 PM   #1876
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Is it me or does Japan tend to have less continuous welded tracks on its conventional rails? (not that I personally mind, it makes the train experience more authentic). Never travelled there but in some videos you can hear the non stop clickety clack.
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I don't think so. I've been looking for data, but back in 1996 they had quite extensively conducted continuous welding of railway tracks together. By now I would imagine that after 19 years it will be far more extensive.
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Old August 9th, 2015, 05:22 AM   #1878
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Is it me or does Japan tend to have less continuous welded tracks on its conventional rails? (not that I personally mind, it makes the train experience more authentic). Never travelled there but in some videos you can hear the non stop clickety clack.
Less than where? Most sections of mainline track are cwr, there are sections where jointed track is in use, such as in areas in stations and where there is extensive pointwork, where it makes for easier section replacement and allows expansion of rails- Japan gets summer temperatures above 30 degrees daily, and it's getting hotter.
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Old August 9th, 2015, 05:05 PM   #1879
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Less than where? Most sections of mainline track are cwr, there are sections where jointed track is in use, such as in areas in stations and where there is extensive pointwork, where it makes for easier section replacement and allows expansion of rails- Japan gets summer temperatures above 30 degrees daily, and it's getting hotter.
Less than Europe. It could be also that I saw rail videos from Tokyo to a greater extent. Even in Europe, in dense urban areas cwr is not used to such an extent.
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Less than Europe. It could be also that I saw rail videos from Tokyo to a greater extent. Even in Europe, in dense urban areas cwr is not used to such an extent.
Tokyo has lots of points so will have track breaks. In Tokyo, however, many lines in the city started to use ladder tracks on elevated sections. CWR is used there except at points of course.
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