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Old August 26th, 2015, 11:16 AM   #1901
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Great shots Castermaild!

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A second public visit to the new E353 series trainset was held last weekend. This time is possible to show a detailed photo-report of the cab.

More: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/08/23/184/

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Old August 30th, 2015, 04:37 PM   #1902
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A freind of mine is planning to visit Japan, and hasn't decided anything yet. Would be a gr8 help if u guys give some advice.
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Old August 30th, 2015, 08:03 PM   #1903
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Old August 30th, 2015, 08:25 PM   #1904
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 09:34 AM   #1905
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Tama the cat: 3,000 attend elaborate funeral for Japan’s feline stationmaster

Japan’s most famous cat, who saved an obscure railway line in rural Wakayama prefecture from financial ruin, earns posthumous status of Shinto goddess
In an outpouring of grief usually reserved for the passing of a cultural icon, thousands turned out at the weekend to bid a final farewell to a cat credited with saving an obscure Japanese railway line from financial ruin.

An estimated 3,000 people, including railway officials, attended Tama the cat’s Shinto-style funeral on Sunday, days after she died of heart failure aged 16 – the equivalent of about 80 human years................

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Old September 2nd, 2015, 10:02 AM   #1906
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Poppoya(Railway man) (1999) eng sub
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Ikutora Station (幾寅駅 Ikutora-eki?) is a railway station on the Nemuro Main Line of JR Hokkaido located in Minamifurano, Hokkaidō, Japan. The station opened on December 6, 1902.
The station was used as fictional Horomai Station (幌舞駅) in Yasuo Furuhata's 1999 film Poppoya. The station building still hangs out a signboard of Horomai, not Ikutora, over the front entrance.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikutora_Station

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no video specified-please add video

Also, all bless Tama-megami-sama!!
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Old September 9th, 2015, 02:18 PM   #1908
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261-1000 Series to redesign



JR Hokkaido has announced today the changes on the appearance of the KiHa 261-1000 Series "Super Tokachi", the limited express service that connects Sapporo with Obihiro.

All trains of this series will incorporate the new design before the end of 2017.

Source: http://www.jrhokkaido.co.jp/press/2015/150909-1.pdf
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Old September 11th, 2015, 12:31 PM   #1909
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The new color scheme isn't amusing. Something inspired from E353 would've been better.
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Old September 13th, 2015, 06:45 PM   #1910
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Ome line (tachikawa station ⇔ Okutama sta.)


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Odakyu line( Odawara> Shinjuku)








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Old September 13th, 2015, 06:50 PM   #1912
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Keio Inokashira line..
Shibuya to Kichijoji

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Kominato line, Chiba





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Old September 14th, 2015, 05:15 AM   #1914
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Kurobe Gorge Railway. 20 km

" we do not guarantee of your life", it was ever written on the ticket.
it was made for constructing Kurobe dam

Unazuki 宇奈月 0.0 ●
Yanagibashi 柳橋 2.1 |
Moriishi 森石 5.1 |
Kuronagi 黒薙 6.5 ▲
Sasadaira 笹平 7.0 |
Dashidaira 出平 9.1 |
Nekomata 猫又 11.8 |
Kanetsuri 鐘釣 14.3 ●
Koyadaira 小屋平 17.5 |
Keyakidaira 欅平 20.1 ●
●:All trains stop ▲:Some trains stop|:Only technical stops




btw thereare some interesting railways in Toyama
Tateyama Sabō Erosion Control Works Service Train

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The line transports materials and workers for the construction/conservation of erosion control facilities of Jōganji River, such as dams. Unlike ordinary railways in Japan, the line is not regulated by the Railway Business Law nor the Tram Law, but by the Industrial Safety and Health Law. It means the line is not a public transportation, but solely a construction facility. However, the line is well known among railfans. This is one of few Japanese railways, or possibly the only surviving one, to use 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge track. Also, it is one of the lines with the largest number of railway zig zags in the world. Because of its historical significance, the line is registered as a Monument of Japan.[1]
History[edit]
Jōganji River, flowing from the Tateyama Mountains to the Toyama Bay, was known as a river with frequent floods and debris flows. In 1926, Home Ministry started to construct erosion control facilities for the river, including the railway line. The narrow gauge railway line between Senjugahara and Kanbadaira opened in 1929. A funicular was built between Kanbadaira and Mizutani in 1930, and a railway between Mizutani and Shiroiwa in the next year. The rail system stopped its operation during 1944 and 1948, because of World War II. During that period the funicular section collapsed and an aerial lift for the same section was built in 1951. In 1965, the same section was replaced by a normal railway, with 18 zig zags in a row. The whole route between Senjugahara and Shiroishi became a single railway line. The section between Mizutani and Shiroishi was later abandoned, and the line now operates between Senjugahara and Mizutani. During 1998 and 2007, the line was renovated with newer routes (tunnels), reducing railway zig zags.[citation needed]


Kurobe Senyō Railway 7km



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The Kurobe Senyō Railway (黒部専用鉄道 Kurobe Sen'yō Tetsudō?, "Kurobe Industrial Railway") is a Japanese, 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) narrow gauge industrial railway line in Toyama Prefecture, operated by Kansai Electric Power Company. There are two lines, namely Jōbu Track (上部軌道 Jōbu Kidō?) and Kuronagi Branch Line (黒薙支線 Kuronagi Shisen?). The two lines go to hydroelectric power plants of Kurobe River. These lines are basically not open to public. This article is mainly about Jōbu Track.

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The "High Temperature Tunnel" between Asohara and Sennindani
Jōbu Track runs from Keyakidaira-Jōbu to Kurobegawa No.4 Power Station-mae, and is a part of Kurobe Route, an industrial transportation route between Keyakidaira and Kurobe dam. From Keyakidaira, Kurobe Gorge Railway Main Line runs to Unazuki neighbouring Unazukionsen of Toyama Chihō Railway Main Line. As a counterpart the tunnels are divided into 42 parts by the Jōbu Track (literally meaning "Upper Track"), Kurobe Gorge Railway Main Line is sometimes called Kabu Track (下部軌道 Kabu Kidō?, "Lower Track").
The section between Keyakidaira and Sennindani was built in 1941 for the construction of Kurobegawa No.3 Power Station. The section between Sennindani and Kurobegawa No.4 Power Station-mae was built in 1963, for the construction of the said power station.
The construction of the section called High Temperature Tunnel (高熱隧道 Kōnetsu Zuidō?) was difficult. The temperature of rocks there was 160 °C (320 °F) at the time. It is now cooled off to 40 °C (104 °F).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurobe_Seny%C5%8D_Railway



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Old September 26th, 2015, 07:58 PM   #1915
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Refurbishment of the Thunderbird trains (681 and 683 series)

Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-2956.html and http://www.westjr.co.jp/press/articl...page_6729.html



JR West has announced on January 28 the refurbishment of the 681 and 683 series train "Thunderbird" from autumn 2015 to end of F7 2017.

Content:

- Improvement of comfort of Green Car seats (more softer).

- Review the design of seats and interior of the train. Unify the standard seats similar to 683-4000 (blue tones).

- All green car seats will have electrical outlets for notebook pc, mobile phones, etc. In standard class cars, seats at the car ends near the vestibules will have them. (thanks k.k.jetcar for the translation!)

- New toilet: heated seats and warm water.

- Women-only seats will be provided with throw blankets by summer of 2015. (thanks k.k.jetcar for the translation!)

- Review of the car body design. New logo will be added.



Green Car. The end walls are different in the render (black) respect the current.



Standard Car.



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JR West presented on 25 of September the first set refurbished. The renovation will finish by 2018.

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Old September 28th, 2015, 09:23 PM   #1916
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And this is how it looks the train:



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Old October 1st, 2015, 07:34 AM   #1917
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I wonder will the 681/683 refurbished trainsets have two features:

1. They retain the tilting mechanism to make them travel through curves faster.

2. They will introduce train announcements in both Japanese and English, especially now with many foreign tourists travelling to Kanazawa from Tokyo on the Hokuriku Shinkansen may continue to Osaka on the Thunderbird train.

Of course, the 681/683 trainsets will retain dual-voltage support, since just east of Tsuruga Station on the JR West Hokuriku Main Line is the change from 1500 V DC to 20,000 V AC 60 Hz overhead power.
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Old October 1st, 2015, 08:58 AM   #1918
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1. They retain the tilting mechanism to make them travel through curves faster.
They never had the feature in the first place.
http://www.kinkisharyo.co.jp/pdf/gih...W16_p55-57.pdf

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2. They will introduce train announcements in both Japanese and English, especially now with many foreign tourists travelling to Kanazawa from Tokyo on the ...
Depends on foreign tourist travel patterns. Western tourists tend to combine a visit to Kanazawa with one to the Shirakawa-go village, while Chinese tend to have shorter, more pinpoint itineraries, often using tour buses (with the requisite stop at a shopping mall or large drugstore). Anyway it's just a matter of swapping out a package in the PA system, easy-peasy.

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Old October 10th, 2015, 02:42 PM   #1919
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Here are two videos, courtesy of YouTube member ayokoi, of production JR Shikoku 8600 Series EMU's being shipped out on October 8, 2015 from Kawasaki Heavy Industries' Hyogo plant to Takamatsu:

Pulled out of KHI Hyogo plant by a DE10 diesel-hydraulic locomotive:



Being shipped west on JR West San'yō Main Line with an EF65 electric locomotive in the lead:



They will be primarily assigned to the Ishizuchi limited express train between Takamatsu and Matsuyama, replacing the aging 2000 Series DMU's.
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Old October 17th, 2015, 06:12 PM   #1920
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New episode of NHK Japan Railway Journal:

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In Japan, regions operating preserved steam locomotives benefit from vital boosts to the local economy. Discover the secrets behind making these historic workhorses invaluable tourist attractions, and how the practice is gaining popularity. Then meet the experts whose supreme skills preserve the precious boilers and maintain the engines, and see the 300 years of tradition behind the manufacture of a unique shovel specifically designed to efficiently scoop coal. Also, a special guest joining us this time is Rena Matsui, a successful former member of the popular idol group SKE48, and now she is pursuing her career as an actor.
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