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Old January 25th, 2012, 01:18 AM   #3241
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The Enoden logo is a stylized version of the character 江, short for Enoshima (江ノ島).

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Old January 25th, 2012, 02:10 AM   #3242
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That Enoden looks like a nice relaxed ride through suburban Japan.

They don't pack them to the gills like they do at Ikebukuro. :-)
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Old January 25th, 2012, 02:31 AM   #3243
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I wonder how many people notice the train in Randen colours, since the liveries are so similar. By the way, I found a photo of the Randen train in Enoden livery on Wikimedia Commons.

I noticed that some of the Enoden signs are pretty old school too. The Hase sign appears to have hand-drawn lettering - compare the shape of the G in "Gokurakuji" and "Yuigahama".
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Old January 25th, 2012, 09:45 AM   #3244
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They don't pack them to the gills like they do at Ikebukuro. :-)
Hm, it can get somewhat bad actually... There's some schools along the line and it's still a feeder for the JR lines at Ōfuna and Fujisawa, so during the weekdays it's got a regular "rush hour" like other lines, although probably not as bad as Ikebukuro. I've heard stories about really bad overcrowding on the weekends, though, when everybody is out visiting Kamakura and Enoshima. If you want to see the Great Buddha Statue, for example, Enoden is really the most convenient choice. The last time I went to Kamakura was on a weekend, and I remember the JR trains being quite crowded then... I timed my visit this trip on a weekday (Monday) since I wanted to avoid all the people.

The busiest the line ever gets is during Golden Week, when there's a series of consecutive holidays and they have to limit access to the platforms:
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I wonder how many people notice the train in Randen colours, since the liveries are so similar. By the way, I found a photo of the Randen train in Enoden livery on Wikimedia Commons.
Yes, that's the one. I doubt a lot of regular riders really notice, it's mostly just a promotion thing to get railfans from one area to visit the other. To be honest, neither livery is really fantastic, although the Randen colors do look a bit drab juxtaposed to the Enoden colors.

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I noticed that some of the Enoden signs are pretty old school too. The Hase sign appears to have hand-drawn lettering - compare the shape of the G in "Gokurakuji" and "Yuigahama".
Randen's got some similar old-school signs (I'll post them here later when I get to the Kyōto pics)... The two systems have a very similar feel, actually.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 09:54 AM   #3245
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Old January 25th, 2012, 02:56 PM   #3246
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Randen's got some similar old-school signs (I'll post them here later when I get to the Kyōto pics)... The two systems have a very similar feel, actually.
I saw your Randen pics in your massive travelogue thread and thought that it had the same running-through-backyards vibe as Enoden.

P.S. I first encountered Enoden in Akira Kurosawa's film High and Low, from 1963, where the railway is involved in a crucial plot development.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 08:03 PM   #3247
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Yeah, Kamakura / Enoshima / Shōnan area is a really popular setting for TV shows, movies, music, etc., and the Enoden is frequently part of that. I think this video by a railfan should help explain why the Enoden is so popular, even among non-railfans, at least better than my photos can... The scene @ 2:34 up the hill is the typical filming location, with the train and ocean in the background.

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Old January 25th, 2012, 08:09 PM   #3248
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Thanks quashlo for all you do on this blog! I frequent this page often looking forward to your updates!

I wanted to share a few pictures from my experience on a subway Green Car. I think my subway fare was about 10 US dollars and the upgrade was close to $10 so it was pretty expensive, but worth doing once for the experience!

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This is the upper level of the green car.
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This is the lower level of the green car.
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This is me enjoying some coffee and a snack.
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Can someone please explain this switch. I cannot figure out what type of vehicle would use this and if this operates or not.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #3249
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I wanted to share a few pictures from my experience on a subway Green Car. I think my subway fare was about 10 US dollars and the upgrade was close to $10 so it was pretty expensive, but worth doing once for the experience!
Yeah, a green car ride can be expensive, but if you've got money to spend, it's not such a bad thing. They're extremely popular during the rush hour, and it's often difficult to even find a seat in the green cars unless you are getting on from the stations further out. In these cases, you are entitled for a refund if you have a paper ticket. Suica makes it a bit less confusing, as you won't be assessed the green car surcharge unless you actually find a seat and tap your card to the overhead reader.

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Can someone please explain this switch. I cannot figure out what type of vehicle would use this and if this operates or not.
I'm not exactly sure on the terminology in English, but in Japanese, it's called a 横取り装置... You typically see these for short sidings used to store maintenance vehicles like grinders, etc. As these types of switches won't be used very often (only when the maintenance vehicle needs to go somewhere), there's no need to install an expensive moving switch, and you can avoid any comfort / speed / noise issues for regular trains.

If you look closely, you can see the three plates (two at the nose, plus another one near the bottom). These are held down by locks, but when released will spring up and rotate over like a hinge on top of the mainline tracks. The maintenance vehicle can then proceed atop the plates to get onto the mainline.

This is a good illustration... You can click the two pictures to see what it looks like when the plates are folded over onto the track.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 09:46 PM   #3250
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Wow, that is impressive. I can see it very clearly now so thanks for enlightening me! I have not seen that anywhere in the USA.

I love traveling to Japan! I think it is one of my favorite countries, other than the fact it is so expensive for Americans. I recently went to a small sushi restaurant in Narita thinking it would be less expensive than sushi in the States, and (with just one beer) my meal came to around $40!!! It was all 'a la carte', and I didn't think I ordered that much. I could've kicked myself, but it was delicious!
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Old January 26th, 2012, 03:28 AM   #3251
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Heading for Enoshima Station…
The unit in Randen colors bears a headmark advertising the “sister system” relationship between the two lines.

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Carbarn near Gokuraku-ji Station
This unit bears a wrap ad for local art event along the Enoden line.

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This is the view outside the window

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Mitsubishi electricals

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Single-track mixed-flow section makes for some really interesting operations…

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Enoshima Station

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More old-school signage

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There’s also some newer signage…

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There are three stations at Enoshima, one each for the Shōnan Monorail (Shōnan Enoshima Station), the Enoden (Enoshima Station), and the Odakyū Enoshima Line (Katase Enoshima Station). None of them are directly co-located, but the monorail station is a very short walk away from the Enoden Station, albeit quite high up.

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Next some snaps at the mixed-flow segment…

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It’s the unit in Randen colors again…

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Although I have no data, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s been a few accidents here in the past… The tracks follow a sharp “s” curve and the intersection has got an unusual, distorted layout which is a bit confusing at first.

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Since a large share of the fleet is older trains, you can still see a lot of double-arm pantographs… Of course, any new ones are the standard single-arm versions.

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Maybe a bit reminiscent of some of the scenes on the Keihan Keishin Line near Kyōto…

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Some stacked parking for a condo tower

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And the bike version…

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Some peeks into Katase Enoshima Station:

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Three tracks, two island platforms… A pretty standard terminal layout. The station is supposed to get pretty crowded during the sea-bathing season.

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There is limited direct service to Shinjuku… Most trains require a transfer at Machida or Sagami Ōno.

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