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Old September 20th, 2014, 02:25 PM   #7061
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The City of Sendai Transport Office announced last week that in late September will arrive the first unit of the new 2000 Series for Sendai Subway Tozai Line at the Arai base.

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A total of 60 cars will be produced, fifteen four-car trains set.



Some photos of the new trains during the production. Facebook Sendai Subway Tozai Subway.







In the same place you can find photos of the construction work. Some recent pics of Arai Station and near Kokusai Center.

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Kokusai Center render



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Old September 22nd, 2014, 11:11 PM   #7062
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I'm glad to see awesome progress for the Sendai Subway Tozai Line.......which will be the newest subway train line in Japan =)
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 12:05 PM   #7063
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JR East announces new trains for Niigata, Sendai areas
JR東日本に新型車両2形式 - E129系とディーゼルハイブリッド車両HB-E210系

http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2013/07/02/245/index.html

Official press release:
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2013/20130703.pdf

In addition to the new E233s for the Nambu Line in the Tōkyō area, JR East also announced two major rolling stock orders for its secondary service areas in Niigata and Sendai.

For Niigata, JR East will introduce a new series, the E129s, for its services in the Niigata region, including the Jōetsu Line (Minakami – Miyauchi), Shin’etsu Main Line (Naoetsu – Niigata), Uetsu Main Line (Niitsu – Murakami), Hakushin Line (Niigata – Shibata), Echigo Line (Kashiwazaki – Niigata), and Yahiko Line (Higashi-Sanjō – Yahiko). The order covers 30 2-car sets and 25 4-car sets for 160 cars total. Based on the size of the order, it seems that these new trains will replace all 115 series in the Niigata region, which will be a huge improvement for passengers, as these are JNR era trains. The new sets will enter service starting in FY2014.

The interior layout will be similar to the 115 series, with semi-transverse seating, but will include wider seats and various universal design improvements. The new trains will also have 15 to 20% more capacity than the 115 series, and consume a mere half of the electricity. Interior lighting will be all LEDs, consuming 40% less electricity than incandescent lighting. The trains will be specially designed to deal with the cold, snowy climate of Niigata.



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First images of the new unit.





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New JR West 227 series for Hiroshima area



JR West announced the introduction of a new set of trains for the Hiroshima area, the 227 Series.

A total of 279 cars, 64 trains in formation of three cars, and 42 trains in two cars formation will be manufactured. The aim is to replace the 115 series commuter trains currently used in San'yo, Kure and Kabe lines.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 12:27 PM   #7064
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Nice that the secondary metropolitan areas are getting new rolling stock too.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 06:49 PM   #7065
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Given that they're both replacing 115 series trains, is there any parts compatibility between these two designs? Can they run together? It seems a bit wasteful to have two completely separate designs to fulfill what seems to be largely the same purpose.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 06:58 PM   #7066
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Given that they're both replacing 115 series trains, is there any parts compatibility between these two designs? Can they run together? It seems a bit wasteful to have two completely separate designs to fulfill what seems to be largely the same purpose.
They're being used by two separate JR companies, though. I don't know if they coordinate on rolling stock between them, do they?
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Old September 25th, 2014, 03:04 AM   #7067
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Given that they're both replacing 115 series trains, is there any parts compatibility between these two designs? Can they run together? It seems a bit wasteful to have two completely separate designs to fulfill what seems to be largely the same purpose.
The answer is a definite NO. This isn't like the JNR days when one common trainset design was built for operations all over Japan.

The new E129 is based on the E233 EMU built by J-TREC and JR East's own Niitsu Rolling Stock Factory near Niigata; the new 227 is based on the 225 EMU built by Kinki Sharyo and KHI. I do think production of the E129 could be bigger than originally envisaged, since E129's could be used to replace the many aging 115's on the Chūō Main Line between Takao and Shiojiri Stations.
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Old September 26th, 2014, 11:12 AM   #7068
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Kintetsu-Nara Line elevation completed

The project was developed in Higashiōsaka city. 3,3 kilometers was elevated from the Kinki Highway bridge to Higashi-Hanazono Nara-bound connection with a rolling stock depot in the area.

Area: http://goo.gl/maps/bCvEc

The project affects three stations: Wakae-Iwata, Kawachi-Hanazono and Higashi-Hanazono.

In May 2010 was completed the elevation for the Nara-bound tracks and now, in September 2014 the oposite track (Osaka-bound).



· Higashi-Hanazono Station




Higashi-Hanazono view from Kawachi-Hanazono. The train is an express train for Osaka-Namba terminal.


Higashi-Hanazono Station. Two general tracks and two side tracks.

Appearance of the two station platforms.








LCD screens for the platforms information. Kintetsu prefers this than the typical madre with LED.


Waiting room.




Seats in the platform with screens for the wind.


Information pannel.


Vending Machines with Kintetsu Liners rugby team decoration.


Stairs.

Down to the lobby.


More stairs.


Lobby in the fare-area (is correct to say that to the lobby after pass the fare machines?)






Ticket machines and other information of the line and Kintetsu Network map.










Nara-bound straight. On the left, the connection to the rolling stock depot. The green wall on the right was the old Osaka-bound track.

Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-2716.html



· Kawachi-Hanazono Station

This is the "middle" station. Two general tracks and two platforms in every side. The Osaka-bound platform still incompleted.


Kawachi-Hanazono station coming from Wakaeiwata.






Typical design for a typical station.




The wall occupies the space for the automatic stair (エスカレーター). I suppose they need to remove the all tracks to continue the station works.








Lobby.


View to the Nara-bound side.


View to the Osaka-bound side.





Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-2714.html



· Wakae-Iwata Station

The last station of the three renovated.

This is the old station with platforms at ground level and underground lobby.


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New situation:


Connection between the current viaduct to the new.




Simply track design with two general tracks and two side platforms.


New platform is provisory narrow due little space between the station and buildings.






Only 1,5 meters.


This is a temporary walkway to connect the platform to the lobby.


Passing through the old platform...


And crossing the abandoned track.







Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-2713.html
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Old September 28th, 2014, 05:08 PM   #7069
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Today. New 227 series commuter for Hiroshima area leaving Kobe KHI plant (?) :



Firsts test runs:



And firsts pictures: http://mainichi.jp/graph/2014/09/26/...4000c/001.html
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Old September 30th, 2014, 05:45 AM   #7070
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 11:26 AM   #7071
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First cars of the new 2000 series for Sendai Subway Tozai Line arrived at Sendai port on October 1st.







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Old October 2nd, 2014, 11:34 AM   #7072
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Strangely retro yet modern at the same time. Will be good to see them on the tracks - always difficult to judge trains without seeing the whole set on the tracks themselves.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 12:54 PM   #7073
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E233-8000 for JR Nambu Line in operation



This Saturday October 4 the new trainsets for the JR Nambu Line start operations after a ceremony in Musashinakahara Station in Kawasaki.



Shortly before 9:40 am, scheduled departure time of the first unit, the ceremony was performed in presence of the stationmaster, the regional director of JR East in Kanagawa, the Kawasaki mayor and the director sales of J-TREC.

The new train enters commercial service coinciding with the celebration of the 85th anniversary of the Nambu Line in Kawasaki, city which crosses from east to west (16 of 26 mainline stations are in this city) and has a branch in the area near the harbor with three stations (also in the city of Kawasaki).

The JR-East E233 series is one of the largest in the group with many subsets. It was first introduced in 2006 at Chuo Line (Rapid).

In the case of the 8000 subseries for the Nambu Line, trains are six car units and 15 cm wider than the previous 205 series, and increases capacity by 10%. Lighting is LED type. During the year 2015 will enter service 35 new sets who replaces the oldest.

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Old October 5th, 2014, 12:55 PM   #7074
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E233-8000 Series


First train (N1) of E233-8000 Series. Like other trains of this series and others, the front panel made with LEDs shows the destination and name of the service line.


In a yellow box the type of train (local service).


Single-arm pantographs with an special security system:

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It's a device fitted to the pantographs that removes any built up snow (the snow that occasionally falls in the Kanto area is very wet and clingy).

The livery with the colors of the line (yellow, orange and brown) and the skyline of the Kawasaki city.


Interior image with customized tapestry.


Image of the cabin through the panorama window.


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Here some scenes in comercial service:

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Awesome to see the new rolling stock for this line. Will have to try it out when I'm next there.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 07:18 PM   #7076
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This is the last of the E233 series trains to enter service in Tokyo. The next series of new trains to enter Tokyo-area service will be the E235 series, the first of which will enter service on the JR East Yamanote Line in October 2015. I expect other E235 sub-series models to eventually replace the 205/209 EMU's on the JR East Musashino Line and JR East Chūō-Sōbu Line services by 2020.
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Old October 10th, 2014, 11:04 AM   #7078
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Hi. I have asked you before to give some context to your photographs (IE where they are, what they are, why they are interesting). Not only that but you MUST link to where you got them from if they are NOT your own. It is not enough to simply put the owners name at the bottom of the page.

If you do not do this your posts will be deleted. This is your final warning as I have told and told you time and time again.
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Old October 15th, 2014, 10:58 AM   #7079
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New 2000 series for the Sendai Subway Tozai Line in detail.













4 cars per set made by aluminum. Cars are short: 16,5 and 16,75 the end cars. Six seats between doors and four in the ends. 17 inches LDC monitor will provide information in four languages: japanese, english, chinese and korean.

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Very nice trains indeed! Looking forward to the opening of the line - it's fairly soon next year, right?
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