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Old August 15th, 2015, 10:28 AM   #7361
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Old August 16th, 2015, 12:40 PM   #7362
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Keiō Line 7,2km grade separation project

Keio Corporation has announced the elevation of 7,2 kilometers of the Keiō Line between Sasazuka and Sengawa stations. The project will affect a total of six level crosses and the Daitabashi, Meidaimae, Shimo-Takaido, Sakurajōsui, Kami-Kitazawa, Roka-kōen and Chitose-Karasuyama stations. Hachimanyama Station was already elevated.



Apparently, preparation works has started and is planned to be completed by 2022.

http://mtkarasu.exblog.jp/24152002/
http://www.keio.co.jp/press/news/1506/index.html#page=1

Recent shots between Daitabashi and Meidamae (transfer for Keio Inokashira Line, all trains stops here) http://blog.livedoor.jp/densuki7/













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Old August 17th, 2015, 03:42 AM   #7363
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With the tetrapods - of course they are necessary in some places, but there are hundreds - even thousands of locations where they've been thrown about despite the fact that there is no requirement for them. Japanese-style pork barrel politics at its finest. (But this is an aside - Japan's wasteful spending on unnecessary public works is something that leaves me disproportionately angry.)

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I agree with something meanigless concrete construction in mountains and other ugly advertisement boards. I mean the things which have nothing to do with disaster

large loads in countryside, skycrapers in countryside and etc




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Old August 17th, 2015, 04:03 AM   #7364
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Old August 17th, 2015, 05:03 AM   #7365
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Old August 20th, 2015, 06:34 PM   #7366
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Summer video footage of the new JR West 227 series "Red Wing" for the Hiroshima commuter network:

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Old August 24th, 2015, 03:02 PM   #7367
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Seibu to introduce new rolling stock



Seibu has announced today the 24th of August the introduction of the new 40000 Series from spring 2017.

The new train is based on current 30000 Series. The first order includes 80 cars (8 10-car set) manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

The body car will be made by aluminium alloy. Includes IGBT-VVVF inverter, PMSM motor and full-LED in order to save the 40% of energy. The color will include the green mountain and blue sky (plus grey and yellow).





The seat distribution will be similar to the existing in Tobu Tojo Liner and some Keihan train with different distribution according the moment of the day or the type of service. Also, a new distribution on the ends:





Source: http://response.jp/article/2015/08/24/258532.html
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Old August 26th, 2015, 06:04 PM   #7368
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WOW!

I wonder who will be building it though? Hitachi, Kawasaki or J-TREC?

Also, since there's no end door, I guess this won't serve on Fukutoshin/Yurakucho direct services either.

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Found it-- Kawasaki is the builder of the train, first one will show up in 2017.

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Old August 26th, 2015, 07:00 PM   #7369
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There DOES seem to be an end door. And is it just me, or does this look like the E217 series?
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Old August 26th, 2015, 07:27 PM   #7370
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Indeed, the "Smile Train" 30000 series "revamped" in terms of exterior... that larger windows for the wheelchair spaces behind the driver's cabin is a new thing too, i've never saw that kind of design elsewhere... A second window design that i find "unique", the first was the three window panes on the Tokyo Metro's variant of 10000(?) series.

It said that there was 2 types of seating plan, does it means that a trainset could be mixed between those 2 seating types like the green class one? or an entirely one seating plan for each trainset who serve a certain different lines? And then how about the 30000 series, does they also have that "suburban-style" forward facing seats too on some units or trainsets or they are entirely "commuter-style" longitudinal bench seats?

And yes, perhaps IMO no interruning services to Metro lines due to absence of Gangway doors at cab ends, but who knows there would be some variants that will be constructed later on for that purpose (like the one did on JR E231, the E231-800 series, who at a time had run interruning services to Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, or perhaps other lines)
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Old August 30th, 2015, 12:42 PM   #7371
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Refurbishment of the Meitetsu 1200 Series "Panorama Super"

Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) has presented the first 1200 series "Panorama Super" (introduced in 1988) refurbished. A total of 18 cars (3 6-car set) will pass the reform.

The main differences are aesthetic: More read instead white. Black color near the windows mark. Inside, new seat moquette, western style toilets and introduction of HD LED monitors.

Source: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/08/29/036/

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Other news from Meitetsu. In April and May of 2015, two trains from a new batch of the 3100 series (2004) were introduced. These trains presents a different design from the originals:

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Old August 30th, 2015, 08:43 PM   #7372
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JR EAST Tokyo Railcar Center Summer Expo!

Kind of late, but I was really busy over the past few weeks, so please forgive.



This is the place where most of JR's Kanto-area fleet gets major service done, and the WHOLE PLACE was opened up to railfans for FREE on August 23rd.

Of course there were trains galore, and every current model in the fleet was on display...


And this puppy was also out on the rails for us to check out as well!


And every piece of equipment that goes into building, running, and keeping things smooth, was also thoroughly displayed and explained.




If you needed a ride something on the tracks, they had you covered here too!


Check out my entire album right here. If you have any questions, just ask!
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Old August 31st, 2015, 04:03 AM   #7373
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This is the passion of Japanese people for trains.

Here in West, these scenes are impossible.
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Old August 31st, 2015, 11:59 AM   #7374
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The event was even featured on a national TV special broadcast this Sunday covering railfan events and railway topics in general.
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 06:55 PM   #7375
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New 8300 Series

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Nankai Electric Railway has announced the incorporation of new trains by autumn 2015.

A total of 20 cars (four five-cars unit) will enter in service on Nankai Main Line, Airport Line and Wakayamako Line.

This trains will be similar to the current 8000 and 8200 series.

The dimensions ares 20,765mm (length) × 2,830mm (width) × 4,140mm (height).

The capacity of the cars are 47 seating / 94 standing on end cars and 55 seating / 98 standing on intermediate cars.

Company will introduce LCD screen to provide information in four languages (japanese, english, chinese and korean).

Also full LED lighting to save 50% of energy.

Source: http://www.nankai.co.jp/library/comp...pdf/150325.pdf
Well, here the first set made by Kinki Sharyo was delivered to Nankai and the company held a photo session of the new train. Very Tokyo-style but I don't like the seat disposition with a single cushion for three and four persons.

The photos from http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/09/02/654/ where you can see more.

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Old September 5th, 2015, 08:15 PM   #7376
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Is it me, or have I noticed that the JR companies and many private railways have announced or introduced new passenger trainsets in the last 18 months? Is this part of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's stimulus plan, or is it because of the need for new and substantially refurbished trainsets in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics?
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Old September 5th, 2015, 08:46 PM   #7377
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Maybe the 2020 is a good excuse. Of course in other cases the extension of the through service and the standardization of the rolling stock in order to install platforms doors are good excuses too.

But I think with the high number of rail companies the introduction of new rolling stock in Tokyo area is a constant.
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Old September 6th, 2015, 07:02 PM   #7378
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But I think with the high number of rail companies the introduction of new rolling stock in Tokyo area is a constant.
Well, I've noticed that happening in other parts of Japan, too. JR West is rolling out a lot of new model trainsets recently--the new 227 for (likely) operations west of Himeji and the new 323 for the Osaka Loop Line (and maybe the Osaka Higashi Line). When even Shizuoka Railway is introducing new trainsets starting next year, it appears that there's been an uptick in rolling stock replacement activity.
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Old September 6th, 2015, 07:07 PM   #7379
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Yeah, JR East's E231s are nearing the end of their service life (no doubt they'll be popping up elsewhere though) and so the Yamanote and maybe Sobu lines will get new sets.

Tokyu Meguro/Tokyo Metro Namboku/Toei Mita lines will get new 8 car sets to coinside with the Tokyu-Sotetsu Shin Yokohama connection in 2019... no doubt they'll be more coming.
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Old September 6th, 2015, 07:39 PM   #7380
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Also the new rolling stock for the Hibiya Line and Tobu Skytree Line (13000 series and 70000 series) in order to standardize the rolling stock and install platforms doors in the Metro.
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