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Old October 2nd, 2015, 03:07 AM   #7401
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This is of course supplemented by an extensive bus network too, so all in all Kyoto doesn't need much else at present - especially given the greying of the population there.
Old folks use public transport, too.
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Old October 2nd, 2015, 03:16 AM   #7402
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These are all proposals that have been raised over the years. MLIT analyzed a "long list" of 37 projects in the Tokyo area and found seven that warrant "priority further study" and 14 more that warrant study.

The JR link from Tamachi (and Rinkai Line and Saikyo line) to Haneda made the list, but not the Keisei-Kekyu plan to link Haneda and Narita via Tokyo Station.

Instead of the Yurikamome extension, they seem to prefer a new subway from the Ginza area to Ariake area. That was on the "study" list; Yurikamome was not.

I am not sure exactly how infrastructure planning works in Japan but I think this would not preclude private investors from investing in something though.
I seem to recall a post somewhere in this thread about the groundbreaking for the Yurikamome Line extension. Am I mistaken?
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Old October 2nd, 2015, 05:49 AM   #7403
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re. Kyoto, there has been talk of reintroducing street railways in the form of low floor LRT:
http://cyclekyoto.blogspot.jp/2013/0...ight-rail.html
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Old October 2nd, 2015, 09:44 AM   #7404
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So basically replacing quite a few of the bus routes? Quite a few of those bus routes run along comparatively small streets though...
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Old October 2nd, 2015, 10:04 AM   #7405
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One of the complaints I have read about constructing LRT on existing city streets was from store owners, who are afraid construction would obstruct their business- typical short-sighted complaints you hear anywhere in the world. Many of the main streets in Kyoto are quite wide, IIRC. The fact that Kyoto is built on a grid pattern actually makes it quite suitable for a high frequency bus system though, as it allows convenient transfers at major intersections.
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Old October 2nd, 2015, 02:52 PM   #7406
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Actually the reason most if Kyoto's boulevards are so wide is because they had streetcars in the medians up until the late ĺ70s.

Horikawa-dori, Karasuma-dori, Sanjo, Shijo, Gojo, and Kawaramachi-dori could see a comeback of the tracks. Higashi Oji Dori in Gion too.
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Old October 3rd, 2015, 06:11 PM   #7407
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Keio inspector train "DAX" and Keio 8000-series "TAKAO promotion"

Keio Railway presented its new inspector train KuYa 900 "DAX" (Dynamic Analytical eXpress). This is a three cars set based on 9000 series.





Source: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/09/24/515/


"DAX":




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On September 30 Keio Railway has started the operations of the repainted 8000 series in green (like retired 2000 series). This train is used by the "TAKAO promotion" campaign.


Wikipedia Keio 2000 Series 1956 - 2000

Mount Takao is a famous spot west Tokyo with many trails, temples and perfect for a day trip. Also, a couple of different transit systems are available to be used there:



The train painted in green incorpores the silhouette of the Mount Takao in four colors representing the four seasons of the year.











Source: http://tetsudo-shimbun.com/headline/entry-492.html / http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/09/30/515/


8000 series "Takao promotion":

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Old October 4th, 2015, 12:11 AM   #7408
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re. Kyoto, there has been talk of reintroducing street railways in the form of low floor LRT:
http://cyclekyoto.blogspot.jp/2013/0...ight-rail.html
I'm not sure this project is going anywhere soon: it's a proposal that pops out every now an then, but since its first emergence ten years ago no tangible move has been taken (neither in planning, approval nor found rising activities, AFAIK).
In fact, after the successful opening of Toyama Light Rail╣ in the mid-00s, the whole Japan was taken by a mild tram fever that has led to new line proposals in several cities; but it seems nothing more than a flash in the pan: none of these ideas has so far taken shape and only one (Utsonomiya) appears to have any chance of realization.
Conversely, almost all existing networks (with the sad exception of Gifu, closed in 2005) experienced some degree of “tramway renaissance”: new low floor vehicles purchasing, new tracks laying, various kind of recovery and promotional campaigns and also a trend reversal in patronage figures, after long years of decline.


the only line that could be named LRT according to what this word usually means in North America, since light rail or LRT in Japanese is more or less a synonym of modern tram.
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Old October 8th, 2015, 08:31 PM   #7409
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First two 3-car set 733-1000 for the Hakodate Liner service (JR Hokkaido) leaving the Kawasaki Heavy Industries plant in Kobe area yesterday:

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Old October 17th, 2015, 05:54 PM   #7410
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News compilation:

Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station redevelopment

In september, the Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station was re-inaugurated after the modernization of the facilities. This is a station served by the Tenjin Ōmuta Line in Yanagawa (Fukuoka). The station has a layout of four tracks and two island platforms in order to allow the local, express and Limited express trains that stops here.

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Formerly the station had the facilities (station building) at ground level, to optimize has built a new station located in the same bridge together with the commercial space.

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Source: http://wao-archi.com/project/project.../yanagawa.html
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Old October 17th, 2015, 05:55 PM   #7411
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Keihan Express premium car

Keihan has announced recently the partial refurbishment of the 8000 series EMU. This is the train model for the Limited Express services and now, Keihan is trying to incorporate an extra fare in one of the eight cars.

The idea is to create a premium wagon using the car number 6.

1. Features of the new service.

A total of 10 cars number 6 of the 10 8-car set Keihan 8000 Series will be refurbished and named "Keihan Express premium car" with more personal space and more comfortable ambience.

Seats can be reserved previously.

Each car will pass from two to one door per side.





Also, the "Keihan Express premium car" will have personal crew.

2. Comissioning.

Keihan plans is to introduce the service by first half of FY 2017. During the refurbishment the current 8-car formation will run in 7-car formation.



3. Inversion
The cost of the reform is close to 1.6 billion yen.

Source: https://www.keihan.co.jp/info/upload...remium-car.pdf


8000 Series (current):



A few weeks ago celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the Keihan Express service:

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Old October 17th, 2015, 05:56 PM   #7412
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Nippori-Toneri Liner new 330 Series

The new automatic trainset started the service last weekend. The trains manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has a large capacity comparing the 300 Series. +97 standing people (245 to 342) with the same number of cars, five.

Trains are less heavy due the double aluminum body. Uses a new T-Smover bogie limiting the noise and vibrations.

Inauguration day the 10 of October:









Photos: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/10/10/245/

A few days before, the company held a press visit to the depot.











The priority seats are marked by pink moquette, 22 seats available in total.



CCTV system.



Space for two wheelchairs.



In terms of lighting, as usual the train uses LED system. The information is provided by 15'' screens, and the doors has changed from one to two leafs, like in the new Yurikamome trains.

Photos: http://tetsudo-shimbun.com/article/topic/entry-507.html


From the Youtube user karibajct:

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Old October 20th, 2015, 03:33 PM   #7413
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Two maps on urbanrail.net are improved - Sendai map:



And Fukuoka:

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Old October 22nd, 2015, 03:24 PM   #7414
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What is the primary purpose of the weak air-conditioning cars? Saving electricity or warming the bones of cranky old grannies?
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Old October 29th, 2015, 09:05 PM   #7415
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What is the primary purpose of the weak air-conditioning cars? Saving electricity or warming the bones of cranky old grannies?
Seconded....
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Old October 30th, 2015, 12:14 AM   #7416
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What is the primary purpose of the weak air-conditioning cars? Saving electricity or warming the bones of cranky old grannies?
Some people really, really don't like aircon. I personally quite like air conditioning, but others in Europe seem to hate it judging from its lack of installation in large parts of the continent.
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The purpose of weak aircon is to cater to passengers who have poor circulation (primarily women). Also Asians have lower outer body temperatures than Caucasians and Blacks (hence the tshirted N. American tourists in mid-winter Tokyo). This is why you often find throw blankets in cafes and restaurants in Japan even in the height of summer.
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After the first section of the Hokkaido Shinkansen is built next March, JR's Esashi Line will be transferred to the South Hokkaido Railway Company, and JR's Hakucho and Super Hakucho trains from Shin-Aomori to Hakodate will be stopped. Does anyone know if after that, people can still use the Seishun 18 Kippu from Honshu to Hokkaido, since there will be no more local JR train services from the Seikan Tunnel to Hakodate?
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Probably not.

BTW JR East modifies the JR Kanto Area Pass converting it in the new JR Tokyo Wide Pass from December 18, 2015.

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/tokyowidepass/index.html

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...The JR TOKYO Wide Pass is a discounted pass for unlimited rides in Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto area. Valid for three days, the pass is good for unlimited rides using reserved seats on ordinary cars on Shinkansen, limited express and other trains in the valid use area. The JR TOKYO Wide Pass makes it easy to visit popular tourist destinations such as Mt. Fuji, Izu and Karuizawa, GALA Yuzawa.
Even more convenient than before with the addition of Echigo-Yuzawa and GALA Yuzawa Stations (Service from Echigo-Yuzawa Station to GALA Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen is available only between Saturday, December 19, 2015, and Sunday, May 8, 2016.)...
Well, basically an excuse to rise the price from 8000 to 10000 yen only adding the Echigo / GALA Yuzawa extension, Doai - Echigo-Yuzawa, and the Rinkai Line.

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Old November 1st, 2015, 04:01 PM   #7420
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After the first section of the Hokkaido Shinkansen is built next March, JR's Esashi Line will be transferred to the South Hokkaido Railway Company, and JR's Hakucho and Super Hakucho trains from Shin-Aomori to Hakodate will be stopped. Does anyone know if after that, people can still use the Seishun 18 Kippu from Honshu to Hokkaido, since there will be no more local JR train services from the Seikan Tunnel to Hakodate?
As it is now, then you are allowed to travel on these third section lines with the Seishun 18 Kippu in some cases, though you are only allowed to get on and of at certain stations. Same thing goes with the Limited Expresses, where you are only allowed to ride on some sections where there are no local trains, such as the Seikan Tunnel.
In the end they may allow you to ride the Shinkansen between Oku-Tsugaru-Imabetsu and Kikonai, and in Kikonai get on the South Hokkaido Railway and go to Goryōkaku where you transfer to JR Hokkaido trains. We just have to wait and see what they do.

A question is though, is there a ferry between Aomori and Hakodate they might be able to include instead, to make it easier for everyone?
I thought about this since FML took the ferry on his epic Seishun 18 Kippu journey he made a travel report on here on SSC.
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