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Old November 1st, 2015, 04:31 PM   #7421
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Yeah! It exist the Ferry service. An interesting alternative: http://jprail.com/travel-information...-hakodate.html
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Old November 1st, 2015, 07:15 PM   #7422
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Nice, though I thought it was a part of the Seishun deal, but it isn't, still a really cheap way to get between Aomori and Hakodate, so even if you have to pay extra for it then it isn't such a big deal at all.
And it only takes about an hour more than the trains (without counting the transfer times).
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 06:36 AM   #7423
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In 2004 I rode using the Seishun 18 ticket from Hiroshima to Wakkanai and back with two friends. (Well, we cheated by riding Hiroshima-Tokyo on the Shinkansen for the first day.)

Northbound we went through Morioka and Hachinohe to Aomori and actually used the ferry. Not because we had to, to make the timetables work, but because one of our group was a boat fanboy and plus because we all agreed it would be fun. The ferry terminal is about 5km from the train station so it is not convenient. We actually hitchhiked from the ferry terminal to the train station.

Southbound we took the train. We wound up taking a different southbound route, riding one of those all night specials through Akita.

Actually there are no local trains in the Seikan tunneo, only extra fare express trains; just there is a special exception in the rules governing Seishun 18 ticket allowing you to ride express trains for only the narrowest segment possible through the Seikan tunnel.

The only ferry that is included in the Seishun 18 ticket is the Miyajimaguchi-Miyajima ferry operated by JR West near Hiroshima.

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Old November 2nd, 2015, 11:15 AM   #7424
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I am thinking of one day using the Seishun 18 ticket from the Kansai area to Sapporo. I'll consider using the ferry for the section from Aomori to Hakodate, since it seems to be a lot simpler.
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 01:43 PM   #7425
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Also, does anyone know if the Kita-Osaka Kyuko Railway is being extended from Senri-Chuo to Shin-Minoo?
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Old November 7th, 2015, 01:00 PM   #7426
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Umeda Freight Line to underground



As Momo1435 posted on the GRAND FRONT OSAKA thread, JR West will start soon the construction of the new underground Umeda Freight Line including a new Osaka Station extension near the Osaka Station North Exit around the street corner:



The project consist in 2,4 kilometers of new tunnel and ramp access. Also a 4 track with 2 island platforms terminal.

With this construction there are no reason to start soon the rest of the overground project.

This is the map with the current track in gray and the new underground track in red dots and new station in yellow:





Personally I'm not fan of the whole project. Except the 4 tracks station, the rest is exactly the same with a single track from Nishi-Kujo where the Freight Line merges with the Osaka Loop Line. The transition consist in 365 meters from viaduct to tunnel near Fukushima Station where a grade crossing will be eliminated.


Fukushima Station

Next, an small portion of single track tunnel and then, the 830 meters of quadruple track of station with the progressive alignment under the street west of GRAND FRONT OSAKA (+715m double tunnel) and then, the approximation to the double track from the north.

Completion expected by 2022.

In the following video from March 2015 you can see the main points:



From the river in parallel with the Tokaido Main Line, the Tokaido Umeda Freight Line. At 2:37 the point that the tunnel ramp will start. Next a light brake waiting the Haruka Limited Express train. Around minute 5 on your left, the terrains to develop. Around minute 6 the approximate point where the tunnel begins on the southwest. 6:30 passing the Fukushima Station grade crossing and merging the Osaka Loop Line at 8:15.


Source: http://saitoshika-west.com/blog-entry-3402.html - http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com...1/jr-6c59.html - http://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/seisakuk...6_11_13_02.pdf - http://www.decn.co.jp/?p=49148 - Youtube Satosi Kouno

Well, the new four tracks will increase the capacity of the Osaka Station.
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Old November 7th, 2015, 04:56 PM   #7427
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Sotetsu 9000 series refurbishment plan



From 2016, the 9000 series EMU fleet is scheduled to undergo a programme of refurbishment. This will involve new interiors, including leather seat covers on the transverse seating bays, interior lighting that can be adjusted to suit day and night conditions, and a new exterior livery of "Yokohama navy blue".





Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sotetsu_9000_series and http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/11/06/395/
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Old November 8th, 2015, 06:33 PM   #7428
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Wow, they got rid of the Umeda Freight Yard pretty quickly. I believe the new underground line rerouting makes it easier to integrate the new Osaka Station stop right next to the current JR West Osaka Station. This new underground platforms will likely accommodate the Haruka limited express from Kansai International Airport and the Kuroshio limited express that goes all the way to Shingu.

The rerouting underground also makes it easier to build the pilings and foundations for the buildings in the Grand Front Osaka project.
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Old November 14th, 2015, 11:54 PM   #7429
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Good news from Japanese tramways

Sapporo (Hokkaido) - The long awaited new section of Sapporo Streetcar is set to open on December, 20th; although it add only 400 m of track and a new stop (Tanuki-koji), it's anyway a big step forward for the city's single line, which will become a bidirectional loop. Plus, tramcars will ply the Sapporo main street (Ekimae-dōri, aka “Railway station Boulevard”).
The official announce was made after the first dynamic test (on November, 5th) along new tracks, which are located curbside, instead of in the middle of the road: an unique feature in this Country.

Utsonomiya (Tochigi) - Something concrete happened even for Utsonomiya LRT project: last month the subject intended to operate the line was established. It's a public-private partnership (called “third sector company” in Japan) with the majority shareholding (51%) in public hands - Utsonomiya and Haga, the two municipality involved - and the rest of social capital provided by some private corporation, banks and entities.


Here some sources:
a tram supporter's (館主, Kanshu) blog; news n. #876 (Sapporo) and n. #874 (Utsonomiya).
an article from Mainichi Shimbun (9 November 2015) about Sapporo.

Since all these are in Japanese and I merely Google-translated them, I hope I didn't make any mistake/misinterpretation.


EDIT

In the end, I did make at least a mistake, although only a typo. Now I've correct it, following the hereunder dymlis1994's kind remark.
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Old November 15th, 2015, 12:10 AM   #7430
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Map of planned LRT in Utsonomiya:

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Old November 18th, 2015, 04:05 PM   #7431
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Massive train accident in Kobe kills one and leaves many walking along tracks



On Nov 17th around 8:30am, a JR West "New Rapid Tokaido" line train heading outbound from Motomachi station towards Kobe station struck and killed a man (possible suicide). The resulting hard breaking action and sudden heating of the pantograph (sending power from the generator braking back into the lines) sheared the overhead wire and disrupted the commutes of 150,000 people over 3 hours.
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Old November 27th, 2015, 10:00 PM   #7432
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Restoration works at Shin-Imamiya Station



Progression on the restoration plan along the stations of the Osaka Loop Line.

In this case, Shin-Imamiya, maybe the poorest neighbourhood in Japan. The station serves the Yamatoji Line (Kansai Main Line) and the Loop Line. Also the Nankai Railway and the tramway.

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Old November 27th, 2015, 10:00 PM   #7433
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Saitama New Urban Transit 2020 Series

From karibajct, the new toy from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries:

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Old November 27th, 2015, 10:03 PM   #7434
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Flying Tojo special livery on Tobu 50090 and 8000 Series



From 28 November, 50090 series set 51092, based at Shinrinkoen Depot, is scheduled to receive full-body vinyls recreating the dark blue with orange stripe livery carried by 54 series and 53 series EMUs used on Flying Tojo limited express services on the Tobu Tojo Line during the 1950s. The set is scheduled to remain in this livery for approximately one year. (Wiki)

Photos: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/11/24/563/

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Old November 30th, 2015, 09:07 PM   #7435
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Yamanote Line new train in service

The first E235 series EMU has entered in service today, the 30 of November.

ANN News:


Railfan point of view:




The E235 series design was developed from the earlier E233 series trains, and like the E233 and E231 series trains, the new E235 series trains have stainless steel bodies. The exterior styling was overseen by the industrial design firm Ken Okuyama Design.

The trains are formed as 11-car sets with six motored ("M") cars and five non-powered trailer ("T") cars. The SaHa E235-4600 car (car 10) is modified from a former E231-500 series SaHa E231-4600 car.

Passenger accommodation consists of longitudinal bench seating throughout, with an individual seat width of 460 mm per person. Priority seating is provided at both ends of each car (except in end cars), and a space for wheelchairs or strollers is provided at one end of each car. LED lighting is used throughout. The initial plan was for paper advertisements inside the cars to be completely abolished, replaced by 18 LCD colour advertising screens in each car, but following feedback from advertising companies and users, the first train to enter service will include traditional paper advertisements in addition to the LCD screens.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E235_series

Adds sample:




Source: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/11/30/585/

The day before, an special circulation off the Yamanote line tracks was realized by JR East. Fans got some special merchandising and enjoyed the new trains:

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Old December 1st, 2015, 09:27 PM   #7436
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That new train had a malfunction during opening

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201.../#.Vl3h7HYrLIV

But it's alright.........because you can't always get it the first time. Nobody is perfect after all.

Anyways back to your regular programming =)
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 11:43 AM   #7437
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God, look at the comments from the trolling retards. Seriously, do people have nothing better to do than to criticise the engineering of an entire country based upon a SINGLE FAILURE of a train.

Pathetic.
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 03:18 PM   #7438
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Svartmetall, you have to remember this is the ONLY E235 trainset built so far, and it's still in many ways a very experimental design. As such, bugs are to be expected from such a new model. I don't think JR East's assembly line at Niitsu (Niigata Prefecture) has even started series production of the E235 yet....
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Svartmetall, you have to remember this is the ONLY E235 trainset built so far, and it's still in many ways a very experimental design. As such, bugs are to be expected from such a new model. I don't think JR East's assembly line at Niitsu (Niigata Prefecture) has even started series production of the E235 yet....
But that's my point. One train fails and suddenly Japan cannot manufacture any more according to those idiots commenting on that article. I think nearly every possible country has had teething problems with new technology, and given this is an experimental design as you rightly say, I expect there to be the same issues here.
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 05:58 PM   #7440
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Don't take the Japan Times comments section seriously, its full of trolls, racists, and borderline mental cases. Same for Japan Today. In fact I make it a rule not to link to those sites, as the clicks add to their revenue. Real news sites with actual reportage rather than translations of wire service reports, such as the Japan News, Nikkei, or Asahi are far preferable.
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