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Old January 9th, 2016, 04:43 AM   #7461
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Here is a feel-good story that may just brighten up the day of some people

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2016/...senger/423273/

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Japan Keeps This Defunct Train Station Running for Just One Passenger
The train makes only two stops—one when a lone high-school student leaves for school and the other when she returns.
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Old January 9th, 2016, 09:47 AM   #7462
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Old January 9th, 2016, 10:35 PM   #7463
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Any update on the station progress for the new underground portion of the Odakyu line?

Saw a cabview youtube video the other day and it would appear that the eastern-most stop (Higashi-Kitagawa?) seems to be the most ready, but overall progress appears to be fairly slow.

Of course work is hidden behind temporary walls, but I thought there would be more progress by now....

If you can read japanese, there is a very thourough information page at http://www.shimochika-navi.com/ with issues going past up to 2006. If you cannot read japanese, it has nice graphics that already give a lot of information.

From what I get, the process is supposed to continue until 2018, and right now a concrete layer is being poured before starting excavation for the slow tracks, which will run at a the upper level compared to the fast tracks that have recently been opened.
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Old January 10th, 2016, 11:52 AM   #7464
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By the way, for those who have the patience (and I really mean it!), here is a front view video of a bus journey on a Chugoku JR Bus from Kurashiki (a small but historic town just west of Okayama all the way east to JR East Shin-Kiba Station in Tokyo:



The bus is a double-decker Mitsubishi Fuso Aero King model.
Gosh, that is a seriously long ride from the southwest to the central part of Honshu! Looks like he didn't want to use the Sunrise Seto or Sunrise Izumo train to go up to Tokyo and instead opted for a bus ride... Given the smooth state of highways in Japan, though, I can imagine sleeping on that bus as it goes through places like Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, and Yokohama, and I might end up getting up crossing the Rainbow Bridge!
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Old January 12th, 2016, 06:53 AM   #7465
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If you can read japanese, there is a very thourough information page at http://www.shimochika-navi.com/ with issues going past up to 2006. If you cannot read japanese, it has nice graphics that already give a lot of information.

From what I get, the process is supposed to continue until 2018, and right now a concrete layer is being poured before starting excavation for the slow tracks, which will run at a the upper level compared to the fast tracks that have recently been opened.
Sadly, I don't read Japanese, but this is still very helpful, thanks!
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Old January 19th, 2016, 03:33 PM   #7466
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I didn't know the Tokyu Den-en Toshi line would be getting new 5500 series trains. But here I am aboard 5120F by chance!

Interior is nice. Faux wood paneling even on the floor, high backed longitudinal seating, LED lighting all over, and pretty much a copy of the 5500-4000 series from the Toyoko line.

Also the #5&6 cars are regular 4 door trailers; no 6-door cars here. Expect to start seeing platform door construction start once these are widely in service?

Some preliminary shots... Sorry I can't get more; PM rush hour commute on a weekday...






And some YouTube action of the first days of service... Apparently she's only been on the run for 3 days

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Old January 19th, 2016, 07:28 PM   #7467
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There are 699 Railroad crossings in tokyo 23 wards and 36,000 in Japan
NY 48
seoul 16
London 13
Paris 7

Railroad crossing by Takeshi Tanaka, on Flickr

踏切 by jun560, on Flickr



http://mejiro.asablo.jp/blog/img/2012/07/30/21cdd0.jpg


http://blog-imgs-72.fc2.com/k/i/r/ki...1215327027.jpg


http://i.ytimg.com/vi/QuSeMjfJxAg/maxresdefault.jpg

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Old January 19th, 2016, 11:16 PM   #7468
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Do you have locations for these crossings?

And I'm not sure if the Arakawa Line should be/is included in that total.
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Old January 20th, 2016, 12:08 PM   #7469
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The last one is Hiyoshi Shrine in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture. And it may not look like it, but this is actually the Sanin Main Line:
https://goo.gl/maps/3B2oRgB47fL2
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 07:08 AM   #7470
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a little bit old news

5000 Passengers heading to work or school in central Kobe had their commute interrupted at approximately 8 a.m. on November 16, when it was discovered that an overhead line had snapped on the Japan Railways (JR) Kobe Line between Kobe and Motomachi Stations.



http://www.japantoday.com/category/n...ns-are-orderly
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 02:37 PM   #7471
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There are 699 Railroad crossings in tokyo 23 wards and 36,000 in Japan
NY 48
seoul 16
London 13
Paris 7
any toll crossing?
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Old January 24th, 2016, 12:12 PM   #7472
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Hiroshima: End of construction works at Shin-Hakushima Station

The Shin-Hakushima Station in Hiroshima (Astram Line and JR) was inaugurated last year, but the connection between both areas still under construction until December 2015.


http://www.city.hiroshima.lg.jp/www/...1343262781494/


From JR station:


IMG_0779 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0782 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0783 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0788 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0794 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0796 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0797 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0798 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0800 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0802 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0807 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0808 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0811 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0813 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0814 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0816 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0822 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0824 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr

Main entrance to the Astram Line station:


IMG_0826 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0830 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0831 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0832 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0835 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0836 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0839 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0847 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0849 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0857 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


IMG_0858 by urbanhiroshima, en Flickr


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Old January 24th, 2016, 12:24 PM   #7473
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Nankai Semboku Liner


Since 5 December 2015 Semboku Railway and Nankai offers a new Limited Express service named "Semboku Liner" between Senboku New Town and Namba in Central Osaka. The train runs through the Nankai Soya Line (14.4 km) and Semboku Rapid Railway (14.7 km). 27.7 km in total.

Travel time is around 30 minutes. Two to three minutes less than Sub-Express service (morning peak for Namba), or Semi-Express (all day), and 20 minutes less than Local service.


Nankai Explorer @Wikipedia


Trains used are the 11000 Series formerly used on the Rinkan Limited Express.

First day in service:



Cab view in both directions:

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Old January 24th, 2016, 12:33 PM   #7474
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Nambu Line: Farewell ceremony of the 205 series



205-1200 series has been removed from the Nambu Line. The farewell ceremony was held on Saturday, 9th of January. The train will have a second life in Jakarta.



Since that moment, only E233-8000 series are running in the Nambu Line.









The 205 series are still used on the Musashino Line, the big orbital of Tokyo.








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http://tetsudo-shimbun.com/article/topic/entry-604.html
http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/01/09/191/
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nambu_Line


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Old January 25th, 2016, 04:31 PM   #7475
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Hiroshima: End of construction works at Shin-Hakushima Station

The Shin-Hakushima Station in Hiroshima (Astram Line and JR) was inaugurated last year, but the connection between both areas still under construction until December 2015.
That station looks fantastic. Having lived about 1.5km from there, I have to say there is absolutely nothing else even remotely as cool as this within a large distance in any direction. Very refreshing.

I was about to say how disappointing it is that the station does not have a south entrance, but then looking at a map reminded me of how extremely short the distance is from this new station to Johoku to the south, and Hakushima to the north.

Anyway, since JR was willing to allow the transfer now, I can't imagine what their argument against it was back in 1994. Hakushima is a dense and upscale part of the city, certainly it would have had substantial ridership, even back then. The system would be better off if this station were built back then - but at least they had the sense to leave space for its future construction when they built the Astram.
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 08:41 PM   #7476
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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.

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:





Completion expected by 2022.

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
Works have started.
















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Old February 4th, 2016, 06:33 PM   #7477
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The trains in Japan is great!
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Old February 4th, 2016, 08:34 PM   #7478
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Nishitetsu orders new trains for the Tenjin Ōmuta Line

Nishi-Nippon Railway (Fukuoka) has announced that it will introduce a new vehicle, the 9000 Series for the Tenjin Ōmuta Line.

New EMUs will replace the ancient 5000 Series and will be the first to be introduced since 2006.



The vehicles will be equipped with silicon carbide inverters and VVVF control.Of course LED interior and exterior lighting, and provide information in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean through the pair of screens over the doors. The trains are expected to reduce energy consumption by 50% compared with the 5000 series trains.



Each driving car will accommodate up to 124 passengers, while intermediate vehicles will accommodate 137. Space per seat will be extended from 455mm per person (3000 Series) to 477mm.



Manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, first trains are planned to enter in service by March 2017.

http://response.jp/article/2016/02/04/269187.html
http://tetsudo-shimbun.com/article/topic/entry-618.html

For more detailed information, Nishitetsu Press Release: http://www.nishitetsu.co.jp/release/2015/15_142.pdf
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Saitama New Shuttle orange 2020 debut!

The second set in orange of the new 2020 series entered in service last February 2.



The new trains where introduced in November 2015 with the first in green.

It replaces the 1000 series, which has been operational since the opening in 1983.

http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/02/04/379/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Shuttle
http://www.new-shuttle.jp/topics/2016/01/2020-1.html
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Old February 6th, 2016, 03:55 AM   #7480
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