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Old February 6th, 2016, 04:31 AM   #7481
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@12:00 Gundam Unicorn OST track 2 Unicorn

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But its funny that they have a Gundam song here.
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Old February 8th, 2016, 03:35 PM   #7482
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Do you know about Japanese Railways? , Do you live in Japan ? and Do you speak Japanese ? I spoke with a TV researcher this afternoon: ( I paraphrase her earlier email)

She is currently working on a quiz TV show which has foreigners living in Japan compete in something related to Japanese cultures or history.

They are planning to have “Japanese Railways” as one of the quiz categories, and for the category, they are looking for non-Japanese participants who love and know well about Japanese railways.

Too late.
they have cancelled the show...

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Old February 13th, 2016, 10:28 AM   #7483
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Old February 21st, 2016, 01:56 PM   #7484
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Keisei Oshiage Line continuous grade separation

With the first 2 km of track elevated between Oshiage and Yahiro stations on the Keisei Oshiage Line. Now, the works are concentrated east Arakawa river with others 2,6 kilometers to elevate between Yotsugi and Aoto (where the Oshiage Line merges with the Kesei Main Line).

First: Keisei Oshiage Line from Oshiage to Yahiro and back totally elevated.


The new section to elevate incorpores the Keisei-Tateishi station and will abolish 11 crossing levels.


In red: to elevate / In orange: elevated

With this important improvement, all the 5,7 kilometers of the Keisei Oshiage Line will be free of crossing levels.





The Aoto (junction) station is ready since it major reform in the 80s.


Keisei Main Line to the left and top / Oshiage Line down



Aoto Station is served by four tracks and two platforms divided in two levels. Tracks 1 and 2 serves the inbound trains to central Tokyo. Track 1 via the Keisei Oshiage Line, Metro Asakusa Line and Keikyu Main Line (Haneda and Yokohama), while the track 2 is for the trains bound for Nippori and Ueno.



Tracks 3 and 4 serves the outbound trains to Narita.

Works will finish by 2022.

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Old February 21st, 2016, 09:52 PM   #7485
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All the JR Group and private railroads in metropolitan areas are aggressively building viaducts for grade separation projects. I know Meitetsu has been working on a number of grade separation projects south of Meitetsu Nagoya Station, and Hanshin Electric Railway is doing the same on the Hanshin Main Line east of Hanshin Sannomiya Station. I wouldn't be surprised that JR East will eventually grade separate the Chūō Main Line in the Tokyo area as far west as Takao Station.
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Old February 27th, 2016, 11:16 AM   #7486
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Choshi Electric Railway to retire former TRTA 2000 Series

Choshi Electric Railway withdraw the last 1000 Series at the end of February. The unit was sold by the former TRTA (Tokyo Metro) that used as 2000 Series on the Ginza Line from 1960.

DeHa 1001 form was manufactured by Teikoku Sharyo in 1960, and it's the only that remains since the DeHa 1002 (Hitachi 1959) was retired in 2015.

Trains received different color scheme since are bought by Choshi Electric Railway.


1002 Series "Marunouchi Line" and 1001 "Ginza Line" classic colors.









Other paint schemes was the Momotaru Dentetsu (video game) in blue:





And an special livery designed by Naoe Kikuchi, travel writter and main character in Tetsuko no Tabi manga and anime. The livery imagines in the silouette of the rising sun in the Pacific Ocean.





Source:http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/.../post_556.html / http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/...4/12/22_8.html



The Chōshi Electric Railway Line (Chōshi Denki Tetsudō-sen) is a 6.4 km long railway line operated by the private railway operator Chōshi Electric Railway between Chōshi Station and Tokawa Station in Chiba Prefecture.
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Old February 27th, 2016, 11:32 AM   #7487
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Kashima Rinkai Railway new 8000 Series



Kashima Rinkai Railway (Kashima Seaside Railway) is a railway company in Ibaraki Prefecture. The third sector company is abbreviated as KRT. It was founded in 1969 as a freight only railway operator to transport goods for the coastal industrial area of Kashima. Later in 1984, it took the planned Japanese National Railways line and began a passenger service as well.

Basically has two lines:

Ōarai Kashima Line: Mito — Kashima Soccer Stadium (53 km)
Kashima Rinkō Line (freight only): Kashima Soccer Stadium — Okunoyahama (19.2 km)



From March 26 the company will put in service the new 8000 Series that would remplace the 6000.

8000 Series are trains manufactured by Niigata Transys with the base of the KiHa 5000 trainsets.











Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/.../02/16_28.html

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The main characters of the anime series Girls und Panzer study in a huge ship originally based in Ōarai. Real locations in the city are also featured in the series which drew fans to visit it, giving a boost to local commerce.

Source: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/02/22/470/

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Old February 29th, 2016, 09:39 PM   #7488
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Ridership of Choshi Railway is declining rapidly. From 1985 to 2009, ridership dropped 46,5% and the headway is only one train per hour.

In my opinion, Choshi Railway Line could be transfered to East JR. This line could receive a regional feeder service from Narita to Tokawa with one train per hour and three stations (Choshi, Ashikajima and Tokawa). Because 600 V CC catenary, this service could operate with DMU trainset like Kiha E130 Series.
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Old March 8th, 2016, 08:03 PM   #7489
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New Yamanote Line train relaunch goes without hitch



In a second chance to make a good first impression, East Japan Railway Co. relaunched its E235 train on central Tokyo’s Yamanote Line on March 7.

After experiencing a series of system malfunctions on its first day in operation more than three months ago, the much-hyped model undertook its second “first ride.”

There was no ceremony this time around, unlike at the official launch last November, but nonetheless, around 200 train enthusiasts gathered on the platform to take the new train that left Osaki Station in Shinagawa Ward at 3:30 p.m.

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The new model had been much-vaunted for its extra space for wheelchairs and strollers and digital advertising boards ahead of its first launch.

JR East says the new model will run alongside older trains to make about five trips a day on the loop line for the time being, far fewer than initially scheduled, to ensure that all the glitches are worked out.

If no more problems arise, the company will start to replace all Yamanote Line trains with the new model in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
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Old March 14th, 2016, 09:15 PM   #7490
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New Shinjuku Station south complex

7 of march was inaugurated the new Miraina Tower Exit and other two exits was renamed on the new Shinjuku Station south complex.

Pink area on the left side. http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/img/map_e/e866.pdf





Meanwhile they continue the works which seem eternal on the concourse.



The new Miraina Tower exit before the opening right next the stairs to the tracks 1 and 2.



Koshu Kaido exit, formerly known as Southern Terrace.



Now, the exit on the southern part of the complex is called "New South Entrance".

















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Old March 14th, 2016, 09:25 PM   #7491
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Station map shows that Miraina Tower Exit has connection with JR Highway Bus.

Very nice!
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Old March 14th, 2016, 09:27 PM   #7492
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Sanyō Dentetsu to introduce new trains by end of FY2015


Sanyō Electric Railway has announced the purchase of new trains to revenue in service by the end of this year.

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Designated the 6000 series, the formation will consist in 3-car set and the first batch consist in 6 car (2 units)

As other trains in Kansai area, the manufacturer is Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Car body construction are made with aluminium alloy, every car has 18,9 meters long, equipped with VVVF inverters, LED lighting, LCD screens above the doors and others. Is expected to reduce 40% in power consumption.

The 6000 series will replace the ancient 3000 series from 1971.

Source: http://www.sanyo-railway.co.jp/media/1432015565.pdf / http://response.jp/article/2015/05/20/251570.html
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Sotetsu 9000 series refurbishment



Last week, Sagami Railway presented the first 9000 series EMU completely refurbished. This 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 in "Yokohama navy blue" color.



















Not only the refurbished trains was presented, also the new uniforms for the company staff.





Sotetsu will celebrate its 100 years in December 2017. By 2018 is planned to be completed the JR - Sotetsu link, and by spring 2019 the Sotetsu - Tokyu link.



The "Yokohama navy blue" color will be incorporated in the rest of the fleet.

Source: http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/03/11/052/
Official: http://www.sotetsu.co.jp/design-pj/

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Old March 16th, 2016, 08:59 PM   #7494
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New Keio 5000 Series



Keio Corporation has announced today the new Keio 5000 series, a commuter electric multiple unit train type on order by the private railway operator for entry into service in the Tokyo area from spring 2018. A total of five ten-car trainsets are to be built by J-TREC.





Passenger accommodation will consist of rotating pairs of seats that can be arranged in longitudinal configuration for regular daytime services or in transverse forward-facing configuration for reserved-seat evening commuter services from Shinjuku in Tokyo to Keio Hachioji and Hashimoto. LED lighting will be used in the interiors, and pairs of LCD passenger information screens will be provided both above the doorways and suspended from the ceilings. Free WiFi and AC power sockets will be provided. Space for wheelchairs and pushchairs will be provided in each car.

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Old March 19th, 2016, 09:25 AM   #7495
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Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line thru-running expresses to get "F-Liner" designation


As you know, Tokyo Metro's Fukutoshin line has one of the most complicated thru-running schedules in the metropolis since it ties together the Yokohama Express Railway's Minato-Mirai line, Tokyu's Toyoko Line, Seibu's Yurakucho and Ikebukuro Lines, and Tobu's Tojo line.

Express services from all 5 lines usually line up in a certain way to provide for one of the quickest ways to get into and out of west-central Tokyo, but unless you're a train geek (heh) you probably don't know that the Ltd Express on the Toyoko Line will always run as an Express on the Fukutoshin Line...But the Express on the Toyoko Line will turn into a Local and turn into something else maybe on the Ikebukuro Line. Also what's the deal with the Tojo line not having any thru-serviced express trains at all? Everything winds up being a local train there. Well that all changes on 3/26!



All trains bearing the green "F-Liner" logo will run just like the following services:
  • Tojo Line Express
  • Seibu Yurakucho/Ikebukuro lines Rapid Express
  • Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line Express
  • Tokyu Toyoko Line Limited Express
  • Yokohama Rapid Railway Minato-Mirai Line Limited Express

This also means the Tojo Line will finally get thru express trains again, which used to happen before the Toyoko line connection 3 years ago.

Testing the new headsigns on the Hikarie Liner (Tokyu 4110F) at Moto-Sumiyoshi Yards


Looks like Tobu jumped the gun and added the F-Liner logo to their inbound express from Ogawa Machi the other day!

The F-Liner logo will be used in place of the service designations on those lines in order to make it easier for passengers to know they're on the fastest service to their destination. The service will run during weekday off-peak hours (9am~4:45pm) and all day weekends and holidays every 15 minutes, alternating to/from Hanno or Shinrin Koen to/from Motomachi-Chukagai.

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Old March 22nd, 2016, 10:11 PM   #7496
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New Keikyu 1800 series



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Old March 24th, 2016, 05:56 AM   #7497
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The new Keikyu 1000's sound very much like a JR West 223 or 225 Series EMU on initial acceleration. I wonder are 1000's using the same drive motor design as the 223/225's.
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Shizuoka Railway A3000 series debut!



Today Shizuoka Railway (Shizutetsu) has put in service the new two-car A3000 series for the Shimizu Line in Shizuoka City.

"Rainbow Future" CM:



Inauguration ceremony at Shin-Shizuoka terminal:



More photos from today, the merchandising stand at Tokyu Hands in Shizuoka, and inside the train with the campaign adds:

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Old March 24th, 2016, 07:16 PM   #7499
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Oh, please. EVERYTHING needs an exclusive transport thread. My backyard, the squirrel down the block, that website about an oil rig...
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Hi, guys! Could anyone explain me about planned operational changes on Fukui's Fukubu and Mikuni Awara lines, starting Sunday?
http://www.fukutetsu.jp/news/6692.html
http://www.echizen-tetudo.co.jp/rail...ble_160327.pdf

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