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Old March 25th, 2016, 04:21 PM   #7501
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Totally the two tram lines will link together , and trains will go through the two lines , serve more people , save journey time (because they don't have to get off a tram and walk to another) as well as fare . It is predicted that a 10,000 growth of passengers will happen in 3 years .
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Old March 27th, 2016, 01:14 AM   #7502
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More accurately, Mikuni Awara line is a local railway line, part of Echizen Railway's network - ex Keifuku Electric Railroad, operated by a third sector (public-private) company since 2002 -, and not a tramway line. The new service will use the whole Fukubu line (tram) and a section - ~8 km between Tawaramachi station and Washizuka-Haribara station - of the Mikuni Awara line.

Although the dividing line between different transit systems (tramway/railway, commuter/metro lines, etc.) is more blurred and hard to draw in Japan than elsewhere, and Fukutetsu itself is an exemplary case in this regard, this through service still represents the first attempt of a modern, actual tram-train in the Country.
The service will be operated 6.00 - 19.00 (with different schedule during morning rush hours), granting commuters to spare a transfer and save 20' a trip; rolling stock will be provided jointly by both companies - F1000 “Fukuram” class tramcars (Fukui Railway) and new two-section low-floor LRVs “Ki-bo” (Echizen Railway) - while each of them will be responsible of driving in its own track, with staff change at Tawaramachi (boundary station).


Concurrently, a new Fukui ekimae tram stop will open for revenue service: laid as a part of a wider project which has turned that area in a full fledged “transportation hub”, those 134 m of tram track will carry passengers directly outside the railway station main concourse.
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 10:38 PM   #7503
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New Randen station: Satsueisho-mae



Keifuku Electric Railroad owner of the Kyoto tramway or Randen, inaugurated on April 1st the new Satsueisho-mae station on the Kitano Line (3.8 km). The new station connects with the JR Uzumasa station and serves the Toei cinema studio park. The code is B-01.















Source: http://randen.keifuku.co.jp/en/index.html / http://response.jp/article/2016/04/01/272636.html
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Old April 7th, 2016, 08:35 PM   #7504
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JR East will introduce the alphanumeric system on 276 stations in Tokyo area



East Japan Railway announced on April 6th the implementation of the alphanumeric station code system by 2020. Also a three letters code for major stations in Tokyo metropolitan area.

Chinese and Korean will be incorporated in all the station names and signals.

Changes on signals will start next 1st of October.


JT - Tokaido Line
JO - Yokosuka Line
JK - Keihin-Tohoku Line
JH - Yokohama Line
JN - Nambu Line
JI - Tsurumi Line
JY - Yamanote Line
JC - Chuo (Rapid) Line
JB - Chuo-Sobu Line
JU - Utsunomiya Line
JA - Saikyo Line
JJ - Joban Line
JL - Joban Line (Local)
JE - Keiyo Line
JM - Musashino Line
JS - Shonan-Shinjuku Line


TYO- Tokyo
KND- Kanda
AKB - Akihabara
UEN - Ueno
NPR - Nippori
IKB - Ikebukuro
SJK - Shinjuku
SBY - Shibuya
EBS - Ebisu
OSK - Osaki
SGW - Shinagawa
HMC - Hamamatsucho
ABN - Akabane
URW - Urawa
OMY - Omiya
OFN - Ofuna
TTK - Totsuka
YHM - Yokohama
MKG - Musashi-Kosugi
KWS - Kawasaki

More details: http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2016/20160402.pdf
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Japan is being very kind to foreigners. But this kindness is manifesting in massively long announcements and very, very busy signs.
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Old April 8th, 2016, 04:03 PM   #7506
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Japan is being very kind to foreigners. But this kindness is manifesting in massively long announcements and very, very busy signs.
True... But that also means I don't have to give directions to stranded or lost tourists as often either. At least once a week, I'm "that guy who looks like he lives here" to everyone in Shibuya or Shinjuku.
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Old April 13th, 2016, 09:43 PM   #7507
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New Sanyō 6000 series

Today Sanyō Electric Railway presented its new electric multiple unit, the 6000 series made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The train will enter in service next 17 of April on the main line between Akashi and Sanyo-Himeji.

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Old April 14th, 2016, 11:40 AM   #7508
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I always did like Sanyo's livery.

That's one handsome trainset. Looks like Kawasaki and Sanyo "borrowed" a bit from JR-West's upcoming 323 series in the front, right?

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Old April 15th, 2016, 08:34 AM   #7509
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Japanese train has seats that lift up into the CEILING during rush hour to create more room
The special seats are only available on select trains that operate in the Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga regions.

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Old April 16th, 2016, 03:39 AM   #7510
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Keihan 5000 Series. It is one of oldest trains of this railway.


https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%BA...9B%BB%E8%BB%8A
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Old April 18th, 2016, 04:17 AM   #7511
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How do you guys keep up with the plethora of lines, companies, and fleets?
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Old April 18th, 2016, 10:19 AM   #7512
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I live here, so I see these trains everyday. Really easy to notice when something is about to change since there are usually announcements and posters all over the train and stations about it.

Other than that, I check railway sites, railfan sites, and just do a google search or two to find stuff out...but I do it all in Japanese, so I get the info quicker.

I also follow Japanese railfans on Twitter and just ask them questions about things and they're all really friendly and quick on the reply.
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Old April 18th, 2016, 02:47 PM   #7513
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Searching in Japanese is the key. Translate a railroad term to Japanese characters. Right click to search in Google. I usually search through images to find something of interest. Right click in Google Chrome to translate the text results to English.

I bookmark good searches with both the Kanji and English for future reference.

There are railfan news sites in Japan like that of Hobidas (Japanese magazine publisher).

http://rail.hobidas.com/news/info/

There are also some English web sites that will give you more information.

Tokyo Railway Labyrinth http://tokyorailwaylabyrinth.blogspot.ca/

All About Japanese Trains http://www.allaboutjapantrains.com/

Tokyo Rail http://tekkenweb.sakura.ne.jp/tokyorail/
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Old April 19th, 2016, 03:41 AM   #7514
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As bill says above. Also, wikipedia can be a problematic source, but the Japanese pages on a particular railway subject are far superior in depth to the (translated and greatly pared down) English ones ("a little knowledge is a dangerous thing"). Some good info to be mined, as long as it is taken with a grain of salt.
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Old April 25th, 2016, 09:12 AM   #7515
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Blog posts on Japan urban rail systems by urbanrail.net editor, all posted within the past week:

Naha - http://schwandl.blogspot.jp/2016/04/japan-okinawa.html
Fukuoka - http://schwandl.blogspot.jp/2016/04/...ka-subway.html
Kitakyushu - http://schwandl.blogspot.jp/2016/04/...-monorail.html
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I live here, so I see these trains everyday. Really easy to notice when something is about to change since there are usually announcements and posters all over the train and stations about it.

Other than that, I check railway sites, railfan sites, and just do a google search or two to find stuff out...but I do it all in Japanese, so I get the info quicker.

I also follow Japanese railfans on Twitter and just ask them questions about things and they're all really friendly and quick on the reply.
same here. I don't consider myself a densha otaku. but I follow the local/regional ones. Mostly Miyagi and Okinawa. Sometimes Sanriku which spans Iwate and Aomori. after I had a very productive and positive meeting with its president, I became more interested in their company.
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speaking of Okinawa

http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/article.php?id=165506

Yui Rail in Okinawa received new trains.
These feature multi-lingual displays inside the car (korean, english, chinese, japanese)
Better spacing for entry and exit
capacity changed from 82 to 85


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Old May 2nd, 2016, 10:10 AM   #7518
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Blog posts on Japan urban rail systems by urbanrail.net editor, all posted within the past week:

Naha - http://schwandl.blogspot.jp/2016/04/japan-okinawa.html
Fukuoka - http://schwandl.blogspot.jp/2016/04/...ka-subway.html
Kitakyushu - http://schwandl.blogspot.jp/2016/04/...-monorail.html
Not necessarily been the most complimentary give he comes from Berlin. I find it a bit rich for him to consider anything "run-down" relative to there, nor small trains given their very low capacity kleinprofil trains they have.
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In fact, the guy is now seemingly being downright rude in his assessment of Japanese transport systems. He's described a number of different aspects of the transport systems as "pathetic" as well as deriding frequencies of "every 10 minutes" on the subway in Nagoya on a Saturday - something that is quite standard in a lot of the world (a TUAG frequency is generally regarded as 10 minutes).

Do you guys feel he's also being a bit harder on Japan than he was on Australasia and America, two places that are generally regarded as having less transport options?
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He seems to be very subjective and nit picky in some places without backing up his reasons with an explanation. Like a lot of amateur enthusiasts, he looks at things primarily from the user side, when it helps to look at a system's "reason for being" from the financial, governmental, and historical sides as well. Perhaps it's the blog format and its informality compared to say a printed publication. I do agree somewhat about the headways in Nagoya though, at least compared to Sapporo- Sapporo is better, despite being a smaller metro serving fewer passengers. I can't comment vis a vis non-Japanese systems though, my knowledge of them being scant.
I look forward to his comments about Sapporo's metro. I will certainly be on the lookout for any inaccuracies
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