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Old July 5th, 2010, 11:52 AM   #1421
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Keikyū 1000 series retired
http://mytown.asahi.com/kanagawa/new...00001006280003

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Keihin Electric Express Railway (Keikyū; HQ: Minato Ward, Tōkyō) will retire its 1000 series, in service for 50 years, on June 28. A “farewell run” commemorating its retirement was held on June 27. Many railfans also gathered at Kanazawa Bunko Station in Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama City to capture the train in its last moments.

On June 27, the train operated with the “kaitoku” (rapid limited express) plates that were once used in the past, attached to the end cabs. As the train entered the station, railfans assembled on the platform raised their voices. Takenaka Kiyomi (14), who came from Adachi Ward, Tōkyō to film video of the train, was all smiles: “I heard they were going to retire it, so I came to see. I get really excited about farewell runs.”

The 1000 series began service in 1959 as Keikyū’s first air-conditioned train. Starting in 1968, the 1000 series began through-service onto the Toei Asakusa Line, Keisei Line, and Hokusō Line, and has been carrying commuters to work and school for many years. With the debut of energy-saving rolling stock, however, the retirement of the 1000 series was already decided.
This was the largest series in Keikyū’s fleet (72 trains, 356 cars), and was the pioneer of Keikyū’s current fleet of trains.

In a Kanaloco (Kanagawa Shimbun) report, three veteran train operators who operated 1000 series trains throughout their career share their thoughts on the trains’ retirement from service and bid personal farewells.



The official farewell run on Sunday, June 27, operated with an eight-car train (2+6) from Kanazawa Bunko to Miura Kaigan and then from Miura Kaigan to Keikyū Kurihama.


Source: karibajct on YouTube

On the last day of service on Monday, June 28, there was only one 1000 series train, operating on the Daishi Line.


Source: ayokoi on YouTube
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Old July 5th, 2010, 11:54 AM   #1422
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries awarded contract for new Yurikamome rolling stock
http://www.mhi.co.jp/news/story/1006104953.html

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has received an order from Yurikamome Co. for 108 cars (18 trains) of fully-automated rolling stock (APMs) for the Tōkyō Waterfront New Transit Yurikamome. The next-generation rolling stock will feature aluminum alloy bodies and a high level of environmental efficiencies befitting the symbol of the Tōkyō Waterfront Subcenter. This order represens Mitsubishi’s first single order totaling over 100 vehicles. The trains will be introduced into revenue service starting in FY2013 as replacements for existing rolling stock.

In contrast to the use of steel and stainless steel in existing rolling stock, the new rolling stock will use aluminum bodies, substantially improving efficiency by reducing vehicle weight, as well as realizing a high degree of recyclability. The car bodies and equipment are also designed for easy maintenance. In addition, the train incorporates universal design concepts to allow it to meet an array of needs from tourism to commute travel, and ensures a comfortable interior space. In this latest order, these qualities were roundly recognized in the bid competition, securing a win.

The New Transit Yurikamome is a 14.7 km public transport line stretching from Shimbashi Station to Toyosu Station, connecting central Tōkyō to the Tōkyō Waterfront Subcenter in 16 stations. Along the line are a string of visitor facilities including numerous tourist spots and convention halls, centered at landmark districts of the Waterfront Subcenter such as Shiodome, Odaiba, and Ariake. As a result, the Yurikamome is a popular line and boasts the highest ridership in Japan for a “new transit” system. The line opened in November 1995, and daily average ridership is approx. 103,000 (2008).

Yurikamome Co. began in 1988 as the Tōkyō Waterfront New Transit Co., a third-sector railway company receiving investment from the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government, later changing its name in 1998 to the Yurikamome Co. In 2006, the line was extended to Toyosu. The Yurikamome Co. is a premier transport operator, with future increases expected in high-frequency commuter demand and tourist demand.

APM is a “new transit” technology that allows for unmanned travel thorugh an automatic operations system. As the trains run on electricity, air quality does not suffer as a result of emissions. Since the trains use rubber tires, operations are smooth and noise is kept to a minimum. In addition to Miami, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta in the American market, Mitsubishi has fulfilled orders for this APM system to various airports, including Hong Kong International Airport, Singapore’s Changi Airport, Korea’s Incheon Airport, and Dubai, strengthening our position as one of the top leaders in the global market.

Taking this latest batch order for over 100 APM vehicles as a catalyst, we will continue to further expand and develop our business for airports and cities all around the globe.
Another Yurikamome cab view:
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Old July 5th, 2010, 11:56 AM   #1423
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JR East to break ground on Kanda Manseibashi Building
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/to...202000051.html

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JR East will construct the Kanda Manseibashi Building (temporary name) featuring leasable office space on the site of the former Transport Museum in Kanda Sudachō, Chiyoda Ward. The building will capitalize on the scenery of the red-brick viaduct of the JR Chūō Line, which passes adjacent to the site, and allow a look into the history of the Transport Museum and former Manseibashi Station. The railway will break ground on the building this month.

The building is a steel-frame tower with 22 stories aboveground and two stories belowground, with gross area of approx. 28,000 sq m. The building will stand approx. 100 m tall and feature glass cladding.

The columns and other elements of the low-rise portion of the building will use tiles colored the same as brick, and the high-rise portion will also feature the same color on its exterior. The building will also be designed as an open, airy space. Brick benches will be placed in the open space surrounding the building, and visitors can experience the railway history of the site, which will include a display of the foundation of the former Manseibashi Station and monuments using old rail.

Manseibashi Station opened in 1912 as the terminal staton of the Chūō Line, but was abandoned in 1943. The Transport Museum also partially reused some of the former station building, but was closed in 2006 due to structural deterioration.

The building will also be designed with environmental considerations, including "winter garden" areas on every floor where the windows can be opened. In addition to allowing building users to feel fresh air, the “winter gardens” will reduce the electrical load for air conditioning during spring and autumn. Unusual for office buildings in central Tōkyō, the building will also feature bicycle parking and showers for bicycle commuters. The low-rise portion will attract retail and business school tenants. The building is scheduled to open around December 2012.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 11:56 AM   #1424
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JR East announces first female stationmasters in Tōkyō Prefecture
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/ne...OYT1T00969.htm

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On June 15, JR East announced that it would install two new female stationmasters as part of its June 23 personnel shuffles.

There are currently no female stationmasters at any of the 1,705 stations under the railway's jurisdiction, and it has been about four years since the last woman served as a stationmaster for the railway. The railway says the two women selected are the first to serve as stationmasters in Tōkyō Prefecture.

The two women are Shirayama Hiroko (39), who will serve as stationmaster at Yotsuya Station (Shinjuku Ward, Tōkyō) on the Chūō Line, and Shimizu Kayoko (37), who will serve as stationmaster at Mejiro Station (Toshima Ward, Tōkyō) on the Yamanote Line. Shirayama, an operations section chief with JR East who joined the railway in 1993, said, "I will do my best to ensure that the challenges I face daily will lead to greater passenger satisfaction and my development as a stationmaster." Shimizu, a general planning department vice section-chief who joined the railway in 1995, said, "I want to keep the safety of the neighborhood locals and all the people who commute through this station as my number one priority. With my motto of 'cheerful and calm,' I will do my best."

According to the railway, there were virtually no female employees during the days of the Japanese National Railways, but in recent years, women account for 20 to 30 percent of new hires. Tanabe Shigeru, president of the railway's Tōkyō Branch Office, said, "These two will definitely open doors for all the women behind them. Both stations have universities nearby and see many female college students, which makes them a good fit for their positions."
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Old July 5th, 2010, 11:57 AM   #1425
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JR East to offer first-of-its-kind in-station university recruitment event
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/bus...1525023-n1.htm

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On May 27, jeki (JR East Planning) (HQ: Shibuya Ward, Tōkyō), a JR East subsidiary advertising agency, announced that it will hold a higher education consultation session inside JR Akihabara Station on June 6 targeting high school students and their guardians. This is the first time a higher education consultation session has been held inside the paid area of a station. jeki is hoping to develop the event into a new regular ekinaka trend.

The event is being jointly sponsored by Access Corporation (HQ: Minato Ward, Tōkyō), which handles advertisements related to universities and higher education.

A total of 32 universities in the Greater Tōkyō area will participate, including Meiji Univeristy, Rikkyō University, Tōkyō University of Science, and Kōgakuin. Consultation sessions regarding higher education will be held in booths, and officials will discuss test-taking methods and process, and post-matriculation systems and scholarships. In addition to distributing university documents and pamphlets, a portion of the participating schools will hold their own presentations on a special PR stage.

The session will be held on the special second-floor meeting space inside the station from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Tōkyō MX news report (2010.06.06). According to the report, JR East wants to do a similar event in the fall, closer to the start of the school year.

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JR East changes melodies at Mitaka Station
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/tok...OYT8T00075.htm

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The melody played when trains depart Mitaka Station, which is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its opening, will be changed to the lullaby Medaka no Gakkō (lit. “School of Medaka).

Medaka no Gakkō was created by composer Nakada Yoshinao (1923-2000), who lived in Kami-Renjaku, Mitaka City between 1946 and 1951 following World War II. Over the course of his lifetime, Nakada left countless famous songs to his name, including Chiisai Aki Mitsuketa (lit. “I Found a Little Autumn”) and Yuki no Ochiru Machi wo (lit. “Through a Snowy Town”).

JR East and Mitaka City teamed up in an effort to get people to know more about songs from Mitaka, splitting the melody into six parts for use as departure melodies on Platform 1 through Platform 6 at Mitaka Station. The melodies to be played at each platform are approx. 10 seconds long, and when stringing the six parts together, passengers can hear the full melody.

A commemorative ceremony will be held on the Chūō Line platforms at the station on June 26. Mitaka City mayor Kiyohara Keiko, who will serve as honorary stationmaster for a day, will give the departure sign to the special Mitaka Station 80th Anniversary train, and Medaka no Gakkō will begin playing.
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North Court at Tōkyō Station to open in December
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2010/20100604.pdf

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East Japan Railway Company (President and Representative Director: Seino Satoshi) has been proceeding with its Tōkyō Station City development of Tōkyō Station, based on the concept of "stations changing cities, cities becoming stations." On March 28 of this year, we opened the South Court, which has received a round of compliments from our customers. And now, in December 2010, a new retail zone known as the North Court will open on the first floor of the paid area of Tōkyō Station, on the site of the former Dila Tōkyō Dining Court.

Development Concept
JR East Group is pushing forward with its Tōkyō Station City project in an effort to increase the value of Tōkyō Station as a whole. We are now carrying out hard infrastructure improvements, including the restoration of the Marunouchi Station Building at Tōkyō Station, the GranRoof development, the opening of Phase 2 of the GranTōkyō North Tower, and the construction of the Tōhoku Through Line. In terms of ekinaka (station retail), we have opened the South Court in response to soft changes including the diversification of consumer trends. And in December of this year, in preparation for the opening of the Shin-Aomori extension of the Tōhoku Shinkansen, we will carry out renovations of our ekinaka retail facilities with the aim of developing Tōkyō Station into a station fit as Japan's central station and a gateway to regions throughout the country.

Now, the Dila Tōkyō Dining Court on the first floor of the paid area of Tōkyō Station will be reborn as the North Court, with the aim of further growth under the Tōkyō Station City concept.

Details
Location: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tōkyō (first floor of paid area at JR Tōkyō Station)
Development area: Approx. 1,200 sq m
Store space: Approx. 1,000 sq m
Number of stores: 16 (planned)
Store type: Food (primarily restaurants) and food products (e.g., bentō)
Projected sales: Approx. ¥4 billion annually
Development manager: Tetsudō Kaikan Co., Ltd.

Store operations
Operation of the facility will be carried out by Tetsudō Kaikan Co., Ltd. (President and Representative Director: Nozaki Tetsuo), which operates Tōkyō Station ekinaka retail facility GranSta and nearby facilities Kurobei Yokochō and Kitchen Street.

Store concept: Japan's kitchen
Taking "Japan's kitchen" as a place that inherits and further develops the food culture of Japan, we will create an epicenter of food culture in the ekinaka of Tōkyō Station, Japan's central terminal. From "Japan's kitchen," we will introduce not only Japan's traditional cuisine, but also foreign-developed cuisines that have taken root in Japan and foods that are still continuing to evolve, expressing the evolution of Japan's food culture through time, with "past," "present," and "future" as keywords.

Development contents
  • Restaurants that allow customers to comfortably enjoy the very best of Japanese, Western, and Chinese cuisines inside Tōkyō Station's ekinaka facilities.
  • Stores with food that can be taken onto the Shinkansen or to home, or be eaten on the spot, including a boxed lunch corner that specializes in Japan's unique bentō; sweets shops that can be easily enjoyed by nearby workers or excursion visitors; and a grocery store that allows customers to experience the joy of food and be rest assurred about food safety.
  • Capitalizing on the prime location inside ekinaka, we will offer quick but satisfying cuisines.
  • We will also provide a free space to allow customers taking products home to enjoy them immediately.
Construction updates for the Tōhoku Through Line:
Source: http://homepage.mac.com/otanuki/Toho...u_Tokaido.html

Starting down south at Shinagawa, where they have removed the tracks for Platform 10.



Moving to Tōkyō Station, where they have also removed one of the sidings on the Kanda end. In the distance is Kanda Station.



Near Shin-Tokiwabashi…



More of the massive blue jack for constructing the ramp up above the Shinkansen tracks. I guess they started at the base of the ramp and then just build as they move forward, jacking in the next piece from behind.



Approaching Kanda Station…









From Platform 1 at Kanda Station, as Shinkansen trains pass beneath the steel beams and columns that will support the new tracks above. This view is already beginning to change quite dramatically.



From Platform 3 at Kanda Station.



E2 series Shinkansen passing.

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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:01 PM   #1428
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E259 series Narita Express trains win Blue Ribbon Award
http://www.jrc.gr.jp/act/ac/pdf/2010bl.pdf

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East Japan Railway’s E259 series debuted as the replacement for existing 253 series limited express trains used exclusively on the Narita Express. Many different transportation modes are competing head-to-head to transport passengers to and from Narita Airport. The replacement of the existing 253 series with the E259 series not only increases JR East’s competitiveness against buses and private autos for access to Narita Airport, but also improves convenience in response to an expected increase in airport passengers.

The exterior of the train carries on the brand image built up by the 253 series, reflected in the red, white, and black paint scheme, but also creates a new image for the “reborn” N’EX (Narita Express) through a new cab design and repositioned logos.

In order to realize a comfortable transport space, the train features improvements to both rolling stock technical specs and interior facilities. On the technical side, the end cars of the train feature the full active suspension technology used on our Shinkansen trains to improve ride comfort, and damper equipment has been installed between cars. We have also improved the stability of our transport operations by installing redundancy in the main equipment and transmission paths.

The interior of the trains actively incorporates universal design concepts. Dial locks and security cameras have been installed in the luggage area between the car deck and passenger cabin, improving security. The overhead luggage racks inside the passenger cabins have also been designed at a lower height to make it easier for passengers to use. A 250 mm space has also been provided beneath each seat, allowing passengers to use it both as leg room and for luggage placement. The relocation of heating vents from beneath seats to underneath the window sills should also not be overlooked. Two 17-inch liquid crystal screens for passenger information displays are installed side-by-side in several locations on the ceiling of the passenger cabin, improving the provision of passenger information by displaying destination information, train status information, news, and flight information in four languages. In regards to personal computer use for business-related travel, we have installed outlets in all seats—both in green cars and regular cars—and introduced an Internet connection service through wireless LAN.

As detailed above, East Japan Railway Company’s E259 series is a train that features the equipment and functionality fit for a service that connects Japan’s gateway international airport directly to Greater Tōkyō’s major terminal stations, and was awarded this year’s Blue Ribbon Award after receiving the support of many members of the Japan Railfan Club.
This year’s Laurel Award winner was the Kintetsu 22600 series ACE trains used on Kintetsu limited express runs.

The following rolling stock were nominated this year:
  • East Japan Railway Company E259 series
  • Tōkyō Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation 8800 series
  • Kantō Railway Kiha-5000 series
  • Fuji Kyūkō 1000 series “Fuji Tozan Train”
  • Nishi-Nippon Railroad Kiha-122 / Kiha-127 series
  • Kinki Nippon Railroad (Kintetsu Corporation) 22600 series
  • Nankai Electric Railway 2230 series “Tenkū”
  • Ōsaka Municipal Transportation Bureau 30000 series
  • Kyūshū Railway Company Kiha-125-400 series

Clips of the E259 on the Sōbu Main Line:


Source: hellokt21 on YouTube
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253 series ends regular service on Narita Express

Last day was June 30. I believe there is an additional special farewell run July 11.

Some videos to celebrate the end of service:
Source: karibajct on YouTube

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Coupling / decoupling at Tōkyō Station:



Last day of regular service (2010.06.30):

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Nagano Electric Railway to receive 253 series Narita Express trains
http://journal.mycom.co.jp/news/2010/06/04/040/?rt=na

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On June 3, Nagano Electric Railway announced that it will receive 253 series limited express trains from JR East. The railway says it will run the trains as limited expresses between Nagano and Yudanaka starting in spring 2011. Together with the introduction of the new trains, the railway says it will also retire its aging 2000 series limited express trains.

The 253 series trains were manufactured for exclusive use on the Narita Express connecting central Tōkyō and Narita Airport. Designed towards Japanese passengers visiting destinations overseas and foreign tourists coming to Japan, the trains feature spacious seating arrangements and luggage areas to handle large baggage. In order to provide a service that doesn't fall short of global standards, the trains featured a completely different design from existing limited express rolling stock at the time. However, JR East has been introducing new E259 series trains since autumn of last year, and the 253 series trains have been removed from regular service. Nagano Electric Railway will receive two three-car units (six cars total) of the retired trains.

In regards to the introduction of the 253 series trains, Nagano Electric Railway says, "The two 2000 series trains are approaching 46 and 53 years since manufacture, and we've been considering replacements for them since several years ago. While a variety of candidates were identified, the 253 series was selected because it matched the standards for our lines." The railway is now scheduled to conduct refurbishment works, including converting the trains to one-man operation. The details of the railway's plans, including the fleet designation of the new trains, operating plan, and the fate of the line information displays—a hallmark of the 253 series—are not yet finalized.

Beginning in spring 2011, the railway will operate two types of limited express trains: the Narita Express 253 series trains and the former Odakyū Romancecar 1000 series trains. The 1000 series trains are painted in red and white, and Train No. 1 of the 2000 series is also in a red and cream scheme. The 8500 series received from Tōkyū Corporation and running as local trains also feature red beltlines. However, railway spokespersons say, "We weren't looking to purchase only red trains."
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JR East displays news digests of World Cup games inside trains and stations
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/entertainme...OYT8T00649.htm

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Communications satellite (CS) broadcaster SKY Perfect JSAT teamed up with jeki (JR East Planning) to broadcast breaking news and digest videos from the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, which commenced June 11, inside JR East trains and on outdoor electrionic advertisements inside JR East stations. The program will last until July 18.

The broadcasts will be displayed on approx. 17,700 monitor displays above the doors of trains on the Yamanote Line, Chūō Rapid Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, and other lines, as well as a total of 15 monitor displays installed inside Shinjuku Station and Shibuya Station. The broadcasts will recap the results of all World Cup games together with video of the matches. After the end of the competition, digest videos of the winning team and super plays will be broadcast.
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JR East completes mock station for R&D
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2010/20100605.pdf

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At JR East, we are proceeding with station designs that are safe and easy-to-use for customers, in line with the goal established in our Group Business Vision 2020 plan to "realize improved customer satisfaction." Up until now, we have conducted research and development towards implementing individual strategies to achieve this goal, including installation of platform doors and information displays to notify passengers of service disruptions. In response to customer needs for safety and security, as well as convenience, comfort, and environmental considerations, a unified and continuous research and development program and a holistic and efficient experimentation process are necessary. As a result, we have recently constructed an experimental facility known as the "Smart Station Laboratory," which is designed with the same spaces as in existing stations. In the hopes of drafting designs for the next generation of stations, we will embark on new challenges using the Smart Station Laboratory.

Smart Station Concept: A design R&D principle for next-generation stations that places "customers first"
At JR East, with a growing diversity of needs from safety and security to convenience, comfort, and environmental considerations, we are aiming to develop "intelligent" stations that respond to these needs by providing services with high added value through the use of an array of technologies and ideas. We have called this the "Smart Station" concept.

Past R&D successes in next-generation station design
Up until now, our research and development efforts towards creating designs for the next-generation of stations has primarily been conducted at our Frontier Services Research Laboratory, which was established in 2001 with the founding of the JR East Research and Development Center. Using the fruits of these R&D efforts, we have been able to implement high-performance platform door sensors and service disruption information displays.

Smart Station Laboratory: An experimental space for realizing a variety of ideas for the next generation of stations
In order to evaluate new technologies and revolutionary concepts and ideas for implementation in our "next-generation station design," the proper environment is necessary to allow us to continuously and efficiently conduct full-scale experiments and trials that cannot be conducted in existing stations in operation or in confined test rooms, as well as to comprehensively assess the results.

As a result, JR East has decided to construct a new "Smart Station Laboratory" experiment facility that features the same spaces as in existing stations, including platforms and tracks, inside the JR East Research and Development Center.

R&D concepts to be tested at the Smart Station Laboratory
In order to allow us to realize our Smart Station concept, we will proceed with R&D efforts based on the three themes of "safe and secure stations," "convenient and comfortable stations," and "environmentally-friendly stations."

Start of use of the Smart Station Laboratory
Early July 2010 (construction completed June 10, 2010)

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Past R&D successes in next-generation station design
  • High-performance platform door sensors
    • We developed a high-performance three-dimensional sensor to detect obstructions in the event that passengers, bags, or other obstructions are present between the platform door and train.
    • We began development of the technology in 2008 and will use it at Ebisu Station and Meguro Station on the Yamanote Line, which are the first to receive platform door installations.
    • Platform door installations will begin service June 26, 2010 at Ebisu Station and August 28, 2010 at Meguro Station. In the future, the doors will be installed at all stations on the Yamanote Line.
  • Service disruption information displays
    • During transport service disruptions, we provide information to passengers in an easy-to-understand way using route maps.
    • We began development of the technology in 2002, and after field tests at Ueno Station and Tōkyō Station, introduced the technology into service.
    • We introduced permanent installations starting with Akihabara Station in February 2007, and by the end of FY2009, have installed them at 103 main stations in the Greater Tōkyō area with more than 50,000 daily boardings.
  • Shinkansen train composition displays
    • We direct passengers boarding Shinkansen trains with easy-to-understand information using visuals that show the Shinkansen platforms for boarding as well as the distance between passengers' current position and the boarding location.
    • We began development of the technology in 2006, and after field tests at Ueno Station, introduced the technology into service.
    • We introduced permanent installations starting in FY2006, with a total of ten units at Tōkyō Station, Ueno Station, and Ōmiya Station.
  • Oshirase-kun (Suigun Line: Information provision system)
    • A system to provide passenger information in a timely manner during periods of service disruption. Using GPS and Internet technology, the system visually displays train location information. In addition, during periods of service disruption, the system also provides information regarding delays on transferring lines.
    • We began development of the technology in 2006, and after field tests at Makuta Station on the Kururi Line, introduced the technology onto the Suigun Line.
    • Service began on the Suigun Line in August 2009 as "Oshirase-kun." The system was introduced to all 43 stations on the Suigun Line, with liquid crystal displays at 17 stations and LED displays at 26 stations.

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Smart Station Laboratory details
  • A space to allow for total reseach and development into passenger flows from the public passage to the ticketing machines, faregates, station concourse, directional signage, stairwells, vertical transportation such as escalators, platforms, and finally the train, as well as to assess and investigate such.
  • An adaptive and flexible structural design that allows for a wide variety of experiments and trials and the easy installation or removal of equipment.

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R&D concepts to be tested at the Smart Station Laboratory
  • Safe and secure stations
    • "Station-style" escalators designed with greater safety
    • Mobility assistance using robots
  • Convenient and comfortable stations
    • Station interior navigation that responds to individual needs
    • Touchless-style ticketing system
    • Manipulation and control of station spaces using sensor technology
  • Environmentally-friendly stations
    • Thermal environment improvements using natural wind
    • Active use of natural light and sunlight

Service disruption information display, showing delays on the Takasaki Line and Keihin-Tōhoku Line.



Shinkansen train composition displays



Smart Station Laboratory



Robot



JR East’s vision for future stations:

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JR East turns turns to high-quality in station retail
http://www.asahi.com/business/update...006040616.html

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Ekinaka, station retail facilities that allow commuters on the way home to enjoy a bit of shopping, are becoming ever more diverse. Railway companies have placed their weight behind ekinaka programs, and JR East Group—one of the pioneers of the ekinaka industry—is transitioning towards gourmet and high-quality products to fend off competition. The railway is shoring up in an effort to compensate for stalled growth in its transport business.

An onigiri shop that uses Koshihikari rice from Uonoma, a cake shop that wraps its cakes in a special gauze to control moisture… In Dila Nishi-Ogikubo, a collection of specialty retail shops just outside the faregates inside JR Nishi-Ogikubo Station (Suginami Ward, Tōkyō), an array of goods is on display, reminiscent of the basement levels of a department store. After investing approx. ¥200 million in a five-month renovation, JR East reopened the facility in late May. Seven new stores were added, bringing the total to eleven—five of which are making their debut in the ekinaka market. Passages have also been widened, creating an airy, open interior.

Most of the onigiri are ¥200 each. Bread and cakes are also a tad more expensive than what you might find in convenience stores and supermarkets. There’s even a wine shop offering top-class wines at ¥600,000 a bottle. The JR East subsidiary that developed the specialty retail facility says, “We want to distinguish ourselves from other shops by offering high-quality goods, and expand our customer demographic.”

A separate JR East subsidiary opened a café and small bookstore inside Tōkyō Station (Chiyoda Ward, Tōkyō) in late March. The café sells gourmet chocolates (four pieces) crafted by a famous patisserie starting at ¥1,200 (incl. tax). The JR East subsidiary responsible for maintaining vending machines inside stations has begun selling plastic-bottled juices made from domestically-grown fruits at ¥10 to ¥20 above typical drinks from vending machines. JR East itself is planning to bring the classic gourmet supermarket Kinokuniya, which it purchased in April, into stations and station tenant buildings.

In the past, JR East’s ekinaka business meant Kiosk miniature convenience stores and standing soba noodle shops. But after opening the large-scale ecute retail facility inside Ōmiya Station in Saitama City in 2005, the image of JR East station retail has been changing. The railway began delving into prepared foods and desserts, appealing not only to young women but also male customers, who have inhibitions about visiting the basement floors of department stores.

Lumine fashion buildings, Newdays convenience stores, and others are now on track, and annual sales in JR East’s lifestyle business-related efforts surpassed ¥800 billion in FY2006, approaching big-name department store retailer Takashimaya, which posted ¥877.7 billion in sales in FY2009.

But after seeing JR East’s successes, other railway companies are jumping on the bandwagon to strengthen their ekinaka businesses. In March of last year, subway operator Tōkyō Metro opened an Echika retail facility featuring approx. 40 fashion shops and restaurants inside Ikebukuro Station (Toshima Ward, Tōkyō). With business doing well at the first Echika location at Omotesandō Station (Minato Ward, Tōkyō), the company made a big jump and opened the second location. On the Toei Subway network, some stations even have retail space for farmers looking to sell their agricultural products direct to customers. Other private railway companies in the National Capital Region have also successfully lured big-name convenience stores to join their ekinaka facilities.

Competition for customers with department stores and electronics retailers outside stations is fierce, and JR East executives say, “Because the volume of people passing through these stations is immense, if we don’t change our approach and our goods, customers will get bored.”

Ensuring the survival of both ekinaka and shopping districts

JR East is venturing into the ekinaka business because its main business—railway transport—has topped out. With an aging population, the railway can no longer rely on growth in the commuter population, and the drop in expressway tolls has also taken its toll. As a result, the railway is aiming to boost its revenues from its non-transport businesses, including its lifestyle service business, with the goal of bringing their share of the company’s total revenues from the current 30 percent up to 40 percent by FY2017.

Even in the confined sales floor spaces inside stations, the railway can increase revenues by offering a larger range of gourmet and high-quality goods, which have higher profitability. However, the railway’s efforts in the ekinaka business frequently draw opposition from local supermarkets and shopping districts. Part of the reason is that these stations, with superior locations, were constructed as public facilities using public money when JR was still the Japanese National Railways (JNR).

JR East says, “We will discuss the issues with both local shopping districts and governments to make these efforts that will bring benefits to the entire neighborhood.”

Dila Nishi-Ogikubo

NNN news feature on emerging trends in ekinaka (2010.06.25).
The first half covers Dila Nishi-Ogikubo, the second half covers a famous farmers’ market at Shiroi Station on the Hokusō Railway.

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Latest issues of JR East Technical Review

No. 15 (Winter 2010)
  • Innovating Signal Control and Transport Management Systems
    • Special Feature Article
      • Significant Features of Innovating Signal Control and Transport Management Systems
      • Innovation of the Railway Operation System in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area
    • Interpretive Article
      • Overview of Development of a Signal Control System
      • Overview of the Development of a Transport Management System
    • Special Edition Paper
      • Development of a Network-based Signal Control System for Station Yards
      • Development of a Network-based Signal Control System for Automatic Block Signals
      • Development of the Shunting Planning Support System
  • R&D to Achieve the Ultimate Level of Safety
    • Special Feature Article
      • Commemorative Lecture for the 20th Anniversary of the Founding of the Safety Research Laboratory: Safety Secured by People
      • 2013 Safety Vision
    • Interpretive Article
      • Efforts in Improvement of Rolling Stock Safety
      • Technical Development for Safe Maintenance Work
    • Special Edition Paper
      • Development of an L-Shaped Guide to Prevent Deviation from Rails
      • Development of an Axle Box Heating Detection System and Improvement of its Reliability
      • Development of a Detector of Foreign Objects Caught in the Doors with Improved Function for Preventing Passenger Dragging Accidents
      • How to Interview Persons Involved about Accidents due to Human Errors
      • Development of Maintenance Vehicle Driver Skill Improvement Training Tools

No. 14 (Summer 2009)
  • Construction Technologies for Creation of New Spaces
    • Interpretive Article
      • Current State of R&D on Space Creation and its Future Outlook in the JR East 2020 Vision: Space Creation Technology for Enhancing Foundations of Railway and Life Services Businesses and for Improving Station Functions as Transport Nodes
    • Special Edition Paper
      • Basic Study of New Structure Forms with Seismic Isolation to Reduce Costs of Over-track Buildings
      • Study of Practical Application of Seismic Reinforcement Method for Over-track Station Buildings Using Adjacent Buildings
      • Development of New Aseismatic Structure Using Escalators
      • Basic Research on Use of Surface Impregnant for Higher Durability of Concrete Structures
      • Development Toward Application of Crack Self-Healing Concrete to Actual Structures
      • Study on Cast-in-Place Small-Diameter Piling Method Applicable to Work Between Tracks
      • Development of Design and Construction Method for Highly Effective Ground Vibration Control Work
      • Study on Conventional Railway Line Noise in High Spaces
  • Meteorological & Terrestrial Observation Technologies and Railway Disaster Prevention
    • Special Edition Paper
      • Research on the Use of Weather Radar in Train Operation Control
      • Development of a Disaster Risk Factor Evaluation System Based on the EADaS Method
      • Development of a Soundness Evaluation System for Bridge Substructured
      • Research on New Methods for Railway Forest Maintenance and Management
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JR East to install more wind fences on Keiyō Line
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On June 11, the Chiba Branch Office of East Japan Railway Company (JR East) announced that it would increase the number of wind fences on the Keiyō Line as part of its strategy against strong winds. The wind fences will stretch a total length of 12 km, along both the inbound and outbound tracks between Shiomi (Kōtō Ward, Tōkyō) and Kasai Rinkai Kōen Stations (Edogawa Ward, Tōkyō) and along the inbound track between Futamata Shinmachi (Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture) and Minami-Funabashi Stations (Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture). Construction will be completed by the autumn of 2012.

The steel and fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) fences will be installed about two meters above the height of the tracks. Both sections selected for the fences are subject to particularly high winds along the Keiyō Line. The cost of project is ¥4 billion to ¥5 billion. Construction will begin this summer, with the new fences gradually entering into service as construction is completed.

Trains on the Keiyō Line, which runs on an elevated viaduct along Tōkyō Bay, are particularly susceptible to strong winds. In FY2009, there were several cases of delays to trains as a result of high winds, resulting in widespread impacts to passengers. With the completion of the new wind fences, JR East says it can reduce incidences of service cancellation by about 30 percent.

In 2007, JR East installed wind fences on six bridges along the Keiyō Line. JR’s Chiba Branch Office says, “We observed some benefit from the fence installation in 2007, but we can definitely decrease service disruptions further by increasing the number of wind fences.”
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E233-5000 series enters revenue service

These are the new units for the Keiyō Line, replacing all the existing rolling stock on the line, which is mostly a hodgepodge of all sorts of trains, including 201 series, 205 series, 209 series, and 331 series trains, some manufactured exclusively for the line, many hand-me-downs from other lines in the Tōkyō area. This is the 20th anniversary of the Keiyō Line, so it’s about time it got some decent stock it could really call its own.

Clips from the first day of service on July 1, 2010:
Source: karibajct on YouTube

Part 1: Miscellaneous clips along the Keiyō Line



Part 2: Clips from Tōkyō Station during the evening rush, where E233 series trains were immediately assigned to commuter rapid runs and through-service runs into the Bōsō Peninsula on the Sotobō Line and Uchibō Line.



LCD and automatic / voice announcements on a train between Shin-Narashino and Minami-Funabashi.


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Yamanote Line platform doors at Ebisu Station enter service
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On June 26, platform doors (moving platform gates) entered service at Ebisu Station (Shibuya Ward, Tōkyō) on the JR Yamanote Line. While similar doors have already been installed on portions of Tōkyō Metro and Shinkansen networks, this marks the first such installation for JR’s zairaisen (non-Shinkansen) network. The doors will be installed at all 29 stations on the Yamanote Line by FY2017.

According to JR East, there were 62 incidents of passengers coming into contact with trains and 132 incidents of suicide on platforms at its stations. The railway has been implementing strategies to prevent these accidents, such as by installing emergency train stop buttons, but with the number of cases continuing to rise, the railway decided to introduce platform doors.

The door channels on the Yamanote Line platform doors are 1.3 m tall and 2 m wide. In order to allow passengers better visibility of the area beneath their feet, parts of the door feature glass sections, and high-performance sensors to detect passengers or obtrusions such as personal items are also installed. A two-year trial of the platform door system will be carried out Ebisu Station as well as at Meguro Station (Shinagawa Ward), where platform doors will begin service on August 28. Based on the results of the trial, JR East plans to begin construction at the other stations starting in FY2012.

Many are looking to platform doors as the “magic remedy” against passenger-train collisions and suicides. However, outside of a handful of railway operators such as Tōkyō Metro, which will have platform doors installed at 47% of its stations by FY2012, installation of platform doors is stalling among most railway companies, citing reasons such as differing door positions on through-servicing trains.
Tōkyō MX news report (2010.06.26):



Clips at Ebisu Station on the first day of service:


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Some pictures of the platform door construction at Meguro Station (2010.06.20):
Source: http://szh-449901.cocolog-nifty.com/

Apparently they’ve been installing doors on the Platform 1 (inner, counterclockwise loop) side for some time now, but have only recently started on Platform 2 (outer, clockwise loop).



Platform 1, Car No. 10. They are continuing to phase out the six-door cars with newly-manufactured four-door cars.



Near the Car No. 4 location, a Narita Express train with its characteristic red roof passes by below us.



Still no doors installed at this location yet.



The north end of the platforms, closer to Ebisu.



Same spot from one month ago.



Platform 2, Car No. 2.



Platform 2, Car No. 5. They’re still working on this part.



Platform 2, Car No. 9.



One of the E231-4600 series cars, replacing the six-door No. 10 cars on Yamanote Line trains.



The new No. 10 cars have two windows on the Car No. 11 end, probably to convert these to end cars when JR East decides to completely replace the Yamanote Line fleet. The six-door cars will disappear completely in about a year.

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Eleven Tōkyō rail operators participate in digital signage trial program
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On May 12, 2010, a digital signage promotion project composed of eleven railway companies and railway advertising agencies announced it would begin a field trial using digital signage units at major terminal stations in the Greater Tōkyō area. The trial will experiment with how to display eye-grabbing advertisements, as well as methods of placement and measurement of effectiveness. The trial will last for one year starting June 21, 2010.

The digital signage units will be installed at twenty stations operated by eleven railways (Odakyū Electric Railway, Keiō Corporation, Keisei Electric Railway, Keihin Electric Express Railway, Seibu Railway, Tōkyū Corporation, Tōkyō Metro, the Tōkyō Metropolitan Transportation Bureau, Tōkyō Monorail, Tōbu Railway, and East Japan Railway Company), with a total of 27 units to be installed. The participating railways have selected their major terminal stations for the trial, with JR East, Odakyū Electric Railway, and Keiō Corporation selecting Shinjuku Station and Tōkyū Corporation selecting Shibuya Station.

The digital signage units to be installed consist of 52 in displays mounted on 1,900 mm tall, 1,400 mm wide, and 100 mm deep frames. The units come equipped with facial recognition systems, allowing them to measure the number of people passing in front of the unit, as well as the number of people who looked at the advertisement and their gender and age. The video and images captured will not be preserved, but the demographic data collected will be accumulated. The units will receive content data from the content transmission system via WiMAX or HSDPA wireless communication.

The firms participating in the project are railway companies and their subsidiary advertisement agencies, including Odakyū Agency, Keiō Agency, Keikyū Ad Enterprise, Keisei Agency, jeki (JR East Planning), Seibu Railway, Tōkyū Agency, the Tōkyō Metropolitan Transportation Bureau, Tōbu Railway, Metro Ad Agency, and Monorail Agency.
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JR East CM campaign: Music for Your Life

This is a series of CMs by JR East Group featuring violinist Gotō Ryū.
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2003 and 2004



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2008 and 2009

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Conversion to ten-car trains begins on Toei Subway Shinjuku Line
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At the Tōkyō Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation, of the 28 eight-car trains being used on the Toei Subway Shinjuku Line, we will convert four of the trains to ten-car trains. Starting June 1, we will gradually introduce these higher-capacity trains into service.

Start dates
Tuesday, June 1, 2010: One (1) ten-car train (weekdays only)
Tuesday, June 28, 2010: Three (3) ten-car trains (weekdays, weekends, and holidays)

Benefits
  1. Introduction of three ten-car trains during the most crowded time period (weekday morning rush hour, towards Shinjuku), relieving congestion inside trains
  2. Introduction of two ten-car trains during the weekday evening rush hour (towards Moto-Yawata), relieving congestion inside trains
  3. Operation of one of the two weekend express trains bound for Takao-san-guchi as a ten-car train, relieving congestion inside trains.
The first ten-car 10-300 series train. The new cars are Car No. 5 and Car No. 7, which were manufactured by JR East’s Niitsu Car Factory but also received mods at Tōkyū Car Corporation.


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