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Old October 26th, 2010, 07:53 AM   #1741
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New station on JR Kōbe Line between Rokkōmichi and Nada in 2016
http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/news/shakai/0003512914.shtml

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On October 6, it was revealed that JR West has finalized plans to establish a new station on the JR Kōbe Line between Rokkōmichi and Nada Stations (approx. 2.3 km) in Nada Ward, Kōbe City. The name of the new station is currently under consideration but likely to be "Maya Station," and total construction cost will be approx. ¥4 billion, with a target opening date of spring 2016. The station would be close to Hanshin's Nishi-Nada Station and Hankyū's Ōji Kōen Station, and the competition among the operators to secure ridership is expected to intensify.

The new station will be located approx. 900 m east of Nada Station, near Nada Minami-dōri 4 in Nada Ward, Kōbe City. Reusing empty land under JR West's ownership, a new station would be constructed with an elevated concourse level and ticketing hall above the platforms. A switchback will also be constructed at the station, minimizing the effect of service disruptions.

Together with the plan for the new station, JR West is teaming together with Mitsui Fudōsan Residential (HQ: Tōkyō) to construct a large-scale condominium project (approx. 730 units) in the area around the station. As the revenue gained from selling the land will be used towards construction costs for the new station, it's expected that Kōbe City will not need to bear any of the costs. This is the first new station development by JR West using this scheme.

The area around the site of the new station was formerly occupied by a branch line to Kōbe-kō Station and tracks for coupling locomotives, but the abandonment of Kōbe-kō Station in November 2003 resulted in a large swath of empty land. JR West has been considering options to reuse the site.
JR West seems to be on a station spree, filling in holes on the Tōkaidō Line with one new station after another...

This is an interesting place to put a new station, given that it is only 200 m north of Hanshin's Nishi-Nada Station and 500 m southwest of Hankyū's Ōji Kōen Station. It's not even a station requested by petition from the local government. JR West has opened a couple of new stations in the Kōbe ‒ Ōsaka (JR Kōbe Line) corridor in recent years, including Sakura Shukugawa (Nishinomiya City) in March 2007 and Suma Kaihin Kōen (Suma Ward, Kōbe City) in March 2008.

Site of the new station:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=3...21136&t=k&z=16
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Old October 26th, 2010, 07:54 AM   #1742
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Midōsuji Line Tennōji Station platform improvements construction update

A few pictures of the platform improvements at Tennōji Station on the Midōsuji Line, which involve construction of new raised catwalks directly above the platform, providing a bypass route and helping relieve platform congestion, which is only projected to get worse once Kintetsu finishes its new Abenobashi Terminal Building and Tōkyū finishes its Abeno redevelopment project.
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/

Floor slab for the new catwalk is in place:



The vertical clearance with the ceiling looks barely sufficient, but it may just be the perspective playing tricks.



Elevator. In some respects, I'm not thrilled about how narrow some of the platform area is getting, but since they will (eventually) be installing platform doors on the Midōsuji Line, it may not be an issue in the long run.



They seem to be proceeding quickly with the work.

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Old October 26th, 2010, 07:55 AM   #1743
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Ōsaka Municipal Subway manner posters

The FY2009 manner posters on the Ōsaka Municipal Subway were designed in retro style like Nikkatsu film posters. The series ended this August, replaced by a new series on a different theme. Here's a few of my favorites:







The full set is available here:
http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.jp/w_shi...oster/top.html
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Old October 26th, 2010, 07:59 AM   #1744
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JR Ōsaka Station ridership projected to increase to 910,000 daily with renovation
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/bus...0200000-n1.htm

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Projections by JR West released September 22 estimate that daily entries and exits at JR Ōsaka Station, currently undergoing a full-scale renovation, will increase to 910,000 passengers daily in FY2011 following the spring 2011 completion of the renovation work—an increase of 60,000 over the current approx. 850,000 passengers daily. The railway believes the renovation project will increase the ability of the station to draw customers, and is considering the possibility that ridership may break the 1,000,000 mark in spring 2013, when the first phase of the Umeda North Yard redevelopment on the north side of the station is set to open to the public.

The railway invested approx. ¥210 billion in total project costs into the new Ōsaka Station. The exterior is largely complete, but the interior is currently still under construction. The key element of the renovation is the glass canopy that stretches approx. 180 m east-west and 100 m north-south, sloping downward from the 13th floor of the new north tenant building—the 28-story “North Gate Building”—and spanning the tracks to reach the eighth floor of the 27-story “South Gate Building” on the south side of the station.

The new north tenant building is comprised of an east side featuring specialty retail shops and a west side that will feature the JR Mitsukoshi Isetan department store on its lower floors and offices for ITŌCHŪ Corporation and other tenants on its upper floors. The new tenant buildings on the north and south sides of the station will be connected by a two-story bridge, creating a public accessway that allows people to cross through the station without passing through the faregates.

Peaking at 861,910 daily entries and exits in FY2001, average daily ridership at Ōsaka Station has gone through several ups and downs, eventually dropping to 802,970 in FY2009 as a result of special factors such as the swine influenza scare. Lately, average ridership has rebounded to approx. 850,000 daily, but population along the JR network continues to decline and the battle with private railway companies to win passengers has become more and more heated.

JR West believes the new Ōsaka Station will become a new sightseeing spot and envisions “an increase in the number of people coming to visit the station.” With the opening of the full length of the Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route in March of next year, the new Sakura service directly linking Shin-Ōsaka and Kagoshima Chūō Stations will make its debut, and it’s expected tourists and other visitors from Kyūshū will be using Ōsaka Station. As a result, the railway projects an increase of 60,000 daily entries and exits.

The only JR stations in the country to exceed average daily ridership of 1,000,000 are Tōkyō’s Shinjuku (approx. 1,500,000 daily passengers) and Ikebukuro (approx. 1,100,000 daily passengers) Stations, but with the debut of the first phase of the Umeda North Yard development in spring 2013, Kitazono Shigeki, vice department chief of JR West’s Innovation Department, is hopeful: “1,000,000 daily passengers is no longer a dream for Ōsaka Station.”

In addition, the railway also projected an increased revenue benefit of ¥72.5 billion annually following the completion of the renovation, including revenues from railway and distribution businesses and tenant leases in the new tenant buildings. Depreciation costs will factor in after the opening of the new station, but profits will start to appear within five to six years.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 08:00 AM   #1745
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JR Ōsaka Station construction updates: Part 1

First, some good news... The new transfer corridor above the platforms will open November 1.
Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com/map/



Next, photos of the North Gate Building (2010.10.22). JR West announced that Ōsaka Station City will officially open May 2011, so it's only a few more months...
Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com/map/

The (traditional?) shot from the Hankyū Grand Building



Signs are up on the inside of the North Gate Building advertising the official opening date.



East end of the North Gate Building, which will be home to the Carillon Square.



Connection to the existing pedestrian bridge to Hankyū Umeda Station and the rest of Hankyū's "domain" in the area. Hopefully, they will at least do some kind of renovation for the existing bridge, which looks quite tired.





East end platforms.



The canopy for Platforms 3 and 4 is almost done.



Action atop the South Gate Building. The South Gate Building, which includes an expansion of the Daimaru Umeda department store, is set to open in March 2011 before the rest of Ōsaka Station City.



Now for the exterior of the North Gate Building...



"Sky Farm"



"Sky Farm" from the Umeda Sky Building



The Wind Plaza on the 11th floor of the building.



Garden of Serenity on the 10th floor



The tower crane lifts the trees one by one.

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Old October 26th, 2010, 08:01 AM   #1746
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JR Ōsaka Station construction updates: Part 2

Now, the South Gate Building (2010.10):
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/



Behind the grill at bottom, we can now just make out the words "Ōsaka Station."



Seems like they lowered some of the construction barriers so we now have a better view of the large "gate" that will serve as the main entry to the entire complex.



Looks like they didn't cut any corners here and chose good materials.



Since the North Gate Building has already received its logo and branding on the exterior, I wonder if they will do the same for the South Gate Building...



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Old October 26th, 2010, 08:02 AM   #1747
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JR Ōsaka Station Platforms 7 and 8 widened: Part 1

During the three-day period between Saturday, October 9 and Monday, October 11 (a public holiday), JR West carried out the platform widening for Platforms 7 and 8 for the JR Kyōto Line. The island platform was widened from the previous 10 m to 14 m, helping relieve platform congestion, particularly during the rush hours. This is the eighth track switchout as part of the Ōsaka Station improvement works.

First is the scene before the widening (2010.10.07):
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/



The base of the new platform is already in place, with the slab sections and other elements stacked in the middle atop the new track in preparation for the three-day construction period.



Everything, even the heavy machinery, is packed tightly into the narrow space between two revenue tracks.



A bonus shot of part of the atrium section on the north side of the station.



Another set:
Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com/map/

Plenty of these small crawler cranes stashed in preparation.





Kobelco CK90UR capable of lifting 4.9 tons. With a telescopic boom and compact body, it's well suited for work in constrained areas.



Switchout point



Switch is waiting to be installed.



Location of Platform 8

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JR Ōsaka Station Platforms 7 and 8 widened: Part 2

After completion of the work:
Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com/map/

Showing the new canopy and widened platform from up above. The widened platforms are 260 m long.



East end track layout. The former Track No. 8 on the right has been severed, and in the distance, beyond the new Track No. 8, we can see the former switching track.



East end of the platform.



Looking west. The columns supporting the canopy no longer match up now that the north side of the platform has been pushed out.



Joint between the old and the new sections. Even with three days, there isn't enough time to complete everything, so these sections have been temporarily taped over.



Much of the new platform edge has been completed, though.



The removal of the through track has brought Platform 8 and 9 closer together.



At the east end, which isn't covered by the large station canopy under construction, they managed to build an extended canopy during the three-day period, featuring the same membrane material as the others.

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JR Ōsaka Station Platforms 7 and 8 widened: Part 3

Continued:
Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com/map/

Quite a stark difference from before, and should greatly help platform congestion during the rush hours. I spot some tourists (), perhaps headed to Kyōto. The journey from Ōsaka Station to Kyōto Station is only 29 minutes and ¥540 on the shin-kaisoku trains.



This is where the widened platform canopy ends.



Since the widened platform sections past this are not directly covered, there's some great views of the new Ōsaka Station, in all its glory.



Looking up from the west end.



All the door location signs on the platform surface have been updated. It doesn't look like they will be moving any of the signs or displays.



Looking east from the west end. Like at the east end, this section isn't covered by the station canopy, so they extended out the platform canopy here.



West end.



Old severed track and new track switch. Given that there's another half of a switch peeling off the new track here, it's clear they will be doing some further reorganization of the track layout.

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JR Ōsaka Station Platforms 7 and 8 widened: Part 4

Now, from Platform 9, taken 2010.10.18:
Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com/map/

East end. In the distance is the famous red ferris wheel atop Hankyū's HEP Five mall.



The old rail is also severed here.



Simple steel frame of columns, beam, and girders support the widened section of platform.





Apparently, they will be removing the old canopies on the sections directly underneath the station canopy. Only makes sense I suppose.



Perhaps pressed for time, there are sections underneath the widened platform where the old rails still remain.



These sections use steel-reinforced concrete.

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JR Ōsaka Station Platforms 7 and 8 widened: Part 5

Continued:
Source: http://building-pc.cocolog-nifty.com/map/

Apparently, portions of the elevated concourse immediately above the tracks will be opened to the public on November 1, perhaps including these escalators.





Gondola-type cart and catwalks for canopy maintenance.



From the west end, looking east.



West end.



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Old October 26th, 2010, 08:08 AM   #1752
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JR West 225-5000 series begins testing

The new 225 series sets for the Hanwa Line / Kansai Airport Line have begun testing all over JR West's "urban network," including the Kyōto Line, Kosei Line, and Katamachi Line. The units are being tested both in 225-only and mixed 225 / 223 formations.

The third and fourth 225 series sets departing Tokuan Station together in 4+4 formation.


Source: JRwehksf on YouTube

A mixed 225 / 223 formation passing Ōmi Imazu Station on the Kosei Line.


Source: airportITM on YouTube
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Hōryūji Station photos

A quick tour through this unique station on the JR Yamatoji Line. Average daily station entries are 8,500 passengers. The new station building with elevated concourse level above the tracks was opened in March 2007, and is designed with Japanese architectural elements in homage to its namesake and World Heritage Site: Hōryūji Temple.
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/

The stacked and sloped roof design is reminiscent of architecture in Ikaruga Town and the Kyōto / Nara area.













Ticketing entrance has five gates in the array, all the old style with separator bars.



Before the improvements, the station had three tracks (one island platform + one side platform), but the rarely-used third track has been removed and the station downsized to two tracks (two side platforms).

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Saga Arashiyama Station photos

Nest is Saga Arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano Line (San'in Main Line) in Kyōto City. Average daily station entries are 5,200 passengers. The new station building with elevated concourse level above the tracks was opened in June 2008 as part of the double-tracking of the line and serves as JR's gateway to the Arashiyama area, a popular place to visit in Kyōto.
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/



Interior incorporates simple Japanese architectural elements in the triangular roof, wall decorations, and floor motif.





Like at Hōryūji Station, the faregates are old-style with bars. Plenty of older folks walking around who have come to visit Arashiyama.







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Katsuragawa Station photos

Next up on the station tours is Katsuragawa Station on the JR Kyōto Line (Tōkaidō Main Line) in Kyōto City. This station only opened in October 2008, and is generally a local-only stop (special rapid services skip the station completely, but a few rapid services that become locals west of Takatsuki also stop here). Platforms can handle 12-car trains (240 m). The station had been planned for years, but was put on hold for a bit due to delays in redevelopment around the station and roadway widening work underneath the station.
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/

West Exit. A bit flamboyant for JR standards, perhaps.







Typical public passage, allowing non-passengers to safely get across the tracks.



They've secured space for five gates but only have the bare minimum of three installed for the time being. These are the latest type, without the bars.



The station is located on a gentle curve.



Redevelopment is planned for the former Kirin Beer Kyōto Plant to house mixed-use retail and high-rise residential, and land readjustment began in 2008.

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Shimamoto Station photos

Now, a few photos of Shimamoto Station on the JR Kyōto Line (Tōkaidō Main Line) in Shimamoto Town, Ōsaka Prefecture. This station opened in March 2008 at the request of Shimamoto Town, closing up a 7.5 km interstation distance between Yamazaki and Takatsuki. Currently, average daily entries are 4,800 passengers (2009). Like Katsuragawa Station, this is mostly a local-only stop.
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/





Public passage. The station was established at the request of Shimamoto Town, necessitating that the local government pay for much of the cost of the new station. Given the town's poor financial state, the result is a "no-frills" station with just the bare minimums.



Three new-type faregates.



The slightly-curved platforms are designed to handle 12-car trains (240 m), which is the maximum length of trains currently operating in JR's urban network in the Kansai area. The station only has a single island platform serving the inner tracks, and trains on the outer tracks (usually "special rapid" shin-kaisoku trains) do not stop. The station melody is the theme song from commercials for Suntory Old Whisky, drawing from Suntory's Yamazaki Distillery in Shimamoto Town.



Nicely-designed rotary and station plaza.

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Kizu Station photos

Next up on the tours is Kizu Station, a major hub in Kizugawa City, Kyōto Prefecture served by the JR Yamatoji Line (Kansai Main Line), Gakken Toshi Line (Katamachi Line), and Nara Line. The station consists of two island platforms (four tracks total), and was reconstructed with an elevated concourse and public passage in April 2007. Average daily entries are 3,100 passengers.
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/



The curious exterior is supposed to represent the flowing waters of the Kizu River. Paying homage to towns that boomed with logging and the transport of wood, the exterior also features wood-grain accents.



The tracks are located on an embankment, so the concourse is actually elevated quite high above ground level of the surrounding area. The result is fairly long escalators and stairwells, and an additional down escalator for passengers.



Public passage. Very nicely designed given the level of ridership.



Old-style faregate array consisting of three gates.



The station building is new, but the platforms, with wooden canopies, remain untouched, adding some historical flavor. If you look closely at the platforms, you can see that they have actually been raised in the past, together with the electrification of the tracks.





View of the new East Exit transit plaza from the platforms. This was newly constructed as part of the recent station improvements.

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Kishibe Station construction updates: Part 1

Suita City and JR West are currently in the process of building a new station building with elevated concourse and barrier-free access at this station on the JR Kyōto Line (Tōkaidō Line). The station is located near the future Suita Freight Terminal to be built on the site of the former Suita Marshalling Yards in Suita City and Settsu City, but as part of the terms for accepting the freight terminal, a new pedestrian deck will be constructed connecting to the new station building and spanning the freight tracks, along with a public passage connecting both sides of the station. Suita Freight Terminal is supposed to accept about half of the functions of the Umeda Freight Terminal to allow for the various redevelopment projects around JR Ōsaka Station.

Completion is scheduled for some time in 2010 (together with the new freight terminal), although since I haven't heard anything about an opening yet, I suspect it's probably delayed until at least 2011. According to this article, completion of the freight terminal has been delayed until 2013 due to archeological ruins / remains, but it seems likely they will still try to keep the opening of the passenger station as close to the original schedule as possible.

First, some renderings:
Source: Suita City

North Exit. Suita Freight Terminal will occupy the space between this and the main part of the station.



South Exit



The image says "interior," but more specifically, this is the public passage.



View from the north, at the west end (closer to Ōsaka).

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Kishibe Station construction updates: Part 2

Now, some photos, first from 2010.07.19:
Source: http://kaze.blog.eonet.jp/

View of the construction for the new station building from the existing ground-level platforms. Doing some work on the foundation (and underground facilities perhaps?)...



Some rebar tied together, for columns for the pedestrian bridge perhaps?



2010.08.16:
Source: http://kaze.blog.eonet.jp/

The skeleton of the new North Exit...





2010.08.24:
Source: http://kaze.blog.eonet.jp/

Lots of heavy equipment on site, including a large blue crawler crane, undoubtedly used to help lift the beams for the pedestrian bridge spanning the freight tracks.





2010.09.05:
Source: http://kaze.blog.eonet.jp/

Closer to the station, there's another two of the large blue cranes...



From an apartment building on the south side of the station, we can see that work is progressing quickly on the north half of the bridge (they've already started constructing the frame for the canopy). The side closer to the station appears to be moving slower, however.



Zooming in, we can the canopy columns are all in place, and the arches are lined up on the ground waiting to be lifted and attached.

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Osaka station renovation is looking great. Any updates on Tokyo Station renovation?
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