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Old November 3rd, 2010, 07:38 AM   #1861
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It's good to know that there is a direct Toei subway link to Haneda (i.e., Asakusa Line through-service on the Keikyu lines).
The Asakusa Line was actually the first through-service between subway and private railway in Japan (1968), so it wasn't much more of a leap to begin direct service to Haneda after the Keikyū Airport Line (re)opened in the early 1990s.
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Old November 13th, 2010, 10:05 AM   #1862
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Tōkyō Metro 16000 series enters service: Part 1

Inside 16102F, between Shin-Ochanomizu and Nishi-Nippori. I'm aready liking the motor sound, although it does seem a little bit louder.


Source: tobu2181 on YouTube

Closer look at the LCD passenger information program. This looks different from what I remember for the refurbished Marunouchi Line 02 series, so perhaps they tweaked it some more.


Source: tobu2181 on YouTube

Arriving at Nogizaka:


Source: x90td0625g on YouTube

Photo Set 1:
Source: http://0917-0228.at.webry.info/

Side destination signs are full-color LED.



Easily my favorite of Tōkyō Metro's newest stock. The partitions at the ends of the seats feature a nice fade print (or etch?).





Set 2:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/k9_tq/

At Ayase Station:



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Old November 13th, 2010, 10:06 AM   #1863
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Tōkyō Metro 16000 series enters service: Part 2

Closer look at the glass partitions:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/smilemusashino/



Another interior shot in outdoor lighting:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/hk_hs_fun_hanharufun/



Testing on the Odakyū Tama Line:
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/kuha18141/











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Old November 19th, 2010, 07:55 AM   #1864
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Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2010

Convention was held 2010.11.10 to 2010.11.12 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City. Anything and everything railway-related, even food / drink vending machines.

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Old November 19th, 2010, 07:56 AM   #1865
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Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2010: Fare Collection
http://gigazine.net/index.php?/news/...gate_mtij2010/

At Nippon Signal's booth:

Newest-type conventional faregate



The card reader is a display that can be programmed to show the desired image.



Low-cost version without barriers:



It prints a receipt for you that tells you what seat you reserved, what train, etc.... A similar system is already in use for passengers using the EX-IC card on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen.



Response time is silly fast.



Completely contactless faregate system. The gates are designed taller than conventional faregates so they can properly sense the device.



Stick this in your wallet or bag and you can pass through. This is only an experimental version... They are aiming for something about as thick as three IC cards stacked on top of each other for actual mass production of the technology.



Ticket information is displayed on large LCD screen, which also tells you what platform to board from and in what direction to walk.

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Old November 19th, 2010, 07:57 AM   #1866
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Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2010: Kawasaki SWIMO
http://gigazine.net/index.php?/news/...wimo_mtij2010/

More from Kawasaki's booth, this time for thw SWIMO battery-powered LRV:







Not a huge fan of the ends, but I like the exterior otherwise.







Roof is completely smooth since there is no need for pantograph and other electrical equipment.



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Old November 19th, 2010, 07:58 AM   #1867
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Continued:

GigaCell nickel-hydride batteries underneath the seats.















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Old November 19th, 2010, 07:59 AM   #1868
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Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2010: Kawasaki overseas railcar orders
http://gigazine.net/index.php?/news/...fset_mtij2010/

A few pics of models of two major oversears orders for Kawasaki rolling stock...

First up are the Metro North M-8s:

















Next up are the Singapore MRT C151As:







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Old November 19th, 2010, 08:00 AM   #1869
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Other related posts are here:

JR Hokkaidō Dual Mode Vehicle (DMV):
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=129

KATO train models:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=130
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:30 AM   #1870
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Mitsubishi Electric selected for platform door installations on Sapporo Municipal Subway Namboku Line
http://www.mitsubishielectric.co.jp/...10/0927-a.html

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has received an order for approx. ¥1.1 billion from the Sapporo City Transportation Bureau to install moving platform gates (platform doors) at all 16 stations on the Sapporo Municipal Subway Namboku Line.

Order details
The Sapporo Municipal Subway Namboku Line was the first subway to open in Sapporo City, in 1971. The full length of the current line (14.3 km) opened in 1978.

Currently, the Sapporo City Transportation Bureau is taking steps towards installaing platform doors, and installation of platform doors (manufactered by Mitsubishi Electric) was completed at all stations on the Tōzai Line in FY2008. As the second line in the program, platform doors will now be installed at all stations on the Namboku Line.

The platform doors to be installed in this project are designed for six-car trains with four doors per car, and will cover a total of 768 double-leaf doorways across the inbound and outbound platforms at all 16 stations on the Namboku Line. Installation will be conducted between the last train and first train, when the subway is not in service.

It is expected that installation of platform doors will increase throughout Japan in the future as a safety strategy at stations. Mitsubishi Electric will continue working to expand both trackside and train-side product systems such as platform doors that contribute to passenger comfort and the safe operations of railways.
  • Project: Namboku Line Platform Door Installation Works
  • Client: Sapporo City Transportation Bureau
  • Order size: 16 stations, 768 double-leaf platform doors (24 doors per island platform per station, designed for six-car trains with four doors per car)
  • Contract value: ¥1.1367 billion (excl. tax)
  • Construction schedule: Until March 20, 2013
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:31 AM   #1871
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Nishitetsu 2000 series retired
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/life/trend/...1201006-n1.htm

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The 2000 series trains of Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu; HQ: Fukuoka City), which have been sprinting along Kyūshū's Chikushi-ji corridor for 38 years, retired from service after October 17 after a long "journey," over the years clocking in a distance 178 times the circumference of the earth. An array of fans gathered at the retirement ceremony to bid farewell to the train, painted in its classic yellow scheme.

The 2000 series trains were introduced in 1973 to serve as the limited express units on Nishitetsu's Tenjin — Ōmuta Line. Replacing the previous four-car 1000 series limited express, the 2000 series were six-car trains aimed at increasing capacity. Compared to the 1000 series, the 2000 series' motors generated 70 percent more output. In addition, the 2000 series featured enhanced passenger comfort and were the first Nishitetsu trains to be completely outfitted with air conditioning and feature rotating seats that can change direction depending on the direction of the train.

The paint scheme was an unmistakable yellow—representing the ears of rice growing on the Chikugo Plain—with a red beltline.

In 1974, the 2000 series became the first among Kyūshū's railroad stock to win the Laurel Award, given to only the best among newly-manufactured trains.

In 1983, the journey between Fukuoka (Tenjin) and Ōmuta was reduced to one hour, a long-awaited dream for Nishitetsu. In their heyday, six 6-car 2000 series units carried commuters to and from work and school, but due to deterioration and the introduction of new 8000 series trains, one after another they retired until only one train remained.

10:33 am. Approx. 150 railfans let loose a string of camera flashes as the 2000 series train glides into Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station. With headmarks bearing the phrases "Thank you, 2000 series" and "Goodbye, 2000 series" attached to the front and end of the train, about 300 participants who applied for a final charter run boarded the train.

10:49 am. The light signaling departure flickers on. Managing stationmaster Shiozuka Kiyotaka gave the OK sign for departure and the train gradually began to move, seen off by a large round of applause and more camera flashes. Nagano Taiyō (47), an officeworker from Higashi Ward, Fukuoka City who had arrived at the station at 6:00 am together with three other members of his family, reminisced of the past: "I used the train often when I was little. It really is one of my childhood memories."

Inside the train, the railway sponsored an auction of standee rings, nameplates, and other memorabilia. The 2000 series train turned back at Hanabatake (Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture), arriving at Chikushi (Chikushino City, Fukuoka Prefecture) after 1:00 pm. The train's 7.15 million km journey over the years, equivalent to circling the Earth 178 times, had finally come to an end.

The last remaining 2000 series train will be scrapped one car at a time at Nishitetsu's Chikushi Car Yard. One of the cars will be used in anti-terrorism training exercises by the prefectural police and other authorities in November.

After seeing off the 2000 series' last run at Fukuoka Station, Ōtsuka Takashi (62) from Yawata-Nishi Ward, Kita-Kyūshū City, head of the Japan Railfan Club's Kyūshū branch, remarked, "The 2000 series was the forerunner of all the new trains we have now, sprinting along the Chikushi-ji corridor." Although a veteran of the Japanese National Railways (JNR), he confided, "When Nishitetsu introduced the 2000 series, JNR fought back, running the Kiha 66 diesel units with air conditioning. We both fought the good fight."
Another Shōwa Era train bites the dust...

Clips in the days before the final run. Nishitetsu outfitted the ends of the last unit with the former company emblem.


Source: ayokoi on YouTube

Last run departs Fukuoka (Tenjin):


Source: HawkswithAAA on YouTube
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:32 AM   #1872
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Mejiron nimoca rollout on December 26
http://www.nishitetsu.co.jp/release/2010/10_123.pdf

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Starting Sunday, December 26, 2010, Ōita Kōtsū Co., Ltd. and Ōita Bus Company will launch the Mejiron nimoca service on their regular fixed-route buses operating in Ōita City.

In the future, the card service is also scheduled to be expanded to routes in Beppu City and Saiki City, including Kamenoi Bus Co., Ltd.

In an effort to encourage public transport use and revitalize the region, Mejiron nimoca aims to be a highly-convenient regional card for use by locals.

Start of service: Sunday, December 26, 2010 (can be used on accepting lines with the start of bus services on this day)

Coverage area:
  • Buses (operated by Ōita Kōtsū Co., Ltd.)
    • All lines in Ōita City (29 buses)
  • Buses (operated by Ōita Bus Company)
    • All lines in Ōita City (200 buses)
    • Lines outside of Ōita City (23 buses): Ōita — Mukainoharu Line, Ōita — Taketa Line, Ōita — Usuki Line, and Ōita — Saiki Line
      Note: Expansion to lines outside of Ōita City (operated by Ōita Kōtsū Co., Ltd.), lines in Beppu City, lines in Saiki City, and airport-related lines is scheduled for March 2011.
  • Electronic money
    • All LAWSON stores (139 stores in Ōita Prefecture as of September 2010)
      We will now work to expand coverage to other stores.
    • Electronic money-affiliated stores featuring logo marks for nimoca, SUGOCA, Hayakaken, or Suica.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:32 AM   #1873
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Nishitetsu to give Hakata bus terminal a facelift
http://kyushu.yomiuri.co.jp/news/nat...OYS1T00273.htm

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On October 25, Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu) announced that it will renovate the joint bus terminal and retail facility Fukuoka Traffic Center (nine stories aboveground, one story belowground) in February of next year. The project is being carried out in cooordination with the opening in March of next year of the full length of the Kyūshū Shinkansen's Kagoshima route and the new Hakata Station tenant building (Fukuoka City), which is adjacent to the Fukuoka Traffic Center Building. The railway will invest approx. ¥1 billion into the project. In addition to constructing a pedestrian bridge connecting to the station tenant building on the second floor, the railway will also switch out a portion of the buiding's tenants.

The pedestrian bridge will be constructed by Fukuoka City as a public facility, and is expected to be opened for use in March of next year. The costs will be borne by Nishitetsu and JR Kyūshū, which is constructing the station tenant building.

On November 1, the Fukuoka Traffic Center was renamed the Hakata Bus Terminal, making it easier for tourists to understand its purpose.

Fashion chain Fashion Center Shimamura is slated to take out space on the fourth floor as one of the major new tenants. The ¥100 shop THE DAISŌ will be relocated from the fourth floor to the fifth floor, into approx. 3,400 sq of sales floor area, making it the largest such store in Japan.

Fukuoka Traffic Center is managed by a subsidiary of Nishitetsu. A total of about 3,000 daily bus trips, including highway express buses and other buses, serve the bus terminal, which has an average daily ridership of approx. 70,000 passengers.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:33 AM   #1874
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Revenues and profits up for Nishitetsu
http://mytown.asahi.com/areanews/fuk...011020040.html

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On November 2, Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu) announced its consolidated financial statement for the first half of FY2010. It's international goods distribution business focused on Asia is doing well, and the railway posted a 3.1% year-over-year increase in sales to ¥156.5 billion, with net profit at ¥1.1 billion—2.5 times the value last year for the same period. It's railway and bus operations continued to struggle, however, and are still relying on restructuring. The railway is also speeding up preparations to deal with the "Shinkansen effect" from rival JR.

The railway's goods distribution business, focused on air freight, posted a 27.9% year-over-year increase in total sales to ¥33.2 billion. Transport of semiconductors and automobile equipment is doing well, and the ¥100 million operating loss has now become a ¥500 million operating profit.

In contrast, however, Nishitetsu's railway and bus businesses aren't doing as well. Expressway toll discounts and fare reductions on the Chikuhō Electric Railroad connecting Kita-Kyūshū City and Nōgata City in November 2009 helped push down ridership, with revenue dropping two percent to ¥43 billion. The increase in operating profit from ¥1.4 billion to ¥1.7 billion is a result of restructuring of bus lines, with approx. 100 lines being discontinued or seeing a reduction in service.

Goods distribution is easily influenced by economic conditions and exchange rates, and a Nishitetsu executive says, "There is a possibility that we'll need to hit the brakes." The railway hopes to increase its profitability while continuing to reduce costs by making its bus operations more efficient.

One prospect is the benefits coming from new customers attracted by the opening of the full length of the Kyūshū Shinkansen next spring. Nishitetsu hopes to lure in Shinkansen customers, connecting its bus terminal to the new JR Hakata Station by a pedestrian bridge. The railway is also considering using a differentiating color scheme for its city buses to improve convenience for passengers. Nishitetsu is aiming to bring Kyūshū visitors to retail facilities in the Tenjin district, creating a ripple effect in its distribution business. While the Shinkansen may steal customers from its highway express buses, Nishitetsu president Takeshima Kazuyuki says, "Overall, there is not doubt that it is a plus."
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:34 AM   #1875
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SUGOCA to be accepted at Shimonoseki Station starting in spring 2011
http://www.westjr.co.jp/news/newslis...75021_799.html

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As detailed below, we will begin accepting JR Kyūshū's IC farecard SUGOCA, which has been receiving praise from customers, at Shimonoseki Station starting in spring 2011.

Main details of SUGOCA service at Shimonoseki Station
By touching their SUGOCA card to the automatic faregates, passengers can use trains between Shimonoseki and stations inside the SUGOCA coverage area in Kyūshū.
Note: We will not offer SUGOCA cards for purchase at Shimonoseki Station.
Note: For SUGOCA commuter passes to Shimonoseki Station, please visit any Midori no Madoguchi ticket counter in the SUGOCA coverage area of Kyūshū.

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The start of service is scheduled to coincide with the launch of interoperability between SUGOCA and JR West's IC farecard ICOCA in spring 2011. We will publish details as soon as they are finalized.
Should make crossing to Honshū more convenient for local Kyūshū folks. The Kanmon Straits are quite narrow, so there is a lot of interaction between Kita-Kyūshū and Shimonoseki... In fact, there is already a ped-bike tunnel underneath the straits. Probably the only reason this didn't happen any sooner is because of jurisdiction issues, as Shimonoseki is part of JR West's service area.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:34 AM   #1876
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JR Hakata City to open March 3; JR Kyūshū aims for annual sales of ¥70 billion
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/region/kyus...0149000-n1.htm

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On November 17, JR Kyūshū formally announced that it would open the new Hakata Station tenant building JR Hakata City (Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City) on Thursday, March 3 of next year. The railway is forecasting annual sales of ¥70 billion across Hakata Hankyū, specialty store arcade Amu Plaza, and other tenants.

The building will open before the opening of the full length of the Kyūshū Shinkansen, scheduled for March 12 of next year. Including an underground parking garage for cars, the building spans three underground levels and ten aboveground levels. Gross floor area is approx. 200,000 sq m. Approx. 230 stores including gourmet restaurants, Tōkyū Hands, and a cinema complex will lease out space in Amu Plaza Hakata.

First-year sales forecasts for Amu Plaza are approx. ¥30 billion. Together with the ¥37 billion forecast for Hakata Hankyū and other building tenants, the railway set a target annual sales figure of ¥70 billion. Of this total amount, lease fees totaling to around ¥40 billion will become revenue for JR.

At JR Kyūshū, the railway will invite members of its JQ Card program to a pre-opening on March 2.

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With the opening date for JR Hakata City—the future home of approx. 230 stores including Hankyū Department Store and Tōkyū Hands—formally decided, the distribution and retailing industry in Fukuoka and Kyūshū will enter into an era of fierce competition starting March 3 of next year.

JR Hakata City's first-year total sales target is ¥70 billion—12 percent of the total annual sales volume of all department stores in Kyūshū (¥564.2 billion (FY2009); Kyūshū Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry). JR Kyūshū president Karaike Kōji has his eyes set on the gold: "We are looking to direct the flow of all the passengers at Hakata Station towards the retail facilities. In addition, for people who haven't used Hakata Station, we are looking to identify specific target demographics and bring them in as well."

Fukuoka's Tenjin district, the largest shopping district in all of Kyūshū and home to Iwataya Mitsukoshi, Hakata Daimaru, and PARCO department stores, is expected to be the hardest hit by the new building. Even Hakata Hankyū, which is on the offensive in this situation, admits that Tenjin is a "retail agglomeration that has everything covered from top to bottom." However, representatives from the Tenjin area are more concerned: "Even now, when one of the department stores has a sale, sales revenue at the other department stores drops dramatically. Fukuoka's consumer demand isn't large enough for all of us."

In response to these concerns, JR officials emphasize, "We will help push urban development by coordinating with the Tenjin district and Canal City, located in between."

"We see our market as all of Kyūshū, parts of western Japan, and Asia," confides JR president Karaike. It's expected that the China UnionPay card, the ubiquitous payment card in China, will also be accepted at Hakata City.

Capturing consumer demand by expanding the catchment area is set to become a hot topic, and it remains to be seen whether the new station tenant building will induce more heated competition or instead create symbiotic relationships within Kyūshū's distribution industry.
This article doesn't mention it, but the railway is also forecasting that daily visitors to JR Hakata City will be approx. 100,000, or about three times the number of visitors to Canal City Hakata, and that the building will create 6,000 new jobs.
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Field surveys for new proposed station on Ōsaka Higashi Line
http://www.kentsu.co.jp/osaka/news/p01359.html

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In regards to the proposal to establish a new station on the Ōsaka Higashi Line (Ōsaka Soto-Kanjō Railway) between JR Nagase Station and Shin-Kami Station, Ōsaka City and Higashi-Ōsaka City are scheduled to begin field surveys by the end of FY2010. Ōsaka Prefecture, which will serve as the mediator between the two cities, says it hopes to "help move things along so that the process can begin to establish the new station as early as possible."

The distance between JR Nagase Station and Shin-Kami Station on the Ōsaka Higashi Line is approx. 2.7 km, the longest station-to-station distance on the line and at the higher end for typical station-to-station distances in urbanized areas. The area near the middle of the two stations (near the border between the two cities) has been labelled a "dead man's land" for railways, and over the years, there have been requests by locals to have a new station established.

In particular, Higashi-Ōsaka City identifies the new station as a critical facility from the perspective of citizen convenience, revitalization of local industry, and urban development. Both Higashi-Ōsaka City and Ōsaka City have been spearheading the project, beginning ongoing discussions several years ago. In regards to the project, the Ōsaka Prefectural Government commented at a Prefectural Council session, "There is strong local support for the station. We hope to offer advice on how to begin the process so that the new station is established quickly." One major issue is the funding share to be supplied by Ōsaka City, which is struggling with financial difficulties. Upcoming efforts to bring the project together hold the key to its success.

The Ōsaka Higashi Line is a West Japan Railway Company (JR West) rail line (trunk line) project that proposes to improve the Jōtō Freight Line (a freight branch of the Katamachi Line) and operate passenger service between Shin-Ōsaka Station in Yodogawa Ward, Ōsaka City and Kyūhōji Station in Yao City. Of this section, the southern segment between Hanaten Station and Kyūhōji Station opened on March 15, 2008 before the other sections.

JR Nagase Station is located at Nagatachō 3-chōme, Higashi-Ōsaka City, and is an elevated station with a single island platform and two tracks. Shin-Kami Station is located in Kami-Higashi 4-chōme, Hirano Ward, Ōsaka City, and is an elevated station with two side platforms and two tracks.
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Ōsaka Station construction updates: Part 1

Portions of the new transfer passage above the platforms at Ōsaka Station were opened to the public on 2010.11.01. Some pics taken in the very early morning (to avoid the rush hour):
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/

The station canopy at sunrise...





Looking at the North Gate Building...



Looking good so far...
Somewhat unusual to see everything lined up at nice intervals and right angles... Transfer passages like this don't always look so neat and orderly, particularly when you get to major terminals that have been modified multiple times over the years and had new platforms and tracks and exits added all over the place.



Currently, only the east half of the passage is complete... They are still working on the west half.



New escalator on the west side.



Platforms 1 and 2 for the Ōsaka Loop Line.



Some interesting new escalators, with a level section in the middle due to a stairwell that leads to the Central Exit of the station.



View from the side:



Recently-widened Platform 8



From here, we can see the west side of the transfer passage is still covered up while they install all the vertical circulation elements.



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Ōsaka Station construction updates: Part 2

Another set:
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/



From the Sky Farm, looking out at the Umeda North Yard.



From Time Square, looking up at the canopy.



Looking at the retail portions of the North Gate Building... This is taken from the "roof" of the transfer passage.







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Ōsaka Station construction updates: Part 3

Last is a few photos of the renovation work on the existing pedestrian bridge connecting JR Ōsaka Station and Hankyū Umeda Station. Good thing they are doing this, as it looks tired and would have been a disappointing contrast to the rest of the station if left alone.
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/

They've closed off most of the bridge, and pedestrians currently have to shift to the side onto a temporary bridge.





Temporary bridge



The carillons at the Carillon Square have been delivered.



We're in the home stretch...
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