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Old May 14th, 2009, 05:47 PM   #21
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Private railways have different gauges which is not necessarily standard gauge.
You are right. In addition to the 1435mm standard gauge, there is the 1372mm gauge used on the Keio Railway Main Line, the Tokyu Setagaya Line, Toei Shinjuku Subway, Toden Arakawa Line, and the Hakodate streetcar. This was the gauge of the once extensive Tokyo streetcar network (of which the Arakawa Line is the only remnant), which in turn adopted the gauge from even older horse-pulled tramways. This gauge apparently has Scottish origins, so it is sometimes called the "scotch gauge".

Keio Line train utilizing 1372mm gauge track:



There are also a few 762mm lines operated in Mie Prefecture, such as the Sangi Rlwy. Hokusei Line:



interior of above train type (note narrowness):
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Old May 14th, 2009, 07:25 PM   #22
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something stopping Japan from using standard gauge?
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Japanese Trains are the best!
I can't seem to understand how one wouldn't like the aesthetic designs of JR highspeed trains.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 06:22 AM   #24
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something stopping Japan from using standard gauge?
The original network of lines ("zairai sen") was built to the "cape gauge" of 1067mm. When the railway was in the planning stages back in the 19th century, there was a debate as to which gauge to adopt. The military wanted the standard 1435mm gauge, probably to facilitate easier movement of military equipment, while other government agencies and definitely local politicians wanted a 1067mm gauge system which could be both cheaper and more extensive, with numerous branch and secondary lines. The cape gauge won out, and now the present system is so extensive that re-gauging would be prohibitively extensive and unnecessary. Of course, the Shinkansen is built to standard gauge. Any other new non-high speed lines (i.e. urban or suburban) are built to a gauge defined more or less, I think, by whether they will connect to an existing line or matching the operating railway's de-facto standard gauge (whether that be 1067mm or 1435mm).
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The original network of lines ("zairai sen") was built to the "cape gauge" of 1067mm.
Some people in Britain at that time though this narrow gauge would become the trend so the Japanese (or the Japanese scholars studying in the UK at that time) adopted it...
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Old May 18th, 2009, 06:23 PM   #35
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the japanese trains is the most diversity that i have seen since british trains as well.

i am starting to think that britian Railways are taking the japanese approach as well.

most Europeans trains are like the japanese as well too now that i have noticed, only some countries like the USA does huge trains that are well like giants compared to the japanese or britain.

are the british and japanese railways similar to each other or is there differences between them?

oh and fantastic pictures post more please.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #36
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The classic bullet trains :

Are they still running, or have been decommissioned?
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The last series 0 Shinkansen trains were withdrawn late last year.
The last 400 series trains are going to be withdrawn later this year.
The 200 series are expected to be withdrawn in 2011.

And I guess that the days for series 100 are numbered as well, with the steady increase of new trains.
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I guess its the end of a generation
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Old May 21st, 2009, 07:37 AM   #40
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A train ride in Japan seems to be one of the things that I definitely want to try in life
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