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Old January 15th, 2010, 04:56 PM   #141
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Old January 15th, 2010, 06:40 PM   #142
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One of the best trains I ever seen....
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Old January 15th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #143
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The front looks a bit like Ultraman...
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Old January 28th, 2010, 05:37 AM   #144
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Next-generation express trains set speed records
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A new breed of express trains is bringing speeds previously only seen on Shinkansen lines to the rest of Japan's railway network.

Keisei Electric Railway Co.'s new Tokyo to Narita limited-express, which will debut in July, will reach speeds of 160 kph. The Hakutaka limited-express in Niigata Prefecture has already clocked a similar pace.

"The trains have become like Shinkansen," said Yoshiharu Tanaka of Keisei railway's rolling stock division. "For us, 160 kph was something we had never achieved before. It required a real technological leap forward."

Keisei's new Narita Sky Access Skyliner will run from Keisei Ueno Station in Tokyo to Narita Airport from July. Travelers starting at Nippori Station in Tokyo will reach Narita's Terminal 2 in a mere 36 minutes. The current Keisei Skyliner takes 51 minutes.

The new trains are equipped with powerful disc brakes used on bullet trains and bogies that could theoretically allow speeds of up to 300 kph.

But the real secret behind the new breakneck pace lies in the careful navigation of bureaucratic regulations and the design of the railway tracks themselves.

The key reason local trains run at a fraction of the pace of Shinkansen is an ordinance from the transport ministry stipulating that trains traveling on normal tracks must be able to brake to a dead stop within 600 meters in an emergency.

While the bullet trains run on elevated tracks that are effectively sealed off from the outside world, local trains must deal with a host of unexpected situations, such as people walking on the tracks or cars stopping on crossings.

The regulations have limited the maximum speed of trains running on conventional, non-elevated local lines to 130 kph for the past 20 years.

The new 160 kph Tokyo-Narita train will have a 1,100-meter braking distance when traveling at full tilt but has been given the go-ahead by the authorities because 19.1 km of the 64.1-km route will run on elevated tracks with no crossings. The train will have to abide by the 600-meter stopping distance when not on the elevated section.

The limited-express Hakutaka, operated by Hokuetsu Express Corp., based in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, has been running at 160 kph since March 2002. The company opened the 59.5-km route in Niigata Prefecture in March 1997 as a fast-speed trunk railroad, and most of its length is on elevated tracks and in tunnels.

It has only two crossings: one located near the starting station at Minami-Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, and another near the terminal at Joetsu in the prefecture.

Some limited-expresses have been running at 140 kph in the Seikan Tunnel connecting Japan's main island of Honshu and Hokkaido since March 1991. Again, the lack of crossings means that the usual 130-kph limit does not apply.

On normal lines, however, the fastest speed under the current regulations was set by a JR East train on the Joban Line between Ueno and Mito in March 1989. It ran at 130 kph, beating the previous 120-kph mark that had stood for 21 years.

The JR East train used a braking system similar to the antilock braking technology in cars to stay within the 600-meter stopping distance.

Experts are doubtful that speeds on lines with many crossings will be significantly improved in the near future.

Katsuya Tanifuji, professor of railway engineering at Niigata University, said: "It will be very difficult to improve on the current brakes. The most realistic way to introduce faster local trains is to construct new lines that have no crossings.

"In order to really speed up the lines, it will be necessary not only to examine technologies to boost maximum speeds but also to look at the tracks themselves, exploring ways to prevent speed loss at curbs and points."

A JR East official said that the introduction of local trains running faster than 130 kph was impossible and that it had no plans to develop such services. The technology required was not a priority for the company's research and development, the official said.

The obstacles to faster local services are not limited to the vehicles themselves. If brakes are applied at speeds faster than 130 km, a train's wheels can slip on the rails, the official said, with a high risk of the driver losing control.

Faster locomotives would also require strengthened signals, crossings and bridges and would incur huge costs.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 12:17 PM   #145
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Wood paneling and tiled floors on a train? Now I really have seen everything! haha
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Old January 30th, 2010, 03:55 AM   #146
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Visitation by the Funabashi city council members

According to this video, the new track is scheduled for completion in March
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 08:41 AM   #147
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New E6 series for Tōhoku (Akita) Shinkansen
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2009/20100203.pdf

First test unit will arrive in July 2010.
Will begin operation at 300 kph by end of FY2012, operating at top speed of 320 kph by end of FY2013.



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Old February 2nd, 2010, 04:22 PM   #148
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Looks incredibly fast, but the restriction of the drivers view must be huge! Is there cameras? else the driver probably couldnt see the ground two engine lengths in front.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 09:42 PM   #149
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How fast it is this train?
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Old February 6th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #150
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That's some nose design.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 09:00 AM   #151
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How fast it is this train?
320 km/h on the dedicated Shinkansen lines and 130 km/h on the converted tracks of the Akita Shinkansen. It will replace the 270 km/h fast E3 Shinkansen.

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Old February 7th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #152
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Old February 9th, 2010, 03:15 AM   #153
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So the E5shinkensen will be in service in 2011 and then the E6 will come in 2012 is that correct?
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Old February 9th, 2010, 11:43 PM   #154
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Wow that is a long nose

The E5 and E6 look a lot lik this one.


What are the diffirances between the E5 and E6 ?
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Old February 10th, 2010, 12:23 AM   #155
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E6 is shorter at 7 cars vs E5 at 10 cars, its also got dual voltage equipment because the Akita line (where it travels at 130kmh not 320kmh) is 20kv vs Tohokus 25kv.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 06:05 AM   #156
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E5 long nose!
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Old February 10th, 2010, 01:03 PM   #157
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The E6 trains are also narrower than the E5's since they have to fit into the narrower loading gauge of the non-high speed rail.
All mini-Shinkansens, 400, E3 and the E6 have/will have small "flaps" underneath the doors that folds up and seal the gap between the train and platforms while on the Shinkansen line.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 03:28 AM   #158
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Hybrid locomotive nears debut

Japan's first hybrid locomotive is expected to start test runs in fiscal 2010.

Japan Freight Railway Co.'s HD-300 engine will be powered by a diesel power generator and lithium-ion storage batteries.

It is expected to reduce exhaust emissions by at least 30 percent and noise levels by at least 10 decibels compared with conventional diesel-powered locomotives.

Masaaki Kobayashi, president of JR Freight, said the company plans to use the hybrid on main lines in the future, but it will initially be used for reconnecting freight cars at cargo terminals.

The JR group's passenger railway companies are expected to use the hybrid locomotive after it enters large-scale production.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 11:00 PM   #159
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waw, those nose, so ugly:p
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Old June 8th, 2010, 06:56 PM   #160
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First E6 Shinkansen cars delivered

The first three E6 cars arrived at Sendai Harbor. These are Cars No. 15, 16, and 17.


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Car No. 15


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Car No. 16


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Car No. 17 (end car)


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There is also a front view of the end car here:
http://www.nikkansports.com/general/...08-639228.html
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