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Old August 1st, 2010, 02:25 AM   #141
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I don't think they have decided to locate their station in Sagamihara-shi(Sagamihara or Hashimoto) nor have they made any land acquisition for development of Shinagawa station the final stop in Tokyo.

The government not providing subsidies in this project is purely political, wanting to finish the Hokuriku Shinkansen as an alternative route for Tokyo- Kyoto.(I wonder who is going to operate this route.)

In any case this is a very bold project with many difficulties in front of them.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 09:32 AM   #142
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I think we already got more then 1 thread about this line.

Japan to build 600 kmh fast Maglev for 45bln$
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=562724

and the more recent

Maglev Chuo Shinkansen updates
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=908512
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Old August 1st, 2010, 10:45 PM   #143
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I wish Japanese government could relocate even the 10% of their budget of highway constructions to rails, but that's not going to happen in this country where no one cares for rails.
really? how much does the japanese government invest in highways annually? I am surprised to hear they are still making massive highway constructions...
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 06:29 PM   #144
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JR Central's Maglev is an overkill solution and is not economically viable, especially against 360 km/hr rail services that could be built at a fraction of cost.

Chinese Maglev solution is much more realistic, yet even Chinese Maglev has trouble competing with conventional high speed rails costing 1/4th as much based on the direction of soCal-LV rail link

As such I do not expect Maglev to be wide spread outside of Japan.
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 08:27 PM   #145
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Which is part of the reason why they expect this project to be done by 2045. The technology is there to do it right now but it's not economically viable. They have to mass produce the technology at cheaper rate if people want to ride the Maglev.
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Old August 3rd, 2010, 03:19 AM   #146
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The construction cost is not going down dramatically whether it be JR Maglev, Transrapid Maglev or conventional wheel on rail HSR since majority of cost is dedicated into TUNNELING the project which consists up to 70% of the entire route between Tokyo and Nagoya.
In fact it may cost more using wheel on rail HSR since the profile of the tunnels would need to be larger then JR maglev.
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Old August 3rd, 2010, 11:59 AM   #147
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Some more construction pictures:
http://fwga5977.cocolog-nifty.com/do...post-3211.html



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Old August 8th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #148
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JR Central decides on Shinagawa station for Chuo Shinkansen

The morning edition of Nikkei reported that JR Central have officially settled on Shinagawa Station as the terminal station of Chuo Shinkansen.

The decision was made based on the soil test conducted with JR East and the accessibility to Haneda airport. Tokyo station was deemed unsuitable due to lack of space and passenger handling capacity margin. This decision is anticipated to spur the re-developments in Shinagawa station vicinity.

2010.08.08 13:15
http://media.yucasee.jp/posts/index/4366

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リニア中央新幹線の始発駅はJR品川駅の方針

東海旅客鉄道は、2027年の開業を目指すリニア中央新幹線の始発駅を、JR品川駅とする方針を固めた、と日本経済新聞朝刊が報じた。

 JR東日本と共同の地質調査結果や、羽田空港からのアクセスから判断したのだという。またJR東京駅については、すでにキャパシティーがオーバーしており、新たな大型の施設を作る余裕がない、との判断が働いたと見られる。品川駅にすることで、駅周辺の再開発にも弾みがつきそうだ。

:2010年08月08日 13時15分
http://media.yucasee.jp/posts/index/4366
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Old August 8th, 2010, 11:54 AM   #149
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Considering the terrain and amount of development, the route will probably go underground somewhere before it crosses the Tama river.
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Old September 12th, 2010, 02:04 AM   #150
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This technology could change the world. Hopefully the price to build the lines comes down to the point building a maglev line would cost the same or only a bit more than rail or a standard high speed rail line.

Imagine cities being connected by 600kph or more maglev lines. It will change the world.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #151
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Maglev Chuo Shinkansen, to be built by the "Straight Route"
Related news everwhere:
http://www.j-cast.com/2010/10/14078191.html
http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlin...N00186112.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/knews/20101013...561691000.html


The official announcement from MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation) Policy Committee will come out next week on the 20th.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 08:37 PM   #152
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That's some good news, the biggest hurdle have been removed, maybe they could go ahead whit the construction now and get back on track for a 2025 completion date...
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Old October 26th, 2010, 08:57 PM   #153
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JR Central releases details of new linear maglev trains
http://jr-central.co.jp/news/release/nws000625.html

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At JR Central, we are proceeding with construction of the extension of the Yamanashi maglev test track (24.4 km) and facility upgrades to the first-phase section (18.4 km), with a target completion of FY2013.

The details of the new superconducting maglev trains to operate on the test track (42.8 km) after completion of the extension and designed as revenue-service trains has recently been finalized.

Train details
  • Nose design
    • Starting with the existing end cars, we have made the shape smoother.
    • Based on the results of our experiments, we have designed the nose to a length of 15 m, keeping in mind the need to secure passenger space inside the train and aerodynamic qualities.
  • Color scheme
    While drawing from the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, the paint scheme increases the scope of the white areas to emphasize nimbleness and uses blue lines to instill dynamism.
  • Cross-section
    • In order to improve passenger comfort, the body employs a squarish shape.
    • Similar to the N700 series, we will increase space above passengers’ heads and storage space for luggage.
Train designation
  • The trains will be designated as the L0 series.
    • “L” refers to “linear maglev.”
    • “0” refers to the first-generation of trains styled for revenue service, similar to Shinkansen.
  • We plan to include the logo on the sides of the train.
Production amount and schedule
  • We will produce four end cars and 10 intermediate cars for a total of 14 cars.
  • Of these, we will begin production of five cars (two end cars and three intermediate cars) by the end of the fiscal year, with completion in FY2013 and planned operation on the new test track after completion of the extension works (end of FY2013).
  • The remaining nine cars (two end cars and seven intermediate cars) are slated to be gradually introduced by FY2015.
  • On the new test track, we will couple the 14 cars in various formations up to a maximum train length of 12 cars, performing final operational tests in preparation for the revenue-service line.







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Old October 26th, 2010, 09:31 PM   #154
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Will the N700 Series Shinkansen be the last Nozomi train developed for the Tōkaidō line?
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Old October 27th, 2010, 12:12 AM   #155
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Have a look at this time line.

1964 - 0 series
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| 21 years
V
1985 - 100 series
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| 7 years
V
1992 - 300 series
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| 7 years
v
1999 - 700 series
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| 7 years
v
2007 - N700 series
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| 20 years
v
2027 - Chuo Maglev Tokyo - Nagoya
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| 18 years
v
2045 - Chuo Maglev Nagoya - Osaka

After the long run of the 0-series we see a clear pattern of a new train every 7 years. This can be stretched with a couple of years for the N700 in order to have only 1 new generation of trains before the Chuo-Maglev opens. And then it's also likely that they will introduce another new generation of traditional Shinkansen together with the opening of the new line for the connecting trains between Nagoya and Osaka (and beyond).

But it will be interesting too see how much money JR Central will be spending on developing the 900 series, it might be only an updated version of the E5 or even just a N700 update.


As for the new maglev trains, I really hope they will update them again for the trains that will come in service in 2027. You can't have them looking like (interior and livery) like the current Shinkansen, it must do something completely new to make it really stand out.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 01:13 AM   #156
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JR Central releases details of new linear maglev trains
http://jr-central.co.jp/news/release/nws000625.html
Note the loading gauge.
Just 290 cm wide, like the narrow gauge trains of Japan. Shinkansen picked 338 cm width, and Transrapid is 370 cm wide.
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Note the loading gauge.
Just 290 cm wide, like the narrow gauge trains of Japan. Shinkansen picked 338 cm width, and Transrapid is 370 cm wide.
That is probably to match the European loading gauge.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 05:48 AM   #158
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JR Central releases details of new linear maglev trains
http://jr-central.co.jp/news/release/nws000625.html

Investors are reacting quickly
http://www.toyokeizai.net/money/mark...344dedc84978b/
「軽快感と躍動感」のリニア新型車両登場で日本車両が買われる

The share price of Nippon Sharyou up 5% after this news. Nippon Sharyou will build 4 head and tail and 10 middle carriages for the test line, which is being extended now.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 02:47 PM   #159
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That is probably to match the European loading gauge.
Yes, but the track structure of maglev is highly incompatible with wheeled railways, no? They cannot be sharing the paths of wheeled railways anyway...
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Old October 27th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #160
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Yes, but the track structure of maglev is highly incompatible with wheeled railways, no? They cannot be sharing the paths of wheeled railways anyway...
That is true but there got to be a start.
Check here, I've been making a fool of myself lately trying to relate the advantages of JR Maglev system over various other HST.
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