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  1. Did anyone post this yet? http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/09/07/the-most-crowded-train-lines-during-rush-hour-in-tokyo-osaka-and-nagoya-are/ Pretty interesting, data is apparently from MLIT, so I think it's trustworthy. I never lived in Kanto, so the figures for those lines don't mean a lot to me, other than explaining why JR East buys so many new trains . The figures for Osaka and Nagoya, however, help me picture train interiors, platforms, and seas of people at the gates :). The private railways really take the prize in Osaka, and in Nagoya, the municipal subway system appears
  2. JR East Nagano Division this month has run specials (rinji ressha w/ unreserved seating) using 115 series in original Shonan and Yokosuka colors coupled with a kumoyuni mail/parcels railcar, simulating a JNR-era long distance suburban/local service. Locations in this video include the Ooito Line, and the Shinonoi Line, the last scenes being the switch back at Obasute. Some other shorties: Official announcement (see page 8): http://www.jreast.co.jp/nagano/pdf/140523-2.pdf
  3. This Saturday local residents were invited to walk a 800m section of the Ueno-Tokyo Line between Akihabara and Kanda. The line is scheduled to open next spring. ANN news report: Ibaraki Shimbun report. High quality raw footage. According to this, test train runs will begin later this month. Note at 1:36 the diagram showing the steep grade on this line, 34.38 permils, or 3.438%.
  4. I have checked the Japanese language internets, as well as the English language ones- no coverage of this, albeit the announcement is still not official. This is possibly the first time JR East has requested foreign makers to apply for consideration. source: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/data/pdf/20140620_e_procurement.pdf
  5. Posted by Dave Fossett on the jtrains list, Tetsudou Fan is carrying this also: new fleet livery: http://railf.jp/news/2014/03/04/171500.html "Toreiyu" excursion train: http://railf.jp/news/2014/03/04/173000.html pdf on JR East's site with diagram of excursion train's modified Japanese style interior: http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2013/20140303.pdf All regular services trains will have the new livery by the end of 2016, and the single 6-car Toreiyu set is to be in service by the end of July.
  6. Here's a nice video compilation of JR East Tokyo-area services that have changed with the March 15, 2014 schedule revision. Videos by tiyodarain (chiyoda line, I think).
  7. miyakoji

    a snowy afternoon in Yanaka

    While speaking with cteno4 at the JRM display in New York, he mentioned that the front-view videos posted here are useful as examples for layouts. Yesterday I happened upon the video below, which shows some very close-up detail, if covered with snow. This is a walking tour around the Yanaka neighborhood, which is on the inside of the Yamanote loop between Nippori and Nishi-Nippori stations. Uploaded by taoyakani, his text with the video indicates that the path of the walk is Miurasaka (slope) → cedars at temple town → Kan'eiji ( temple) → Yanaka cemetery → Nippori station. The recording
  8. Early this Halloween morning, the first E7 train cars were delivered to the shinkansen depot in Rifu-cho by road, after arriving the previous day at Sendai Port. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30RH0X0scH4
  9. This C58 was on static display in a park in Morioka City until autumn of last year. It will pull the SL Ginga Tetsudou excursions once back in service. Refurbished at Omiya like C61 20, it was originally built by Kawasaki in 1940. In this video by tobu2181, you can see it running on the depot's test track. Earlier discussion is here: http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/6610-jr-east-to-restore-c58-239
  10. According to a report today in the Shinano Mainichi Shimbun, E7 trains will begin revenue operations on the Nagano Shinkansen route between Tokyo and Nagano from March 15. Three 12-car E7 trainsets will initially be introduced, providing 7 roundtrip services/day. The services will continue to use the Asama monicker used by the current E2 trains. With this introduction, 1/4 of all Asama services will be run with E7 trainsets (the regular schedule on this route sees 28 r/t a day). As the E7 trainsets are 12 cars, with a passenger capacity of 934, they provide 1.5 times the passenger capacity
  11. There's a thread on Ompuchaneru about JRE's schedule revision that will take effect on March 15th of next year. The first poster (http://rail-uploader.khz-net.com/index.php?id=1128238) summarizes: E3s will be completely withdrawn from Komachi services, and the name Super Komachi will not be used. All services will operate at 320km/h and be called Komachi some Hayate services that are non-stop between Omiya and Sendai, and then stop at each station beyond Sendai, will be changed to Hayabusa. Several trains will be operated as 17-car formations E7s will be used on some Asama services on
  12. This video was put up by tobu2181 a week ago, so I'm not sure if really qualifies as news, but none of you beat me to it . This is the former set K109 based at Katsuta, the first to be refurbished and renumbered as 1000 subseries; previously, all 651 series cars were 0 or 100 subseries. I assume that as it will be running on Akagi, Kusatsu, and Minakami services, some 185 series sets must be destined for Nagano Depot (that is, the scrap line). :( I haven't read how many E651 sets will be refurbished. Original set K104 on test run north of Tokyo:
  13. Having had addresses in Japan that were not too far from unelectrified lines, this doesn't seem like such a big deal to me, but I guess Tokyo Station doesn't see a lot of diesel equipment. On November 2, a one-time revival(?) of the Amanokawa, once upon a time a sleeper service for Akita via the Joetsu Line, will run. It looks like the DD51 will provide traction only to Takasaki, where an EF81 will take over. Seems like a lot of effort to appeal to railfans, I'd be satisfied with just running the route and maybe a nice bento . So, break out your camera gear and look out of the kimoi tetsuota a
  14. Here's an excellent video posted in the last 24 hours by TN5DMK2. This is a collection of video recorded between September 2012 and August 2013 featuring locomotives C57 1, C56 160, C11 227, C11 190, C12 66, C11 325, C10 8, C61 20, C57 180, C56 44, and C11 207. The lines are: JR West Yamaguchi Line, Mooka Railway, JR East Suigun, Shin'etsu Main, Ban'etsu West, and Narita Lines, Chichibu Railway, Oigawa Railway, and JR Hokkaido Hakodate Main Line. A really great collection of footage, nearly an hour long. All great looking locomotives, I like the proportions and drivers of C61 20 the most.
  15. Equivalent to ETCS level 3. http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/urban/single-view/view/jr-east-to-install-atacs-on-tokyo-suburban-line.html
  16. Someone caught an E653 with a new paint job at Koriyama Depot. Looks good: http://ameblo.jp/sen-kori-shin/entry-11539947539.html I'd like to see the E651s get some fresh paint, but I wonder if those aren't too old and will just be kept for real shortages until they're scrapped altogether.
  17. There are other such videos of 1435mm rolling stock being transported on temporary 1067mm trucks (Keisei Skyliner AE and some subway rolling stock comes to mind), but it's pretty rare, and it's very interesting to see this train behind a DE10 and EF65. In the description, ayokoi (uploader of the first video) says that up to now, transport had been by sea to Sendai. This is set Z9 being transported from Kawasaki's Hyogo Works to JR East's Akita Shinkansen Depot. JR West and JR Central territory, by ayokoi: Going through Nagoya station, by sinkaisoku225: YT uploader
  18. Uploader of these is, I assume, the Sagamihara municipal government. This is their 'town info' kind of thing from April 15, 1990. Coverage of the then-new Hashimoto Station starts at 2:33. Waiting rooms were non-smoking from the beginning, seems quite forward-thinking to me. In another episode of this, from November 1984, locations along the then-JNR, then-unelectrified Sagami Line are featured. At the time, the line had KIHA 35s, tablet safeworking, and apparently some manual and spring switches.
  19. JR East has moved a 200 series end car from Niigata Shinkansen Depot to the Niitsu Railway Museum in the Akiha ward of Niigata City. It may be 221-1510, but I'm not sure. Wikipedia says that the existing 200 series cab section outside of the building is actually a mockup. Niigata news: http://www.niigata-nippo.co.jp/news/national/20130527045217.html Wikipedia link on the museum: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%96%B0%E6%BD%9F%E5%B8%82%E6%96%B0%E6%B4%A5%E9%89%84%E9%81%93%E8%B3%87%E6%96%99%E9%A4%A8
  20. For anyone interested in modelling rural northern Honshu, this is a must see. I recommend it for everyone else as well :). This is a 3-video series by YT uploader karibajct. JR East's hybrid HB-E300 trains entered into service in October 2010 in two general locations: Aomori and Yamagata in far northwestern Honshu, and Nagano, Yamanashi, and Niigata, the Koshinetsu region roughly in northern central Honshu. There are only 10 cars in 4 trainsets, three 2-car sets and one 4-car set. In these videos we see a 2-car Resort Asunaro set on the Resort Asunaro Tappi service. Starting at Shin-Aomori,
  21. JR East's factory at Niitsu has turned out a green car for use with the SL Ban'etsu Monogatari steam excursion. Its first run will be this Saturday April 6. It is based on SUHAFU 12-102. They've also got a pdf available http://www.jrniigata.co.jp/press/20130124sl4-9-g.pdf with some artist's renderings of the interior. I'm looking forward to some photos and video of the real thing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Banetsu_Monogatari_SuRoFu_12_102_Niigata_20130406.jpg
  22. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eEQ-wnjtTk JR East is aiming for 360km/h service in the future.
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