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  1. Today, 20 December, it was officially announced that the Hokuriku Shinkansen will be extended from Tsuruga via Obama to Kyoto. This route was one of the final two options left, the other one being the line being extended from Tsuruga to Maibara, which would have meant that passengers for Kyoto and Osaka would have had to change at Maibara. That would have led to a longer travel time, inconvenient transfers, and even more crowded Tokaido Shinkansen trains than they are already now. The Obama - Kyoto route is however the most expensive option. During the next 5-6 years, the impact on the
  2. http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003344992 Scenes at Kawasaki Heavy's plant in Kobe:
  3. The origin of a standard gauge, long distance train concept was discussed in Japan during the early 1930s, when Japan expanded its empire on mainland Asia. The necessity to move troops, materiel, cargo and people over the expansive land area of Northeaster China, more precisely Manchuria (Manchukuo in Japanese), became an important topic. Research begin at the Japanese National Railway's Kunitachi Test Laboratory in the Western suburbs of Tokyo. The work was stopped in 1943, when Japan's war fortunes declined and the research budget had to be cancelled. After Japan's defeat, during the Allied
  4. JR Central will introduce the Shinkansen N700S series on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines in fiscal 2020, replacing the 700 series trains which will be retired at the end of 2019. The N700S will feature a a new "Dual Supreme Wing" nose, which will lessen air resistance and reduce noise upon entering tunnels. The first prototype 16-car N700S train is expected in March 2018. Source: http://trafficnews.jp/post/54020/
  5. Nothing novel about the findings of this study, but it does give info about the financing of this line which will be provided by Japan. http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/mumbai-ahmedabad-distance-of-534-km-ideal-for-high-speed-rail-iim-a-study-116041300403_1.html
  6. Not the most exciting of setups, but there you go...
  7. With the opening of the line a few days away, an interesting short documentary/commercial by Meiden Corporation, which manufactures all the transformers and electrical substations for shinkansen lines. The first segment is the installation of a transformer inside the Seikan Tunnel. Later we see the substation at Shin Hakodate.
  8. A very subjective topic, but note the criteria: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/02/23/813345/0/en/GoEuro-Ranks-World-s-Best-High-Speed-Trains-Names-Japan-as-Number-1.html
  9. In this video, RailKingJP and his son visit car 951-1, which is on display across from the Railway Technical Research Institute in Kokubunji, Tokyo. It appears that during the daytime, the car is open to the public, and has displays and a small library inside. I'll check it out when I drop off my résumé at RTRI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_951_Shinkansen location: https://goo.gl/maps/LGaZoVmHu8p
  10. Lima was a well-known Italian model train manufacurer, it's now part of the Hornby group. During it's "golden age" (the '70s) Lima produced H0 scale models of many countries, including USA, Australia, South Africa... and Japan. Here are some pics (all taken from the internet) The worldwide famous 0 seres "Kodama" shinkansen, in italy it was called "The Tokaido". The 103 series, also known as "The Legendary Kokuden", is one of the rarest Lima models. It was produced in Yellow, Lime Green, Orange and Sky Blue. Yamanote Green: Chuo-Sobu Yellow: C
  11. A simulator for an e5 shinkansen train is on display for visitor use at the California State Railroad Museum. It was provided by JR East, as part of a special exhibition on hsr. https://www.instagram.com/p/-SlpBDxoYc/ http://www.csrmf.org/component/content/article/55-events-exhibits-train-rides/477-fast-tracks-the-world-of-high-speed-rail
  12. Was a rare oportunity to visit those vehicles only 2 days 10/10 and 10/11, inside have a pictures to how was build and some new papers saying about the new tech for future shinkansen trains, i was alowed for only 1 minute in the drive seat :( The 300X JRCentral later 700 Series, STAR21 JREast E2, E3 and WIN350 JRWest 500 Series are all experimental vehicles that were used to test high-speed technology for future shinkansen. Not only are these trains on display, but visitors can actually go inside them. edit: i upload all the pics from my quick visit there so enjoy :D
  13. JR East announced two days ago (JST) a new shinkansen/art gallery combination (?), the "Genbi Shinkansen" (現美新幹線), to run on the Jōetsu Shinkansen (Echigo-Yuzawa to Niigata) from spring 2016. It's to be based on a 6-car E3 set seating ~105 total, fitted with art exhibition spaces in each car and a cafe in the third car. The exterior will have photographs of Niigata's Nagaoka fireworks festival. Apparently the new train has something to do with the Echigo-Tsumari art festival. I know little of Japanese and less of art, so find more detailed information more directly from sources be
  14. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/business/racing-to-beat-china-japans-pm-shinzo-abe-sweetens-bid-for-indonesia-rail-project/articleshow/48697227.cms
  15. For those interested, this could be something very very cool! http://trafficnews.jp/post/41809/ 40 Years Sanyō Shinkansen, combined with the 20th anniversary of the immensely popular animation series "Neon Genesis Evangelion" broadcasted on TV. This makes for one incredibly sexy 500 Series. This is pretty wild and I like it.
  16. Period documentary from 1970, complete with atmospheric soundtrack and apropos editing effects. A view of the modern JNR, one emphasizing "cybernetics". https://youtube.com/watch?v=75N2GV9ZCuE Starting from the old JNR of iron trains and iron men (Joban Line steam), we are whisked to the new look railway of Shinkansen CTC, MARS online reservation system, ticket vending machines (some even sell express tickets!), newfangled automated ticket gates from Omron, automated maintenance of emu traction motors, computerized hump yards, computer traffic simulations, automated printing of string diagrams
  17. Recently a group of 40 geiko and maiko in full dress took the Tokaido shinkansen to Tokyo as part of a Kyoto tourism destination campaign event.
  18. Most here are already familiar with this process, but it apparently is getting a lot of hits on youtube from outside Japan:
  19. Been awhile since this proposed trainset has last been in the news. With the PM's U.S. visit, it looks like this model will be officially offered for the California project. Apparently tender bids by the various manufacturers will occur sometime this year. Kyodo News report via the Japan Times (yecch...): http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/25/business/japanese-consortium-to-propose-kawasaki-heavy-bullet-trains-for-high-speed-line-in-california/ ...efSET, something like a "super" E7 set?
  20. Wednesday, April 22 saw the beginning of a program at selected financial institutions nationwide where the public can exchange 100 yen coins for commemorative 100 yen coins with shinkansen designs. There are a total of 5 designs- for the Tokaido, Sanyo, Tohoku, Joetsu, and Hokuriku Shinkansen, with the N700A, 500 series, E5, E4, and E7 designs respectively on one side, and the 0 series on the other. Coins for the Kyushu, Hokkaido, Akita, and Yamagata Shinkansen are planned to be released in the future. http://trafficnews.jp/post/39559/
  21. http://www.eki-net.com/travel/hokuriku/index.html *Edit* coverage in English language media: http://mashable.com/2015/03/13/google-street-view-japan-bullet-train/
  22. The Shinkansen is mentioned on slide 6: http://www.msn.com/en-au/travel/article/eurostar-at-20-the-worlds-most-famous-trains/ss-BBdzByS
  23. This Thursday the lead car of the first revenue service 0 Series trainset (1964) was moved out by road haulage from the now closed Osaka Transportation Museum. It will be cosmetically restored and then eventually put on display at the now under construction Kyoto Railway Museum, scheduled for opening in spring 2016. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWZRaww63YY
  24. Here's an interesting website hosted by NHK showing 9 slides. They are: title slide short history time in hours required for transit from Tokyo to Osaka, 1889 to 2045 ridership in 1000s of passenger diagram showing departures per hour from Tokyo for 4 different years rolling stock types in fleet, 1987 to 2012. 500 series appears to absent, not sure why. JR Central only? average lateness by two-tenths of a minute, 1987 to 2013. I wonder what happened in 1990 and 2003. more text, info about operation, safety, future of network closing slide http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/shinkansen/#c1
  25. On Thursday October 23rd, NHK World will air the Shinkansen episode of Japanology Plus. I believe this is a new episode. The times (UTC) are: 0:30 - 1:00, 6:30 - 7:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 18:30 - 19:00. the show's page: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/japanologyplus/index.html NHK World schedule: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/schedule/
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