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  1. I am thinking about buying an E7 Shinkansen from Kato (Kato because I want an option to upgrade to DCC in the future). However, the current model of the E7 is 10-1221 first produced in 2014 and last re-produce in 2022/09. Since the tooling is almost 10 years old now, is it possible that we’ll get a refresh with new part numbers? After all, Tomix just released their refresh of the E7 last month. Or perhaps I shouldn’t worry too much because the changes won’t be that noticeable? I would like to hear your opinion on this. Thanks!
  2. more: https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/11/dec36c0fae5c-jr-east-to-test-driverless-shinkansen-bullet-trains-in-2021.html
  3. I'm curious if anyone has added DCC sound decoder to their Kato Shinkansen, specifically the E7 or N700A. I saw a thread on here from back in 2015 that started addressing this but it seemed to end very anticlimactically due to limitations at the time. It seems like the non-motored trailer cars for the N700A have a cavern under the floor piece with a metal weight. Since the metal strips already run through here it seems like an easy place to stash a sound decoder with a sugar cube speaker. I assume a decoder and speaker will come close to weight to the metal already there. I think the biggest question here though, has anyone ever generated sound files for any of the Shinkansen?
  4. 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/
  5. Just a bit of trivia. Today on a morning TV news program, the gran class seating on the Tohoku Shinkansen and Hokuriku Shinkansen trains were compared. I didn't know this, but the seating is slightly different. First of all, the E5 seats are produced by a collaboration of Hitachi and Recaro. The E7 seats are produced by the same company that supplies seats to Lexus. The E7 seats are slightly (5mm) wider that the E5. However, the E5 seats recline more, by about 1.4 degrees. I didn't catch the beginning of the segment, there may have been other points.
  6. NEX-989

    Tomix E7 preorder start

    The preoder for the Tomix E7 Shinkansen has started @ 1999.co.jp http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10254818 3 car set http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10254824 12 car set Release is scheduled for March 2014 Order quickly unless your waiting for the Kato one like me ;-)
  7. 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).
  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. 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 of the current E2 Asama trainsets, which have 630 seats. http://www.shinmai.co.jp/news/20131220/KT131220ATI090006000.php
  10. Some shots of intermediate cars. Second shot has one car sandwiched between a JR Hokkaido 733 series and a foreign-bound trainset. http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/superhakuto7000hot/10267038.html The E7 is tentatively due to debut sometime this autumn.
  11. A 45min TV program of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, to be operational in 2014. Some interesting info about construction financing and subsidies, as well as 3rd sector operations, for those who understand Japanese. Make sure to check out an aerial ride above the whole length of the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano to Kanazawa at 5:30. Also some CG renderings of the Toyama Station, at 38:55, and the remodeled Nagano Station, at 44:21. The platforms at Nagano Station have already been lengthened to accomodate the future 12 car trains, up from the current 8 car Asama consists. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj926gndpl0
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