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  1. In order to squeeze more capacity out of the railway network, infrastructure operator ProRail will begin to use a 6 second increment working timetable from the 2020 timetable revision, down from one minute timepoints. As many here know, this has long been a common practice among Japanese railways, though 6 seconds is very ambitious (depending on the railway or service, it typically ranges from 5 to 15 seconds in Japan). https://railway-news.com/prorail-increases-capacity-for-2020-timetable/
  2. Interesting development: http://www.firstpost.com/business/freight-push-now-indian-railways-plans-time-table-goods-trains-2385308.html
  3. Relating to the post about delays, here is a paper co-authored by Tokyo Metro sujiya Mr. Kohei Ushida, who was profiled by NHK in their Professionals TV documentary. He is the inventor of the chromatic diagram, which gives a better idea of how delays develop in the running timetable. Though it doesn't cover the process of timetable recovery after accidents and bad weather etc, it does give you an idea of how timetables are managed and modified to make train run on time, or at least reduce delays. http://www.railway-research.org/IMG/pdf/f1_tomii_norio.pdf
  4. Those visiting Japan around this time of the year (there seem to be a few forum members who are/will do so) may be interested in buying a copy of the current JTB timetable. The cover feature is the 103 series, which is marking its 50th year of service. It may become a collectible, and certainly will be a nice souvenir of your trip. http://www.rurubu.com/book/recomm/jikokuhyou/
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