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  1. Couple weeks ago, the opening date of this new line from Hazawa Yokohama Kokudai to Hiyoshi via Shin Yokohama was announced- March 2023 as expected. Sotetsu trains will, via the Meguro Line, run through to either the Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line or the Toei Mita Line. Any Nanboku Line and Mita Line through trains will likely terminate and turn back at Shin Yokohama, utilizing the center track at that station. Seibu is not going to utilize this line for their trains, keeping them exclusively on the Toyoko Line to Yokohama, but interestingly, Tobu has announced they will have a limited number of their trains run through to Shin Yokohama, putting high value on the connection to the Shinkansen services. Sotetsu press release: https://cdn.sotetsu.co.jp/media/2022/pressrelease/pdf/r22-14-hz9.pdf Tetsu Bozu video. Use the translation feature for close captioning. Sotetsu 21000 series test run on Tokyu Meguro Line last autumn:
  2. April 1st saw the start of 8 car train services on this route, rolling stock is the Tokyu 3020 series. Scene at the Urawa-misono terminus, Saitama Rapid Railway:
  3. https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transportation/Tokyo-plans-to-extend-subway-network-eyeing-return-of-tourists The Namboku Line will be extended towards Shinagawa Station in anticipation of increased footfall after the Chuo Shinkansen opens. My view is that extending the Namboku Line from its current terminus at Meguro, for which the line heads south-westand away from Shinagawa, will result in an illogical near-180 degree turn north-east towards Shinagawa, so considering that the Namboku Line and Mita Line both share tracks between Shirokane-takanawa and Meguro, I suspect that the extension will be from the existing terminating tracks at Shirokane-nakanawa (some trains terminate while most continue to Meguro) continuing due south-west towards Shinagawa (which is a more sensible routing), and that Mita and Namboku will be segregated with Tokyu Meguro Line trains only operating through services onto the Mita Line. I still wonder what through-trains could the Namboku Line connect onto after Shinagawa? The Yukaracho Line will also be extended towards the Skytree.
  4. LAYOUT DIARY START I thought I'd slowly document the process of making my first layout. This post contains an overview of the final model. Other sections I've written or plan to write are: Planning Process Hills, Roads and Tracks Buildings Detail Station Lighting I bought my first train last year - a bright yellow n-scale Kato Sobu 101 - and was looking for inspiration for a new layout to build around it. I needed something relatively modest, since this would be the first one I've constructed and I didn't want to set myself up for over-achievers failure, creating more work then I had the time or inclination to put myself to. I've been obsessed with Japan since living in Yokahama as a very young child. Clearly my purchase of the Kato was part of this obsession, and I was keen to build some (probably poor) approximation of a Japanese environment around it. The Sobu train runs on the Seibu Kokunbunji line in Tokyo, so I followed the route on Google Maps looking for an area that I could use as a subject. Eventually, I found a small, pedestrian-feeling street called Takenodai Ekidori in the west of the city, which I've used as the basis for this layout. I've tried to copy the houses quite accurately, and the general layout of the area a bit more freely. The street itself is longer, and Takenodai Station is a bit larger than I planned, so I've created a fictional station of my own. I've been working on this layout for a while now, so I'm late in terms of posting progress here. Sorry. I thought I'd use this first post to show where I am right now with construction, then use a few subsequent posts to go back through some of the process, then show a bit more detail as I finish up. Comments and feedback very welcome, although obviously I'm pretty committed at this point since I'm about 80% of the way through! 🙂 So here's where I am now. This model is a 240cm by 27cm "shelf" layout. I just ended up with those dimensions based on my decisions of what track length to use, and how much of the street I wanted to copy. It's electrified, with one point. The street basically runs along one side, with a small rise on the other. Here's a video of the whole layout, and a bunch of shots. At this end of the layout is a small canal, crossed by the street and the track. The station entrance is scratch made, with stairs that rise up to a Kato Suburban station. A row of small shops and restaurants line the street. These are all scratch made, based on images that I captured through Google Street View (I'll get into the process of this in a later post). Here are some general macro shots of different parts of the layout. I've used LED-based street lighting along the length of the street, and dismantled a few of the lamp posts in order to build lighting into the shops and the station. The various cars and buses also have lights in them, although they need different power to the other LEDs, and I haven't quite figured out how to manage that yet. The LEDs are pretty effective in the station (since I took this shot I've closed off the visible gap at the bottom of the station columns, so they're a little cleaner). The mix of warm and cool LEDs seems to create a realistic effect, although it was a happy accident after buying two seperate batches of street lamps that didn't match. I've lit most of the shops from within, too. Here's a YouTube video of the layout "at night". Anyway, that's where I'm at. I still have a bunch of tidying up to do. More greenery to add, as well as people. The sides need painting, and possibly more road markings and signs. If anyone has suggestions for small details to add I'd love to hear them. As I mentioned above, I'll put together more detail and photos about the process I went through to get to this point in subsequent posts. If anyone has any specific questions please let me know. Next: Planning Process
  5. Sunday Feb. 21 saw the introduction in regular service of the Tokyo Metro 17000 series. These will be used on the Yurakucho and Fukutoshin Lines. These are planned to replace the remaining 7000 series trainsets by 2022. Media report: Railfan video, including a ride to Wakoshi:
  6. A new liner service will be introduced to the Tobu Skytree/Isesaki line and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, the TH Liner. (T for Tobu, H for Hibiya, in case you didn't notice) It will begin service during June 2020. It will stop at Kuki, Tobu-dobutsukoen, Kasukabe, Sengendai, and Shin-koshigawa on the Tobu network, and Ueno, Akihabara, Kayabacho, Ginza, Kasumigeseki, everyone's favourite Toranomon hills, Kamiyacho, Ropongi, Hiroo and Naka-Meguro on the Hibiya line. Interestingly enough, it doesn't stop at Kita-Senju. From my quick read of the railfan magazine article, couldn't tell if some or all seats would be reserved, or if it will operate in a similar way to Tobu's TJ liner where the ticket tells you to sit (or stand) in the front or rear 5 cars. The service will use new Tobu 70090 series EMUs that can convert between transverse and longitudinal seating, and because I never posted about these new trains, I have to post a video of one being delivered. 🙂 Video by Masaharu Aono. Set on its way from Kinki Sharyo. https://railf.jp/news/2019/12/19/150000.html
  7. An interesting set of videos by FH Line, which shows Tokyo Metro's special rush hour procedure in use at certain stations. The procedure is slightly different line to line (driver only, platform gates, etc), but the procedure involves a staffer pressing the buzzer until it's time to leave, after the buzzer the doors close immediately and don't reopen, part time workers (in the blue) and other staffers push as necessary. Several people have commented that the procedure seems to have reduced numbers of people running for trains. Ginza Line at the new Shibuya station: Interesting that they close the doors before the signal is clear, but that might be because it's at a terminus station? Kita Senju on the Chiyoda line: Towards the end they have a bit during the emergency declaration. Marunouchi Line at Shinjuku and at Ikebukuro
  8. Opened on Jan. 3. Platform doors will be installed by the time of the summer olympics.
  9. more: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003772392
  10. As reported in another thread, the Tobu 70000 series made its first revenue run on July 7, Tanabata. This video was taken inside the first train from Kita Koshigaya to Naka Meguro.
  11. Some members may want to check this out. To be published this June. http://www.robert-schwandl.de/jp/
  12. Press relase of Tokyo Metro: http://www.tokyometro.jp/news/2017/158156.html The 01 series, laurel prize in 1985, in service since 1983 on the Ginza line will completely disappear in a couple of months. The last train is scheduled to run on the 10th of March 2017. The replacement will be the New 1000 series trains in service since 2012, with some units (http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2017/01/11/267/) even more resembling the original 1000 series. PDF: http://www.tokyometro.jp/news/images_h/metroNews20170127_09.pdf Mynavi News http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2017/01/27/505/ Some units are already enjoing "retirement" on the Kumamoto dentetsu in Kyushu, after being converted from 1435mm and Third Rail to 1067mm and catenary, while unit 01-129 has it's cab cutted and preserved in Tokyo Metro's own museum. Most of the remaining units will be scrapped, some will be privately preserved or as other Japanese subway cars (both from Tokyo and Nagoya) , they might find a new life in the Buenos Aires subway in Argentina, where they may be used on the Line B. (the mainstray of Line B's fleet are former Eidan 500 series from the Maronouchi line along some 1970s CAF 5000 series second-hand from Madrid; and since the last trains introduced, the 6000 series (also second-hand from Madrid) was dubbed as the "worst rolling stock purchase in the history of the Subte", line B has a desperate need for relatiely modern subay cars, to wich the 01 series might be a good answer)
  13. Metro and Tobu have apparently agreed on a basic design for two upcoming models, the Metro 13000 series and the Tobu 70000 series. These will be used for services that interline between the Metro Hibiya Line and the Tobu Skytree Line. Services are currently operated with a mixture of 3- and 5-door cars; these will all be 20m (sorry Toni) 4-door cars with longitudinal seating, run in 7-car formations. They will come into service from 2016 to 2019. The link below has an image showing the Metro car at top, the Tobu car in the middle, and then the Tobu car's interior at the bottom. http://railf.jp/news/2015/06/18/100000.html
  14. http://pinktentacle.com/2010/01/secrets-of-the-tokyo-underground/ Intresting (if true) article about mysteries of underground tokyo, including theories that the Yurachuko line was built for military use, and the Toei Oedo line's tunnels already existed well before they were converted into a subway line.
  15. The training center that opened last April in Koto Ward, Shin Kiba: Couple of CMs about the new 13000 series 20m stock for the Hibiya Line:
  16. On November 2, Tobu Railway introduced a 50050 series with Crayon Shin-chan wrapping: https://twitter.com/toutetuN700A/status/793996801325953024 https://twitter.com/tetsudomynavi/status/793709616261574656 From November 3 it will be running on Tobu lines, the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and the Tokyu Den'entoshi Line.
  17. A very interesting Tokyo Metro documentary i found on YouTube. (ignore the Meitetsu Panorama Super on the thumbnail)
  18. Yesterday a joint statement of four railways was issued announcing the intention of starting reserved seat service using the to-be-delivered Seibu 40000 series. Starting from Spring 2017, this service will operate weekends and holidays between Chichibu and Yokohama Chukagai (for sightseers), and weekdays, on a Seibu Ikebukuro Line-Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line routing (for commuters). The 40000 series feature rotating seats, convertible between longitudinal and airline configurations. http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/06/16/264/ press release: http://www.seibu-group.co.jp/railways/news/news-release/2016/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2016/06/16/20160616_zasekisiteisouchoku_1.pdf
  19. 13102 formation- origin was Kinki Sharyo factory, destination Koshigaya Freight Terminal. This scene is on the Tokaido Line between Totsuka and Higashi Totsuka.
  20. Recent editions from the "Eyes of Metro" series, focusing on the work of staff in the various departments. Catenary work: Trackwork: https://youtube.com/watch?list=PLtk4G3PAF0ClMFshFDvEbXWS1bZS7xhaI&params=OAFIAVgC&v=84hLyAHWFJw&mode=NORMAL Very nice extended 3 min. CM (titled "Comprehensive Strength") of a typical 24 hours on the metro system, especially interesting is the segment from midway, after the stations close down and the maintenance begins: https://youtube.com/watch?list=PLtk4G3PAF0ClMFshFDvEbXWS1bZS7xhaI&params=OAFIAVgE&v=MAA4ac-FJ4g&mode=NORMAL
  21. Really just a re-branding of existing services using the Fukutoshin line for through running, but intended to be easier to understand for passengers, given the different train designations attached to a train as it passes through each railway. Began running under this monicker from the March 26 timetable revision. http://www.tobu.co.jp/file/pdf/3d2881ee48143e73f17131401fbfdbfd/151218-4.pdf?date=20151218192334 *the "F" stands for "fast", "five", and "Fukutoshin"
  22. Equipment malfunction May 13 on the Metro Chiyoda Line led to a rolling stock substitution, with a 16000 series making a midday run to Hon Atsugi. After terminating there, it ran out of service to Isehara, where it turned back via a crossover, returning to Hon Atsugi for the next up service. This is apparently the first time Metro stock has done this in daylight hours, typically these are only seen on this stretch of line in the nighttime.
  23. Saw this non-consumer product Toshiba CM on TV tonight. There are two versions, a general version and a version for Kansai. Products include pmsm motors, hd300 hybrid loco, and passenger information displays. General version: Kansai version (this version uses Hankyu 1000 series rather than Tokyo Metro 1000 series):
  24. Interesting article, but make sure to read the comment section, particularly the comment by "simple"- who lays out a common problem with these comparisons. http://www.citylab.com/commute/2016/02/most-complex-transit-subway-maps-world-tokyo-new-york-paris/470565/
  25. Two 01 series cars have been transported all the way to Kumamoto Dentetsu to enter service in March. These were delivered in several generations over about 14(!) years, counting from the test formation built by Kawasaki in September 1983 to the single 6th generation formation built by Kinki in August 1997. These two were the end cars of the last 4th generation formation, built by Nippon Sharyo, in June 1992. I would not have thought that they were so old. http://railf.jp/news/2015/02/22/160000.html and Kumamoto Dentetsu is installing the Kawasaki EF-Wing trucks, video by Toshiyuki Saiba You're not getting me under that thing...
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