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  1. 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
  2. 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 o
  3. 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:
  4. 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 r
  5. 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: Interest
  6. Opened on Jan. 3. Platform doors will be installed by the time of the summer olympics.
  7. more: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003772392
  8. 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.
  9. Some members may want to check this out. To be published this June. http://www.robert-schwandl.de/jp/
  10. 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/
  11. 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://
  12. 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.
  13. 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:
  14. 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.
  15. A very interesting Tokyo Metro documentary i found on YouTube. (ignore the Meitetsu Panorama Super on the thumbnail)
  16. 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/ne
  17. 13102 formation- origin was Kinki Sharyo factory, destination Koshigaya Freight Terminal. This scene is on the Tokaido Line between Totsuka and Higashi Totsuka.
  18. 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
  19. 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"
  20. 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.
  21. 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):
  22. 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/
  23. 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 Toshi
  24. Last night watching TV Tokyo's "Cambria Kyuden" program, there was this CM for Tokyo Metro. It's part of their "Metro wa susumu, susumeru" series focusing on infrastructure improvements. It's a stylized depiction of the Tozai Line. Starting at about 0:10 is the section of line between Kudanshita and Iidabashi, where a flat junction causes a bottleneck with turnback operations. The pocket track will be converted to a passing track, allowing through trains to proceed while a turnback train is reversing in an ecs move. At about 0:18 is Minami Sunamachi Station. The current station is qu
  25. Very interesting from profit of the way on jtrains yahoo group. The bogie steering mechanism of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Series 1000 emus recently received the New Invention Award from the Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation. Development of the New Concept Steering Bogie Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Technical Report http://www.nssmc.com/en/tech/report/nssmc/pdf/105-08.pdf Tokyo Metro 1000 series http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Metro_1000_series .jeff __,_._,___
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