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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. An internet survey conducted last month of 703 adults living in the Tokyo Metropolitan area yielded these results(selected reasons follow): Best 3 1. Yamanote Line (convenient, the core of the transport network) 2. Tokyu Toyoko Line (runs through nice neighborhoods, passengers are fashionable) 3. Tokyu Den-en Toshi Line (same as above) Worst 3 1. JR Saikyo Line (full of chikan) 2. JR Keihin Tohoku Line (dirty image) 3. JR Joban Line (full of drunks, delinquents from the boondocks
  3. Recent broadcast on NHK general about the redevelopment of the Shibuya Station area, with a focus on the opening of the Saikyo Line platform adjacent to the Yamanote Line platform, and the movement of tracks as well as the railway bridge crossing the old Oyama Road leading to Dougenzaka and the Shibuya Scramble intersection. 1000 construction workers and specialists along with 100 vehicles were given 52 hours to do the task, while observing covid-19 countermeasures. Everything had to be finished at the end of 52 hours and full restoration of Saikyo Line services. Everything was timed to the m
  4. JR East will loan a diesel railcar set for use on the Soya Line, while Tokyu will provide the Royal Express trainset which will be used on a yet undetermined itinerary from Sapporo to Eastern Hokkaido. The Royal Express is a DC EMU, so in AC and unelectrified JR Hokkaido territory, it will be pulled by a set of diesel locomotives coupled with a generator car providing hotel power.
  5. Yoro Tetsudou will be introducing ex-Tokyu 7700 series trains on their network from February 2019. The newly introduced trains will replace the more recently built ex-Kintetsu 600 series trains. The 7700 series will come in a variety of two and three car sets and will be painted in various different liveries. Original source: https://www.nisimino.com/yorosenportal/annex/54_Field08.pdf
  6. Just some thoughts on my experience today riding trains around the Kansai area, which is related to some recent posts others made about Kansai private railways. This evening I caught an express service on the Nankai Koya Line originating from Mikkaiichicho Station, which has a stub end layover track for turnback services such as the one I rode. The station is located high in the foothills above Osaka, in an area that probably was originally quite rural but now is a suburban bed town. The route is quite interesting as it takes you from a rather high elevation gradually down throug
  7. more: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003772392
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Related to the the post about the Keikyu poster, here is some info on train crowding at selected stations on the Toyoko and Den'en Toshi Lines. From the Tokyu corporate website. Toyoko Line (*crowding level is at arrival at Naka-Meguro) Yokohama: http://www.tokyu.co.jp/railway/guide/off-peak/pdf/rail-ty_yokohama.pdf Kikuna: http://www.tokyu.co.jp/railway/guide/off-peak/pdf/rail-ty_kikuna.pdf Musashi Kosugi: http://www.tokyu.co.jp/railway/guide/off-peak/pdf/rail-ty_musashi-kosugi.pdf Jiyugaoka: http://www.tokyu.co.jp/railway/guide/off-peak/pdf/rail-ty_jiyugaoka.pdf Den'en Toshi Li
  11. So on Sunday I was doing a bit of "zenmentenbouing" on the Toyoko Line, when I observed some trackwork being done at Yutenji Station, just one stop from Naka-Meguro. I was completely unaware of this, but this station will have a center passing track, usable in both directions, but primarily for up trains in the morning rush. The platforms (quite generous in width now), will be narrowed to allow the extra width of ROW to fit the center track, and the roof will be rebuilt with an arch design with a higher clearance. Currently on the Toyoko Line there are only four locations where faster tra
  12. 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"
  13. This is a Danny Choo video shot with a camera mounted on the bike when he headed out for lunch. The route is from from Musashikoyama to Togoshi Ginza in Tokyo. The trip starts on a narrow commercial / residential street, moves out to a major artery with bike lane and then onto another narrow street but this one is a local retail center. Lots of interesting details everywhere. The grade crossing is the Tokyu Ikegami line at Togoshi-Ginza station (Ik03)
  14. YouTube definitely knows what I want to see. They probably know better than I do, a fairly upsetting thought. Anywho, here's video from Tokyu's open day at Nagatsuta in 2014. This is a demo of the exterior and interior visual inspection, with point and call, done before leaving the yard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzwlyBP0DwU
  15. As of 9:30pm services haven't been restored. Power outage affecting signals and crossings. https://youtube.com/watch?v=skvi_J8uGHI
  16. Did anyone post this yet? http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/09/07/the-most-crowded-train-lines-during-rush-hour-in-tokyo-osaka-and-nagoya-are/ Pretty interesting, data is apparently from MLIT, so I think it's trustworthy. I never lived in Kanto, so the figures for those lines don't mean a lot to me, other than explaining why JR East buys so many new trains . The figures for Osaka and Nagoya, however, help me picture train interiors, platforms, and seas of people at the gates :). The private railways really take the prize in Osaka, and in Nagoya, the municipal subway system appears
  17. Back from three weeks in Kanto and Kansai. Just a number of notes I made of the railway scene, opinions fully my own, of course. Toyoko Line- heaps more interesting with the run-throughs via the Fukutoshin Line. Has opened up more railfanning opportunities in the western regions of Tokyo and Saitama w/better access for someone based in Yokohama, like me. I have long lamented the demise of the Tokyu 8000 series on Tokyu Lines rails, but I have found an acceptable substitute- the Tobu 9000 series, which can be seen on the Toyoko Line thanks to the run-through ops. A contemporary (a we
  18. I haven't seen any other mention of this: the July 2013 issue of Continental Modeller (which just showed up at my local Barnes and Noble last week) has an eight-page profile of the Setagaya line in it, with lots of photos. CM occasionally profiles Japanese layouts or railways, which is one reason I pick it up (the other is that there is a lot of very creative modeling of European lines described, so it's a good source of inspiration).
  19. Sunday I went to the Seibu Musashigaoka Depot open house. Crowded with families and tetsuota (a given since it's in Saitama) but there were railways from all over Kanto represented at the souvenir booths. I picked up a surplus route map of the Tokyu Lines before the beginnning of through services via the underground Shibuya Station. They gave buyers two choices- a yama-gawa version with the left side stations being inland locations, or an umi-gawa version where the left side is stations close to the sea or southern Kanagawa locations. I chose the umi-gawa version, as that's the one I'm use
  20. A one scene/location video of action between Hakuraku and Myorenji on a weekend morning. Camera is pointed in the up direction (towards Shibuya). In the description section, if you click on the times, you can go directly to the train listed. Too many 5050's as usual, but nice to see other types making the lineside action more interesting, including my favorite Tokyo Metro 10000 series. *this section of the Toyoko Line still maintains the old style of urban/inner suburban railway operation with numerous grade crossings, curves, cuttings and embankments.
  21. Saturday I was trainwatching and shutterbugging at Myorenji Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line in Yokohama (I wanted to see some of the run-through trains). The 5050 series are ubiquitous, but while they passed (or stopped with the 8 car units) I noticed most of the cars are equipped with ladders mounted on the sides (below the center doors), to allow passengers to easily get off in emergency situations. Perhaps there are other trains equipped in such a manner, but this is the first time I saw such a mounting rather obviously placed in the lower center of the car.
  22. Keio, Tokyu, Seibu and Tokyo Metro now number there stations and I have issued revised route maps. Tokyu has a PDF map showing station numbers.There is an interactive version of this map on the Japanese language Tokyu web site that links through to station information pages. This version of the map is not on the English language Tokyu web page and I just happened to stumble upon it. The Tokyu map shows the name and color of Tokyo Metro through routings, something that is rare. PDF version http://www.tokyu.co.jp/railway/menu/rosen-web080602.pdf Interactive version http://www.toky
  23. Nothing unusual or newsworthy here. Just my favorite Kanto region rolling stock (since the retirement of the Keikyu 1000 series). I love how when worked, the traction motors on these units almost sound automotive- going away, it sounds like a racecar. Also, motor driving units with pantographs are "boss"! Express bound for Chuo Rinkan passing through Tsukushino: Accelerating from a stop (at Fujigaoka Station). Hear that sublime chopper whine, signature Tokyu, and also common on the Toyoko Line when the 8000 series were in their prime, before the beer cans took over (first train
  24. Over the past couple of years by chance I have been become aware of several stub lines in Tokyo that are completely at odds with the typical image of Tokyo trains. If possible the videos are full line rides. Keisei Kanamachi line The Keisei Kanamachi line became a stub line with the opening of the Keisei Skyliner service. Trains run from Takasago to Keisei Kanamachi where a connection is made with the JR East Joban line. Length: 2.5 km Stations 3 4 car trains Full length video June 28, 2010 during the final stages of the stub line preparations. Today To
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