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JR Shikoku 8600 series hauled from KHI plant


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The artist renderings of this train showed skirting, maybe it could not be installed because of the knuckle couplers used for transport.

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If you look closely you can see that actually two 2-car EMU's are being transported and that they are coupled together with their own Shibata couplers, skirts, etc.

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I notice the motor cars (the ones without the pantographs), are fitted with wheel rim mount disc brakes, unusual for non-shinkansen JR emus.

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Some pics from March of the two EMU's above now in their 'final state':

http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/archives/2014/03/post_435.html

http://ameblo.jp/henshukaigi/entry-11788833059.html

Look quite good.

 

I found this comparison of the JR Shikoku 8600 series with a Class 444 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nambu5102F/status/404885497626906624

They really look alike.

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I notice the motor cars (the ones without the pantographs), are fitted with wheel rim mount disc brakes, unusual for non-shinkansen JR emus.

 

I also noticed two different types of disc brakes.  I am surprised as it must surely complicate maintenance.

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Well, in three weeks I have seen this train about a half dozen times,, always just two cars, and always on a storage siding at JR Matsuyama, and usually blocked by a few crappy DMUs blocking my ability to get a good picture. The only time I had seen one actually moving, was the train arriving at Takamatsu while I was transferring from a a train originating in Tokushima, en route for Matsuyama. I would have loved to have poked my head in and take a peek.

 

Part of me wondered if they only had just the two cars as the train at Takamatsu was only a two car train.(I can see in the video it shows more than two) But, I'm guessing that they split the train at Sakaide with cars 1&2 bound for Okayama and 3&4 bound for Takamatsu.

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8601 which had been sitting on track 4 at Matsuyama depot had just arrived at Takamatsu before my weird looking two-car 8000-sereies was getting ready to depart. Had my Japanesese been better and I wasn't already exhausted from 14 hours of working, I'd've flashed my press pass and letter from JR Shikoku to have popped inside for a look and maybe a ride back to Matsuyama.

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bikkuri bahn

Debut to the general public, at Matsuyama Station, on Saturday:

 

*revenue service began today

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It doesn't have as much appeal as older JR Shikoku stock does have, but it looks pretty nice. The colour combination is also really good IMO.

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Door release button ... ü

 

Disabled toilet ... ü

 

Baby change table with safety belt ... ü

 

Toddler seat ... ü

 

Wheelchair space in main cabin ... ü

 

General seat design ... O

 

Austin Powers Lime Green seat covers ... O

 

Yellow grab rails ... O

 

LEGOLAND yellow and grey exterior ... O

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8 Oct 2015,the mass production cars of JR Shikoku 8600 series delivered from Kawasaki Heavy Industries to Takamatsu depot.

 

New-type cars

8700 : Green car (half of car) 

8800 : Trailer(without the motor-man's platform

 

 

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Has JR Shikoku talked about when will these production units actually enter revenue service between Takamatsu and Matsuyama?

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