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serotta1972
2 hours ago, railsquid said:

Rail photographers hard at work

 

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Such a normal scene in Japan.  When I was admiring and taking photos of a train here in the US, I was asked to leave the platform area and if I had ticket.  

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Sheffie
11 hours ago, serotta1972 said:

Such a normal scene in Japan.  When I was admiring and taking photos of a train here in the US, I was asked to leave the platform area and if I had ticket.  

 

When I was a kid in 1970’s England you just paid 2p each for a platform ticket. Much simpler. 

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railsquid

As long as you don't use a tripod, or do anything silly, they don't seem to mind here.

 

What really gets me every time I see it are the "announcement recorders" who hold up microphones on sticks directly against platform loudspeakers to record announcements.

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EdF

I would love to get some clean announcements!  I have the melodies, but the only announcements I can find are like being on the platform with all the other noises. 

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railsquid

Sounds like you need a microphone-on-a-stick then?

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railsquid

And here's one I saw earlier today, hard at work at Nishi-Kokubunji.

 

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railsquid

One of these Chuo Line things is not like the others.

 

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Correct.

 

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I don't remember if the front panel is actually yellow, or it's a trick of the light.

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EdF
On 4/9/2019 at 10:47 AM, railsquid said:

Sounds like you need a microphone-on-a-stick then?

I don't have a stick that long!

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JR 500系
On ‎4‎/‎9‎/‎2019 at 7:06 AM, railsquid said:

Rail photographers hard at work

 

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What amazes me is how that arrow is pointing directly at the older man ~  😛

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cteno4

I think the sign reads “densha otaku photographer stand here”

 

Cheers

 

jeff

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railsquid

In the fading days of the Heisei era, you can still find reminders of JNR (国鉄), here adorning the guide map of a JR East-owned company housing complex near Kichijoiji.

 

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Pashina12

I hope they save that for posterity...

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miyakoji
10 hours ago, railsquid said:

In the fading days of the Heisei era, you can still find reminders of JNR (国鉄), here adorning the guide map of a JR East-owned company housing complex near Kichijoiji.

 

Kokutetsu is a patch, any idea if this was originally municipal or prefectural housing?

 

Here's an English-language blog post: https://thetokyofilesdanchi.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/kichijoji-kitamachi-company-housing/

 

Comparing the last photo there, from 1974-1978, to present google map, the southern-most group of 5 buildings and the nearest of the next block north existed at that time.

 

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.7120563,139.5777101,474m/data=!3m1!1e3

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railsquid
4 hours ago, miyakoji said:

 

Kokutetsu is a patch, any idea if this was originally municipal or prefectural housing?

 

It looks like it was covered up by something which fell off at some point (checks Street View) -  ah yes, here in June 2018: https://goo.gl/maps/acH6HWBEHfPPSoEs9

though going back in history, the tape was applied between late 2014 and early 2015, but was not present at all before then.

 

Probably why I never noticed that before even though I've been passing by that way since 2011 or so quite often, my interest in railways didn't pick up until around 2015.

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miyakoji

Ah I see.  Looking at the background of your pic, it looks like they've started to control that greenery.  The neighbors in that otherwise nice looking area probably appreciate it.

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railsquid

An unidentified EF65 and EF64 1003 passing at Musashi-Urawa station on the Musashino line.

 

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ef65-ef64-musashi-urawa-2019-05-12_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

(taken from my mobile phone while holding the Squidlet, aged 4.4/ca 16kg).

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EF65 1104 at Haijima:

 

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EF65 1104 at Haijima, 2019-09-03 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

Shots from mobile camera in dull lighting conditions, mainly interesting as the loco was sitting there not far from the platforms so I could take a look at some detail, e.g.:

 

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EF65 1104 at Haijima, 2019-09-03 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

which gives me the idea to e.g. paint the edges of the shunter footplates.

 

A couple more shots lurking at the bottom of this album: EF65

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The two famous symbols of Japan, Mt. Fuji and "安全第一", in vertical harmony:

 

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mitaka-2019-10-13_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

(crop from a mobile phone photo, I must get there one day when the sky is clear with a proper camera).

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A bit of an unusual day... got to the platform at Mitaka and a (the) East i-E pulled in and disgorged a small bunch of people, some in the usual railway workwear, some wearing suits/business clothes, dunno what that was about, I kind of got the impression it was some kind of PR exercise or similar. It departed westwards along the Chuo line.

 

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east-i_mitaka_2019-10-24_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

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east-i_mitaka_2019-10-24_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

Then later at Omiya, a freight train was announced as passing through and it turned out to be an EF81 hauling a single Cassiopeia car sandwiched between that and another EF81.

 

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ef81-cassiopeia_omiya_2019-10-24_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

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ef81-cassiopeia_omiya_2019-10-24_04 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

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ef81-cassiopeia_omiya_2019-10-24_03 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

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ef81-cassiopeia_omiya_2019-10-24_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

The rear loco appeared to be under power as well. The internet speculates this was a driver training exercise.

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