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And we have a new episode in December, this time about the maintenance in JR Central conventional lines, details now ("Dr Tokai" train will be presented in this episode too)




December 15, 2017


Safeguarding the System: Maintaining JR Central's Conventional Line


JR Central, which operates the Japanese high-speed "Tokaido Shinkansen", also operates 12 conventional lines totaling 1,420km. To ensure stable operation, state-of-the-art equipment is used for maintenance, such as the line inspection vehicle "Dr. Tokai", which inspects tracks down to 0.1mm using a two-dimensional laser. Discover how conventional lines are maintained, then meet the specialists who detect deterioration of iron bridges by making full use of their experience and their 5 senses.


Hours of Broadcast (London Time)


Thursday, December 14  15:30 - 16:00  21:30 - 22:00


Friday, December 15  3:30 - 4:00  9:30 - 10:00


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Just a note. In case some of you are interested. I watch them through the on demand service from the NHK World app and it can cast to a Google Chromecast device so I can watch on the normal tv. 

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2 hours ago, scotspensioner said:

As usual a big thank you Lee.

 Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year


I don't celebrate (or recognise) any events at this time of year... I avoid people even more than normal, because I hate seeing people happy. :(

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1 hour ago, katoftw said:

Trains don't make you happy?

Happy is sadly, a "someone else" thing. :sad7:


Trains make me... not angry, which is a good thing, because nearly everything else does. I like the trains (and the tv shows), I like the country that the trains are in but no, trains don't make me happy any more.

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The first episode of 2018 is coming next week, all about Oigawa Railway.




January 12, 2018


Driving Forward with Steam: Oigawa Railway's Strategy


The Oigawa Railway began operating Japan's first preserved steam locomotive in 1976, and has been a pioneer in the field ever since. Now the company operates 4 steam trains that run more than 300 days a year. Join us as we discover the amazing efforts that make this possible, from their popular "Thomas the Tank Engine" service which has been gaining attention in recent years, to the vital inspections and repairs expertly carried out at the company's own workshop.


Hours of Broadcast (London Time)


Thursday, January 11  15:30 - 16:00  21:30 - 22:00


Friday, January 12  3:30 - 4:00  9:30 - 10:00

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