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New Episode!

 

Kyoto Tango Railway: A Bus Company to the Rescue

September 13, 2019

 

Kyoto Tango Railway is a 114km line located along Amanohashidate, one of the 3 most scenic spots in Japan. Once the most in deficit railway company in Japan, it is now managed by the Willer Group, a long-distance bus operator. Through a process known as "vertical separation," Willer has taken over the day-to-day operation of the railway, while the local government maintains its infrastructure. See how Willer is transforming the local railway company using marketing and IT strategies.

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Excellent timing because I just yesterday finished episodes 1 - 73. No, not in a single day 😉

 

Not having a show to watch today left me in withdrawals.

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New Episode!

 

South Hokkaido Railway: A Tourist Train Developed by a Tour Company

September 27, 2019

 

South Hokkaido Railway is home to a popular tourist train. A third sector company, South Hokkaido Railway began operation in 2016 with the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen. With limited resources, the railway asked a major tour company to help develop and operate a tourist train. See how the company worked with the community, and used their know-how to turn a "regular" train into a fun tourist train that has been gaining attention across Japan.

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New Episode!

 

Chizu Express: A Top Tier Third Sector Railway
October 11, 2019


Chizu Express is a third sector local railway, which runs 56.1km through the Chugoku Mountains between Tottori and Hyogo Prefectures. From the beginning, the railway was constructed for high-speed operation. While many third sector railway companies are struggling to make a profit, Chizu Express has been in the black for 21 consecutive years. See how the company is able to run through the mountains at 130km/h with their pendulum type express trains, as well as the company's strategies to increase ridership on their local trains. In "Trains in Focus," hop on JR West's "Ametsuchi" tourist train that runs between Tottori and Izumoshi Stations.

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The Chizu Express line was supposed to be JNR line, but was left incomplete in 1980. It was taken over by the Tottori prefectural government, who finished the line and opened it in 1994. I think it's profitable because two different limited express trains use this line.

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New Episode!

 

Hitachinaka Seaside Railway: Pulling Together with the Local Community
October 25, 2019

Hitachinaka Seaside Railway in Ibaraki Prefecture opened in 2008. When it began operation, the 14.3km railway had a ridership of less than 700,000. Now, ridership exceeds 1 million annually. Making a profit in 2017, the company now plans to extend the line by 3.1km. See how the company is working with locals to increase ridership even further, and how the company's president is putting passengers first.

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On 10/7/2019 at 7:54 PM, Sacto1985 said:

I think it's profitable because two different limited express trains use this line.

 

I don't think the trains per se are the source of the railway's success - it's more the fact that Chizu Kyuko supplies Shinkansen connections for Tottori and surrounding towns.

 

Cheers NB

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11 hours ago, Nick_Burman said:

 

I don't think the trains per se are the source of the railway's success - it's more the fact that Chizu Kyuko supplies Shinkansen connections for Tottori and surrounding towns.

 

Cheers NB

 

Is that the purpose of the Super Inaba train that runs between Tottori and Okayama using the Chizu Express line?

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New Episode!

 

JR's Ekinaka Development Project: A New Lifestyle Below the Chuo Line

November 8, 2019

2:30 - 3:00 / 8:30 - 9:00 / 14:30 - 15:00 / 20:30 - 21:00 

 

"Ekinaka" refers to the shops and facilities that are usually found inside the station. Now JR East is expanding on that concept, developing the viaducts beneath the Chuo Line in a project they are calling the "Chuo Line Mall." Utilising the 70,000 square meters of open space beneath the railway, 5 stations are working to develop new shops and facilities that will greatly benefit the community. See how JR East's "Ekinaka" development strategy is bringing the towns and stations closer together.

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New Episode!

 

Introducing the N700S: JR Central's Next-Generation Shinkansen

November 22, 2019

2:30 - 3:00 / 8:30 - 9:00 / 14:30 - 15:00 / 20:30 - 21:00 

 

JR Central's long-awaited next-generation Shinkansen; the N700S is scheduled to begin operation in summer 2020. The new N700S makes use of state-of-the-art technology to enhance safety, convenience, and comfort. Changes include the addition of lithium-ion batteries, used to power an emergency self-propulsion system, and a fully active vibration control system, installed to improve the comfort of the ride. Join us as we look at how the Shinkansen has evolved over the years and get a sneak peek of this supreme new train.

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New Technology Opening the Future of the Railway
December 13, 2019
2:30 - 3:00 / 8:30 - 9:00 / 14:30 - 15:00 / 20:30 - 21:00 


Railway companies in Japan are shifting toward the use of artificial intelligence and IoT systems to improve services. Responding to the increasing number of retiring railway employees and support staff, Japanese railways are finding new ways to operate, using state-of-the-art technology such as the Yamanote Line's one-button automatic train operation. Join us at "Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2019" to see what new technologies are being utilized in the ever-evolving railway industry.

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Reviewing the New Trains of 2019

December 27, 2019

2:30 - 3:00 / 8:30 - 9:00 / 14:30 - 15:00 / 20:30 - 21:00 

 

Many new express, commuter and tourist trains, as well as trams, began service in 2019. Join us as we take a look back at the trains and trends. See the innovative designs of Seibu Railway's "Laview" and the "Series 2000" on Tokyo Metro's Marunouchi Line as well as tourist trains like "THE RAIL KITCHEN CHIKUGO" operated by Nishi-Nippon Railroad and "Kairi" by JR East. Also, see the "Greenmover APEX" tram operated by Hiroshima Electric Railway, which received the "2019 Good Design Award," as well as Okayama Electric Tramway's "Chuggington." All of this and more as we take a look back at the trains and trams of 2019.

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New Episode!

 

Sunrise Seto and Izumo: The Last of the Overnight Sleeper Trains
January 17, 2020
2:30 - 3:00 / 8:30 - 9:00 / 14:30 - 15:00 / 20:30 - 21:00 


Once an icon in Japan, sleeper trains (commonly known as "blue trains") disappeared in the wake of faster and more convenient modes of transport. Sunrise Seto and Sunrise Izumo are now the only sleeper trains still in regular service. The Sunrise trains consist of private rooms and semi-private, partitioned "nobi-nobi" rooms for passengers on a budget. Join us as we journey overnight to see their charm, and find out why they are gaining popularity once again. Also on the show is a special guest, Donna Burke, the English voice of the Shinkansen!

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4 hours ago, lighthouse said:

Saw the show on NHK last night. It seems to me that the show is no longer so detailed ?!

What do you mean by 'no longer so detailed?'

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