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New NHK World show: Japan Railway Journal


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What surprised me about the DMV episode was how much effort has gone in planning, setting it up, doing all types of cross marketing and promotion - for something that is not yet in service.  Hope it works out.

 

I do agree that more train content would be nice.  I see I missed the show on the JR Gono Line.  That looks like it would have been interesting.  Need to do a web search to see if I can find it somewhere.

 

Ciao,

Tony

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Kansen Tsushin
11 hours ago, katoftw said:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/japanrailway/20211125/2049104/

 

Hopefully it is better than the boring DMV episode. And the Noto episode. Content lately has been lacking trains.


I actually liked that episode. It actually showed what transport could be in an environment that may not allow train tracks to certain parts of the town/city due to historic/environmental reasons. It could easily go the other way round where a train carriage could end up on the road!

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Think that might have something to do with the COVID pandemic, since those episodes all featured archive footage and all interviews are remote. 

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HankyuDentetsu

Just watched the DMV episode. Got to applaud their efforts - fearless and innovative! Looks like they're having fun with it too, love the merchandising and commericals.

 

But, that machine looks like it's full of compromises - I fear for how difficult it'll be to maintain and repair. And I expect the ride quality to be absolutely awful on the roads due to how front heavy it must be!

 

Also, surely the E4 retirement should have been given it's own show!!

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There's a new episode! Last one for 2021:

Kominato Railway: Surviving with Wisdom and Ingenuity
Kominato Railway is a 39.1km rural railway that operates in Chiba, the prefecture next to Tokyo. Unfortunately, damage caused by a typhoon in 2019 and the subsequent pandemic caused sales revenue to drop significantly. Now, the railway is working on ways to get back on track, including the operation of the Satoyama Trolley Train (a sightseeing train that runs through scenic valleys), old diesel trains manufactured more than 40 years ago, and a collaboration with a local art festival to attract tourists. See the strategies the company has implemented using wisdom and ingenuity to attract visitors.

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On 11/19/2021 at 5:46 AM, katoftw said:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/japanrailway/20211125/2049104/

 

Hopefully it is better than the boring DMV episode. And the Noto episode. Content lately has been lacking trains.

Isn't Japan Railway Journal a 'magazine' style show covering the Japanese train industry? I'd expect it would cover all things trains and the things around it, so I get why they would cover things like train museums, stations, train station cat mascots, etc, etc.
Whereas, Train Cruise is a show that covers a specific route and showing the touristic nature of riding the train at distance.

I get it. You're specifically are interested in the trains themselves, in the same way a petrohead would be interested in the repair and restoration of a classic car rather than the buying and selling of it ala Wheeler Dealers show on Discovery Channel.

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13 hours ago, Kansen Tsushin said:

I get it. You're specifically are interested in the trains themselves,

Nope.

 

Both subjects have been covered before by Railway Journal previously in their smaller 'railway topics' segments.

 

So while turning a 3 minute segment into a 22 minute full episode. The small amount of extra info didn't create enough interest within me.

 

Static comtempotary art displays really aren't my thing either. So I guess the Noto episode was doomed to fail in my brain at the start line.

 

But every one is different. There will be something I find amazing that another will go just meh at. We are all different.

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New episode:

Must-see Railway News: The Latter Half of 2021

See railway-related news from across Japan, covered by NHK from July to December 2021. Join us as we take a look back at post-pandemic measures implemented by railway companies, fun tourist trains, as well as new trains, and say goodbye to some beloved old trains.

Airing January 20 & 21st 2022

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Yavianice

At last a variety of topics. Sounds less boring than the previous episode. 

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