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  3. Typical Japan Times hyperbole- always take their reports with a heaping hand of salt. By the way, the picture caption is wrong, the MPD monitor is of Tokyo's road and expressway system (you can barely see one of the lines labeled as "Kannana Dori"- one of the major peripheral roads in Tokyo). The police are responsible for monitoring the roads obviously, and the railways are responsible for their own lines- you wouldn't expect the police to know anything about traffic control on railways- it is out of their league.
  4. Folks, It sounds like high skin friction caused by a moving pressure wave caused the door to open. Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
  5. I'm pretty sure all cab doors are hinged, (all those in service anyway, not sure about retired sets.)
  6. Unrelated to the automatic passenger doors, but are the cab doors sliding or hinged? I think I remember the 700 series I rode in 2015 had hinged cab doors, which are manually controlled by the staff using them only.
  7. The e5 pre-series set, which was upgraded to full production standard, has a "plug" style door behind the driving cabs, per Wikipedia "The pre-series set, S11, was upgraded to full-production standard in February 2013 and renumbered U1.[23] It retains the flush plug doors for the passenger doors immediately behind the driving cabs, whereas the full-production sets have recessed sliding doors." This incident is not that door, but I thought it interesting the question came up as I had just read that a couple weeks ago while we were on an E5
  8. Sheffie

    What did you run today?

    It is very relaxing to just let them run
  9. Kiha66

    What did you run today?

    Looks great tim! What a fun layout.
  10. All Shinkansen doors are sliding ones. Off-hand I can't think of any hinged passenger door stock since the "old style" (旧型客車) passenger coaches, everything since then has been either sliding or folding bus-style doors (and those were AFAIK more of an intermediate thing).
  11. Sheffie

    What did you run today?

  12. bikkuri bahn

    Hayabusa door opens at high speed.

    The Hayabusa service in question is a short turnback service, originating in Tokyo, going up to Sendai, and returning. It requires an interior cleaning before turning back at Sendai. Apparently an independent contractor employee responsible for cleaning forgot to reset the manual door cock (located above the door in the vestibule) after finishing the cleaning. The train left Sendai, and the repeated pressure changes going through the numerous short tunnels south of Sendai, as well as the wind at train speeds up to 280km/h slowly opened the sliding door until it was fully opened, triggering an alarm in the drivers console. The door was fully open for 40 seconds before the train made an emergency stop.
  13. In order to squeeze more capacity out of the railway network, infrastructure operator ProRail will begin to use a 6 second increment working timetable from the 2020 timetable revision, down from one minute timepoints. As many here know, this has long been a common practice among Japanese railways, though 6 seconds is very ambitious (depending on the railway or service, it typically ranges from 5 to 15 seconds in Japan). https://railway-news.com/prorail-increases-capacity-for-2020-timetable/
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  15. Reminds me of a tale I read by a then-teenage railfan who, while walking through the train with his mates in search of the leading coach, opened what should have been a locked gangway door to find the nose of a locomotive staring at them. They may have stayed there with it open for a large part of the journey...
  16. Folks, Had a look at the newspaper article, a bit more info there. I can't remember whether these doors are sliding or hinged, elucidation, please. Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
  17. Sheffie

    Another Sheffie layout

    Lighthouse, I’ve revised the layout since then. The newest version is at the bottom of page 1.
  18. bill937ca

    GreenMax - New Releases

    A heads up on some Greenmax high rise buildings. http://www.gm-store.co.jp/blog/gmstore-staff/archives/68967?fbclid=IwAR1CMztV6XvMaep-MqMbQ53AIQAwCk5rx0NFGUCanFAa5hCbkZ7Zbrr8OOw The Toyoko Inn is reported as restocked at Greenmax's Akihabara store. https://www.facebook.com/グリーンマックスザストア-278860068798239/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARDon4alA-rK0ExGpGUoPpjLBKgnDrjbGlFcxUfb0nzfeAebcz-gnZduUesqleEAxlo19IwTp97zSsCJ&hc_ref=ARTjDzmz_J6PGxRAnY65fFjqYRj6bvIpUMcTVIeEuVPJHqLG5aFA3MwS12PYgLuVuPU&fref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARAHH7abxwQWpXEtxAgiGUSVHJO6GWV_K2ciedl8bMBjqlSa2HpKCujxAQjALEK3e5CNgWX_8l85PWObTbHz00G2ilj61weXyyENghNumQbHl0jt1XvIGKpIzGbZUniMi-jRCNyptAfJnjyMf7AjFzGvd_wYGxgFHnrbw58o689eaMLg6HnItXVvzU_BNWGUYvAuOWEthPhSWIqsG8f0j99uZ2eoeerUTQue8mttvjXJsTlbJPkaoX7eTuVXH_fe3bNw_UwQPB0bP6u-XWlrOL1qYKuCpkgGWVbxyZCZnI8AEaGLbVw4GbmljE9zdB_YsO2eeBGprWb55RqhSfU4LQUrLmFSfExwoiBPJp5E5A4hcUxZTI7SnI2dPMVP-Lg It should arrive at HS soon. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10232226 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10232224 The 3 story commercial building is also available. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10541191 The 5 story commercial building is also available. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10193665 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10193663
  19. al camino

    KIHA80-82 detailing

    The blank headboards do not attact me much exept in mid train. The "same area headmark" is a good thought. THanks to you.
  20. al camino

    KIHA80-82 detailing

    Hi Kamome Thank you for this hint! I did not notice this item. So my KIHA81---KIHA82 train will become Kuroshio. I like the nameplates to be the same. And I like the colored ones which will go into train #3. Now I need another KIHA80(M) to be more flexible.
  21. I have merged this topic with the existing one, see link in first post.
  22. Folks, A friend, residing in Japan, has just informed me that whilst an Hayabusa was travelling at full speed in a tunnel, one of the doors opened. Any further details of this? Regards, Bill. Melbourne.
  23. The same apocalyptic hypothesis was banded around in London before 2012. Its probably strategic anxiety to try and cut down on regular users. I remember using the tube during the London Olympics and it’s the quietest I’d ever seen it.
  24. lighthouse

    Another Sheffie layout

    A big Layout Sheffie, but this tight curve in the middle is a visual disturbance. Would it be possible to install radii of r = 481mm? That would defuse the curve a bit.
  25. Sheffie

    Another Sheffie layout

    As you can see, I've scaled back on the sidings a lot, to leave room for the rest of it.I can keep 3 EMU/DMU passenger trains and up to 4 freight trains on the layout. (When I get my Blue Symphony, I will have 4 EMUs, and I already have enough freight to fill those sidings). I've planned out a slow climb (less than 2%) to 60mm. Hopefully that is enough for the bridges. Hopefully, too, the precipitous drop down the spiral of doom won't break anything. SCARM thinks it's 4.6%. So, I have technical concerns, but in terms of artistic feel, I quite like it. EDIT: mever mind the silly camera angles. Here's what it looks like from the POV of someone actually in the middle of the room.
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