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  1. They are used to reduce noise. An Odakyu 3000 series, was experimentally fitted with these skirts in 2002, but they were later removed. http://www.allaboutjapantrains.com/uploads/1/3/0/8/13086271/7197507_orig.jpg
  2. Near Narita airport runs the Musashino Line, a mainly-freight line that bypasses central Tokyo. Higashi-Matsudo station on the Musashino Line connects to the Hokuso Line/Keisei Narita Sky Access line, so it should be easy to reach it by train from the airport. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musashino_Line https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higashi-Matsudo_Station Near Haneda Airport, to the north (near Keikyu Samezu station) there is JR Freight's Tokyo Container Terminal, while to the south there is Kawasaki's industial area, with plenty of freight traffic (mainly jet fuel tanker trains), especially in the Tsurumi area. I recommend the latter as it's easier to reach and to get around. Samezu station is on the Keikyu Main Line bound for Shinagawa. From Haneda Airport you should take any Keikyu train and then change at Keikyu Kamata for a Shinagawa-bound local train (only locals stop at Samezu). The Tsurumi area can be reached also with Keikyu at Keikyu Tsurumi station on the Keikyu Main Line for Yokohama (Airport Expresses and Local trains stop at this station), there you should change to the famous JR Tsurumi line wich serves the industrial area. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keikyƫ_Kawasaki_Station https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsurumi_Line
  3. What did you order or the post deliver?

    They are static models made by the spanish DelPrado. Due to their low price and good detail (in some models), they're often used as a base for motorisation. Here's a list of all the models (in italian): http://digilander.libero.it/sportinglife/ Here are some converted models from users of this forum: http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/13219-del-prado-cc7100-conversion/ http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/12347-russian-vl-80-delprado-conversion/ http://www.utrainia.com/tag/del prado
  4. They are coupled sets that split for services on different branchlines, but with a common mainline route. Specifically, the Chuo Line 4 car sets are split at Hajima station, 4 car sets are for the Ome Line to Okutama and 6 car sets are for the Itsukaichi line to Musashi-Itsukaichi. On return trips, they are coupled also at Hajima station and they continue to Tachikawa, when they join the Chuo Line for Tokyo and Shinjuku. Similar operations with coupled sets in the Greater Tokyo Area are on the Shonan-Shinjuku Line (10+5 car sets of either the E231-1000 or the E233-3000 series) that are split at Koganei station for the Ustunomiya-Yokosuka Line route and at Kagohara for the Takasaki-Tokaido Line route; on the Joban Line (also 10+5 car sets of either the E231 or the E531 series) that split at Toride (the 5 car set continues onto the Narita line) and on the Tokaido Main Line (again 10+5 car sets of either the E231-1000 or the E233-3000 series).
  5. Shinano railway owns 15 3-car sets and 7 2-car sets of the series 115, for a total of 59 veichles, all either inerithed from JR East with the ownership transferral of 1997 or transferred from other JR East depots (for example some were previously used by JR East on local services on the Chuo Main Line past Mitaka). The Sankei Shimbun recently reported that Shinano Railway was indeed searching for an alternative due to steadily increasing ridership on the line (a rare thing for a third-sector railway) and due to the lack of spare parts for their stock (production stopped 35 years ago). It said that during the search for new rolling stock, the E129 series came out as the favourite candidate, however nothing is decided yet. Shinano railway plans to replace it's 115 series stock on regular services starting in 2019 and ending by 2030, while one 115 series, the "Rokumoon" tourist train will continue operations for many years to come. http://www.sankei.com/economy/news/180124/ecn1801240022-n1.html https://news.mynavi.jp/article/railwaynews-106/ JR East still uses 115 series in the Niigata, Nagano, Matsumoto and Utsunomiya areas, for a total of 495 veichles, out of the original 1186 (in 1990), wich means that the 41% of the fleet is still in service. JR West on the other hand, due to a smaller network and a less wealthy status than JR East, operates 442 veichles out of the original 590 (also in 1990), wich means the 75% of the fleet is still in service, on local services around Hiroshima, Okayama, Fukuchiyama and Shimonoseki.
  6. JR West is nothing new to this sort of things: 115-1600 series: http://img-cdn.jg.jugem.jp/c2f/716829/20100421_702617.jpg And the less good 113-3800 series: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ed/JRW-113_001_JPN.jpg Which, due to it's funny/ugly looks has become sort of a meme among japanese internet railfans (especially it's front yellow plate ).
  7. What did you order or the post deliver?

    Reptile incidents apart, here's my lastest delivery: Shonan-Shinjuku Line E231-1000 series sets Basic + A Addon set A for my Yamanote Line E231-500: A lot of track... Greenmax 2-track catenary poles (that i will have to cannibalize them into 3-track poles) Tomytec Car Collection J2: And a nice little book about JNR's last generation of commuter trains:
  8. It definitely is the last 115 series train on the Ryomo Line. I think this last run announced in an another thread. JR East still uses 115 series trains in the Niigata Area, while JR West, as miyakoji said, will use 115 series trains for a long time to come.
  9. What did you order or the post deliver?

    Japanese rat snakes are non-venomous, however you should go to the nearest clinic, just to be sue. Have you called 119 (fire & medical emergency number)?
  10. The "Pendulum Car" articulated coach, an early 40s american tilting train prototype, built by PECO (Pacific Railway Equipment Company) in 1937. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b0/Pendulum_railroad_coach_1937.jpg
  11. Found this documentary: All the rolling stock of Meitetsu in the early '90s, around the same period of Densha De Go! Nagoya Railroad. Fetauring: - Iconic express trains such as the 7000 series, the 1000 series "Panorma Super" and the KiHa 8500 "Alps". -Famous and lesser-known local trains, either built new or re-built from other units. -Gifu area interurban lines and streetcars, with second-hand veichles from Sapporo and Tokyo. -Diesel lines railbusses.
  12. Tomix - New Releases

    They seem to be based on the Jomo Railway 700 series, wich indeed are former Keio 3000 series trainsets (14 veichles, 7 X 2-car formations). Second formation for the "B" set. Third formation for the "A" set. Also, there are no Keio 3000 series trains for 1:87 scale, but if you like these "Shonan-type" EMUs you can always get the one that started them all: The 80 series Avaible as a pre-painted kit: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10279280 http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10279281
  13. Which engineering program for developing trains?

    GySEV 4744? https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2949/34202986005_f989dae0c9_b.jpg
  14. No, it's the green car seating that's identical in the two trains. The standard seating differs in the shape and colors of seats. See also: Standard seating for an E3-1000 series https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JReastE3-1000_inside.jpg Standard seating for an E3-2000 series https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JReastE3-2000_inside.jpg