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  • Birthday 10/10/2000

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    Lodi, Italy
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    Trains (mostly Urban Rapid Transit), weaponry, emergency veichles...

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  1. The solution to crew shortages could be simpler: make all the trains driver-only operation. It's easy nowdays as most trains have automated announcements, and for the door checking, you could just move the conductor's platform monitor from the bottom to the top. It's a solution already used in Japan, on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line and the whole Fukuoka Subway network, plus countless minor local lines.
  2. An EF64 hauling three different cars from three different EMUs from three different generations... http://blog.livedoor.jp/kuninaka_mai_k/archives/51328836.html
  3. Socimi

    Seibu Keisatsu

    The iconic police drama from the late '70s-early '80s. Are there any english-subtitled episodes avaible for streaming or download? I tried to search but had no luck.
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    Tomix - New Releases

    I'm glad that Tomix will make the TWR 70-000 series as it's a train that i did want to buy, but at the same time i didn't want to buy the rare and overpriced Microace ones.
  5. Crash-testing the prototype of the Tatra RT8D5 series LRV for the Manila Light Rail, 1998. Ouch.
  6. It's not only the red seats, if you look carefully at the door you'll see that it's a "squared" body similar to the 209-0 series rather than the "round" body of E231 series trains, furthemore if you look at the window, it's squared compared to those with rounded angles found not only on E231 series trains, but on all modern JR East stock. If you open the image in a new window, it's named: https://sociorocketnewsen.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/policing_train_by_narita_international_airport_security_force-1.jpg?w=640&h=480 Therefore my guess is a Keisei 3000 series.
  7. The " 区 " should mean that the station is in the "Yama-no-te" ( "piedmont" ) area of Tokyo. The JR Yamanote Line takes the name from the area wich it serves.
  8. I think the best way to prevent people from rushing into trains is to prevent them from actually getting to the platform, by having two members of the station staff restricting the acces to the platform (with a string for exaple) just before the stairs, in this way: 1) the passengers are moving from the mezzanine to the platform using the stairs 2) the train enters the station, sounding it's horn to warn distracted passengers on the platform and to signal to the station staff to close the access. 3) the train stops, it's not possible to get to the platform. 4) the train passengers exit the station with a separate exit-only way. 5) the passengers on the platform board the train (station chime plays) 6) vocal announcment (or better, door closing chimes, either "beeping" or single-tone as we use here, as loud and clear as possible) to warn passengers not to get their body or their belongings trapped in the closing doors. 7) the doors have closed, the conductor in the rear cab checks if something remained stuck in the doors (such as a purse or an umbrella) then gives the driver the departing singal with a buzzer. 8) the train departs, with the conductor looking out the cab window, to confirm a safe departure from the station. 9) the train is now gone, and the staff re-opens the staircase. Passenger can begin again moving from the mezzanine to the platform. Advantages are that it prevents not only people rushing or pushing other people to get to the train, but it also prevents overcrowding both at the platform (thus avoiding people being pushed from the platform) and on the train (preventing "200%" crush loads). The whole cicle (steps 2 to 7) should be approx. 1/1.30 mins long, with steps 1 and 9 depending on the frequency of the service. Disadvantages are that you'll need speicifcally designed entry and exit points from the platform and that some people won't just accept they will be losing their train and are not willing to wait those 4/5 minutes to the next one. It should be a method already used by Japanese subways, such as Tokyo Metro. The idea could be also to use the station chimes not as meaning "the train is about to leave" but rather "it's your turn to board the train".
  9. Preparation for some Tokaido Line test runs?
  10. Both yes, the coach itself is still operating and no, as it does not serves pizza anymore. Following the end of the TEE era services (replaced by EuroCity trains) and the european standardization of power/lighting/heating supplies to the coaches there was a surplus of GC ("gran confort)-type luggage-generator coach. One of these was converted into a resturant one in collaboration with the Burghy catering agency (the same one that provided lunches on TGV, Thalys, AVE and Cisalpino high-speed trains). The coach was classified as 61 83 88-90 999-5 "Pizza Express", and after the acquisition of Burghy by McDonald's (before the coach was even put in service) the catering was done directly by Trenitalia. It entered service in 1997 on the Venezia-Milano interregional services, but due to the bad scheduling (arriving in Milan at 18:45, you had all the time to go home and dine at the usual italian dinner time of 19:30/19:45), the low quality of the pizza (frozen and then heated when necessary heresy), and the high prices, it had a vey low usage. It was also used on some services bound for Rimini, but by 2003/2004 it was used only rarely, mostly with special or chartered trains such as school trip serivces, and by 2007 it was retired from service. It was later aquired by the Fondazione FS (the Trenitalia department responsable for the preservation of historic rolling stock) and repainted into the 1980's "bandiera" express trains liviery (wich it never carried). As of today it's in use by Fondazione FS to provide refreshments either on historic trains or at events such as the open days at various depots or stations.
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    Nozomi super express recommendations

    I honestly don't know, as i'm modelling 20m commuter trains on kato unitrack, altough i suppose the minimium curves could be C280, as they're the ones supplied with the Tomix 500 series starter sets. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10153664/20/2
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    Nozomi super express recommendations

    You don't need such a long stretch of track to have a shinkansen accellerate realistically. My suggestion is to have an oval-shaped layout with standard shinkansen 4 track station. The train departs the station, then it enters a tunnel (wich hides the unrealistic short curves), runs on an open mainline stretch then enters the other tunnel and then it can run in a loop and pass thru the station at a realistic scale speed of 300 Km/h for as many times as you want. Then it can, again realistically decellerate and stop at the station. Whereas a variant that i suggest is the one with a long continuous tunnel that not only hides the unrealistic curves, but also the "secret" storage tracks, so that you can change the sequence of trains passing thru the station (and having more than just two on the layuout). This kind of layout is extremely compact, as it can be just more than half a metre wide, and simple as it requires 4 to 8 switches and it has no complex circuit interlockings. With a 16-car train such a layout would need a space atleast 3.25/3.5m per 0.75/1 meters.
  13. Italian railways can't be complete without the pizza-train! http://www.fotoferrovie.info/albums/userpics/10021/DSCN4501_rid.jpg from http://www.fotoferrovie.info/displayimage.php?pid=2830
  14. In my local area, most of the platforms undergone a similar treatment to accomodate level-boarding on Ale 711 EMUs of the Milan Suburban Network, altough they literally just added a new layer of concrete over the older ones for the couple hundred meters strictly necessary. https://www.google.it/maps/@45.3259749,9.4048377,67m/data=!3m1!1e3 You can still see the older, lower and thicker platform practically unchanged below the new layer. Both are pictures of Melegnano station on the Milano-Bologna line. The fence was added after three people were hit and killed by a train each in a different day in a span of one week.