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  1. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    Just for fun, I thought I'd try and record videos this morning... mainly because there was a random Shinkansen Track Vehicle and screenshots did not do justice. Here's the Sunrise Seto/Izumo at normal speed...and a freighter straight after it. And here's the track vehicle. (note that I recorded it at double-speed... it dawdled... until the very end.)
  2. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    Gosh I love Japanese freight timetables... here's another DE10 running the same 0853 timeslot via Shin Osaka. I wonder if this one is also heading off to pick up a new consist from Kawasaki? Will keep an eye out around ~1350. Yosh! Salon Car Naniwa? HD300 being shifted west. DE10 returned with a string of very shiny (new?) flats...
  3. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    Where's this DD51 off to? It's on the southern-most track which means it's heading into Osaka station... I was thinking maybe to then head clockwise around the loop to Hanaten or somesuch.. but there's no WYE junction at Osaka... Unless there's an emergency in Osaka station and something needs a tow! Might have to keep an eye out for the return service.
  4. Strange ticket gates in stations!

    Wait wait, it's not that you need a ticket to enter the shop... you need your ticket to exit the station! The shop is perfectly accessible from outside the station, it's just that this entrance (call it a short-cut) is on a wall that is directly adjacent to the station concourse... or 'ticketed area'. It's actually really nice to not have to exit the shop to get to the platforms. It's the same in Osaka. I think it's Noda Station on the Osaka Loop Line.
  5. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    If anyone is interested, I've rigged together a timetable for the webcam. It'll show you most of the movements that are timetabled. Note that anything heading west wont appear to the time listed; the time is the departure time from ShinOsaka. https://modelrail.otenko.com/japanese-trains/shin-osaka-webcam-timetable
  6. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    This has to be the definition of fun for a JR Freight driver. Tearing it up down the tracks light-engine in a DE10. It was definitely moving! And the reason was that it was going to Kawasaki to pick up a new EMU consist!
  7. Shinkansen Shop!!

    I'm told it's in Maintenance Mode... are you currently in Japan? Update: Works now, everything is sold out.
  8. Shinkansen Shop!!

    Has anyone succeeded in getting into the site? It's throwing an "access is restricted" page now.
  9. I don't know if it's any good for people abroad, but those in Japan might want to check this out. JR Central are opening a second-hand shop to sell of old memorabilia? https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20171011-00000145-impress-life Interesting selection of items! The actual link should be here: http://travel.watch.impress.co.jp/img/trw/docs/1085/599/html/02_o.jpg.html And the actual site should open today at 2pm Australian Daylight (1pm Queensland-too-scared-to-change-clock-time).
  10. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    More interesting sightings this morning. 1. a Blue 103 Series dead-heading along the Tokaido line towards Kyoto. 2. a DD51 on a railset train from Ajikawaguchi? 3. Every morning you can watch the M250 Super Rail Cargo bolt through. Unfortunately we're heading into winter, so it wont be light enough for another 8 months. 4. And then the Blue 103 returned west. 5. a double-headed Wide-View Hida to allow for extra loading?
  11. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    And there goes Dr Yellow back to Hamamatsu.
  12. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    Terrible lighting.. but a 113 Series in the Kansai/Kyoto Green Livery just came through? On the platforms as well... I wonder if it was a tour? UPDATE: This was actually a 117 Series (hence why it's cab looks to have more of a curve) on a school trip. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1390430674502791/permalink/1960398714172648/
  13. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    Yeah, they're re-laying the tracks on the north-side. This is usually for the LTD.Express Haruka/Kuroshio, etc... so they're being diverted by the points you can see further back. I'm curious if this is work for the Hokuriku line... or just maintenance?
  14. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    Appeared again today! And a cute little DD51 towing a single flat with rails yesterday.
  15. Shin-Osaka Webcam

    For those honorary Kansai citizens, there's a webcam here to let you view comings and goings from Shin-Osaka Station. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hF-RqfBIew It's situated on the NE corner of the station and gives you views of the Shinkansen, the main Tokaido freight line (bottom right) and then all tracks to/from Shin-Osaka station. I've attached some sightings! The Mizukaze and then Doctor Yellow up the back.