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  1. Not the most exciting of setups, but there you go...
  2. With the opening of the line a few days away, an interesting short documentary/commercial by Meiden Corporation, which manufactures all the transformers and electrical substations for shinkansen lines. The first segment is the installation of a transformer inside the Seikan Tunnel. Later we see the substation at Shin Hakodate.
  3. A very subjective topic, but note the criteria: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/02/23/813345/0/en/GoEuro-Ranks-World-s-Best-High-Speed-Trains-Names-Japan-as-Number-1.html
  4. In this video, RailKingJP and his son visit car 951-1, which is on display across from the Railway Technical Research Institute in Kokubunji, Tokyo. It appears that during the daytime, the car is open to the public, and has displays and a small library inside. I'll check it out when I drop off my résumé at RTRI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_951_Shinkansen location: https://goo.gl/maps/LGaZoVmHu8p
  5. A simulator for an e5 shinkansen train is on display for visitor use at the California State Railroad Museum. It was provided by JR East, as part of a special exhibition on hsr. https://www.instagram.com/p/-SlpBDxoYc/ http://www.csrmf.org/component/content/article/55-events-exhibits-train-rides/477-fast-tracks-the-world-of-high-speed-rail
  6. Was a rare oportunity to visit those vehicles only 2 days 10/10 and 10/11, inside have a pictures to how was build and some new papers saying about the new tech for future shinkansen trains, i was alowed for only 1 minute in the drive seat :( The 300X JRCentral later 700 Series, STAR21 JREast E2, E3 and WIN350 JRWest 500 Series are all experimental vehicles that were used to test high-speed technology for future shinkansen. Not only are these trains on display, but visitors can actually go inside them. edit: i upload all the pics from my quick visit there so enjoy :D
  7. Period documentary from 1970, complete with atmospheric soundtrack and apropos editing effects. A view of the modern JNR, one emphasizing "cybernetics". https://youtube.com/watch?v=75N2GV9ZCuE Starting from the old JNR of iron trains and iron men (Joban Line steam), we are whisked to the new look railway of Shinkansen CTC, MARS online reservation system, ticket vending machines (some even sell express tickets!), newfangled automated ticket gates from Omron, automated maintenance of emu traction motors, computerized hump yards, computer traffic simulations, automated printing of string diagrams, testing of the 0 series at 250km/h for running on the future Sanyo Shinkansen, and what do we have here at 17:58, an early version of touch panel to modify the running diagram?? Lots and lots of blinking lights.
  8. Recently a group of 40 geiko and maiko in full dress took the Tokaido shinkansen to Tokyo as part of a Kyoto tourism destination campaign event.
  9. Most here are already familiar with this process, but it apparently is getting a lot of hits on youtube from outside Japan:
  10. Been awhile since this proposed trainset has last been in the news. With the PM's U.S. visit, it looks like this model will be officially offered for the California project. Apparently tender bids by the various manufacturers will occur sometime this year. Kyodo News report via the Japan Times (yecch...): http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/25/business/japanese-consortium-to-propose-kawasaki-heavy-bullet-trains-for-high-speed-line-in-california/ ...efSET, something like a "super" E7 set?
  11. Wednesday, April 22 saw the beginning of a program at selected financial institutions nationwide where the public can exchange 100 yen coins for commemorative 100 yen coins with shinkansen designs. There are a total of 5 designs- for the Tokaido, Sanyo, Tohoku, Joetsu, and Hokuriku Shinkansen, with the N700A, 500 series, E5, E4, and E7 designs respectively on one side, and the 0 series on the other. Coins for the Kyushu, Hokkaido, Akita, and Yamagata Shinkansen are planned to be released in the future. http://trafficnews.jp/post/39559/
  12. http://www.eki-net.com/travel/hokuriku/index.html *Edit* coverage in English language media: http://mashable.com/2015/03/13/google-street-view-japan-bullet-train/
  13. On Thursday October 23rd, NHK World will air the Shinkansen episode of Japanology Plus. I believe this is a new episode. The times (UTC) are: 0:30 - 1:00, 6:30 - 7:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 18:30 - 19:00. the show's page: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/japanologyplus/index.html NHK World schedule: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/schedule/
  14. The Shinkansen is mentioned on slide 6: http://www.msn.com/en-au/travel/article/eurostar-at-20-the-worlds-most-famous-trains/ss-BBdzByS
  15. This Thursday the lead car of the first revenue service 0 Series trainset (1964) was moved out by road haulage from the now closed Osaka Transportation Museum. It will be cosmetically restored and then eventually put on display at the now under construction Kyoto Railway Museum, scheduled for opening in spring 2016. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWZRaww63YY
  16. Here's an interesting website hosted by NHK showing 9 slides. They are: title slide short history time in hours required for transit from Tokyo to Osaka, 1889 to 2045 ridership in 1000s of passenger diagram showing departures per hour from Tokyo for 4 different years rolling stock types in fleet, 1987 to 2012. 500 series appears to absent, not sure why. JR Central only? average lateness by two-tenths of a minute, 1987 to 2013. I wonder what happened in 1990 and 2003. more text, info about operation, safety, future of network closing slide http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/shinkansen/#c1
  17. At the recent InnoTrans 2014, JR East had a driving simulator for the E5 at their booth, all of the cab displays were converted to English.
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    Old Man Thunder

    So, I had killed some time in Saijo City on my way to Takamatsu. Caught some nice looking and rather rare trains at JR Iyo-Saijo when I decided to hit the Saijo train barn. While looking at the display case of the little train museum, I noticed a book in romaji and was easily able to read and comprehend it. I was dead certain, that after two and a half week in Japan, my second trip to Japan in six months, that I was finally reading Japanese (although romaji) without even thinking about it. Sadly, did I learn, it was actually in English. Grabbed a snap shot of the open page and went on my way. Afterall, there was a 0-series shinkansen next door that I wanted to sit in before continuing east. Got back to the states and while going through the iPhone snapshots of things I wanted to do further research on, discovered the book title of Old Man Thunder, Father of the Bullet Train. Ordered a copy from amazon, and am about 85% through it right now. It's the story of Shinji Sogo, a man who in all reality is seems like the (successful) Japanese version of myself (and by that, a total asshole, who pretty much makes it a point to royally tick people off with no regards whatsoever to social norms). Any case, copies can be found on the cheap on amazon, and it's pretty fascinating what had to be done in order to construction the new mainline for the shinkansen.
  19. Posted by Dave Fossett on the jtrains list, Tetsudou Fan is carrying this also: new fleet livery: http://railf.jp/news/2014/03/04/171500.html "Toreiyu" excursion train: http://railf.jp/news/2014/03/04/173000.html pdf on JR East's site with diagram of excursion train's modified Japanese style interior: http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2013/20140303.pdf All regular services trains will have the new livery by the end of 2016, and the single 6-car Toreiyu set is to be in service by the end of July.
  20. More, including the economic reasons for retirement: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201406060010
  21. NEX-989

    Tomix E7 preorder start

    The preoder for the Tomix E7 Shinkansen has started @ 1999.co.jp http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10254818 3 car set http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10254824 12 car set Release is scheduled for March 2014 Order quickly unless your waiting for the Kato one like me ;-)
  22. Posted this on another forum, thought some here may be interested. Testing within the confines of the Kumamoto General Rolling Stock Depot. There will be an official press debut on the 19th of this month.
  23. Another one tonight, topic is shinkansen. This special is only one hour. Fuji TV 19:00~19.57.
  24. Heads up to forum members in Japan- tomorrow (Sat Nov.9) TV Asahi will broadcast a two hour special of their "Onegai Ranking Gold" quiz/information show- the topic will be the Shinkansen and buses (I assume Tokyo Municipal "Toei"). Oddly, the TV Asahi HP for this program shows no such episode information, but I saw the commercial for this program tonight, just before the Japan-Taiwan baseball game. Blog post: http://heiseitv.seesaa.net/article/379692981.html