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  1. Some fresh electrons from Railfan News: by the end of 2019, JR Central will have a hybrid 4-car test formation. This will be a 4-car limited express type, which, if all goes well, will replace the KIHA85 someday. The KIHA85 is currently used on the Hida and Nanki services. JRC intends this to be the first Japanese hybrid to have an operational top speed of 120km/h. As I understand the article, batteries will be charged by both a diesel with alternator as well as regenerative braking. EMU-style traction motors will draw power from those batteries to propel the cars. This will reduce both cost and maintenance time. There will be only one engine per car, it will be silent during station stops, and this drive system lacks a gearbox, all contributing to an improvement in passenger comfort. Also, this type is expected to use 15% less fuel. If all goes well during one year of testing this prototype formation, endurance testing will begin (I'm not sure if this means revenue service or not). Following that, production cars could be manufactured in 2022. http://railf.jp/news/2017/06/08/090000.html
  2. Not much coverage in the domestic media, perhaps they are waiting for the results of the test on the 21st of this month (next Tuesday). http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/high-speed/japan-breaks-maglev-speed-record.html
  3. http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/high-speed/jr-central-tests-sic-power-modules-on-shinkansen-train.html?channel=523
  4. The president of JR Tokai, Mr. Kouei Tsuge, on Monday stated that a routing of the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tsuruga to Shin-Osaka on eastern side Biwa Lake routing of the Tokaido Shinkansen via Maibara would be extremely difficult given the congestion of existing traffic on that line. Also, the desire among Kansai business interests to have the Chuo Shinkansen (maglev) route from Nagoya to Osaka opened concurrently with the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension was deemed outright impossible by the president. http://www.sankei.com/west/news/150707/wst1507070037-n1.html
  5. Some scenes from last month of ex-JR Tokai kiha 11 and 40 dmu being transported to Nagoya Port for eventual disposition to Myanmar.
  6. With the spring timetable revision coming into effect March 14, maximum operating speed on the Tokaido Shinkansen will be raised from 270 to 285km/h. An exhibition run with passengers was carried out this Wednesday. The top speed of 285km/h was reached at eight locations between Toyohashi and Mikawa Anjo Stations. With the new schedule 1 train per hour will be run at the higher max speed. The journey time between Tokyo and Shin Osaka will be shortened by three minutes. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20150225/k10015737711000.html
  7. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201409180073 *not mentioned here, but mentioned in the original Japanese print article, the actual main purpose of the speed-up is not to reduce the total travel time (though that is the general public advertising point) , but rather to facilitate faster timetable recovery in instances of accidents, bad weather, etc. Back in JNR days, the average delay in shinkansen services (in one year) typically ranged over two minutes, while this past decade, this has been reduced to under a minute- in the case of 2003, six seconds. However, last year, the average delay figure rose to 54 seconds. Presumably this technical development will help get that number back down again.
  8. Filed in FWIW category, but somewhat interesting... http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/8/19/debt-capital-markets/high-speed-rail-may-receive-japanese-backing
  9. Another excellent video (like the Nankai one) produced by jiyuukimamanatetsudodouga, this time from the up direction platforms at Matsuzaka Station, on the Kintetsu Yamada Line. Some notables: -5200 series box seat stock used on express services, this type is common on this and the Nagoya Line. Less common on the Osaka Line, as the seating arrangement is inappropriate for rush hour crowding prevalent on that line on the inner urban portions. Many of the express services from Nagoya terminate at Matsuzaka, utilizing the middle road as the arrival track. -note the relatively sparse services on the (single track, non-electrified) adjacent Kisei Main Line. -station announcements refer to all-stops local services as "futsu" rather than the "kakuekiteisha" used in Osaka region Kintetsu stations. -at 27:51 the premium ltd. express Shimakaze passes through. *I like the low angle used here, gives more of a "you are there" feeling.
  10. http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1415277/bite-the-bullet-japan-keen-to-introduce-its-train/?cs=7
  11. Location is Tokaido Main Line between Araimachi and Bentenjima, the body of water is the entrance to Lake Hamana. Train originated in Ogaki, bound for Nishi Hamamatsu for a date with the scrapper. Apparently one of the pair of these trainsets has run the previous day on a charter- JR Tokai got its money's worth on these trains to the end.
  12. Spring is still some two months away where I am, and thoughts drift to scenes of greenery and life, rather than the deathly silent white outside my window... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LfjRORnvBA *the clouds move across a perfect blue sky, rice fields swaying with the summer breeze, the cry of the insects, and heavy traffic on the Tokaido Line somewhere in the Tokai region- what a nice scene... by the same contributor, light not as nice with the heavier cloud cover, but at 0:30 you see the Toyota Long Pass Express pass by, some Nittsu 31ft Big Echo Liner containers are mixed in along with the auto parts containers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jY4uu_a6gQ
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