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  1. Just caught this on Ompuchaneru (http://rail-uploader.khz-net.com/index.php?id=37663)... Work will start this year to prepare for the inclusion of 2 bi-level green cars in Chuo Rapid Line and Ome Line train formations. Additionally, the trains will be lengthened to 12-car formations. Based on the pdf, the bi-level green cars will be the familiar cars we see now in other Tokyo-area JRE consists. The service is planned to begin in 2020. This involves more than just building the cars; they'll have to improve stations, lines, signalling, and depots. A little green car history from the pdf: May 1969 - First-class cars on the Tokaido and Yokosuka lines are changed to "green cars" October 1980 - Green cars appear on the Sobu Line when the line's connection to and direct services with the Yokosuka Line begin March 1989 - Bi-level cars are added to Tokaido Line trains March 1990 - Bi-level cars are added to Yokosuka/Sobu Line trains July 2004 - Bi-level cars are added to Utsunomiya/Takasaki Line trains (which operate as locals until October) October 2004 - Bi-level cars are added to Shonan-Shinjuku Line trains January 2007 - Bi-level cars are added to mid-distance Joban Line trains (which operate as locals until March) JR East pdf: http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2014/20150203.pdf
  2. paolo

    Tokyo Station DCC layout

    Hey guys, So, after a few months of planning and thinking, it's finally time to start building this baby! Tomorrow I'll go buy all the material needed for the wooden base and in the weekend I'll start building it. This is the final layout: Since it will go into my living room, and it will be 2.40m long, it will be divided in two parts, almost in the middle, so it will be easier to handle. The base will be of plywood, 1.5cm thick, reinforced with 3x2cm frames. Since the forniture has a Wenge-like color, I'll paint the whole base of a dark color. From below, it should be something like this: The two 45 degrees corners in the front are due to the fact that the 70cm deep base will go against a 60cm deep cabinet, so I'll to cut it in order to avoid hitting my leg every time I walk by. It will go here, below the TV, on an IKEA Besta bench : The TV will limit the space above, I'll have around 30cm to play with, but it should be enough. I'll make videos detailing all the process, which will involve a lot of trials and errors I'm sure, as this is my first build, but that's the fun part! Here's the introduction video:
  3. Philphil

    Suburban Tokyo Themed Layout

    Hello everyone! Today marks one of the first days that I've begun work on an actual (hopefully) N-Scale layout! As these first two pictures demonstrate, I finally arranged a deal to get some space for a small layout, which at the moment is 16' × 2' (really only 20", because of the upper shelf support poles.) Eventually, when time, useable space and family permit, I have plans to expand it into a reversed 'F' shape, through the use of additional shelves along a different wall, and a heavy duty wooden center island table left over from some HO-scale projects. The shelving on the rear wall will the be top part of the letter 'F', and will add about 11' by 2' (again, only 20" of that useable). Final dimensions of the center island table TBD. (Possibly 5' × 6'?) I'll try and post the potential track plan(s) later tonight! I am also always open to feedback, so please chime in, it might really help me out! Thanks for your interest! ~Phillip R.
  4. It seems like there are not so many types of trains that really allow for good zenmen tenbou video. A few exceptions are those on express services between Tokyo and the greater Izu peninsula area, such as the JR East 251 and various Odakyu limited express types. Our videographer, HKASAMA, rides the newest of the latter, the 70000 series, for the video below. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odakyu_70000_series_GSE https://www.youtube.com/user/HKASAMA/videos
  5. The Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company has placed an order for new Tsukuba Express TX-3000 series trains. Five 6-car formations will be delivered from Spring 2020. They will be used in addition to the current fleet of TX-1000 and TX-2000 trains. Source: https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXMZO31514700X00C18A6L60000/
  6. Toei has announced the 5500 series for the Asakusa Line. The exterior design 'tells you it is fast' and has a livery using colours inspired by Kabuki theatre. The interior 'evokes the image of traditional Japanese washi paper' and features patterns of the Edo Kiriko glass craft. The train features a wheelchair space, larger open spaces around the doors and more hand handles. Seats will also be wider than those of the current trains. The maximum speed of the Toei 5500 series is 120 km/h, opposed to the 110 km/h of the current 5300 series rolling stock from 1991. The first new unit will be delivered in Spring 2018, after 7 other units will be delivered in the same year. The other units replacing the remaining 5300 series will be delivered subsequently, to make it in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Source: https://trafficnews.jp/post/61002/
  7. Hello all, I checked around to see if someone had already posted this question, and didn't see anything close, but please forgive me if I missed something! Nearly any model train layout, especially one where the prototype is set in Tokyo, needs more transportation options than just trains, I'm talking about BUSSES! They're seen nearly everywhere, and they're certainly something that I'm currently missing... Could anyone tell me which busses would be prototypical for operating in central Tokyo, for example, around the areas the Yamanote line runs? There are so many colorful options, and I just seem to get lost in all the possibilities! I do know of the Toei bus, for which I'm looking for multiple n-scale models of, but there must be more, right? ~Phillip
  8. Hi guys, i am traveling to Japan in August. While being there i will also check for some trains and stuff. Since i was in both Tokyo and Kyoto before, i know some places where to go (the obvious bic camera, yodobashi, and laos (if i remember correctly, can't find it in google maps though)). If you know some new good places, please let me know. But with my recent move to concentrate on b-trains, i am courious if you have tips for good places to buy b-trains. Both new and used. I remember that i saw 2nd hand shortys in some places in Akihabara. Any info is appreciated. Thanks a lot.
  9. Metro and Tobu have apparently agreed on a basic design for two upcoming models, the Metro 13000 series and the Tobu 70000 series. These will be used for services that interline between the Metro Hibiya Line and the Tobu Skytree Line. Services are currently operated with a mixture of 3- and 5-door cars; these will all be 20m (sorry Toni) 4-door cars with longitudinal seating, run in 7-car formations. They will come into service from 2016 to 2019. The link below has an image showing the Metro car at top, the Tobu car in the middle, and then the Tobu car's interior at the bottom. http://railf.jp/news/2015/06/18/100000.html
  10. http://pinktentacle.com/2010/01/secrets-of-the-tokyo-underground/ Intresting (if true) article about mysteries of underground tokyo, including theories that the Yurachuko line was built for military use, and the Toei Oedo line's tunnels already existed well before they were converted into a subway line.
  11. http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003344992 Scenes at Kawasaki Heavy's plant in Kobe:
  12. Hello, I'm Ali from Indonesia. In 27 Sept 2016, PT. KAI Commuter Jabodetabek (commuter railway corp. in Jakarta, Indonesia) was trailed run a trainset. That train is ex-JR 205 with 12 cars formation. But, this train has a something new. This is the first 12 cars formation trainset (EMU) without 2 cabin cars in the middle of train formation. Formation: クハ204-143 - サハ204-47 - サハ204-41 - モハ204-188 - モハ205-188 - モハ204-277 - モハ205-277 - モハ204-387 - モハ205-387 - モハ204-388 - モハ205-388 - クハ205-143 Previously, ex-JR 205 trainset with 12 cars formation have 2 cabin cars in the middle of train formation. It can be 6+6 or 8+4. This original train is JR 205-143F HaE24 trainset from Saikyo Line that operated with 10 cars before. Now, 2 cars (モハ204-188 + モハ205-188) from JR 205-64F KuRa H4 have added to that train. ex-JR 205-143F (12 cars formation without cabin cars in the middle) trial run at Manggarai Station video: ex-JR 205 12 cars (8+4 formation) at Manggarai Station video: ex-JR 205 from Nambu Line 12 cars (6+6 formation | NaHa 34 + NaHa 39) at Manggarai Station video: Oh yeah. Don't forget to like, share and subscribe me! :D
  13. Here are some photos online of the new 7700 series Arakawa trams in Tokyo. Note: they are rebuilds of the 7000 series (which were themselves rebuilds) ... they retained the car bodies, and HVAC systems ... everything else (trucks, electrics, etc) is new ... they also enlarged the passenger doors so they are now a meter in width they cost ¥130M each to rebuild as opposed to the ¥180M for each 8900 series tram they are planning to have 8 ... 2 green, 3 maroon, and 3 blue and the other color variants official press release: http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/INET/OSHIRASE/2016/03/20q3h200.htm (Japanese)
  14. This is a Danny Choo video shot with a camera mounted on the bike when he headed out for lunch. The route is from from Musashikoyama to Togoshi Ginza in Tokyo. The trip starts on a narrow commercial / residential street, moves out to a major artery with bike lane and then onto another narrow street but this one is a local retail center. Lots of interesting details everywhere. The grade crossing is the Tokyu Ikegami line at Togoshi-Ginza station (Ik03)
  15. Here are three videos I found on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's own YouTube channel. The first one is about the Mr. Aizawa who's in charge in the CTC office: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7vGx7edwu4 The next one is about Mr. Yamada, a Mitsubishi employee who designs the cars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D972J7etmbk And in this one, Mr. Takaki who inspects the cars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSaWCOOLR0k Lots of other interesting stuff on this channel
  16. Here are some interesting non-railway videos on Tokyo-to's YouTube channel. These are about 30-minutes long and promote various attractions, etc around the metropolis/prefecture, not just the 23 wards. First, a video about hiking way out at Mt. Mito and the area's flora, fauna, crafts, onsens, and food. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdTRDD6lV2A One about cycling: One about bridges in Tokyo. Particularly interesting bit at 14:25 showing the control room of Kachidoki Bridge, a bascule (I think) bridge. The equipment is old but looks good. Do these things come with instruction manuals? Seems like something that everyone would forget how to use . After that, the bridge's machine room showing the trunnion bearing and shaft, and counterweights. And then after that, a small museum, which is now on my mega-itinerary . If I'm reading it correctly, it hasn't been opened since 1980. And doubly off-topic, a vid on a different YT channel about washing the window on Tokyo Sky Tree:
  17. Kabutoni

    T-Trak Tokyo Project

    Hello all, I see works of our Hungarian members got shared on a new Facebook group page called "T-Trak Tokyo Project": https://www.facebook.com/groups/1013302152090795/ This is a group that has just started off and wants to popularise the 33mm "Alternate Spacing" module standards for a broader public, other than just tram enthusiasts. Here they take a look at what is going on abroad with T-Trak and concluded that 33mm is by far the most popular standard, as opposed to the declining popularity of 25mm in Japan. It also seems that this project will be endorsed by Kato, as the first lecture on this project will be held on the May the 29th in Kato Hobby Centre Tokyo. One of their goals will be to create the largest T-Trak layout in the world in 2020, during the Olympic year. Somehow, I feel this can become a great success, as they also want to incorporate the popular MoRaCo and the JAM. Personally, I've gotten very interested in this project, as it's a great attempt at uniting T-Trak around the world. Whereas the alternative 33mm standard has maintained its status quo around the world, the original 25mm standard has declined in popularity in Japan. Hence, I'll try to attend this meeting to keep up to date with the developments.
  18. bikkuri bahn

    Article- Urban development in Tokyo

    A take on current trends in urban development in Tokyo: http://urbanland.uli.org/development-business/evolving-tokyo/ *Musashi Koyama is in Shinagawa Ward, on the Tokyu Meguro Line.
  19. This was mentioned in a thread on Ompuchaneru. Keio's mid-term business plan, released on May 8, mentions their study of for-fee services as a new revenue source. Unfortunately there are no concrete details. This is their 3-year plan covering this year to 2017. In 2020 JR East will have green cars on the Chuo Line. The Chuo and Keio's main line are roughly parallel, but fairly far apart for most of the distance. I'm not familiar with competition or "cross ridership" between these two lines. Is this a response to JR East? http://rail-uploader.khz-net.com/index.php?&id=44689 http://www.keio.co.jp/company/stockholder/results_briefing/pdf/2015_briefing_reference.pdf http://trafficnews.jp/post/39973/ http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXLASDZ07HYX_X00C15A5TI0000/
  20. Two 01 series cars have been transported all the way to Kumamoto Dentetsu to enter service in March. These were delivered in several generations over about 14(!) years, counting from the test formation built by Kawasaki in September 1983 to the single 6th generation formation built by Kinki in August 1997. These two were the end cars of the last 4th generation formation, built by Nippon Sharyo, in June 1992. I would not have thought that they were so old. http://railf.jp/news/2015/02/22/160000.html and Kumamoto Dentetsu is installing the Kawasaki EF-Wing trucks, video by Toshiyuki Saiba You're not getting me under that thing...
  21. Note that surveys are subject to great variation depending on the criteria used. Western media publications typically tend to favor Anglophone cities outside of the U.S. and Western European ones, as well as those places where well-paid expats are pampered. http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/06/11/tokyo-tops-monocles-most-livable-city-ranking/ http://monocle.com/# *edit/add: Interesting comments by the editor of Monocle magazine, about Australia (which cities are highly ranked btw): http://www.pedestrian.tv/news/entertainment/monocles-tyler-brule-says-australia-risks-becoming/1b7f5516-6c29-4cbf-aad9-e5fe0ac688ef.htm
  22. An internet survey conducted last month of 703 adults living in the Tokyo Metropolitan area yielded these results(selected reasons follow): Best 3 1. Yamanote Line (convenient, the core of the transport network) 2. Tokyu Toyoko Line (runs through nice neighborhoods, passengers are fashionable) 3. Tokyu Den-en Toshi Line (same as above) Worst 3 1. JR Saikyo Line (full of chikan) 2. JR Keihin Tohoku Line (dirty image) 3. JR Joban Line (full of drunks, delinquents from the boondocks i.e Chiba, Ibaraki) http://bizmakoto.jp/makoto/articles/1505/26/news080.html
  23. In case anyone is interested, this program will be shown four times on Tuesday, 1:30 to 1:55, 7:30 to 7:55, 10:30 to 10:55, and 19:30 to. 19:55. All times UTC. program page: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/72hours/index.html main schedule: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/schedule/
  24. Terangeree

    Ginza Line - vintage equipment?

    Hello, I'm just beginning on dual microlayout model of the Asakusa terminus of Tokyo's Ginza Line, with a "then and now" theme, using six Ikea APA boxes as baseboards/surrounds. One third of the model will show the current era, with the platforms underneath Edo-Dori and it's buildings. I have two Kato 01 trains for this scene. Fiddle yards will be in the middle. The other end will depict the same location 70 years ago, at the end of WW2. The Kato 01 trains will not be good for the 1945 scene, and so I'm in need of a couple of original 1000-series Ginza Line trains for it. Does anyone here know where such rare beasties can be obtained? Thanks, Roy Wilke
  25. I found this video of a direct limited express from Haneda to Narita through the Toei Asakusa line. It's from 2014 august, so realtively new. I wonder when did this service start. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXpCYgE3myE
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