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Coming JR Train Retirements

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The list is long and it seems to focus on the consequence of new trains added ahead of the 2020 Olympics. Includes E4 Shinkansen,  Series 500, E2 Series, Series 700,  E351 Series,  Kiha 183,  Series 485, Series 183, Series 185, Series 189, Series 381, Series 783, Kita 185, Series 103, Series 205, Series 105, Series 417, Series 113, Series 115, Series 117,   211 series 5000 · 6000 series,  Series 311, Series 415,  Series 123, Series 713, Kiha 66, Kiha 11, and Kiha 40  It may be that accelerated train replacement will be hidden as a cost of the Olympics. I found the link to this Japanese language website on Facebook.

 

https://matome.naver.jp/odai/2142777255868408301?&page=1

 

Retirements frequently occur around March 17/18 about the end of the school year and before the end of the Japanese  fiscal year end March 31st.

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I think a few of these might already be gone, namely the 485 and 189, with the 183 soon to follow.  I suppose some 30 years on from the end of JNR most are well towards the end of there lives, but it's still sad to see them go. 

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Yes, I believe you are right. The article was dated January 25, 2018. I suppose also with a major world-wide focus event like the Olympics Japan does not want to be known as a country of 40 year old trains.

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Once they start to go, they go fast.  Personally I wonder how long the DD51s have left.

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Pristine DD51 belonging to JR East at Takasaki at the end of last month from my recent Japan trip.

 

Also in the depot was the last EF60 still in regular use, EF60-19, again in pristine condition so hopefully not all old JNR relics will disappear pre-Olympics...

 

The JRF DD51 at Aichi however are starting to fall with most now out of use or on the scrap line, I estimate that of the something like 16 remaining extant in Aichi, only 4 or 5 are still in regular use having been pushed out by the DF200-2xx for economic reasons.

DD51.PNG

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If any of this is Olympics driven, freight locomotives should be less impacted as they are not "customer facing."   Unless you are a train watcher, you won't notice 40 year old locomotives.    DD51 and DE10 don't "look" old when compared to diesels in the rest of the world.

 

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On 4/10/2018 at 8:17 AM, chadbag said:

If any of this is Olympics driven, freight locomotives should be less impacted as they are not "customer facing."   Unless you are a train watcher, you won't notice 40 year old locomotives.    DD51 and DE10 don't "look" old when compared to diesels in the rest of the world.

 

 

However, it depends on how fast can KHI's Hyogo assembly line build the new DD200 freight locomotive. If we see a lot of DD200's go out the door from the Hyogo factory in 2019, then we could see a lot of DE10's an DD51's head to the scrap line.

 

As for the 381's, JR West has to announce very soon what will they replace them with. Since the 287 Series is still technically available, I wouldn't be surprised that JR West orders a number of them to replace the retiring 381's on the Yakumo service. Also, with JR West making new orders for the 227 Series, there could soon be an announcement that JR West will replace all the 113/115 Series trainsets west of Himeji with the 227 Series over the next several years.

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What train is replacing the 500 series?

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On 10.4.2018 at 2:59 PM, bill937ca said:

Kiha 40

Does this include private railways or only JR lines?

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16 minutes ago, EH500 (8) said:

Does this include private railways or only JR lines?

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The article says that JR Tokai has already completely retired the KiHa 40 series, and that the KiHa 40 series is planned to be withdrawn from the Niigata region by 2019, and from the Akita region by 2020.

 

The article is far from complete though, as for example JR Hokkaido has announced to completely replace their KiHa 40 fleet with the new H100 series.

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