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  • jp MHIENG Completes Delivery of 48 New 7500 Series Carriages for the New Transit Yurikamome Line
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    Light metro cars bring a fresh breeze to Tokyo’s waterfront

    2020-11-13T11:57:00Z

    JAPAN: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering has completed delivery of eight six-car Series 7500 rubber-tyred light metro trainsets which were ordered in September 2016 to replace Series 7200 sets on Tokyo’s Yurikamome Line. Formerly known as the Tokyo New Transit Waterfront Line, the 14·7 km automated ...

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    JR East to trial driverless Shinkansen operation next year

    2020-11-11T05:47:00Z

    JAPAN: JR East announced on November 10 that it plans to use a 12-car Series E7 high speed trainset to undertake a series of driverless test runs in October and November 2021 as part of its Change 2027 programme.

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    Series 6500 train ready for testing on Toei’s Mita Line

    2020-11-02T14:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation is to begin testing the first Series 6500 metro trainset for its Mita Line during November.

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    Shorter N700S to serve Nagasaki

    2020-10-29T10:08:00Z

    JAPAN: JR Kyushu is to introduce a six-car derivative of the N700S high speed train family for use on the isolated Kyushu Shinkansen branch from Takeo Onsen to Nagasaki, which is scheduled to open in 2022.

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    JR East to speed up Tohoku Shinkansen

    2020-10-12T11:12:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway is to raise the line speed limits on key sections of the Tohoku Shinkansen in order to make its train services between Tokyo and northeast Honshu more competitive with airlines.

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    Hybari fuel cell battery train to draw on automotive technology

    2020-10-08T09:35:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway, Hitachi and Toyota Motor Corp are to collaborate to test the use of batteries and hydrogen fuel cell hybrid traction systems adapted from technology used in the road sector. The HYdrogen-HYBrid Advanced Rail vehicle for Innovation trial will use JR East’s ...

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    JR Hokkaido unveils updated Series 261 DMU

    2020-09-24T13:53:00Z

    JAPAN: The first of two Series 261-5000 DMUs being built for JR Hokkaido by Kawasaki Heavy Industries was unveiled on September 20, ahead of a public launch in Sapporo on September 26. Being built at a cost of around ¥4bn, the two five-car DMUs will be ...

  • jp Hiroshima 7000-Series New-Series Carriages for Astram Line (Hiroshima Rapid Transit Co)
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    Hiroshima Rapid Transit Co orders more rubber-tyre light metro trainsets

    2020-09-11T09:42:00Z

    JAPAN: Hiroshima Rapid Transit Co has awarded Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering a contract to supply a further 13 six-car Series 7000 Automated Guideway Transit rubber-tyre trainsets to replace existing vehicles on the 18·4 km New Transit Line 1, known as the Astram Line. The ...

  • jp-Long Shinkansen bridge over an existing railway line in Kurume city with Series 800
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    JR East extends repair work on concrete structures

    2020-09-01T09:57:00Z

    The Shinkansen network makes extensive use of long elevated structures to minimise land take in urban areas. JAPAN: East Japan Railway announced on August 26 that it intends to carry out remedial work on several elevated concrete structures across its 1 067 mm gauge conventional network, ...

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    High speed train seats used to deliver fresh fish

    2020-08-26T10:53:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway is testing the use of high speed passenger trains to move fresh fish from Sendai to Tokyo. The three-day trial began on August 26, with fish caught off the coast near Ishinomaki early in the morning being transported aboard Yamabiko 136, which ...

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    Comment: Beware of the weather

    2020-08-24T07:00:00Z

    ‘Disruption from extreme weather events seems to be increasing rapidly in many parts of the world’

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    Improved maglev prototype starts test running

    2020-08-21T09:16:00Z

    JAPAN: JR Central began trial running with its latest Superconducting Maglev Series L0 vehicles at the test guideway in Yamanashi prefecture on August 17.

  • The first Series 17000 trainset to operate on Tokyo Metro’s Yurakucho and Fukutoshin lines was officially unveiled at the operator’s Shinkiba depot (Photo: Kazumiki Miura)
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    Tokyo Metro unveils Series 17000 trainsets

    2020-08-11T13:03:00Z

    JAPAN: The first Series 17000 trainset to operate on Tokyo Metro’s Yurakucho and Fukutoshin lines was officially unveiled at the operator’s Shinkiba depot on August 11. Both lines carry through services which are operated in conjunction with the Seibu Tobu and Tokyu railways as well as ...

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    JR Freight to install wagon braking monitoring equipment

    2020-07-11T06:00:00Z

    Source: Mike Bent JAPAN: JR Freight is to equip its fleet of 7 383 container wagons with a braking status monitoring system. This aims to eliminate the time-consuming need for staff to walk the length of every train and visually inspect each set of brakes ...

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    Series N700S enters service on Tokaido Shinkansen

    2020-07-02T09:59:00Z

    JAPAN: Central Japan Railway officially launched its first Series N700S high speed trains into revenue service on the Tokaido Shinkansen with a ceremony at Tokyo station on July 1.

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    JR East commissions Robel track machine

    2020-06-19T11:09:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has taken delivery of a Robel Mobile Maintenance System, as part of a strategy to invest in advanced equipment that improves the efficiency of manual track maintenance tasks and worker safety.

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    High-capacity vehicles ordered for Nippori-Toneri Liner

    2020-06-18T07:21:00Z

    Source: Annakaharuna/CC BY-SA JAPAN: Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation awarded Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering a contract on June 16 covering the supply of a further 12 five-car Series 330 trainsets for the Nippori-Tonerei Liner rubber-tyred automated guideway transit line, which runs 9·7 km from Nippori ...

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    Kobe line transferred to metro operator

    2020-06-09T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Kobe Rapid Transit Railway Co’s Kitajin Line was transferred to Kobe City Transport Bureau on June 1, and is now branded as the Kobe Municipal Subway Kitakami Line. The 1 435 mm gauge line starts at Tanigami on the Kobe Electric Railway’s Arima Line, and ...

  • The latest design of prototype Series L0 maglev vehicles for the Chūō Shinkansen line has been unveiled by JR Central at Hitachi’s Kasado works in Kudamatsu.
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    JR Central and Hitachi unveil latest maglev prototype

    2020-04-09T09:31:00Z

    JAPAN: The latest design of prototype Series L0 maglev vehicles for the Chūō Shinkansen line has been unveiled by JR Central at Hitachi’s Kasado works in Kudamatsu. The older L0 prototype has seven cars, with one end car and an intermediate car to be replaced by ...

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    Tokyu Corp completes platform edge door programme

    2020-04-07T09:00:00Z

    JAPAN:·Tokyu Corp has completed a five-year programme to install platform edge doors and barriers with sensors at all 64 stations on its Toyoko, Denentoshi and Oimachi suburban lines. The only Tokyu Corp stations which have not been equipped are those on the 5 km 10-station Setagaya ...