Mystical Tunnel on the Tokyu-Shinyokohama Line
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1d ago
EMU Tokyu 3000 series travels on the Tokyu-Shinyokohama line One year has passed since the Tokyu-Shinyokohama line was inaugurated. I recently visited this new route again for the first time in a year. Let me quickly review the Tokyu-Shinyokohama line. It's a connecting line between the Tokyu and the Sotetsu lines. Connecting Hiyoshi and Shinyokohama, the total operating length is 5.8 kilometers. The track is double and almost the entire route is underground. All trains are directly operated onto the Tokyu-Toyoko line via Hiyoshi station. On the other hand, about half of trains are directly ..read more
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A Topic for Old-school Trainspotters
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4d ago
EMU JR East E233-8500 series arrives at Kuji station on the Nambu line Recently, there are many topics for non-rail-fans, so, I'm going to show you a topic for old-school trainspotters today. That's the EMU JR East E233-8500 series operated on the Nambu line. To start, let me quickly review the Nambu line. It's a transportation artery in the eastern part of Kanagawa Prefecture and the Tama area of Tokyo Metropolis. Connecting Kawasaki and Tachikawa, its route length is 45 kilometers. The track is double and electrified with 1,500V DC. 6-car trains are operated every 2 to 8 minutes. The rollin ..read more
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Class D52: Preserved SL in Sagamihara City
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1w ago
Unit 235 of the steam locomotive Class D52 is preserved in Kanuma Park Following the "slug locomotive" in Nagareyama City of Chiba Prefecture, I'm going to show you the other rare steam locomotive (SL). That's Unit 235 of the Class D52 (D52 235), preserved in Kanuma Park, Sagamihara City of Kanagawa Prefecture. To start, let me quickly review the Class D52. It's a 2-8-2 (Whyte notation) type SL that has a tender attached. A total of 285 units of the Class D52 were built from 1943 to 1946 in the closing days of World War II. It's 21.105 meters long, and weighs 74.42 tons. The driving wheel dia ..read more
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Carp-shaped Banners on the Chuo Line
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1w ago
EMU JR East 211-3000 series arrives at Nishi-Hachioji station It's a bit of an unseasonal topic, but I'm going to show you a traditional event. The 5th of May was Children's Day in Japan. In this season, parents celebrate their children's birth and pray for their healthy growth by putting up carp-shaped banners, named "Koinobori", in their gardens. When a carp heads upstream, he (or she) uses his (or her) power to jump over obstacles, even waterfalls, so, Koinobori is a symbol of power for children to grow up. In recent years, Koinoboris are not only put up in private gardens, but also stretc ..read more
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Extra Rare Subway Spot on the Ginza Line: Part 2
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2w ago
EMU Tokyo Metro 1000 series leaves Shibuya Depot on the Ginza line Do you remember when I introduced you to an extra rare subway spot on the Ginza line two years ago. That was a railway crossing on the "subway" Tokyo Metro-Ginza line. It's located on the siding track between the underground main track and Ueno Depot on the ground. Today, I'm going to introduce you to another extra rare spot on the Ginza line. That's an "elevated track" of the Ginza line. You may want to say, "An elevated track... so what? It's not rare at all!" OK. I can provide you more details. There certainly are several e ..read more
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Tokyu "Shinkansen" Trains
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2w ago
Set 4105 of the EMU Tokyu 5050 series, Shinkansen-colored train Railway companies sometimes use the other companies' color designs for their own trains. The purposes of that are joint campaigns to promote tourism to their lines, or simply to deepen the friendship of two companies. For example, Seibu Railway uses their sister companies' color designs for their Tamagawa line trains. Furthermore, Seibu once used Keikyu's color design for their own train as a token of friendship. That was the "Lucky Red Train" in 2014. As you know, Seibu and Keikyu are good competitors in the metropolitan area. O ..read more
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The Seibu-Toshima Line: An Urban Local Route
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3w ago
"Studio Tour Tokyo Express" travels on the Seibu-Toshima line I'm going to show you an urban local route followed by the Keio-Keibajo line. What's an "urban local route" in the first place? There is no definition for it, but I think "an urban railway line with little passenger transportation volume". For example, the JR East-Nambu branch line is a typical urban local route. The Tobu-Daishi line is also a good example. Enough with the preamble. Let's get down to the main topic. The Seibu-Toshima line is also an urban local route. It's a branch line of the Seibu-Ikebukuro line. Connecting Nerim ..read more
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A Small Topic on the Yokosuka Line
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3w ago
Automatic ticket gate number 4 is temporarily closed at Kamakura station I recently visited Kamakura City in Kanagawa Prefecture with my family. I was supposed to enjoy some pure sightseeing without any activities as a rail-fan, if I hadn't found that. What's "that"? To start, let me quickly review Kamakura City. It's located about 50 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, and a historic city where the Shogunate government was located from 1185 to 1333. There are many old shrines and temples in the city, so, a lot of holidaymakers including inbound tourists flock to the historic areas. The starting p ..read more
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Rose Train on the Toyo Rapid Line
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1M ago
Set 2011 of the EMU Toyo Rapid 2000 series, "Toyo Rose Train" Following cherry blossoms and azaleas, many kinds of flowers paint the ground in the metropolitan area. Roses are also must-see flowers in this season. I recently visited Keisei Rose Garden on the Toyo Rapid line, and admired the colorful blossoms as well as the sweet fragrances. Let me quickly review the Toyo Rapid line. It was opened in 1996 by Toyo Rapid Railway Company as a new commuter route in the western part of Chiba Prefecture. Connecting Nishi-Funabashi and Toyo-Katsutadai, the operating length is 16.2 kilometers. The ent ..read more
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Early Summer on the Keikyu Line
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1M ago
The EMU Keikyu 1500 series and Tokyo Bay  It's late May already. Sunlight is strong and the maximum daytime temperature reaches 25 degrees Celsius in the metropolitan area. Air conditioners have been turned on in most of the commuter trains. I recently visited a train viewing spot, which is known to those in the know. Please look at the top photo. You can see a red-colored train backed by blue sea. The train is the EMU Keikyu 1500 series. The blue sea is Tokyo Bay. You can also see a green-colored offshore island named Sarushima (Monkey Island). Next, please look at the photo below. That ..read more
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