Wednesday, January 16, 2013   9:11 PM

All-green Yamanote Line train

Since the introduction of aluminium-bodied 205 series trains on the Yamanote Line, full-body "paint jobs" have become a bit of a rarity. A couple of years back, one of the E231 trains was rolled out in an all-brown livery to celebrate the line's 100th aniversary. Most recently, another E231 set has been wrapped in the line's traditional green colour (ウグイス色, uguisu-iro - translated as "Japanese Bush Warbler green") to mark the 50th anniversary of the line colour's introduction.

Youtube user ISO8 captured this train set running northwards from Shinagawa station:

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Sunday, January 6, 2013   1:08 AM

Article on Shinkansen train cleaners

One of the more fascinating, if less well known aspects of Shinkansen travel, is watching the cleaners at Tokyo station clean and make ready an entire 16-car train for turnaround in just a few minutes. The Japan Times' excellent Yen For Living blog has an interesting article on these cleaners (together with a bit of postulation on the role of cleaners in Japan compared to other societies).

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Saturday, December 25, 2010   6:55 AM

Picture: Chuo Line at Iidabashi Station

Chuo Line Train, Iiidabashi Station

A Chuo Line train passing Iidabashi Station heading towards Yotsuya and Shinjuku catching the evening sun alongside part of the old outer moat of the former Edo Castle.

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Monday, December 6, 2010   5:49 AM

Tokyu Ikegami Line viaduct reconstruction work

Since the last post there's been a bit of progress on the Tokyu Ikegami Line viaduct reconstruction between Gotanda and Osaki Hirokoji stations. The situation on October 12th:

Tokyu Ikegami Line Viaduct

Situation today:

Tokyu Ikegami Line viaduct reconstruction

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010   1:48 PM

Autumn Colours

Saikyo Line train passing Harajuku Station

Not a brilliant picture, but a sign winter is approaching fast.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010   7:26 AM

Snapshot: Yamanote Line Trains of Yesteryear

The previous generation of 205 series Yamanote Line trains may be already history, but their memory lingers on here and there around the loop, such as here at Yoyogi Station where their visage still graces the car door position indicators-cum-advertising posters:

Train Door Position Indicator at Yoyogi Station

The company being advertised is Vecs, a large-ish real estate agency.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010   8:11 PM

Tokyu Ikegami Line viaduct strengthening

The Tokyu Ikegami Line emerges from the low hills of southwestern Tokyo onto a reinforced concrete viaduct which crosses the (quite unspectacular) Meguro River valley before ending at Gotanda Station, straddling the Yamanote Line. Originally it was planned to extend the line towards the centre of Tokyo, where it would meet the rise to the east of the station, but ever since 1928 it has remained a terminus four storeys up and will presumably remain so until the end of time.

This presupposes that the supporting viaduct will stand the test of time, and by the looks of it, it is still the original structure and in dire need of repair - which it is getting as part of what seems to be a very long drawn-out project to strengthen the entire stretch between Gotanda and the neighbouring Osaki Hirokoji station.

Construction on the middle section appears to be mainly complete, and most of the supporting pillars have been surrounded with a collar of reinforced concrete. For whatever reasons this has not yet been extended to the angled part of the arches, and there is still a lot of rebar sticking out. The picture below gives an idea of the general situation:

Tokyu Ikegami Line Viaduct

This is looking east, from close to the bridge over the Meguro River towards Osaki Hirokoji station. Further towards that station, just before the bridge over Yamanote Dori, there is a section still pretty much in original condition, which looks pretty dilapidated. (I'll post pictures in a later entry).

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Monday, October 11, 2010  10:58 PM

Tsurumi Line / Nanbu Branch Line 80th Anniversary Booklet

I found this at the station yesterday:

Tsurumi Line / Nanbu Branch Line 80th Anniversary Booklet

An 8 page booklet by JR on the 80th anniversary of the Tsurumi Line (鶴見線), which is actually a series of branch lines in the port area of Kawasaki.

I haven't actually made it onto the Tsurumi line yet, so this will hopefully provide an opportunity to report back with more details in the next few weeks.

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