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2chan japan rail thread, just for fun:

go http://dat.2chan.net/r/futaba.htm
bring something back, bonus points for translating.
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I'm 25 and I would still play with that.


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Based on the show of brains, this oughta be a zombie with a camera.


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Spotted this ‘anteater’ while looking around.

Oh, and below, for a short while, is a wax-nostalgic thread about the JNR 103 EMU, which was mustered off the Osaka Loop Line on October the third:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/103_series – For the record, the type is now in its sixth decade of operation. Wonder how many will be running in 2064…


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An attack of Teh Cutez. Something about this perhaps being refugees from the Kiso Forest Railway. My words, not theirs.


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Seems that fhe first railroad to run dual-mode buses in regular traffic will be a tiny one on Shikoku, the Asa Coastal Railway, whose only line is ca. 8,5 km long.


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An Unimog? Keio? Right unexpected, I gotta say.


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Psch! Brake open these troublesome bottles with this Kyoto Railway Museum souvenir.


That looks like a fresh idea.


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Japanese railway stations are so large that…


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Too bad this is still a shoop.


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That’s Maribel from the now-defunct Shimotsui Electric Railway. Ain’t she a beaut?


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The nearest house to Kobe Electric Railway’s Miki station went up in flames two days ago and took the station building with it.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrxYbWVSlFo – GBTC turned around just in time…


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The bomb helped to preserve the trams in Japan!

Honk when you see the Hiroden! (This is Nagasaki though.)


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And this weird contraption too.

Oddly enough, the discussion in the thread was about automatic railroad crossing signals, or something.

Japan seems to have a bunch of these interurban like services intact that are legally operated as railways, so they don't show up on the lists of tramway systems.


Yes, the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botchan_Ressha is something different, isn’t it?

Unless Giggle Translate made a bigger hash of the text than usual, the thread began as a question about an odd device, apparently called a ‘trolley contactor’. It is an insulated switch activated by a passing trolley or pantograph that can then affect nearby signals and/or points.


On old streetcar systems switches were often thrown by drawing power over a special electric circuit before the switch. Generally modern systems use radio control switches but a lot of the unmodernized streetcar systems in Japanese C-cities still use the old method (no electronics, will last forever).


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Ow, that has *got* to hurt…


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Looks familiar? I am quite sure this is the Japanese cover for “Unstoppable”.


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I German cities particular least there's also in use this "switching magnet" system. It's very un-googleable when you don't know the right Anglo-Saxon jargon.

Ilmajohto = catenary
Vaihteenkääntökeskus = point turning cabinet (by the way, there were originally 600 V resistors, but these were not reliable enough for some reason)
Kääntörele = point turning relay
lankasulake = wire fuse
Vaunu = car
vaihteenlämmityskeskus = point heating cabinet
termostaattiohjaus = thermostat control
täysteho = full power
Ajokiskot = tracks
kääntörele = point turning relay
kääntömagneetti koneisto = (point) turning magnet machinery

What sort of system it is, this radio system? Some suitably modulated analog signal or some really secial protocol with encryption and everything?

Apparently some systems use infrared:

Though this may be an urban legend.


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reed box, bout 10 m away.

The rules say, reportedly, that a driver must approach in such a speed that they can stop in 7 meters if necessary and no car may pass the relay box before the previous tram has cleared the switch.

I suppose special wire section or special senser between the tracks kind of systems areinherently vulnerable to multitrack drifting.


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Not sure what this is supposed to be. Not sure I even *want* to know what this is supposed to be.


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Someone heard they like rail vehicles, I guess.


>>5591 – Now that is hitting the shutter release at the right moment.


No the locomotive is on the farthest track but looking at it quickly it does look like it's resting on that… thing


>That joke


>>5599 – Well, the ‘thing’ is a departmental MoW vehicle, that much is obvious. In fact, I think it is a KiYa 97 rail transporter.

jp.wikipedia on the KiYa 97: https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/JR%E6%9D%B1%E6%B5%B7%E3%82%AD%E3%83%A497%E7%B3%BB%E6%B0%97%E5%8B%95%E8%BB%8A

>>5600 – Boot-to-da-head!


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( ´∀`)< Honk honk!


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Pretty tight curve radius, I'd say. The 4.1 x 3 m loading gauge uses the track gauge pretty well, I think. What sort of wehicle widths they have, I think.


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That was a question.

Kind of interurbanish service, it looks like.

It feels horrible looking the above posts done stoned (more than now), what does it do to one's grammar.


>>5604 – The Enshū Railway in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture is retiring their last 30-series EMU at the end of the month, and making a big do out of it.


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Gods above and below… I am not even far from drunk enough for this…


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"Stand up, damned of the Earth
Stand up, prisoners of starvation"?


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(Anyway, I checked the rough lenght myself, 21.4 m for some passenger coaches, whilst here it is about 26 m. Seems reasonable but still people say on that another transit chan that JR is stuggling with freight.)


IIRC rail freight has very little relevance in Japan, for various reasons: there's dense passenger service, small-ish loading gauge, and population density makes rail freight less economical than trucks (not so many large shipments that have to go long ways, etc.)
This is from hearsay tho, maybe someone with more specific knowledge can tell you more.


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The situation is quite the reverse from the US. In Japan, freight runs on passenger lines. And, yes, JR Freight is kind of the ’poor stepsibling’ in the JR Group, with about 50km/30mi of rail in its name. OTOH, they do have one of the coolest freight movers about, namely the M250 “Super Rail Cargo” EMU.


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Oh… OH! Of course! It is not a draisine, it is a kei bus!


Some of the most intensive JR freight routes operate through the Seikan Tunnel (and they might get gimped to make way for the moneypit Shinkansen).

Coastal shipping is still common in Japan (it's not a coincidence that so many Japanese factories are located on or near the coast). If you fly into Haneda you'll see that Tokyo Bay is full of barges and little cargo ships.


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That is one of four cab modifications done to the 6000 series in Jakarta
all of them retired in 2016


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Ulch! The Shikoku 8600s look loopy enough *without* photoshopping them like that!


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← These are pocket-sized destination blinds one can buy as souvenirs.

Someone’s been stealing the real thing from several JR Hokkaido trains (as if JRH isn’t in enough straits already!) and covering the thefts up with blinds painted on paper.


IIUGTC (If I Understood Google Translate Correctly), the thefts were discovered when employees noted that some blinds did not rotate as they should.


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Yes, the Shingelion is no more…

HelLOO, Kitty!


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Oh, yes. Maid trains are, or at least were, a thing. Seibu was perhaps the first railco to run them, using their 10000-series "New Red Arrow" express trains.


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>>5884 – There is a Japanese website, maidtrain.info (probably a dead site), that states on its About page that the first railco to run maid trains was Kashima Rinkai – of Girls&Panzer fame – using their KRT-7000 express DMU, the Marine Liner Hamanasu.


This gives my boner a boner.


>>5887 – It gets weirder still. It seems that Kashima Rinkai worked with another small railco, Hitachinaka Seaside, to hire cosplay maids from Tokyo Akihabara, and both companies ran maid trains.

And the big blink-blinker? I do not know if it did happen, but there were plans to run butler trains as well, with staff from the Swallowtail Butler Café.


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pretty pink 😻


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Odakyu’s venerable Romance Car LSE had its last run today.

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