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2chan japan rail thread, just for fun:
bring something back, bonus points for translating.
I'm 25 and I would still play with that.
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:http://dat.2chan.net/r/res/722658.htmhttps://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…
That looks like a fresh idea.
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).
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:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1575293/Schoolboy-hacks-into-citys-tram-system.html
Though this may be an urban legend.
Someone heard they like rail vehicles, I guess.
– 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
– 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
– 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.
"Stand up, damned of the Earth
Stand up, prisoners of starvation"?
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.
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.
That is one of four cab modifications done to the 6000 series in Jakarta
all of them retired in 2016
← 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.https://www.jrhokkaido.co.jp/CM/Info/press/pdf/20180621_KO_StolenInfomationFilm.pdf
IIUGTC (If I Understood Google Translate Correctly), the thefts were discovered when employees noted that some blinds did not rotate as they should.
This gives my boner a boner.
– 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.