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    I'd like to start a new thread about Japanese trains information. I have some pictures of Japanese trains for who are interested in Japanese loco and rolling stock.
    Also, happy to see your picture and information about Japan.
    Thanks a lot.

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    Lets start with my favorite loco...Degoichi (D51).

    D51 1 : the 'Namekuji'


    D51 200 : standard type. and water tower.


    This is C62(Shirokuni). prototype of 'Galaxy Express 999'.

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    Those are really beautiful!

    All on 3'-6" gauge track to boot!

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    OK, I prepare more pics. I guess the Japanese loco that are most familiar to the world is Shinkansen.

    0 Series. the first high speed train in the world. She is reskined in so-called 'fresh green'. The original color is a blue stripe in the white body.



    This picture was taken in 2006. Sadly all of 0 Series has retired by 2008.



    This is 700 Series the 'Rail Star'.



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    I like the original Shinkansen better. The new Rail Star has a funny looking front end.

    Are these track "standard gauge" 1488mm or 4' 8-1/2"? They look wider than the 42" gauge track in the first pictures.

    Thanks for posting!

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    Hi, John
    Shikansens gauge is 1435mm, This is 4' 8-1/2"? same as the SG of US?

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    Well, I started starting Japanese trains when I saw this one:



    D51 498, one of my favourite japanese steam engines

    But it´s not the only one... c62, 131, ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by keimei View Post
    This is 700 Series the 'Rail Star'.
    Also known as "The Fleet Footed Platypus".
    Oh, there you are Perry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by keimei View Post
    Hi, John
    Shikansens gauge is 1435mm, This is 4' 8-1/2"? same as the SG of US?
    You are correct. My typo! 1435mm is 4' 8-1/2" or SG in the US and elsewhere.

    Great stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bolea View Post
    D51 498, one of my favourite japanese steam engines
    Oh, a beautiful D51 picture! the 498 is one of the active steam engine today.

    Quote Originally Posted by Euphod View Post
    Also known as "The Fleet Footed Platypus".
    Haha, that is new to me.

    It is said 0 series was designed referring to the airplane 'Ginga' bomber.

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    Here are 2 Pics, taken on the 11.03.2011

    I was travelling on a train to Tokyo when the earthquake occurred.


    Chiba station, no trains!


    I have experienced some earthquakes in Japan before but nothing topped that one.


    Some lines in the north (Including the line I was on) suffered major damage, I think some lines are still closed?

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    Hi Williamg
    I'm surprised at your experience. I did not meet the disaster since living in Osaka(far from Tohoku). Yes some lines are still closed, will take years to recover.
    And, in this week end, a Typhoon has struck Japan and damaged some railway lines.
    Japanese railways are daily struggle with nature.

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    Hi all.
    Today in Japan, most of trains are in this type, Electric Multiple Unit. They consist of some motor cars and trailers. I dont know what it is called in English...commuter? electric car? EMU? In Japanese simply 'Densha'.

    JR(West Japan Railway Company) class 223.


    JR class 321


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    Hi Keimei-san.

    I do believe that most people call them "commuter trains" or simply "trains".
    As for us who know a thing or two about trains we usually call them "EMUs".

    Of the two EMUs you've shown I think the JR西日本 223系 looks better than the JR 321系. It just has a more classic look to it. Also I'm glad to see your thread doing well so far.

    Cheers.

    I also hope I was right in my use of 系.

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    Thanks trainman184-san, your 系 is correct. (系=kei)
    I usually wonder how to translate 系. We Japanese sometimes use 'Series'. (e.g. 新幹線0系 = Shinkansen 0 series). But I have not seen such a usage in this forum. They say 'Class ***' in the other countries. Which is better...?
    So I suppose I gonna say 'kei' as it is when to use '系' ;-) Thank you.

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