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Japan Trains

The driver cab of the Yamanote Line heading for Tokyo Station. Really like the place drivers have reserved for putting their pocket watches. When changing shift, they remove the pocket watch and the new driver puts his in the place. Nice touch of the old with new.
The driver cab of the Yamanote Line heading for Tokyo Station. Really like the place drivers have reserved for putting their pocket watches. When changing shift, they remove the pocket watch and the new driver puts his in the place. Nice touch of the old with new.
Although the Yamanote Line generally stays on the same track all the way round the loop, at the flick of a switch it could be diverted to other platforms.
Although the Yamanote Line generally stays on the same track all the way round the loop, at the flick of a switch it could be diverted to other platforms.
The Yamanote Line train approaches the Station.
The Yamanote Line train approaches the Station.
The Shinkansen takes a peak from behind the Tokaido Line. The old and the new. I can easily guess who will win this race.
The Shinkansen takes a peak from behind the Tokaido Line. The old and the new. I can easily guess who will win this race.
Shinkansen 700 series heading to Tokyo Station. Very sleek long nose cone.
Shinkansen N700 series heading to Tokyo Station. Very sleek long nose cone.
As the Shinkansen passes by, can you see the monorail coming in frmo Haneda Airport at the top of the picture?
As the Shinkansen passes by, can you see the monorail coming in frmo Haneda Airport at the top of the picture?
The Tokaido Line train heading South towards the coast.
The Tokaido Line train heading South towards the coast.
The Tokaido Line is going to celebrate its 120th year anniversary in July this year.
The Tokaido Line is going to celebrate its 120th year anniversary in July this year.
Shinkansen passes by the Minatoku sports center.
The 700 Shinkansen passes by the Minatoku sports center.
One of the many overhead electric lines.
One of the many overhead electric lines.
The button is pressed by the rear cab driver for the Tohoku Line. Time for everyone to jump on before and head home.
The button is pressed by the rear cab driver for the Tohoku Line. Time for everyone to jump on before and head home.
Female drivers on the Yamanote and other train lines are not uncommon now. It is good to see a mix of different people being employed, male, female, old, young and maybe even some foreign in the future.
Female drivers on the Yamanote and other train lines are not uncommon now. It is good to see a mix of different people being employed, male, female, old, young and maybe even some foreign in the future.
The Yamanote Line leaves the platform.
The Yamanote Line leaves the platform.

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21 comments

zichi March 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

nice train pic’s

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shibuya246 March 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Thanks. I have been stuck in the apartment all week with a cold, so feeling better today and the warm weather, it was a good excuse to get out 🙂

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Kris March 6, 2010 at 3:12 am

Egads! You beat me at getting better :p I think I’m just well enough today that I stopped coughing up crap. Though, I have been going to classes for the past week 🙂

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Yann Chauvel March 5, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Remembering my 2005’s trip.. Always impressed by your pics ! Nice

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shibuya246 March 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Thanks 🙂

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lithiumangel March 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Woah ! Awesome pictures this round ! I never knew they put the watch in there; tough i have frequently seen drivers with that watch as they walk to or from a train. I also personally love the fact that the JR uniforms are pretty cool, and they keep them in such perfect condition; never saw any JR staff with a wrinkled uniform.

I also love the pictures of the drivers getting in and out of the train; knowing the Tokyo train shedule very well; you wouldn’t have had to wait long between those shots on the stations.

If you like trains; a nice way to see the love Japanese have for them is to visit Little TGV in Akihabara. It’s a cafe where everything is dedicated to the love of trains, every drink on the menu is named after some train line from new or old, the staff dress up as drivers; some are actually drivers working there to share their love part time at the cafe; or aspiring to be them.
Very interesting place to visit, and it’s a welcome change from the maid cafe overload 🙂

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shibuya246 March 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I would like to try that out. I will look out for that cafe next time I go to Akiba. thx 🙂

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MarijnRongen March 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I’m always amazed by the trains in Tokyo. A nice mix of shapes and sizes and always clean as a whistle! In the Netherlands it’s quite rare to see a train so clean.

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Neksus March 5, 2010 at 11:13 pm

D700 back in action… 🙂 Hope the cold gave you some satori on photography.
I have the feeling of a richer picture.

Arigatou.

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shibuya246 March 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

🙂

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locohama March 5, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Good stuff as usual! Love the pics

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whipcracker March 6, 2010 at 1:04 am

The Shinkasen by a nose.
by:whipcracker

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whipcracker March 6, 2010 at 1:11 am

Looks like a High Tech missle heading straight for you.
by:whipcracker.

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whipcracker March 6, 2010 at 1:17 am

Japan Trains, Japan Photo-Post http://bit.ly/aDfzpv A great display of cleanliness and on time preformance. Japan should be very proud. I know i am repeating myself but gotta make it over there someday, and meet up w/ you. Would like to collect a train from everyline there. do they still sell them at the stations? And do they still sell the bottles of tea w/the train covers.
As always great pics.
Have a great weekend.
ja mata ne.

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Kris March 6, 2010 at 3:11 am

Oh no 🙁 How will I know which one is the yamanote line? I can’t read much Kanji yet x.x Does it say on the side of the train what it is … either in Hiragana or Katakana?

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lithiumangel March 6, 2010 at 5:11 am

All the train lines are color coded; as well as the name should be written in plain romanji above the tracks or in the stations , signs leading to the respective tracks.
No worries man 🙂

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shibuya246 March 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Yamanote line is green. You should find it really easy. It is well labeled in English at stations and on platform. good luck 🙂

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Ann March 6, 2010 at 8:16 am

I am always struck by how clean Japan is compared to the US or UK rail system.

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Neksus March 7, 2010 at 12:41 am

You can say Japan Vs. The World.

Litter is hardly visible.

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HELLOSHEENA March 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Someday I will get to ride those trains.

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