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.
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 Shinkansen takes a peak from behind the Tokaido Line. The old and the new. I can easily guess who will win this race.
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?
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 700 Shinkansen passes by the Minatoku sports center.
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.
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.
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  • zichi

    nice train picโ€™s

    • shibuya246

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kris

        Egads! You beat me at getting better :p I think Iโ€™m just well enough today that I stopped coughing up crap. Though, I have been going to classes for the past week ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Yann Chauvel

    Remembering my 2005โ€™s trip.. Always impressed by your pics ! Nice

  • lithiumangel

    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 wouldnโ€™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. Itโ€™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 itโ€™s a welcome change from the maid cafe overload ๐Ÿ™‚

    • shibuya246

      I would like to try that out. I will look out for that cafe next time I go to Akiba. thx ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marijn Rongen โ€“ Netherlands โ€“ Cancer survivor | autist | photography | webdevelopment

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

  • Neksus

    D700 back in actionโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope the cold gave you some satori on photography.
    I have the feeling of a richer picture.


  • locohama

    Good stuff as usual! Love the pics

  • whipcracker

    The Shinkasen by a nose.

  • whipcracker

    Looks like a High Tech missle heading straight for you.

  • whipcracker

    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.

  • Kris

    Oh no ๐Ÿ™ How will I know which one is the yamanote line? I canโ€™t read much Kanji yet x.x Does it say on the side of the train what it is โ€ฆ either in Hiragana or Katakana?

    • lithiumangel

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • shibuya246

      Yamanote line is green. You should find it really easy. It is well labeled in English at stations and on platform. good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ann

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

    • Neksus

      You can say Japan Vs. The World.

      Litter is hardly visible.


    Someday I will get to ride those trains.