Photos in “Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan”

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Cover Photos

A 500-series shinkansen departing Hakata station
An E4-series shinkansen south of Omiya station
A 700-series shinkansen passing Lake Hamana
An 800-series shinkansen at the Hitachi factory

Figure 1.1

A 300-series shinkansen passing tea fields in Shizuoka Prefecture – one of the most popular sites for photographs by railway enthusiasts along the Tokaido Shinkansen

Figure 1.2

A 100-series shinkansen passing Hamanako

Figure 2.1

Commemorative plaque at Tokyo Station
A 100-series shinkansen entering the platform at Tokyo next to the plaque of Sogo
Tokyo station in the evening
Cleaners (in pink) waiting for a shinkansen to arrive at the platform
The 40th anniversary shinkansen departs Tokyo station
A display – including a model of the N700-series shinkansen at the front – celebrating 40 years of the Tokaido Shinkansen

Figure 2.3

A sign showing the distance from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori with a diagram behind showing what the future station, which will completely transform the area, may look like
A conventional train arrives at the current Shin-Aomori station
A view along the current Shin-Aomori platform, which will cross underneath the platforms of the Tohoku Shinkansen terminal in the future
A van goes over a level crossing shortly after a tokkyu passes by along the single-track line at Shin-Aomori

Figure 2.4

On the left is the space where the shinkansen rail will be installed by JR Kyushu at Shin-Yatsuhiro in the future – showing the difference in gauge between the conventional line and the shinkansen line
End of the line at Kagoshima-Chuo with Sakurajima in the distance
 A viaduct – to be used by the Kyushu Shinkansen in the future – near Hakata-Minami station (shinkansen access to which is visible below the viaduct)
Model cranes on the conventional line platform at Izumi and origami-style cranes in the roof of the shinkansen station
On the right the conventional line curves away from Shin-Yatsushiro to go to join the original Kagoshima Line, on the left the route which shinkansen will take in the future when the Kyushu Shinkansen is completed
A 0-series-renewal waiting at the narrow Hakata-Minami station – the space to the left will become part of the Kyushu Shinkansen in the future
The sail-inspired design of Shin-Minamata station

Figure 2.6

An E3-series shinkansen battles through the snow near Tazawako
An E3-series shinkansen in the ‘snow country’
An E3-series shinkansen preparing to join up to an E2-series shinkansen at Morioka station
An E3-series shinkansen joined to an E2-series shinkansen travelling next to the Saikyo Line (on left) south of Omiya

Figure 2.7

A 0-series shinkansen near Higashi-Hiroshima. Note how although this service is only 6 carriages long rather than 16 as in the past, it has more pantographs (three) than are found on newer shinkansen

Figure 3.1

The familiar rounded ‘bullet’ shape front of the original shinkansen – here in its ‘renewal’ design – at Fukuyama station, with Fukuyama Castle in the background

Figure 3.2

An E1-series shinkansen in its original colours at Gala-Yuzawa towards the end of the skiing season
 An E1-series-renewal shinkansen in its livery based on the colours of the ibis (‘toki’) which provides the name of the service the train primarily operates under

Figure 3.3

A 700-series shinkansen passing a speed-boat racing (one the few forms of legalized gambling in Japan) stadium near Hamanako
A 700-series shinkansen passing an exhibition hall in Shizuoka
Inside the cab of the 700-series
The smart profile of the 700-series

Figure 3.4

A 300-series shinkansen passing Mount Fuji

Figure 3.5

A child plays with a range of shinkansen toys
Examples of Sanrio’s range of shinkansen goods
JR East’s shinkansen characters representing the E4-series, E2-series and E3-series shinkansen – note that the Komachi figure is feminine in keeping with the origins of its name
The image of the shinkansen being used to promote ‘World Citizenship Day’ in Taiwan

Figure 4.1

Statue of Ono Banboku and his wife outside Gifu-Hashima station, where a 300-series shinkansen is waiting for a faster service to pass
Statue of Tanaka Kakuei outside Urasa station

Figure 4.2

A sign outside Kikonai station calling for the construction of the Hokkaido Shinkansen
A sign outside Hokkaido Prefectural Government calling for the construction of the Hokkaido Shinkansen
A sign on a platform of Kasumigaseki underground station calling for the construction of the Nagasaki Shinkansen
A sign outside Aomori station calling for the quick completion of the Tohoku Shinkansen

Figure 5.2

A 700-series shinkansen passes alongside the monorail that connects to Haneda Airport and the mass of conventional lines in Tokyo

Figure 5.3

An E3-series shinkansen passing a level crossing and station served by wide-gauge-conventional trains along the Yamagata Shinkansen
A 400-series shinkansen at Yamagata Station

Figure 5.7

A 700-series shinkansen at Nagoya station. In the background is JR Tokai’s impressive Central Towers development that has completely transformed the station and the surrounding area

Figure 5.8

A double-decker E4-series arriving at the popular commuter city of Utsunomiya
An E4-series linked with a 400-series passing Kita-Yono station in Saitama – note how the windows on the lower deck of the E4-series are almost totally obscured by the sound-protection wall in this area where there was much opposition to the construction of the shinkansen line
The E4-series in profile reveals some of its links to the 700-series design
 Two E4-series shinkansen joined together – the highest capacity high-speed train service in the world

Figure 5.9

A linear shinkansen on display during one of the public open days, which continue to attract people, although not in the numbers perhaps hoped for
The route of the test track disappears into one of the many tunnels (this one, unlike some, has a noise-reducing hood) at the point where a station may be constructed in the future for easy transfer to the private Fuji-Kyuko line, which crosses beneath the line, that would provide a link to the Chuo conventional line at Otsuki and to the tourist destinations of Kawaguchi-ko and Mt. Fuji. Naturally the Fuji Kyuko company is keen to seen the construction of the Chuo Shinkansen as it is likely to significantly boost their business as this area would become a suburb of Tokyo. Visible on the right is the enormous electricity transformer station – the variation in sound pitch, which is audible from some distance, reflects changes in the speed of the train

Figure 5.10

A 500-series shinkansen crossing a river in Okayama prefecture
The speedometer of a 500-series shinkansen doing 300km/h
The cab of the 500-series shinkansen
A 500-series shinkansen passing Odawara station

Figure 5.11

A 300-series passing the RTRI large-scale low-noise wind tunnel facility in Maibara, outside of which three experimental trains are housed
Star 21

Figure 6.1

The T4 Dr Yellow at Kokura station – a video camera for recording the track is visible in the area beneath the headlights
Viewing points in the roof of the train allow first-hand observations of the connection between the pantograph and overhead power cables – a live video feed is also provided to a screen in one of the carriages
Staff monitoring information on board Dr Yellow

Figure 6.3

An E2-1000-series shinkansen at Tokyo Station. Triangular markings along the platform edge show where the doors of certain shinkansen, depending on the series, etc., will be. Two dark lines (to the right of the column) show passengers where to queue if taking the first train, to its left are two more lines for those passengers queuing for the following train
An E2-series shinkansen passing an E4-series shinkansen at Takasaki station

Figure 6.4

Having checked their clocks against the ‘standard’ in the foreground, the crew confirm their orders for their next journey
A driver confirms that he has acknowledged the change in ATC limit on an E2-series shinkansen
A new JR Tokai recruit practices on a shinkansen simulator
The conductor checks along the platform that there are no problems
Marks on the platform show where the train should stop – the dot in between the numbers relating to the series of shinkansen should be in the middle of the cab door, as in this case

Figure 6.7

A 100-series-renewal shinkansen – the familiar blue stripe of old has been replaced by grey and green stripes, with further improvements made to the seating as JR West tries to encourage people to use its regular Kodama services

Figure 6.8

A 200-series shinkansen during the campaign promoting Tokyo Disneyland
A 200-2000-series shinkansen, which was based on the 100-series design rather than the 0-series design as used for the 200-series

Figure 6.9

A 200-series-renewal shinkansen passing typical Tokyo landscape – a commuter train, an expressway with its high noise-reducing walls, interesting as well as bland architecture, and a golf-driving-range with its enormous nets

Figure 6.10

A 700-series shinkansen with the Ambitious Japan! livery passes a school in Tokyo
Commuters using the new Shinagawa station
The Ambitious Japan! Logo on a 300-series shinkansen
Checking the platform at Shinagawa station shortly before a train arrives

Figure 7.2

Sprinklers in action at Echigo-Yuzawa – note how the main line appears to disappear into a river in the distance
An E1-series shinkansen at Gala-Yuzawa station, where gondolas take passengers direct from the station to the ski slopes
An E1-series shinkansen at Gala-Yuzawa station with the impressive mountains of the region in the background

Figure 7.4

A 700-series shinkansen exits a standard tunnel design
A 300-series shinkansen exits a tunnel with a noise-reducing-hood installed. Given the location of the newly constructed house, one can assume the hood has had some positive impact
Noise is clearly not an issue for all in Japan – this house is surrounded by the taxi-ways at Narita Airport

Figure 7.6

An 800-series shinkansen passes the patchwork of a concrete-reinforced cutting
A 400-series joined with an E4-series shinkansen travel along an elevated section south of Omiya
A 100-series-renewal shinkansen passing the once-beautiful coastline of the Seto Inland Sea, now blighted by oil refineries near Tokuyama station
A 500-series shinkansen passing factories and rubbish near the foot of Mt. Fuji

Figure 7.7

An 800-series shinkansen near Shin-Minamata station
Bamboo window covers, traditional patterns and wooden seats on the 800-series shinkansen

Figure 7.8

On the left hand side of the picture staff confirm their orders for their next shinkansen service. On the right hand side, one of JR Tokai’s first female shinkansen drivers, Umeda Yasuko, confirms the details of the service that she has just completed.

Figure 7.9

A 700-series Hikari Rail Star shinkansen passing a bridge near Okayama
A Hikari Rail Star at Hakata station
A computer information screen on-board a Hikari Rail Star
A Hikari Rail Star at Shin-Osaka station

Figure 8.1

A 300-series shinkansen passing cherry blossom and office buildings in Tokyo
A 300-series shinkansen passing through the historically important town of Sekigahara
A 700-series shinkansen passing Hamanako
A 400-series shinkansen approaches Tokyo station, with the new elevated section for the Chuo Line, built due to the expansion of shinkansen platforms, above
A 0-series-renewal near Higashi-Hiroshima
The Osaka shinkansen depot

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