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The Japanese Railway Society (JRS) was founded in 1991 in London, England, to promote the knowledge of the
railways of Japan in England and other non-Japanese-speaking parts of the world. Since 1991, there have been several
activities like exhibitions (also of railway models), a TV-show (on Naruhodo The World, Fuji TV), many meetings in the United Kingdom,
Germany, the Netherlands, and many guided tours to and meetings in Japan. The membership is now more than 300 persons in about 10 countries

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    March 2014 edition
    By Anthony Robins

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    The latest Bullet-In features:


    Bullet-In # 81

    EF 81s; JNR's loco heritage * London - Tokyo Rail via Sakhalin? * North to Hokkaido * JRF HD300 Hybrid * Postal Commemoratives *
    Mudslides & Washouts * Sanriku Railway Re-Opened * Tetchan * Coping with a Power Crisis * Narrow Gauge & Model-In * News Update

Photos of the Month

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the commencement of
service on the
Tōkaidō Shinkansen this month, a special
larger, contribution of photo's illustrates all classes that
have operated on the World's Pioneer High-Speed Railway
since the 1st October 1964.

An original 0 Series Shinkansen Set of 4 cars at Hiroshima
on 03/04/1998. By this time many of the 0 Series were no
longer operating the majority of service over the combined
Tōkaidō-Sanyō Shinkansen route. The last 0 Series operated
on the
Tōkaidō in 1999. The final set ever operated in 2008.

Photo: Alex Morley

The second generation 100 Series maintained the original
bullet nose styling, albeit with a sharper appearance. This
100 series set is shown passing through Kakegawa on 02/04/1998.
The 100's finished service on the
Tōkaidō in 2002. These services
had pioneered the use of double-deck cars in high-speed rail with
the 'Grand Hikari' service. The final runs of the shortened 4 car
sets occured on the
Sanyō Shinkansen in 2012.

Photo: Alex Morley

The 300 series styling and facilities saw a break from the
traditional nose styling and were the first sets released into
service following the break of Japan National Railways into
6 different operators. Entering service in 1992, they also were
without the dining cars that the previous two classes offered.
This 300 series set is shown passing through Toyohashi on 10/04/2005
while en-route to Shin-Ōsaka.

Photo: Alex Morley

Popular with rail-fans though not with operator JR Tokai,
the JR West developed 500 series was a dramatic change
from the previous designs with a tubular car shell and T shaped
pantographs as well as other raide quality enhancements & slightly
different door arrangements. These German designed sets were
removed from service over the
Tōkaidō during 2010, however they are
in service in Western Japan over the Sanyō Shinkansen. This Tōkyō
bound service was seen roaring through Atami on 17/07/2009.

Photo: Anthony Leith

In recent times, the 700 series has been the more ubiquitous
class of set operating over the length of the
Shinkansen route
. The class introduced the 'duck-bill' appearance
to Shinkansen sets which are designed to reduce the piston effect
encountered on high-speed railways while at top-speed. The
above view near Shin-Fuji on 01/01/2003 is probably one of the most
widely known scenes of Japan globally. These sets are still in service
over the full route, but are now usually found on Hikari or Kodama services
rather than the fastest 'Nozomi' express services.

Photo: Hiroshi Naito.

The N700A (right) is the latest evolution of the N700 series (left) which is an evolution of the
700 series above. These are the newest sets on the route and entered service
in 2013. The visually similar N700's together with the N700A's now operate most
of the Nozomi services
and many of the Hikari's.These N700's have a tilting mechanism that
enables them to maintain a higher speed through curves and an overall lower average journey
time that is now almost half that from when the line first opened in 1964.The above two sets
await their next turn of service at
Tōkyō on 18/02/2013.

Photo: Kiyoshi Jinno.
Photo of the Month Archive

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