News Article | May 3, 2017
Branchline dining: Travellers willing to shell out $8,500 each can enjoy the height of luxury on the Train Suite Shiki-Shima in northern Japan, where Michelin-starred chefs prepare top-notch nosh (AFP Photo/str) Tokyo (AFP) - It's got Michelin-starred chefs, solid cypress bathtubs and a cosy snug complete with roaring fire: the Shiki-Shima could hold its own against any five-star hotel. Not bad for a train. In a country best known for its super-fast "Shinkansen" bullet trains, the emphasis in Japan's latest extravaganza on rails is on savouring the moment, with no expense spared to create the most luxurious travelling experience. Customers willing to shell out up to 950,000 yen ($8,500) per person can enjoy a top-of-the-range suite aboard the Shiki-Shima for four days and three nights of unparalleled extravagance. The 10-car train has huge viewing windows through which customers can see the northern Japanese countryside used to grow the ingredients in seasonal delicacies prepared by the onboard chefs. After dinner they can gather for a drink around the piano, or sit and soak up the atmosphere next to the fireplace -- actually a trick created by steam and coloured light -- on a journey that takes them from Tokyo to the northernmost island of Hokkaido and back again. The light-gold "Train Suite Shiki-shima" sleeper -- whose name means "Four Seasons Island" -- departed Ueno Station in Tokyo for its maiden journey on Monday, carrying 33 passengers, according to operator East Japan Railway. And despite the hefty price tag, there is no shortage of customers -- tickets are booked out through to March next year. The Shiki-Shima is not the first uber-luxurious train to hit the tracks in Japan, which seems to have a supply of discerning and moneyed travellers. In 2013, Kyushu Railway unveiled its "Seven Stars" service with a piano and a bar, top-end dining and luxury suites, while West Japan Railway will launch the "Twilight Express Mizukaze" sleeper in June.
News Article | May 2, 2017
Japan’s most luxurious locomotive departed on its maiden voyage Monday, carrying passengers who paid thousands of dollars for a five-star experience. The newly debuted Shiki-Shima train left Ueno Station in Tokyo on a four-day, three-night journey to the northern island of Hokkaido. Tickets for the 10-coach train ranged from $2,860 to more than $10,000. Each of the 17 guest rooms was of suite quality, with the most expensive costing $8,493 per person if shared between two people. “With the new Shiki-Shima, we would like to create a new level of service and history in rail travel,” Testuro Tomito, president of the train’s operator East Japan Railway (JR East), said during the train’s departure ceremony Monday. The lavish 34-person train was designed by Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama using signature Japanese materials that paid homage to the nation’s culture. The most expensive suite contained a bathtub made of a special type of Japanese cypress tree called hinoki, a wood known for its signature scent. Sofas in the train’s lounge car were made of bentwood, employing a technique that involved bending wood while combined with steam. Carpets in the train were imported from Oriental Carpet Mills, a company whose works have been on display at the Vatican, according to the South China Morning Post. In additional to a comfortable ride and beautiful views from observation cars complete with numerous windows, guests can expect to have the meal of a lifetime. The foods were prepared by Michelin-starred chefs on nickel silver cutlery designed by Yamazaki Kinzoku Kogyo, whose silverware was used at the banquet for a recent Nobel Prize ceremony. To top it off, everything will be served by uniformed butlers. Officials at JR East said tickets for the train were sold out until March 2018.
News Article | May 7, 2017
A Japanese railway company has launched a new luxury sleeper train with sky views, bathtubs and dark wood interiors, joining the race for well-heeled tourists. The top suite on the 10-car Train Suite Shiki-shima goes for $10,000 per person for a four-day trip from Tokyo to Hokkaido, East Japan Railway Co. said, including sea transfers to the island of Hokkaido. The train, which left with 33 passengers on its maiden voyage from Tokyo, features traditional tatami rice straw mats and bathtubs made from Hinoki cypress wood in its executive suites. Glass ceilings and walls are built into two observatory coaches at the front and rear of the train for the passengers to watch the scenery. The journey includes stops in the northeast Tohoku region, which was hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. “We also want to empower the disaster-hit northern Japan for their recovery effort through the operation of Shiki-shima,” East Japan Railway Chief Executive Tetsuro Tomita said at the launch. The train is fully booked until March 2018. (Reuters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
East Japan Railway Company and Nabtesco Corporation | Date: 2014-06-11
Provided is a foreign matter removing apparatus at a track branch, and a nozzle used in this apparatus that are capable of sufficiently securing foreign matter removing performance as well as significantly reducing generation of noises. In the nozzle for the foreign matter removing apparatus 100 at a track branch, compressed air PA supplied from piping 180 is injected from each nozzle element 110. Slits 140 are formed in each nozzle element 110, a sloped portion 130 is formed at a front end of the nozzle element 110, and this sloped portion 130 opposes a tongue rail 502.
East Japan Railway Company and Nabtesco Corporation | Date: 2016-10-19
A nozzle for a foreign matter removing apparatus is provided at a track branch mounted at a track branch of rails so as to remove foreign matters having dropped between rails by injecting compressed air. The nozzle for a foreign matter removing apparatus at a track branch comprises an injection housing of a conical trapezoid disposed at a front position of a crossing section where the rails intersect each other. The nozzle further comprises one or multiple slits formed in a side surface of the injection housing so as to inject the compressed air toward a back position of the crossing section. The nozzle also comprises a guide unit for guiding the compressed air from a compressed air introduction port of the injection housing through an inside of the injection housing to the one or multiple slits.
East Japan Railway Company and Nabtesco Corporation | Date: 2016-08-24
To provide a foreign matter removal system for track branch parts and a foreign matter removal device for a track branch part, which can promote energy saving for the entire rail line in which the foreign matter removal apparatus is disposed without deteriorating foreign matter removal performance. In a foreign matter removal system 100 for track branch parts, an integrated control center 200 and an AA-station LC 300 can switch over a plurality of operation modes of a plurality of foreign matter removal devices 310 for track branch part based on the operation state of a train.
East Japan Railway Company and Nabtesco Corporation | Date: 2014-08-13
There is provided a foreign material removing device of a track turnout portion which can tightly attach and fix nozzles to a rail belly portion stably without machining a rail itself. A foreign material removing device 100 of a track turnout portion which has point rails 502 which can move to contact and move away from stock rails 501 of the track turnout portion 800, and which removes a foreign material dropped between the stock rail 501 and the point rail 502, includes a piping unit which includes a plurality of nozzle portions 110 which spray compressed air AIR to remove the foreign material, and the piping unit includes a close-contact arrangement structure in which the piping unit is arranged in close contact with a lateral surface of the stock rail 501 opposed to the point rail 502.
East Japan Railway Company and Hokkaido University | Date: 2013-07-24
An environmental information measurement device includes: a power source unit; an environmental information detector; a timer; and a controller. The power source unit generates, from an electromagnetic wave received, a power source voltage to be supplied to a load. The load includes the environmental information detector, the timer, and the controller. The environmental information detector includes a detector including a circuit element having an impedance or an electrostatic capacitance that varies according to a physical amount detected under an environment at a measurement target point, and outputs a signal that varies according to a response characteristic of the detector. The timer measures a duration from the time when measurement is initiated to the time when a voltage of the signal becomes a predetermined detection voltage. The controller controls an operation of the environmental information detector.
East Japan Railway Company, Yashima & Co. and Toho Sheet & Frame Co. | Date: 2015-06-17
A display cover which is attached to a display including a body portion and a display unit disposed on a front surface of the body portion, the display cover includes: a cylindrical cover body which is disposed on the front surface of the body portion, is formed to surround the display unit in a front view in which the display cover is viewed from the front, and has an open front end; and a transparent heating element which is configured to block the front end and to form a cover inner space with the display and the cover body.
East Japan Railway Company | Date: 2016-09-14
Provided is a railroad maintenance support device with which even a person who is not a veteran worker can ascertain the timing for implementation of appropriate maintenance work, on the basis of collected data, and implement maintenance work of an appropriate content. Included are the following: a data collection step for collecting data necessary in order to make a determination on implementation timing; a data analysis step for predicting the timing of implementation for maintenance work, on the basis of an analysis value that is an analysis of data and a set threshold value; an extraction step for extracting maintenance work proposals, using prescribed extraction conditions, from past maintenance work contents; a decision-making support step for providing predicted implementation timing and extracted maintenance work proposals; a data accumulation processing step for associating implemented maintenance work content with prescribed work information for the maintenance work, and accumulating the results; and a threshold correction step for analyzing prescribed work information accumulated by the data accumulation processing step and correcting a threshold value.