Jnr Era Yamanote Line

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  1. dcr raptor

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    I'm going to expand on an idea from a reply I made to a previous post.
    Since JR are unlikely to provide licencing for their trains, JNR content may be possible due to it being a Nationalised Network, thus it should fall under the same circumstances as British Railways.

    As the trains running in the Tokyo area were largely the same across most routes, although there were large varieties being used on each line.

    I would like to propose 6 different time frames for this route, and I shall elaborate more on the potential features and rolling stock options based on the time frame people would like to see.

    1961-1962: No Shinkansen Lines, Last years before Meguro Signal Field was removed. 72 and 101 Series trains operating on the Yamanote Line.
    1965-1968: Tokaido Shinkansen Only. Green 103 Series introduced, but 101 Series still carrying Canary Yellow livery. 72 Series still around, but possibly not on the Yamanote line itself.
    1972-1978: Tohoku Shinkansen under construction. Colour of trains unified. Changes of department meant differences in operations to earlier routes. Yamanote line trains unified as green 103 Series trains. Yellow 101 Series trains are transferred to the Chuo-Sobu line to replace the 72 Series. Changes are made to the track layout between Tokyo and Kinshicho.
    1979-1981: As above, but prototype 201 Series trains are introduced to the Chuo (Rapid) services.
    1983-1984: ATC Introduced, Tohoku Shinkansen still under construction. 103 Series replaced with mass production 201 Series on Chuo (Rapid) line.
    1985-1987: Tohoku Shinkansen opened from Ueno, 205 Series introduced on Yamanote Line, which operates alongside the older 103 Series. 101 Series trains no longer operate on the Chuo (Rapid) line, but still operate along side the 103 Series on the Chuo-Sobu route.

    Any route set after 1964 should feature a 0 Series Shinkansen (not drivable), and at least 1 type of train running on the Tokaido and Tohoku main lines (possibly drivable) to flesh out the route. As such, I shall include any info on these once I have some feedback.

    While I would like to do this as a poll, I'm not being given the option right now, so just write a comment below.
    Also, as polls would include a yes/no option, please say if think this route would be good or bad addition to TS2021, and why you think it is good or bad. If I can, I'll add one retroactively.

    If you've got this far, thank you for reading this.
     
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    Ok, so I've looked at the list of rolling stock operating on this route during the years listed and have produced the following lists of trains for each time period:
    1961-1962: Required Playable: 72 Series (All routes), 101 Series (Yamanote and Chuo (Rapid)), EF15 (Freight).
    Appearing Non-Playable: EF57 (Ueno - Northbound), EF58 (Tokyo - Southbound).
    Optional extras: Kumoni 13 Baggage Car (Yamanote Line), EF10 (Freight), EF11 (Freight), EF18 (Freight), EF60-0 (Freight).

    1965-1969: Required Playable: 72 Series (All routes), 101 Series (Yamanote, Chuo (Rapid), Chuo-Sobu and Akabane), 103 Series (Yamanote), EF15 (Freight).
    Appearing Non-Playable: EF58 (Tohoku & Tokaido), 0 Series Shinkansen.
    Optional extras: Kumoni 13 Baggage Car (Yamanote Line), EF10 (Freight), EF11 (Freight) , EF18 (Freight), EF60-0 Series (Freight), EF60-500 Series (Tokyo - Southbound (Sleeper)), EF65-0 Series (Freight), EF65-500 Series (Tokyo - Southbound (Sleeper)). NOTE: EF58 playable if Akabane line fully playable.

    1973-1978: Required Playable: 101 Series (Chuo (Rapid), Chuo-Sobu and Akabane), 103 Series (Yamanote, Chuo (Rapid), Chuo-Sobu and Joban), EF65-0 (Freight), EF65-500 (Southbound Passenger).
    Appearing Non-Playable: 113 Series (Yokosuka & Tokaido), 115 Series (Yokosuka & Tohoku), 0 Series Shinkansen.
    Optional extras: EF10 (Freight), EF15 (Freight), EF18 (Freight), EF60-0 (Freight).

    1979-1981: Required Playable: 103 Series (Yamanote, Chuo (Rapid), Chuo-Sobu, Joban and Akabane), EF65-0 (Freight), EF65-500 (Southbound Passenger).
    Appearing Non-Playable: 113 Series (Yokosuka & Tokaido), 115 Series (Yokosuka & Tohoku), 0 Series Shinkansen.
    Optional extras: 101 Series (Chuo (Rapid) and Chuo-Sobu), 201 Series (Chuo (Rapid)), EF15 (Freight (later production vehicles only)), EF60-0 (Freight).

    1982-1984: Required Playable: 103 Series (Yamanote, Chuo (Rapid), Chuo-Sobu, Joban and Akabane), EF65-0 (Freight).
    Non-Playable: 113 Series (Yokosuka & Tokaido), 115 Series (Yokosuka & Tohoku), 185 Series (Odoriko & Shinkansen Relay (not essential)), 0 Series Shinkansen.
    Optional extras: 101 Series (Chuo (Rapid) and Chuo-Sobu), 201 Series (Chuo (Rapid), Chuo-Sobu), EF60-0 (Freight).

    1985-1987: Required Playable: 103 Series (Yamanote, Chuo-Sobu, Joban and Saikyo), 205 Series (Yamanote), EF65-0 (Freight)
    Non-Playable: 113 Series (Yokosuka & Tokaido), 115 Series (Yokosuka & Tohoku), 0 Series Shinkansen, 200 Series Shinkansen.
    Optional Extras: 101 Series (Chuo-Sobu), 201 Series (Chuo (Rapid), Chuo-Sobu).

    Of the non-playable trains, it would be advantageous to later make the 113 Series, 115 Series, and 201 Series trains playable for additional scenarios.

    If the 201 Series is playable, it may be a good idea to consider releasing a Chuo-Sobu line expansion.
    Alternatively, if the route is expanded to Akabane, additional scenarios could be introduced for the 72 Series, 101 Series or 103 Series (Depending on the time period) and any trains heading north out of Ueno (EF57, EF58, 115 Series).

    I'll include a set of photos of these trains below for readers to view.
    72 Series - Commuter EMU in widespread use across Japan. Was operated in the Tokyo area between the mid 1950s and mid 1970s
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    EF15 (left) and 101 Series (right) - The EF15 was a freight locomotive that operated in the Tokyo area from the late 1940s to the early 1980s, operating on all freight routes out of Tokyo. This was reduced to just the Tohoku routes during the late 1970s, and they disappeared from Tokyo's railway lines during the 1980s. The 101 Series was an EMU that was first introduced to the Yamanote line in 1961 and operated there until 1968. They were also used on the Chuo and Chuo-Sobu lines into the 1980s.
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    Kumoni 13 Baggage Car - A single baggage car version of the 72 Series.
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    EF10 - A freight locomotive used primarily in the Tokyo area from the mid 1930s into the mid 1960s, when they were replaced with newer locomotives. A few examples continued to be used up until the mid 1970s, at which point, many of the remaining EF10s were scrapped.
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    EF11 - A variant of the EF10, these were designed for use on steep gradients. These trains were stationed at Hachioji between 1957 and 1974. While information on where these locomotives were used is difficult to come by, their close proximity to Tokyo would make it likely that they would have been used on the Chuo line, and the Yamanote freight line.
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    EF57 - A passenger locomotive produced in the early 1940s, these were used on services heading north of Tokyo, up until their retirement in 1977.
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    EF58 - Produced between 1948 and 1956, the EF58 shares many components with the EF15 freight locomotive. These were originally used on passenger services between Tokyo and Nagoya, but they started being used on services north of Tokyo, partially displacing the EF57s during the mid 1960s.
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    EF18 - A freight locomotive designed using the same chassis as the EF58, these were based at the Hamamatsu depot in Shizuoka. As such, it is likely that they would have been used on freight trains travelling between Tokyo and Nagoya. The 3 locomotives of this class were in operation between 1951 and 1979.
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    103 Series - One of the most iconic trains of the JNR era, the 103 Series was used on the majority of commuter lines in Tokyo. These entered service on the Yamanote line in 1963, and operated on it until 1988. They were still in operation in Tokyo as late as 2006.
    On this route, expect to see them offered in orange, yellow, and 3 different shades of green.
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    EF60 - The replacement for the EF10, these entered service in the 1960, but were not in widespread use until 1964. There were 2 variants of this locomotive, the EF60-0 (freight variant) and the EF60-500 (passenger variant).
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    EF65 - Like the EF60, this locomotive came in 2 variations, 1 for hauling freight trains, and the other for hauling passenger trains. These locomotives were produced between 1965 and 1975. Many of the locomotives of this class are still in service as of 2021.
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    201 Series - Beginning operation on the Chuo line in 1979 and on the Chuo-Sobu in 1982, these trains became one of the most widely used varieties in Japan from the early 1980s through to the early 2010s. Due to the poor financial situation of JNR in 1984, 2 variations of this train exist. The original mass-production model, and a light-duty version with various features changed to reduce production costs.
    (Would only be worth adding if the Chuo-Sobu between Kinshicho and Mitaka is added as an extension. Would otherwise be used on the Wakayama & Sakurai Lines.)
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    205 Series - The replacement for the 103 Series on the Yamanote line. These trains entered service in 1985 and were used until the mid 2000s, when they were replaced with the E231-500 Series, at which point they displaced the 103 Series sets operating on many of the other lines in Tokyo.
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    113 Series & 115 Series - Beginning operation in the early 1960s, these trains would become a regular sight on the Tokaido, Tohoku, and Yokosuka lines out of central Tokyo. The 113 Series was designed for operating in warm and flat areas, while the 115 Series was designed for operating on colder, mountainous routes. The 113 Series ran on the Tokaido line, the 115 Series ran on the Tohoku line, and both ran on the Yokosuka line.
    (113 Series (top), 115 Series (bottom))
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    185 Series - While not essential to the playability of the route, these trains were used on the Odoriko and Shinkansen Relay services from the early 1980s. Once the Shinkansen Relay services concluded in 1985 with the opening of the Tohoku Shinkansen line between Ueno and Omiya, services north of Tokyo resumed in 1986 with the introduction of the Shonan Liner. These trains were finally retired in March 2021.
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    0 Series Shinkansen - While not usable on the Yamanote line, these can be seen on the Tokaido Shinkansen line out of Tokyo station, and in the Shinkansen Train Yard located next to the Tokyo Freight Terminal. These were the original Shinkansen trains that began operation on the newly opened Tokaido Shinkansen line in 1964, operating until 2008. More of an atmospheric addition to the route than something that adds anything in terms of gameplay.
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    200 Series Shinkansen - Also more of an atomspheric item than a train that adds anything in terms of gameplay, these operated on the Tohoku Shinkansen line from 1982 to 2013. These did not appear in central Tokyo until 1985, when the Tohoku Shinkansen line was extended to Ueno. These would also be seen in the Shinakansen Train Yard near Tabata Station.
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    That's pretty much every train that I feel has some relevance here, feel free to discuss.
     
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