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Jr East: Yamanote Line

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by LativaBoy, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. LativaBoy

    LativaBoy Member

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    The Yamanote Line (Japanese: 山手線, Hepburn: Yamanote-sen) is a railway loop line in Tokyo, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It is one of Tokyo's busiest and most important lines, connecting most of Tokyo's major stations and urban centres, including Marunouchi, the Yūrakuchō/Ginza area, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Ueno, with all but two of its 29 stations connecting to other railway or underground (subway) lines.

    As an official line name, "Yamanote Line" indicates the tracks between Shinagawa and Tabata via Shinjuku that are used by local trains on their own tracks as well as the parallel Yamanote Freight Line which is used by Saikyō Line and Shōnan-Shinjuku Line trains, some limited express services, and freight trains. However, in everyday usage, the "Yamanote Line" refers to the entire 34.5 km loop line served by local trains.
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    Map of the Yamanote Line (light green)
    Rolling Stock:
    As of January 2020, the line's services are operated exclusively by a fleet of 50 11-car E235 series EMUs, the first of which was introduced on the line on 30 November 2015. However, a number of technical faults, including problems with door close indicators, resulted in the train being taken out of service the same day. The E235 series returned to service on the Yamanote Line on 7 March 2016.

    Prior to the E235 series, the line's services are operated by E231-500 series EMUs, which were in use from April 21, 2002, to January 20, 2020. These trains originally each included two "six-door cars" with six pairs of doors per side and bench seats that were folded up to provide standing room only during the morning peak until 10 a.m. From February 22, 2010, the seats were no longer folded up during the morning peak, and all trains were standardized with newly built four-door cars by 31 August 2011. This was due to reduced congestion on the line as well as preparation for the installation of platform doors on all stations by 2017.

    The E231 series supported a new type of traffic control system, called digital Automatic Train Control (D-ATC). The series also had a more modern design and has two 15-inch LCD monitors above each door, one of which is used for displaying silent commercials, news and weather; and another which is used for displaying information on the next stop (in Japanese, English, Korean and more) along with notification of delays on Shinkansen and other railway lines in the greater Tokyo area. The E231-500 series trains were based at Tokyo General Rolling Stock Centre near Ōsaki Station.

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    E235 series

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    E231-500 series


    My Opinion:
    I feel that the Yamanote Line would be a good fit for Train Sim World and a good start to introducing Japanese routes to the game. With the Yamanote Line being one of the busiest commuter lines, it would add some challenge in scenarios keeping on schedule. There are many other Japanese routes I would suggest for TSW, but I think the Yamanote Line would be a good way for TSW to start diving into Japan seeing as it plays a key role in Tokyo's commuter service.
     
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  2. BigMountain555

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    I have been dreaming of this but I am quite sure it will never come to either Train Simulator nor Train Sim World. The World in TSW seems to stand for USA, UK, and Germany. Heck, there is no World in the Train Simulator name, yet even that has a very limited number of countries. The vast majority of routes are UK, USA, and Germany. I wish they would spread this around a bit more. Yamonote line is a fun line to ride. It would have to be very detailed as it goes through the built-up heart of Tokyo.
     

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