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>>1287803
I kind of want to to be honest. It wouldn't be perfect but and SLA printer might do a decent job.
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>mfw I got a breddy gud deal on a factory sealed 5-unit spine car kit from eBay, but it came with one end unit and four center units instead of two end units and three center units
>mfw I can't get a replacement part because the kit is from 1993

I guess I could get another kit and build an unholy 9-car articulated set.
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>>1287853
do it. become the l o n g s p i n e you always wished to be.
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>>1287853
spine cars are cool, wish more layouts ran em
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Guys, I live in the USA and am wondering if Hattons ships here.

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/bqg/ - Bike Questions General

Last thread: >>1278915

Resources:
https://sheldonbrown.com/
https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help

If you want help picking out a bike to purchase, don't post here. Ask in >>>/n/bbg
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>>1284690
Im looking to buy a fixed gear bike but most seem to be cheap fashion accessories. Anyone know which brands generally make the best fixies? Are brands like retrospec or 6ku any good?
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>>1288311
No.

You want a 'chromoly' steel frame & fork. Or, for something a bit lighter and racier, an aluminium frame with a carbon fork. Like an aventon or a fuji track.

Retrospec & 6ku both seem to just offer high-tensile 'hiten' steel (extremely low quality, heavy and dull) and aluminium frames with aluminium forks (low quality, harsh). Or the steel isn't even specified, so I assume it's hiten.

On a bike you have to mash up hills you really want a good frame, and that makes it worthwhile upgrading over time too.

Otherwise yeah, if you're only prepared to spend $300 or less, you're gonna just end up with a cheap fasion accesory, not a good bike. Unless you hunt out a good deal on a high quality old road bike with horizontal dropouts and a fixed gear wheelset and convert it.
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>>1288263
no, because grant is too thick in his head to think a bike can be anything other than some 40 lb overbuilt boat anchor with chainstays that put the rear wheel in the next zip code. please don’t misunderstand that i think he makes bad bikes or that his philosophy of what makes a good bike is somehow wrong, there are infinite ways to make a good bike. that he thinks there’s only one way is why he fails.
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>>1287979
>>1287975
$5.something for a KMC 7 speed at walmart.com with free pickup, Amazon even with prime doesn't let you ship free and counts it as an "add-on item"
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>>1288263
Do you even own a Rivendell? I’ve built one up (one of their Taiwanese outsourcings) and the quality was disappointing for a $1,000 frameset. The driveside rear dropout had so much paint slopped on that I had to take a file to it to get any of the wheels I had laying around at the time to fit. The headbadge was falling off, the FD clamp was situated right between the seat tube’s bottle cage taps, requiring spacers to mount a cage, and there was a large buildup of clearcoat on the bottom of the BB shell. All of that just tells me the QC is piss poor, especially the rear dropout and bottle cage/FD situation. And it wasn’t a problem with using some weird sized 58t chainring, it was a 50t outer ring which caused the interference. Rivendell is highly overrated in my opinion, and Grant’s senile rants don’t help their cause.

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who else loves ''small'' blimps over large rigid airships?

I am an LTA enthusiast and my interest is primarily with blimps, gas balloons and semi rigids.

I've never really believed in super large, massive, rigid, transatlantic, hybrid, cargo carrying pipedreams

pic related, beautiful small russian blimp
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>>1287941

One very important feature of lighter-than-air craft which confers upon them a superiority over heavier-than-air craft, namely, that an increase in the size of airships gives greatly improved efficiency. The reason why in an airship the efficiency ratio is improved with an increase in size, whereas in the airplane it remains at best stationary, is due to the fact that the airship derives its lift from volume, while the airplane derives its lift from area. Now, in either case what may be termed the unit of lift, cubic feet of volume or square feet of area, exerts only a definite lifting effect; in the airship this is determined by the specific gravity of hydrogen or helium, and is therefore immovable, whereas in the airplane it depends upon progress in design, and is thus still open to improvement.

This fact may, in a certain measure, work out in favor of the airplane, but there are other factors which actually limit the practicable size of heavier-than-air craft. One of these is that while the lift of an airplane theoretically varies with the square of linear dimensions, the weight of the wing structure per unit of area does not remain stationary with an increase of wing area, but increases, because the larger wing structure must be made proportionally strong. Consequently, a size is eventually reached where every additional square foot of surface weighs as much as it can lift, so that beyond this size there will occur a marked reduction in efficiency.

The best way to increase the speed of the Zeppelin is to increase its volume. The greater lifting power permits heavier motors. Air resistance does not increase in the same ratio, because it varies with the square of the balloon's dimensions, whereas the ascensional force varies with the cube. So when the length and width are doubled the resistance of the air is quadrupled, while the ascensional force is increased eight times.
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>>1288112
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>>1288114
>>1288112
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“The world is estimated to have over 1.4 trillion cubic feet of helium reserves. At current rates of production, along with conservative growth rates, these reserves could produce helium for decades.”

“There is no shortage of helium on the planet; however, this helium will only be produced as a byproduct of natural gas or LNG production as these resources are exploited by energy companies.”

1.4 trillion / 10 million = 140 thousand


There is enough helium on earth to fill 140 thousand, 300 meter long airships. (The Hindenburg was 245 meters.)

>>1288112
>>1288112

So there is enough helium on earth for atleast a few large airships. The Hindenburg class airship was never intended as the final size for airships. In fact, the ideal size of airships is about double the size of the Hindenburg ( it would be able to carry 10 times the amount of passengers at this point ).

But only a large government would have the power to do this. Is it impossible to build a 500 meter airship? Of course not. The largest sea-ship currently is about 450 meters long.

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You may only post in this thread if you're riding a train.
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>>1288167
god people in spain are so fucking braindead. La avaricia rompió el saco. I'm glad I left. You seem like a top lad tho, I pity you for what you'll go through in Spain when the next economic crisis hits this year or next year.

>The writing is on the wall for conventional railways in Spain
true, it'll prolly be some HS or semi-HS conversions, commuter services, and a whole lot of closures.
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>>1288171
>god people in spain are so fucking braindead. La avaricia rompió el saco.
Indeed. Spain is different.
>I'm glad I left. You seem like a top lad tho, I pity you for what you'll go through in Spain when the next economic crisis hits this year or next year.
I'll probably end up killing myself, as right now I live off paguitas (Not Andalusian, I have Asperger's and I legit can't properly function, or so it seems) and I wouldn't want to be a burden to my middle-low class family.
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>>1288160
>only 160 km/h in Catalonia from Valencia
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH MAKE THE FUCKING HSR ALL THE WAY TO FRANCE ALREADY
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>>1288365
>muh HSR
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>>1223216
i thought i was the only one here living in this shit pit. shame i haven't rode on a train for years. i do have a very comfy hobby involving trains though, it's just that all of the hobby shops here are for grannies in retirement wanting to knit, people wanting to sell antiques at auction or single mothers who need to spoil the shit out of their one or two children even if she can barely afford food after. so now i just order all of my shit online and get out even less.

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begging for (you)s edition

post them bikes
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>>1288372
I wouldn't call that fashionable at all.
t. american
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>>1288235
Jesus, trim your steerer tube. That's amateur
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>>1288156
i'm 198 cm but it's not a super uncommon height here. for people over like 190 it starts getting real hard. I mean i'm pretty fucked finding sizes in stores even but it's really impossible here. the world is made for and by manlets

>>1288169
I once thought of restoring an old DBS frame like that but realised due to the one-piece crankset it wouldn't be worth it. They all usually have really fucked up and weird bb sizes which makes it impossible to find new cranks
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>>1288362
Thanks for the juicy (you)

it's also freewheel
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>>1288240
absolutely based

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What went wrong?
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>>1288266
It's not what went wrong, its what it could have been.

What would the Budd company produce if it was still around today?
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>>1288266

Location (United states of cagers)
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it got rushed to service i think
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>>1288266
Unreliable electrics.

We have plenty of train, plane, bus, and fucking bike threads. What are some rare forms of transport?
Cable cars, canals, ricksaws, anything that isn't largely discussed are all cool.
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besides animal powered, what are other analog powered transportation?
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>>1288354
>http://gondolaproject.com
It's down.
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>>1288140
Very interesting, i didnt know about this. When were these canals and aquaeducts built? I imagine this started with the roman invasion
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>>1287740
>walking up it is basically hell (I did it once).
You need to get in better shape, I walked up it a couple of times this summer and didn't find it hard at all (aside from the heat, but the path is pretty well shaded).
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>>1288386
The Romans did make some canals but nowhere near of the length and number that came later. Canal construction kicked off in the 1600s, they had their heyday in the 1700s and enabled the industrial revolution to happen, and started to go into decline around the mid 1800s when trains took over. They were still used for commercial transportation as late as the 1990s. Some abandoned canals have been or are being restored to service, many have been filled in and built over and are gone for good

Would it work as a mass transit system implemented in cities?
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>>1288217
Sorry anon
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>>1287817
>>1288142
>>1288189
When will the big Miami /n/ meetup happen?
>ride Tri-Rail up to West Palm Beach
>ride Brightline all the way down to Miami on the "cheapest" train of the day
>goof around on MetroMover and MetroRail and hopefully not MetroBus
>sudamerican food
>go home on Tri-Rail since Brightline is too expensive
>>``Who am I quoting?''
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>>1286879
The best transit systems in the United States are all in airports.
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https://youtube.com/watch?v=qwtBlC8yDJ0

RIP
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>>1288352
You nailed it.
Can only hope the future won't lie in all taxis and transporting cars.

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SO YOU SILLY SILLY CAMPERS THINK BIKE SAFETY'S A BORE

WELL YOU'RE GONNA LOVE IT, LOVE IT, GONNA BEG FOR MORE!
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Pls explain this thread.
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>>1286646
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FOIKDG61Kc

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Public transport obsession edition

Last thread got lost on pg 10


How dedicated are you to your local public transportation company, anon?
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I'm totally rambling at this point, but here's a nice pick of the cockpit. From left to right: your controller, the old school up right, manual kind; direction handle, in a tram like fashing this is fixed and not a "key"; electrics box, containing the tram's driwing light switches, the bell and point turning magnet controls; your standard Westinghouse brake; rotary parking brake and sand pedals. Behind your back at the roof there would be cabin light and heating resistor, controls, and the main power switch which also doubeles as the cab selector. You don't get fancy things like speedometer or automatic windshield wipers.

Now I said this tram is bidirectional, but as Helsinki is 100% unidirectional system, some concessions were made: the B-cab doesn't have that lights control box or sand controls. Still better than that other heritage unit where the rear cab is 100% dummy.
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>>1287902
On a second look, that single thing that has a small tube coming into is a speedomater and upright maybe that copper tube goes to a wiper. :D

Luxury! The driver still needs to stand though.
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>>1287900
>>1287902
>>1287905
neat. what year is this baby from? Also when was that line closed down?

also
>ywn drive an old-timey tram with an upright controller
why live
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>>1287908
1917 and the line closed in 1951. The car itself was retired in 1954 and served as a summercottage until year 2007.
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>>1287006
Fair. Here's a better link

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-19/melbourne-trams-among-slowest-in-the-world/8541228


Also:

>About 75 per cent of the tram network operates on shared roads with other vehicles, meaning trams are often vulnerable to traffic accidents on the road.

>Up to 17 per cent of journey time on Melbourne's trams is spent waiting at red lights, compared to just 2 to 5 per cent by international standards.

REEEEE GTFO OF MY WAY FUCKING CAGERS

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Nestled Edition

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>>1287125
Like I said, we’re on a government contract so we’re not working for a drill rig, they’re far as fuck in the middle of the pacific

The majority of the passengers are government technicians who’s entire job is to hack shit, they’ll get through pretty much anything we can put up senpai, it’s also not like they really abuse the internet or anything, there’s just so many people on the boat and our company/the charterer doesn’t want to pay for more bandwidth than what they’re already paying for.
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>>1287148
Send pic of spy platform off Russia you're servicing
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What's it like having all those passengers on board?
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Just got an email telling me my class 2 ticket's been issued. Have I made a terrible mistake?
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>>1287162
Dont know if I’m allowed to or not, look it up yourself.

>>1288315
It’s annoying, since they’re not part of the crew they don’t have any watch schedule to work, and they spend all hours of the day shitting up the galley and theatre

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Who else here /denver/?
How do you get around?
Big city general?
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>>1286792
>The Shitty of Denver
>big city

OP confirmed as coming from a two horse town.
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>>1286792
>Who else here /denver/?
>How do you get around?
by smoking weed and magically appearing places without remembering how I got there
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>LRT lines through industrial areas and highways
Absolutely disgusting. Transit needs to go where people go. Not where cars go. Denver messed up big time which can be seen in how few people ride their system per mile of track.


I need that anon to post his Denver Google Earth transit system. I said that I would look at it but I haven't :(
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>>1286792
I get in a bulldozer and barrel down I-25.
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>>1288177
I mapped out Denver LRT recently and was shocked at how poorly it serves the city.

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Catastrophic failure edition.

Old thread: >>1256543
Current thread: >>1285314
Future thread: ????????
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>>1287289
http://urbankchoze.blogspot.com/2014/09/european-american-and-japanese.html
The Japanese know how to provide a variety of housing choices whereas Americans and Europeans don't.
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>>1288294
The suicide rate and salaryman culture is so worth it
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>>1288296
There's still a lot to be desired culturally but purely from an urban planning viewpoint they've nailed it, at least better than any other nation.
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>>1287526
Move to Tukwila or Columbia City.

Take the light rail.

Don't call it "cap hill", for god's sake it's Capitol Hill.

Consider Northgate too for when the light rail arrives in 2021.
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>>1287619
It's fine but kinda slow. Seattle is at least 30 years behind on mass transit so get used to a lot of packed slow buses. We're trying though.

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talk about public transport and other transport issues from australia and new zealand here
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>>1287435
>Given the nature of existing services stopping at every station with the shit tracks and speed limits that go from 160 to 40 in the space of a few hundred metres, it probably does matter.
That doesn't exactly sound like a long distance service.
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>>1287437
It does run to Brisbane/Dubbo/Melbourne/wherever. It's just that it stops at pretty much every station along the way. If you're lucky you'll average 70 km/h as per timetable.

>>1287436
Could always be worse like the "Brisbane Metro" the council presumably dreamt up between rounds of cocaine that's just a bus, so you get to ride the Busway except a 1 seat journey is now a 2 seat.
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>>1287436
Shiny technology used to try and curry favour with the brain dead masses
>>1287501
I fucking hate that so much words cannot describe my anger
>it’ll be an automated and self driving!
>why? Who gives a fuck why, shut the fuck up and look at the shiny new bendy busses
>wait no automated tracks are too expensive now it’s just regular bendy busses
>also it isn’t a metro we’re just running these new busses on the existing 66 and 111 routes
>but we’re building a tunnel for all these busses to avoid traffic going onto the busway so now the bottleneck will be moved to the Myer centre instead of the cultural center, hoooraaaaaaay!!!
Graham quirk can go fuck himself I hope he gets raped by a million AIDS patients
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>>1285930
>>1285976
>>1286368
>>1286467
>>1286471
>https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5915666/tram-breaks-down-near-newcastle-beach-stop-will-possibly-be-towed-to-depot/
Less than a week in service and it's broken already. Pantograph for charging got stuck, and even worse the article confirms that it will have to charge at every stop. On the bright side, it appears it will only have to stop for closer to one minute a charge instead of two.

>>1286567
It's only 3km long so there aren't very many people who would use the new tram in the first place. It replaced a perfectly good train line so now instead of having a 1 seat commute to the CBD, people have to change.

>>1287437
Really, V/Line is stuck in an awkward position of having to cater for both outer suburban and regional passengers. Geelong line with Tarneit/Wyndham Vale, Ballarat line with Melton/Deer Park pax etc. Additionally, without quadding the lines to the north and south east non-stop V/Line trains will be stuck behind Metro stoppers to Craigeburn and Pakenham. Until suburban electrification is extended "long distance" trains have to share the downsides of short distance ones.

>http://www.southwestvoice.com.au/mayor-welcomes-20-minute-airport-ride-on-trackless-trams/

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>>1288356
blunder of the century.jpg

New Years Edition

Let's talk about all aspects (ordinary or strange) of Japanese Railroads

Old Thread: >>1228998
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おおさか東線 新大阪駅~放出駅間の試乗 - トラベル Watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mzs0prC8s4
【録画映像】おおさか東線新線区間、新大阪駅〜放出駅の車窓(2019年2月13日)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0awYwSoONBg
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>>1288221
The red and roundy Tokyo Metro 2000 series to be introduced in service on Marunouchi Line on 23/2.
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>>1288225
Keikyu Haneda Airport Line extension capital investment surcharge to be removed from 10/1. Shinagawa -- HND Domestic Terminal fare reduced from 410yen to 290yen.
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Speaking of Haneda Airport, it appears that the first of the three routes of JR's Access Line will be completed by around 2029. The East Yamanote Route which will connect Tokyo Station to Haneda Airport will begin its environmental assessment (3 years) and construction will take around 7 years to complete. The timetable for the other two routes (West Yamanote for Shinjuku and Rinkai for Chiba) are currently unknown

>>1288229

>Not just put both news bits in one post

For those who are curious, the 170 Yen surcharge for the Keikyu Airport Line was implemented when the new station opened in 1998 in the new domestic terminal. It appears that Keikyu has recouped around 75% of the initial investment so they decided to reduce the surcharge from 170 Yen to 50 Yen
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>>1287533
>never got to experience the glory of dining cars
>now even the shanai hanbai is getting gimped


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