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I want to ride on this train.
What's its name?
It's the Japanese KiHa 40 series, in service at JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Shikoku and Kyushu. Pic related is Kyushu afaik.
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Awesome train OP. I want on too

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same. OP has top-tier taste.
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>it starts in this town
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>pay $$ and take vacation time
>fly to japan
>get to train
>it looks like shit
but that pic looks kino af
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Neat, reminds me of this.
It's not as nice as OP's pic though.
That's a high bar though.
You're going to disappoint me and tell me that this no longer exists, aren't you?

There is something that's maybe comparable in Germany. It's the Kirnitzschtalbahn, a tram which goes through a German national park in "Saxon Switzerland" (Sächische Schweiz) in Saxony. It's not far from Dresden, and the S-Bahn goes through the town, if I remember right, where the tram starts at, Bad Schandau.

Comfy trams like these are neato, and I wish I knew more about them, so I could go and take more of them.
Japan's construction industry forms a bigger part of its GDP than any other major developed economy in the world (China's 2nd world at best suck my dick)
As such, they've entirely blighted the environment to keep the yakuza thugs employed building unecessary bullshit.

Other countries get the same natural disasters as Japan, but only Japan has fucked such a huge amount of its environment in this way
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>You are like a little baby watch this

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Japanese trams/railcars are comfy, reminds me of this one that I rode in Kyoto a couple of years back.
Dresden is a great place if you are interested in transportation. They got an entire fleet of paddle steamers.
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Ah shit, I only just recently traveled through Bad Schandau by train, but I didn't see the Kirnitzschtalbahn from there. It starts in a valley on the other side of the river I think.
Cagers get really confused about this one though, as it rides on one side of the street but in both directions. Went hiking there and it was funny to see people panic.
It’s Pacific Electric, of course it no longer exists.
why do so many japanese trains look like this? i rode an electric commuter train there that looked the same, except way longer obviously. i like it though, very dieselpunk.
Knew a bloke through my father that worked on the restoration of the line and rolling stock during the early 90's.

Its still pretty cool, its just a shame that Brighton has sold out and become London on the coast.
Comfy af
The autism on this board never ceases to amaze me. Btw, that's a compliment
That's amazing, just stunning. Looks like my Japan trip got another item added on it.
Oh wow, very nice.
Looks a little cramped, desu.
>so many
Japan National Railway is, national, duh. It was also financially burdened, so as with any then-lagging national enterprises, they stuck with a timed and tried design. However they did evolve, raising the cab for more at-grade crossing crash protection and visibility. Panoramic window (curved ones) are further introduced for the latter reason.
Its contemproary subrurban-type or express-type DMU and EMU designs are based on the KiHa 82 and 153 series, replacing the KiHa 81 and (JNR) 80 series respectively.
KiHa 82:
KiHa 81 followed the iconic bonnet design of Limited Expres type vehicles, containing machinery inside that hood. The latter lived on. KiHa 82 follows the new ordinary type vehicle designs at that time, opting for a through-cab configuration by decentralizing more machinery, and putting more motors and electrical equipment throughout its cars.
153 vs 80 series characteristics:
1. Fixed single door width through-cab gangway connection: Since Japan uses multiple units to replace locomotives in general service, this allows for flexibility to increase capacity by coupling MUs and expanding available space through the entire train set. This is favored by the operator (the corporation, for capacity and passenger comfort) and conductors (to oversee, manage, and inspect tickets throughout the train), yet obviously disliked by drivers. Nowadays, since invidual MU formations are already longer and more permanently coupled together, some newer designs, especially urban service ones, has done away with it. This also has to do with increased complexity and visibility requirement at the cab. A secondary benefit brought by it is a convenient escape door at the ends.
2. Lights at the two corners.
3. A train class roll sign display at the forehead
4. I forgot where can I find a detailed explanation for the shape's aerodynamics at the moment.
>The autism on this board never ceases to amaze me. Btw, that's a compliment
This is the most numerous and iconic DMU in history left. The EMU conterpart to its prestige and prevalence is the 103 series. If one happens to know something about Japan, this will definitely be a part. The ABCs of JNR and Japan railway.
They literally have too many of them to even kept using. They converted them tourist speciality trains, and gifted them away to SEA countries, like Indonesia and Myanmar.
>KiHa 81 followed the iconic bonnet design of Limited Expres type vehicles, containing machinery inside that hood. The latter lived on.
These shapes are called bulldog, rice cooker, etc.
> done away with coupling
You know, reasons like reducing dwell time and labor requirement, streamlining operation, increasing efficency, etc,

It's one of the few tram-train lines in Japan.
>building on the shoreline
This is one of the Seven Deadly Sins of landscape design.
>implying that anybody gave a damn about landscape design before the 1970s
wikipedia says the 153 series was retired in the 80's, yet i rode on one as a kid back in ~2004. pretty sure it was in regular service too - weird.
Huh, that looks standard gauge, yet it's a non-shinkansen Japanese train. Why's that the case?
They don't have much land.
Pretty odd culture though.

I have a pet theory that Shinto is what fucked them with its natural cultivation of interest in "things."
They're over-exposed to a rigid lifestyle that lacks creative outlets or an interest in human interaction.
Pretty sure you mistakened something else as it. They all look similar.

... Like half of the private railway and streetcar uses standard gauge and 1376mm "horse carriage" gauge . They are also descendents of interurbans.
turns out it was a series 165 (with the orange and green paintjob) which had it's last run in 2003.
Oh 169 series is for Usui Pass.

>the new ordinary type vehicle designs at that time
Shinseinou densha is the EMU term, but not sure what to call the DMUs.
>but not sure what to call the DMUs.
* as they are among the pioneering ones.
That retaining wall looks quite necessary t b h
that's a nice pic OP, it would make a great desktop background. do you mind if I save it?
That's because Japanese people don't like buying "second hand" homes. The thinking goes if you're going to buy a house, why not a new one?
Moreover, living in apartments is comparatively rare for (middle class) families there. The result is that pretty much every new family that forms is a new house that needs to be built, hence the bloated construction sector.
Like I said, autism.
They seem creative to me. What holds them back is their stupid seniority system. It's seniority over merit and ability. And since they're so closed off immigration wise they're fucked because of the plummeting birth rates. Say what you will about immigrants in America but we actually need them to help take care of the aging boomer population and keep social security funded.
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First, you should fucking check yourself before you run your mouth about foreign cultures. If you're an Amerilard chances are your own life is very much "rigid" and lonesome and "lacks creative outlets" (unless you consider posting on 4chan "creative").

Second, you're right about Shinto fucking over Japanese culture, but probably not in the way you'd think.
What you and I call Shinto is an artificial state religion fabricated in the late 19th century. Japan's religion is and always was Buddhism. During the Meiji period Japan's modernizing government wanted to break away as much as possible from the old Edo period practices and its many Chinese influences. The goal was to create a new and distinctly Japanese nationalist culture.
As part of that program, state officials went around the country and observed the many local idiosyncratic practices of Japanese Buddhism not found in other forms of Buddhism. They aggregated them, picked the most unique and/or popular ones, tweaked some and called it all Shinto, which was supposedly a completely separate thing from Buddhism. Shinto temples were erected left and right, often in direct competition with older local Buddhist temples. Shinto priests were government employees, and being a shrine maiden was made a respectable item to put on a resume.
>Oh, you thought you were a good Buddhist? No, citizen! All those superstitious rituals and festivals you've been doing all your life were actually SHINTO. You're a good pureblood Japanese worshiping according to the good native Japanese religion, which just so happens to be centered around venerating the Emperor.
This was mostly a fabrication, of course. There was never a strict dividing line between Buddhism, Japanese mythology and what would become Shinto. Religion is a very fluid and fuzzy thing, and syncretism is the rule, not the exception. But the separation between "foreign Buddhism" and "native Shinto" fitted the zeitgeist, and so it stuck, even to this day.
>China's 2nd world at best
Second world mean Soviet Union, China isn't Soviet, dumbass
2nd world means Leninist/post-Leninist states. Or more recently it means developing countries. China fits all of those descriptions
Quote me an academic source that prove what you're saying
No you quote me one that says "2nd world=soviet union"
Your turn

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