Thursday, 24 October 2013

Night View of Tokyo Station Yard

EMU JR Central N700 and 700 series stand at Tokyo Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen
As I mentioned before, my office is located on the 21st floor of the building next to Tokyo Station. I can see many kinds of trains from my desk every day ... it's indeed fun at work.

Look at the following photo. It's the night view of Tokyo Station yard from my office. The station yard is beautifully lit up in the evening. What an excellent view it is! Tracks, platforms and landscape look like a diorama (model railway) at the Railway Museum. The construction and development of the Tokyo Station area is continuing. Currently, renovation of the Yaesu Entrance (left-hand) side is proceeding at a good rate. I can see a continuous stream of arriving and leaving trains.

What is it like inside the station yard in the evening? Look at the top photo. It is a night view of the Tokaido Shinkansen tracks. It is a busy time, as many bullet trains arrive at and leave the station frequently. Passengers, who come back to Tokyo from their holiday tours or business trips, are in a state of chaos in the concourse.

You can see the EMU N700 series (left) and the EMU 700 series (right) standing at the station. The average frequency of the train operation interval is four minutes. One train is composed of 16 cars, which can accommodate 1,324 passengers; therefore, the Tokaido Shinkansen is able to transport 19,860 passengers per hour with a top speed of 186MPH. It is a phenomenal feat, isn't it?

Night view of Tokyo Station Yard