Using a Ricoh GRD III and a Nikon DSLR to photograph streets, people, architecture and anything else that catches my eye.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Japan - 2005 to 2006 - Sony Cybershot W1


Statement: I am NOT a train spotter.

One of the first things you notice on arrival in Japan is the transportation system.  It is amazing.  The high speed trains (bullet trains to the foreigner and 'shinkansen' to the Japanese) are out of this world. It is rather like travelling in an aircraft on rails, with clean and comfortable carriages, courteous train staff, and a timetable that is run to the nearest six seconds.  For a person who is used to the crumbling British train system, it was a breath of fresh air. Great Britain may have invented the railway nearly 200 years ago, but Japan (and many other countires) now do it so much better.  Japan infact have been travelling in high speed rail since 1964, and now are regularly commuting between major cities at around 300 kph. In UK we have been promised these kinds or railways for decades, and there are now plans for a 300 kph high speed rail route between London and Birmingham to be completed in 15 years time.  Meanwhile Japan is currently planning and soon constructing a new MAGLEV super train between Osaka and Tokyo (500 kilometers), which will travel at 500 kph! They expect it to be completed in 2045, which suggests real planning for the future.

Anyway...   enough geek talk...  here are a few pictures taken with Sony Cybershot W1, with some B&W post processing.

Japanese railways are not just about high speed trains; they also run hundreds of local and urban trains throughout the cities and towns, as well as small rural trains to the remotest of villages and farming communities. Even normal commuter trains are just as clean and punctual, providing a system which is affordable and well loved by the public.

Here are a couple of commuter train pictures:


Anonymous said...

Very nice work!

Bill Wellham said...

Thankyou Thankyou.. (I've only just noticed where comments appear at the bottoms of my posts DOH!)

Anonymous said...

I love these photos of the trains and the station. I like the reflections on the trains - they must be very clean and highly polished! And I love the angle of the last one - seeing the railway line in the context of the rest of the city with the line of the train whizzing through. And great colours too.