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JR West/Kyushu N700 Series Shinkansen

At Kagoshima Station.


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Or even in Texas, as the N700 Series is being heavily touted for the proposed Dallas-Houston high-speed rail line.

I was surprised several weeks ago when this Japanese-sponsored television commercial aired here in San Antonio:

No doubt the television promotion, now uploaded to YouTube by Prime Minister Abe's office, was being pushed by the Japanese government, JR Central, and Texas Central Railways during the closing of the special session of the Texas Legislature when there were fears that alongside kooky regulations on bathroom gender usage the Legislature would also pass kooky barriers aimed at undermining urban and regional planning in general and this rail project in particular.  While local city powers and rights were somewhat curtailed, the group of bills aimed at crushing the Dallas-Houston high-speed rail project ultimately did fail.  Still, the nasty legislative session had actually reached the point such that our Lieutenant Governor outright blamed cities and their local governments for "all our problems in America."  Gee, all of them?!  That is not an attitude conducive to the success of urban and regional planning, and it's no wonder they were so caught up absurdly trying to police and prosecute toilet usage.  They'll find a way to mess this up too.

Still, if this project can successfully jump through all the barriers continually put up by rabid rail opponents, the next major corridor for the Texas Triangle would be from Dallas to Austin-San Antonio, creating a "Texas Tōkaidō" with actual Shinkansen trainsets.  Trump says he and his good buddy Abe will make it happen.  I'm not sure what Trump is doing on his end, but Abe at least has already uploaded a YouTube video!


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JR Kyushu also runs the 787 Series as limited expresses, such as the Ariake Express and the Kirishima Express.  These are stern, commanding-looking trainsets in gunmetal grey and resembling military gunships.  Even the stark livery looks like something for the Führersonderzug or commuter rail for Imperial Stormtroopers.  In contrast to the gleaming white and aerodynamic Shinkansen trainsets, the muscular JR Kyushu 787 Series are scary sexy!

I always imagine that if we could ever implement a regional commuter rail system in my hometown, the 787 Series would be the trainset we would employ just for the coolness factor, and they would operate in tandem with the proposed N700s just as they already successfully do on Kyushu.  Kumamoto in the middle of Kyushu is San Antonio's sister city, so maybe they can pitch this and get us a discount or a demonstration model for our own train otaku.


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