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Renovated Shibuya subway station with M-shaped roof begins service

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That looks great.

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The girders are "M" shaped but the roof is not.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

super mega rich Tokyo always inventing/building new stuff, sometimes a waste of money but in this case, it actually looks kinda cool...

1 ( +3 / -2 )

The ceiling is higher without it.

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The M stands for Shibuya, right?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Looks nice. Simple and practical. Nothing too fancy, adding a modern aesthetic, but also a practical arch support.

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If the railway companies weren't so damn territorial the Ginza Line could have been extended to merge with the Inokashira line and run trains all the way to Kichijoji.

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"It's good that it has become convenient to make transfers for other lines. The roof is stylish and foreigners will also probably like it,"

Erm...OK. Let’s not put all foreigners in the same box, but yeah this one foreigner thinks it looks OK.

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the Ginza Line could have been extended to merge with the Inokashira line and run trains all the way to Kichijoji.

I think the lines have different gauges.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

That's really cool. It looks like Europe.

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Still not enough seats on the platforms, and no safety barriers. Surely passenger comfort and safety are more important than bendy girders.

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Yes, I know it's a terminal station, but safety barriers serve not just to protect from fast trains, but also from people and things falling onto the tracks at any time. Why on earth couldn't they have put them in?

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If the railway companies weren't so damn territorial the Ginza Line could have been extended to merge with the Inokashira line and run trains all the way to Kichijoji.

Technically impossible not just because of territorial disputes.

Inokashira Line and Ginza line run on different gauges for a start. The Ginza and Marunouchi Line's being the oldest subway lines in Japan run on standard gauge. Later lines and railways use narrow gauge.

Next, the Ginza line and Marunouchi Lines' receive power from the "3rd rail" at 600 V DC power , instead of overhead power at 1500 V DC power like the Inokashira line does.

The Ginza Line runs 6 car train sets, the Inokashira Line platforms can only accomodate a 5 car train set max, though to be fair Inokashira trains are a few mm's longer.

Finally, legally even if it were technically possible to connect the two tracks, Inokashira line trains do not have front/rear doors as required in case a subway train gets stuck in a tunnel. An example is on the Sobu Line JR, runs a special E231-800 series train set with front and rear doors at each end so JR can run through service through the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.

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Having used the old Ginza Line station at Shibuya, the new station is ages ahead of the old station.

Since it is a terminal station there's usually a train on either end of the platform about to depart, thus really negating the need for many benches to sit down on.

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Woo, looks good. I used to use that line a lot when nipping in to Shibuya to play open mics.

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One thing Japanese can do right is trains, if only American lived trains as much as Japanese

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Those white steel m-shaped beams make it kind of look like you're inside a huge animal and those are the ribs. Maybe the 'm' shape stands for 'Moby' and that's the big white whale. Yup, I'll meet you at Moby Dick Station! Brilliant.

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Good job. Looks clean and efficient. Now, send the team to Paris. We have 300 stations to renovate.

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*"It's good that it has become convenient to make transfers for other lines. The roof is stylish and foreigners will also probably like it,"*

Are Japanese people incapable of enjoying nice architecture? I know it seems like it from looking at the Soviet-style buildings.

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Badge213... If I ever want any info on trains...I’m coming to you! Thanks.

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if only American lived trains as much as Japanese...

America has the world's best freight rail network.

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Yeah, so what does the "M" denote? "Mediocre"? "Marvelous"?

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"Still not enough seats on the platforms, and no safety barriers. Surely passenger comfort and safety are more important than bendy girders."

From the article:

Tokyo Metro, which began the relocation work in 2009, plans to equip the new station with elevators and platform safety gates in time for the Olympics and Paralympics.

as for the seats, it is terminus. That means the trains start their runs from the station, so seats are not important. Moreover, seats take away space from the platform. Look at picture and imagine the platform at rush hour, space is more important than seats.

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One thing Japanese can do right is trains, if only American lived trains as much as Japanese.

Maybe if America was just the size of California, sure. Imagine if Japan was the size of the US.

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