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On the subject of Doctor Yellow, a high speed test train on Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen, we tried to estimate its operational schedules for this month of October 2017. Because the Doctor Yellow’s testing “date” and “day” have some biases, we can calculate and estimate the testing schedules with the biases of prior testing dates and days.
JR West announced their installation plan of moving safety fences on Shinkansen tracks in Shin-Kobe Station. The new fence has wide opening of up to about 5.5 m to be good for not only 16-car trains set but also 8-car set trains. The existing safety fence was built in 1977 at 2 m inside of the tracks for strong wind caused by passing trains. Now, all trains stop at Shin-Kobe Station and the new safety fence is place along the edge of the tracks.
Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen’s new online booking service “Smart EX” will be in start on September 30. This service requires only to register your own credit card and transport IC card such as Suica, TOICA, ICOCA and SUGOCA. The online train booking is very easy and getting on trains is very smooth without printed tickets.
JR West continuously sells a discount ticket Kodama Shiteiseki Ticket (こだま指定席きっぷ), purchasable until one day before the travel date through the members-only website of e5489, for travels after October. The ticket prices are cheaper than before, for example, ticket between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima, which was 6,800 yen before September, is 6,700 yen after October.
JR groups released that Full Moon Fufu Green Pass (フルムーン夫婦グリーンパス) from September 1, 2017 again for couples of 88 in total of husbands and wives ages. This pass allows unlimited travel throughout Japan by green cars for 5, 7 or 12 days.