Category: Asia

  • The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #5

    Hyde Park Now-The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #5

    The year is now 1964 and the New Tokaido Line is ready to be opened! The 515.4 kilometres (320miles) between Tokyo and Osaka was opened to critical acclaim in October 1964 and instantly became a world wide hit. High speed trains were the future! In the line’s early days the services were limited to a […]

  • The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #4

    Hyde Park Now-The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #4

    The fourth instalment in this comprehensive series on the origins of the Shinkasen! This covers a series of photographs of the line’s construction between Tokyo and Osaka, with the former and latter stations well represented, as seen during 1963. There’s also some detail about the construction of the New Tanna Tunnel on which work had […]

  • The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #3

    Hyde Park Now-The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #3

    The third instalment in this comprehensive series on the origins of the Shinkasen! We begin with the notion the new line would be affectionately named Yume no Chōtokkyū – or the ‘Super Dream Express.’ The older (eg 1930s era) and considerably more popular name which many use – ‘Bullet train’ – didn’t gain world wide […]

  • The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #2

    Hyde Park Now-The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #2

    This is the second part of the planning/construction of the Shinaksen. Its straight in to the history! The construction of the Shinkansen would require enormous investment, some thought it would be as much as 200 billion yen. A significant proportion of the funds would have to be raised from banking institutes. In 1959 the Minister […]

  • The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #1

    Hyde Park Now-The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #1

    Writing a comprehensive history upon the origins of Japan’s Shinkansen is a large project indeed – and few in the English world have sought to undertake such a task with the exception of Dr. Christopher Hood who is an expert on Japan and has penned a notable history of the Shinanksen. I’ve only read the […]

  • The Tokaido Shinkansen

    Hyde Park Now-The Tokaido Shinkansen

    While we in the UK battle wits over whether a new high speed railway should be built or not, I thought it would be a good idea to do a feature on the world’s first ever high speed railway – the New Tokaido Line. It was originally planned in 1940 albeit with lower speeds. Although […]