The changes to Fukushima have been relatively small. Nagano however was far busier, and required some rather drastic changes, with multiple avoiding lines. On the plus side, the company passed the 500 train mark in 1958, 38 years after its formation. The grouping feature keeps them manageable.
Akabira, a simple through station crowded with wood trains. Tomakomai sawmill station, where the Hokkaido wood trains terminate. A map of Hokkaido as it is currently. Comparing it with the previous map, you can get an idea of how much has been added for freight.
Old meets new as a Shinkansen train on the line from Tokyo to Osaka crosses the old line from Shizuoka to Takasaki, on which a pacific hauled passenger service is travelling. This was in 1967, prior the the full electrification of the old network. This is Takasaki in 1969. By now, the majority of passenger services on the network are EMUs, though steam still has a strong presence on freight routes, as can be seen with the Tokyo-Takasaki goods train. The Shinkansen station is also in view.
The Shinkansen station in Okayama was quite difficult to build due to the two rivers east of the city, and the old Okayama-Hiroshima line to the west. The station has been wedged between these, although some of the pointwork for the eastern approach is between the due rivers due to lack of space in the city centre. The station in Fukuoka adjoins the old station and sits on the edge of the city. As with all Shinkansen stations, buses carry passengers from other parts of the city to allow them to continue their journey by rail. Back on the old networks, moderisation has been completed, with all trains now hauled by electric traction. The higher average speeds means the networks are running more smoothly than in the steam days. However most towns and cities have grown somewhat, with more passenger train required to cope with demand. More trains means more problems, therefore problematic junctions and station approaches, such as this one in Morioka, will have to be altered to prevent delays.
It's a case of finding what works for you and sticking to it where possible.
In other news: I had to rebuild the approach to Tokyo Shinkansen station. Were this a countryside freight station, I might have been tempted to build a ro-ro station, but this is Tokyo so that wasn't really an option. The approach is hideous and I hope the gods forgive me for this heresy.
if you don't have them, i would suggest you use them in combination with World Airliners Set, i bet you can make wonderful airports
That said, I did setup a Tokyo-Kyoto-Fukuoka route while I was replacing all my trains as a precaution. Might get rid of them now. They've served their purpose and my Shinkansen lines make far more money.
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