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Watching the trains go by - Japan & USA
« on: May 04, 2020, 12:12:22 PM »
Just been watching some of my Japanese webcams and there is still a lot of passenger rail traffic but many of the trains seemed very empty. JR East Saitama Shintoshin was quite busy but still down on normal traffic flow, there were a couple of Shinkansen running past their Torikai Depot and again some trains in and out of JR Kagoshima Main Line Minami Fukuoka

Hard to tell but they all looked fairly empty and it was only about 7:30pm in Japan and I think it would normally still be busy then (I'm sure Squidy will correct me as required)

All the US webcams I have been watching have been freight and pretty busy, I realise there is not much in the way of passenger traffic out there anyway

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Re: Watching the trains go by - Japan & USA
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2020, 01:31:00 PM »
Indeed, around 7:30pm you'd expect trains, at least heading away from the centre of Tokyo, to be standing room only.

I haven't ventured out in the morning commuter peak recently but I've never seen trains and buses so empty, not even in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake'n'nuclear meltdown. Moreover this period is the "golden week" holiday season, where a number of public holidays combine together to make it easy to obtain maximum vacation time with minimum number of paid leave days, and normally we'd be seeing pictures of packed Shinkansens, etc. but this year they've cancelled the extra trains and the ones which are running are at 10~20% occupancy, apparently.

(All that with out any mandatory "lockdown"...)

This is a live cam showing the (in)famous "Scramble Crossing", sort of the Picadilly Circus/Times Square or whatever of Tokyo:



Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQFo1bVV81c

Normally the paved area on the far side of the crossing is a popular meeting point and would (outside the wee hours) be packed with people.
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Re: Watching the trains go by - Japan & USA
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2020, 02:52:30 PM »
Wow, I don't think I have ever seen Shibuya crossing so desolate  :(

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Re: Watching the trains go by - Japan & USA
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2020, 09:33:34 AM »
Meanwhile there still seems to be quite a lot of trains moving into and out of Tokyo as can be seen from this live webcam - albeit difficult to see the actual passenger loading.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9wZMPy8vaHo
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Re: Watching the trains go by - Japan & USA
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2020, 09:36:23 AM »
There remain key workers to move around, regardless of geography. No different in London, there are plenty of largely empty trains moving around. In fact they’re increasing frequency from tomorrow over here.

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Re: Watching the trains go by - Japan & USA
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2020, 10:06:41 AM »
Being just about in the same time zone, I'm wondering why it's not dark like it is here, but of course it's late spring, there!  :smackedface:
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Re: Watching the trains go by - Japan & USA
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2020, 05:41:20 PM »
17.40 uk time, wee hours Tokyo, I swear I've just seen several "London" black cabs, are my eyes decieving me?
« Last Edit: May 18, 2020, 05:42:22 PM by TrevL »
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Re: Watching the trains go by - Japan & USA
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2020, 07:20:43 AM »
17.40 uk time, wee hours Tokyo, I swear I've just seen several "London" black cabs, are my eyes decieving me?

https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/29/the-new-japan-taxi-from-toyota-wants-to-be-an-international-icon/
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