Monday, April 12, 2010

"Yotsuya Platform Views, Marunouchi Line, & Chuo Line at Tokyo"

Beginning with a walk down the inbound platform of the Marunouchi Line, including looking over at nearby Sophia University, and a look at the inside of the train after climbing aboard.  Then a look through the front cab as the trains rolls through the tunnel, and a view from the Ginza Station platform of the train leaving Ginza Station.  Finally, a view of a late-night Chuo-Line Train pulling into Tokyo Station.

"Walking Down Marunouchi Line Platform at Yotsuya" (100408-1624)

Walking down the Marunouchi Line platform at Yotsuya Station (on the platform for trains headed towards Kasumigaseki/Ginza), and looking around.  The Marunouchi Line is a subway, but a couple of its stations are above ground, including this one.

Notice the new platform edge barriers (same concept as elevators with their double doors).  Certainly it's safer to have them and it's a good idea, etc., but still there is something about them I don't like.  New stations have ever more walls - walls to stop cold winds in winter (and fresh breezes in spring); walls to stop accidents and suicides (and a view of the trains when they come in), etc.  It feels slightly claustrophobic.

There is also a view of some of the buildings of Sophia University - over on the other side of the rampart.

When the Marunouchi Line comes in, I climb aboard - showing the inside of the train as it descends into the tunnel (it's aboveground at Yotsuya).

四谷駅の丸の内線のホーム散歩  東京  (Recorded on Thursday, April 8th, 2010, at 4:24 p.m.)

"Marunouchi Line Front Cab View of Tunnel" (100408-1631)

Looking out the front cab window on a Marunouchi Line train headed towards Ginza/Tokyo.  While rolling towards Kasumigaseki (the next stop), you can see a train passing on the right side.  Newer subway lines tend to have independent tunnels for each direction of travel, but on old lines like the Marunouchi Line, there are sections where the trains running in the opposite direction can be seen in the large square tunnel.

(There appears to be some sort of coating on the window between the cab and the passenger compartment that creates the fogged up effect on the left side of the image.)

丸の内線の前のトンネル風景  東京  (Recorded on Thursday, April 8th, 2010, at 4:31 p.m.)

"Mirror View of Marunouchi Line Train Leaving Ginza Station" (100408-1635)

Half direct, and half mirror view of Marunouchi Line train leaving Ginza Station and entering the tunnel - heading for the next stop, Tokyo Station.

銀座駅で、半分鏡を見て丸の内線がトンネルに入る仮面  東京  (Recorded on Thursday, April 8th, 2010, at 4:35 p.m.)

"Late Night Chuo Line Train Arriving at Tokyo Station" (100408-2324)

Watching a late night Chuo Line train arrive at Tokyo Station, and then hurriedly climbing aboard.

東京駅で中央線の電車が遣って来ます  東京  (Recorded on Thursday, April 8th, 2010, at 11:24 p.m.)

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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