As soon as the doors of the train stopped at Gotoku-ji Station were closed, the conductor came out to the platform to check the cameras installed on the platform. He was checking to see if all the doors on the long Odakyu line were securely closed and if it was safe to start the train. Upon closer inspection, there are no platform screen doors at Gotoku-ji station. At this station, the conductor at the end of the train checks the safety of the train the old-fashioned way.
Before I knew it, platform doors were being installed all over the city, some at JR stations, some at private stations, and I found myself in the middle of a platform door siege. At this rate of increase, it is possible that in the not-too-distant future all stations will have platform screen doors and all trains in Tokyo will be operated by one-man trains. In fact, the Marunouchi Line, where platform screen doors have been installed at all stations, is already a one-man operation without a conductor. When that happens, the appearance of a conductor checking for safety will become a relic of a bygone era.
|Jan 2023 PEOPLE TOKYO|
|CONDUCTOR GOTOKU-JI PLATFORM TRAIN|
January 27, 2023
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SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF