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Friday, October 23, 2015

Central Japan Railway Co. Upgrading Shinkansen Trains

Above a N700A Shinkansen pulls into Atami Station. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When we went from Tokyo to Atami and then from Atami to Osaka, we took Shinkansen trains operated by the Central Japan Railway Company.

The lines between Tokyo and Osaka are the busiest in Japan and I am pleased to note that the company is upgrading its trains.

According to News On Japan:
Central Japan Railway, which runs the country's busiest bullet train line, will roll out new cars to keep improving a service that has seen 50 straight months of passenger growth. 
The Nagoya-based company, better known as JR Tokai, said on Thursday that it will spend about 104 billion yen ($866 million) on 20 N700A train sets and improvements to rolling stock already in service, including redesigned brakes. It plans to begin running all the trains on its mainstay Tokaido Shinkansen line, which links Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, at up to 285kph in the spring of 2020.
We rode on the N700A trains and found them to be smooth-riding and comfortable.

To read more, go here.

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