120 Flooded Shinkansen Cars May Be Scrapped
Tokyo, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--All 120 Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train cars that were damaged in flooding caused by super Typhoon Hagibis, which ravaged mainly central and eastern Japan over the weekend, may be scrapped, experts have said.
The 19th typhoon this year brought torrential rain, flooding a train yard of East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, and inundating the 120 cars, about one-third of all those used on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, which effectively connects Tokyo and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan.
Hokuriku Shinkansen services, co-operated by West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, are expected to be fully restored in one to two weeks.
As of Wednesday afternoon, an evacuation order remained in place for the area hosting the train yard. JR East has thus yet to confirm the damage to the train cars.
Although equipment and devices installed in the undercarriages of the train cars are waterproof, it is unknown whether the cars will be able to run safely after being submerged for a long period, sources familiar with the situation said.
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