120 Flooded Shinkansen Cars May Be Scrapped

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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 the city of Nagao, central Japan, and inundating the 10 12-car trains parked there, about one-third of rolling stock for the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, which effectively connects Tokyo and Kanazawa, a major city in the Hokuriku region, the central north, via Nagano.

According to JR East, which co-operates the Shinkansen line with West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, floodwaters subsided almost completely from the yard. Two cars were found to have derailed, but specific damage to each car has yet to be confirmed.

Although underfloor equipment of train cars is waterproof, it is unknown whether the Shinkansen cars will be able to run safely after being submerged for a long period, experts said.

"If water has entered the equipment, it won't work anymore," an official of a train parts maker said.

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