Series W7 Hokuriku shinkansen unveiled


West Japan Railway Co. has unveiled train cars that will be used on the Hokuriku Shinkansen high-speed rail line, which opens next spring.

The Series W7 cars, which were shown to the media on Sunday at a rail yard in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, have a streamlined shape and feature blue and copper-colored lines.

The cars have a Japanese-style interior. The inner wall of the “grand-class” car, equipped with wider seats than in other cars, has a red lacquerlike design.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen Line will run between Nagano and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, extending the existing Nagano Shinkansen Line. With a maximum speed of 260 kph, the Hokuriku shinkansen will travel between Tokyo and Kanazawa in about 2½ hours.