JR East shinkansen decorated in dazzling livery

Jan 14, 2016

JR East shinkansen decorated in dazzling livery

East Japan Railway Co. has unveiled a shinkansen decorated with sparkling images of fireworks. The eye-catching train will serve on a stretch of line that ends in Niigata. The Genbi Shinkansen was unveiled at JR Omiya Station in Saitama on Tuesday. Its exterior features ...

Laser aimed at shinkansen driver in western Japan

Dec 12, 2015

Laser aimed at shinkansen driver in western Japan

A laser beam was apparently aimed at the driver of a waiting shinkansen bullet train in late November in western Japan, an official of West Japan Railway Co. said Saturday, following similar incidents targeting flying aircraft in Okinawa and elsewhere. A Kodama train halted ...

Tokyo-Hokkaido bullet-train fees to be cheaper than airfares

Oct 14, 2015

Tokyo-Hokkaido bullet-train fees to be cheaper than airfares

Hokkaido Railway Co. said Tuesday that a reserved-seat ticket for bullet-train service between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokkaido will cost ¥22,690 per adult, cheaper than current fares for flights linking the capital and Hakodate. The company, better known as JR Hokkaido, filed for ...

Jan 6, 2015

California to begin work on first bullet train in U.S.

California’s high-speed rail project was set to reach a milestone with officials breaking ground on the first bullet train in the U.S. on Tuesday. The ceremony in Fresno comes amid challenges from Central Valley farmers and communities in the train’s path who have sued ...

Jan 6, 2015

Kansai-area businesses want maglev to reach Osaka sooner

A leading Kansai business lobby will soon unveil a proposed reworking of the upcoming magnetically levitated railway, leader Shosuke Mori said in a recent interview. The current maglev plan takes a two-stage approach. The section between Tokyo and Nagoya is expected to open in ...

Top speed of Nozomi bullet trains to hit 285 kph

Dec 20, 2014

Top speed of Nozomi bullet trains to hit 285 kph

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Friday it will raise the maximum speed of the Nozomi bullet train service to 285 kph between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations next year thanks to advances in braking technology. JR Tokai, which operates the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, ...