Feb 25, 2016

Sanyo Shinkansen Line to get major overhaul from 2028

The aging Sanyo Shinkansen Line will undergo major renovations from 2028, the line’s operator said Wednesday. The work on bridges, tunnels and embankments will take a decade. West Japan Railway Co., known as JR West, estimates the total cost at ¥155.7 billion, part of ...

Dec 10, 2015

JR West to invest in railway businesses in Brazil

West Japan Railway Co. has announced that it will invest in railway businesses in Brazil. The company, commonly known as JR West, will acquire a 33.9 percent stake in Guarana Urban Mobility Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. that invests ...

April opening set for Kyoto Railway Museum

Nov 18, 2015

April opening set for Kyoto Railway Museum

The opening date for one of the largest train museums in Japan has been set for April 29, West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) announced Wednesday. The Kyoto Railway Museum, being developed on a 30,000-sq.-meter site, will exhibit a total of 53 locomotives and ...

JR West to ban use of 'annoying' selfie sticks

Sep 17, 2015

JR West to ban use of 'annoying' selfie sticks

West Japan Railway Co. said Thursday that it will ban the use of selfie sticks on all train platforms and service areas, including for bullet trains. The ban on the popular monopod, used to take self or group photographs via smartphone, will take effect ...

Venerable Twilight Express to retire next year

May 28, 2014

Venerable Twilight Express to retire next year

It harks back to the golden age of travel as it carries premium passengers four times a week from western Japan to Hokkaido and back. But after 25 years, the aging Twilight Express sleeper train is set to retire next spring, West Japan Railway ...