JR Hokkaido says it can't maintain half of its railways

Nov 19, 2016

JR Hokkaido says it can't maintain half of its railways

Hokkaido Railway Co. said Friday it has difficulty maintaining half of its railways by itself. At a news conference at JR Hokkaido’s head office in Sapporo, President Osamu Shimada said the company finds it hard to continue operating 13 money-losing sections of 10 lines ...

Sep 8, 2016

Japan bullet train driver puts feet up on the job

A shinkansen bullet train driver came under fire Thursday after an online photo emerged of him operating it with his feet up. Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said the 29-year-old acknowledged that he operated the high speed train in that position for 10 ...

JR East revives Hokutosei sleeper train via Tokyo hostel

Sep 7, 2016

JR East revives Hokutosei sleeper train via Tokyo hostel

East Japan Railway Co. will open a new accommodation venture in December featuring an old Hokutosei sleeper train. To be called Train Hostel Hokutosei, it will feature compartments from the now-defunct train complete with bunk beds, JR East said. The lodging facility will be ...

Full steam ahead for Kyoto Railway Museum

May 4, 2016

Full steam ahead for Kyoto Railway Museum

It has been full steam ahead for the Kyoto Railway Museum since its grand opening last Friday, the first day of the Golden Week holidays. The 30,000-sq.-meter museum, one of the largest in Japan, boasts 53 train units, ranging from the nation’s oldest steam ...