OSAKA — Central Japan Railway (JR Tokai) officials Friday conducted their final monthly inspection of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line’s “zero-series” bullet train before its retirement from service at the end of the month.

At a tram depot in Settsu, Osaka Prefecture, officials carefully checked the brakes and pantographs of the train — one of the last original model bullet trains still in service — as it waited to make its last run between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka on Sept. 18.

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