• Kyodo News


A new bullet train Monday completed its first full-fledged test on the extended Kyushu Shinkansen Line, which will soon link the cities of Kagoshima and Osaka in just four hours.

The N700 series train, which arrived at Hakata Station in Fukuoka Prefecture, has been making test runs from Shin-Yatsuhiro Station in Kumamoto Prefecture northward since August. It is expected to go into service in March.

When the Kyushu Shinkansen Line extension, which connects Shin-Yatsuhiro with Hakata, opens, it will also connect with the Sanyo Shinkansen Line service based in Osaka.

Kyushu Japan Railway Co. and Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency will test the N700 more and hope to run it at 260 kph to check for any problems.

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