Shinkansen back in service between Kyoto and Hakata after power outage

Jun 22, 2017

Shinkansen back in service between Kyoto and Hakata after power outage

Shinkansen services resumed normal operations Thursday morning following wide disruptions due to a Wednesday power outage that affected at least 50,000 passengers, including 1,500 people who stayed in train cars overnight. According to JR Tokai and JR West, the outage, which began at around 7:55 ...

Luxury sleeper train Mizukaze departs from Osaka on first run

/ Jun 17, 2017

Luxury sleeper train Mizukaze departs from Osaka on first run

West Japan Railway Co. launched its latest tourist draw Saturday, a 10-coach luxury sleeper train called a "hotel on wheels." Since February, when the plan was announced, the Twilight Express Mizukaze has proven popular even months before services began in western Japan. On Saturday morning, the ...

Security cameras to be installed on JR Yamanote Line trains

Jun 6, 2017

Security cameras to be installed on JR Yamanote Line trains

East Japan Railway Co. said Tuesday it will introduce security cameras on trains running on Tokyo's Yamanote loop line to enhance security. The railway operator said it will introduce the cameras on 550 train cars starting in the spring of 2018, completing installation by 2020 ...

Grenade replicas prompt evacuation of Saitama train station

May 26, 2017

Grenade replicas prompt evacuation of Saitama train station

Grenade-like objects found near a train station in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, on Thursday morning forced the evacuation of about 200 people before being declared harmless by the Self-Defense Forces. At around 7:25 a.m., police received an emergency call from an East Japan Railway Co. (JR ...

First direct London-China train completes 12,000-km run

Apr 29, 2017

First direct London-China train completes 12,000-km run

The first freight train to link China directly to the U.K. arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after covering over 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles), making it the second-longest route in the world. The journey is the latest effort in China's drive to ...