End of the line nears for '300 Series' bullet trains

February 17, 2012

All "300 Series" trains, which have served the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen Lines for 20 years, will be decommissioned on March 16.

They first debuted in 1992 as the first model to be used for the "Nozomi" superexpress train services.

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), the operator of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line spanning between Tokyo and Osaka, on Feb. 16 decorated two trains on active duty with stickers saying "Arigato" (Thank you), and showed one of them to reporters at a car base in Tokyo.

The trains will be on duty in that appearance until their last day in service, JR Tokai officials said.

JR Tokai and West Japan Railway Co. (JR West), the operator of the Sanyo Shinkansen Line that spans between Osaka and Fukuoka, will hold separate events on March 16.

The last run of the 300 Series along the Tokaido Shinkansen Line will be the "Nozomi 329" service that leaves Tokyo at 10:47 a.m. and is bound for Shin-Osaka. All seats are reserved.

Tickets for that service went on sale at 10 a.m. on Feb. 16. All 1,323 seats were sold off in about one minute.

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A "300 Series" Shinkansen train, decorated with stickers saying "Arigato" (Thank you) and "Last run," is shown to reporters in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward on Feb. 16. (Shiro Nishihata)

A "300 Series" Shinkansen train, decorated with stickers saying "Arigato" (Thank you) and "Last run," is shown to reporters in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward on Feb. 16. (Shiro Nishihata)

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  • A "300 Series" Shinkansen train, decorated with stickers saying "Arigato" (Thank you) and "Last run," is shown to reporters in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward on Feb. 16. (Shiro Nishihata)

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