OYAMA, Tochigi Prefecture--More than 1,000 people gathered here May 19 for the chance to see seven types of bullet train side by side.
The event, held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the launch of East Japan Railway Co.’s Shinkansen services, brought together active super express trains serving on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line and the Joetsu Shinkansen Line as well as a new model to be introduced on the Akita Shinkansen Line when it opens in March 2013.
The 1,200 lucky trainspotters given access to the 73,000-square-meter rail yard were chosen by lot.
The Tohoku Shinkansen Line, which now links Tokyo Station with Shin-Aomori Station in Aomori Prefecture, opened for limited service on June 23, 1982.
The Joetsu Shinkansen Line connecting Omiya Station in Saitama Prefecture to Niigata Station in Niigata Prefecture inaugurated on Nov. 15 the same year.
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