Bullet train reunion wows trainspotters

May 20, 2012

By KAZUNORI HAGA/ Staff Writer

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.

By KAZUNORI HAGA/ Staff Writer
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From left to right, the Series E3 Komachi, Series E3 Tsubasa, Series E1 Max, Series 200, Series E6 (to be introduced on the Akita Shinkansen Line), Series E5 Hayabusa and Series E4 Max. (Jun Ueda)

From left to right, the Series E3 Komachi, Series E3 Tsubasa, Series E1 Max, Series 200, Series E6 (to be introduced on the Akita Shinkansen Line), Series E5 Hayabusa and Series E4 Max. (Jun Ueda)

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  • From left to right, the Series E3 Komachi, Series E3 Tsubasa, Series E1 Max, Series 200, Series E6 (to be introduced on the Akita Shinkansen Line), Series E5 Hayabusa and Series E4 Max. (Jun Ueda)

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