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Bullet train services back to normal following March derailment in Japan

The Tohoku Sinkansen service, which connects the Japanese region of the same name to Tokyo, is back to normal as of Friday, East Japan Railway (JR East) says on its website.

The Tohoku Sinkansen service had been partially disrupted following the March 16 earthquake that caused a Tohoku Sinkansen to derail on a viaduct some 2 kilometres outside Shiraishi Zao Station. The train was carrying 78 people were on board, but there were no injuries. As a result, the service between Koriyama Station in Fukushima Prefecture and Ichinoseki Station in Iwate Prefecture had to be suspended.

At the time, JR East already warned that it would take quite a bit of time to fully restore services. The train cars were eventually removed in the last week of March, and partial service was resumed in April. A temporary timetable was in effect until May 12.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

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