Last public viewing of shinkansen-hoisting work held at JR Tokai plant

posted on September 20, 2016

Rail fans got their final opportunity Sunday and Monday to see a "flying shinkansen" locomotive hoisted in the air for maintenance work in an event at a Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) plant.

At the shinkansen plant in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, rolling stock is lifted by cranes to remove the bogies for maintenance work. It is the only train facility in Japan that uses this maintenance method.

Usually, JR Tokai, operator of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, opens the hoisting work to the public during an annual event in July in which visitors can also tour the plant. The event started in 1995.

But the company allowed the work to be viewed Sunday and Monday in a special event because the Hamamatsu plant will be remodeled in January, ushering in a different maintenance method. After the renovation, shinkansen stock will be jacked up, instead of hoisted by cranes, for repairs and inspections.

source by japantimes
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