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Discussion in 'International Transport' started by Furrball, 13 Oct 2019.
Aerial view of 7 trains part-submerged from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-50020108
All that electrical equipment submerged in muddy water. Ouch.
Indeed. While I'm sure the bodyshells will be fine once dried out, I guess all that underframe kit is likely going to need replacing...
BBC reports that the cost per set is approx. £23 million; I always knew shinkansen were pricey but I didn't realise it was quite that much!
The pound has fallen about 30% against the Yen over the last 5 years or so: they would have looked a lot less expensive at those rates.
Hopefully, the fleet is insured so that the loss is not to be borne by JR East.
With a set being 12 carriages that's just under £2m per carriage. Sounds about right.
Yup, a new French TGV costs approx. 30 000 000 € (£26 000 000).
The Hakone - Gora line, a famous tourist route, has been severed and is expected to take some months to repair. Gora had 1m of rain from the Typhoon! Serious, even by Japanese standards! And numerous JR East Lines to the W. of Tokyo are still blocked.
According to the English language Mainichi Daily News website, the affected sets could be scrapped as - not surprisingly - theres been serious damage to their electrical systems. Ouch!:
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10 Shinkansen trains that were flooded by Typhoon Hagibis and had a book value of around £100m are being written off due to flood damage, though they will attempt to salvage some parts. The fleet belonging to two Japanese railway companies made up around 1/3rd of local services.
NHK World (in English) is confirming that the 10 trains will be scrapped:
The channel's Japanese-language site has a little more information:
Using Google Translate the article says that the service on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line will be fully restored by the end of the fiscal year by using new trains originally destined for the Joetsu Shinkansen - presumably these will be some of the E7 series on order to replace the E4 double-deck sets on that line.
The BBC article says loss is £85m-104m from book Value
I don't know about you, but those bodyshells fit snuggly in one particular place.
They are also designed for level boarding from 1250 mm platforms.
Only the Cascais Line has a platform height of 1100mm, which would put it bellow the maximum step height of 175mm.
But why have a Shinkansen in Cascais of all places? It's not even AC!
It's a waste, here a 156 had extreme swimming lessons a couple of years ago and is now back in service.