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Switch Problem Halts Tohoku Shinkansen Services for Hours

Switch Problem Halts Tohoku Shinkansen Services for Hours

   Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)--A railway switch problem forced a temporary halt to all inbound and outbound services of East Japan Railway Co.'s <9020> Tohoku Shinkansen Line, which links Tokyo and the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan, on Thursday.
   According to the company, better known as JR East, the railway point at Koriyama Station in Fukushima Prefecture was found not functioning around 5:30 a.m. (8:30 p.m. Wednesday GMT).
   The company entirely halted operations on the bullet train line between its two terminals--Tokyo Station and Shin-Aomori Station in Aomori Prefecture. Services became available on all sections by around 12:30 p.m. after the problem was fixed.
   JR East initially said that operations would be resumed around 7:10 a.m. But a motor for the railway switch was found out of order, making service restoration work tough.
   After the high-speed train line was fully suspended for about three hours, services resumed partially, between Tokyo and Koriyama, and between Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Fukushima, and Shin-Aomori, around 10 a.m., according to JR East.

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