Glitch strands luxury sleeper train during test run in Nikko
Japan Times -- Mar 21
A luxury, all-suite sleeper train was stranded on the tracks Monday in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, due to engine trouble, JR East said.

Train Suit Shiki-Shima, a 10-car luxury train including a diner, a lounge and a cypress bathtub, had been on a test run Monday when a “breakdown” sign showed up on the operator’s monitor, forcing the driver to halt the train at around 2 p.m. The train had originated at Tokyo’s Ueno Station.

The driver could not detect any trouble and resumed the run. But then the train came to a halt at around 3:50 p.m., according to JR East.

JR East officials suspect engine trouble and are investigating. The train returned to a rail yard in Tokyo later in the day.

The trouble stopped the operations of other trains on the JR Nikko Line for four hours, affecting some 2,000 passengers.

5月から運行を始めるJRの豪華寝台列車「四季島」が試運転中にエンジン系統の故障で4時間以上、立ち往生しました。 20日午後2時前、栃木県のJR日光線下野大沢駅と今市駅の間で、JR東日本の豪華寝台列車「トランスイート四季島」が停止するトラブルがあり、約4時間半、立ち往生しました。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
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