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.
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