HOKKAIDO - A new-series train of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, which is set to open in March 2016, was shown to the public for the first time in Hakodate, Hokkaido, on Monday.
The first and second cars of the 10-car train, called the H5, were transported by sea from Kawasaki Heavy Industry Ltd.'s Hyogo plant in Kobe, and arrived at Hakodate Port the same day.
Hokkaido Railway Co. and the city of Hakodate held a welcoming ceremony at the port and unveiled the new model.
The train body is painted in three horizontal stripes - green, purple and white - with the purple stripe running between the other two colors to represent popular local flowers such as lavender and lilac. The cars were transported to a comprehensive railway yard in Hakodate by land for maintenance early Tuesday morning.
Test runs are scheduled to begin in December between Okutsugaru-Imabetsu Station in Imabetsu, Aomori Prefecture, and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station in Hokuto, Hokkaido, starting in December.Speech