Ten Japan's famous bullet trains will be scrapped. They were caught the floods after Typhoon Hagibis hit eastern Japan October. The typhoon caused widespread damage and loss life in Japan. There were many photos and TV footage the 10 shiny bullet trains lined next to each other at a train yard near the central city Nagano. They were deep in floodwater after the nearby Chikuma River burst its banks. The trains used to run Tokyo and a city on the Sea of Japan coast called Kanazawa. The line is now running 80 per cent its normal services. The bullet train company said it hopes to be running a full service again the end of March 2020.
Bullet trains are called Shinkansen Japan. They started in 1964 time for the Tokyo Olympics. They became an iconic symbol Japan and were the world's fastest trains. They currently reach speeds 320kph. The bullet train rail network has expanded to currently consist 2,764km. People take 350 million rides a year the Shinkansen. A Shinkansen president, Yuji Fukasawa, spoke the flooded trains. He said the floodwater seriously damaged their motors and braking systems. The total cost the damage is around $135 million. He said: "For stability and safety, we [will] replace the trains with newly built ones instead repairing them."