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2ND LD: Electricity failure temporarily halts Joetsu Shinkansen Line.

TOKYO, Jan. 1 Kyodo

(EDS: UPDATING INFO IN 2ND-5TH GRAFS)

Bullet train operations were suspended for about three hours Sunday afternoon on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line between Echigoyuzawa and Nagaoka stations in Niigata Prefecture due to electricity failure, East Japan Railway Co. said.

After the outage at around 2:20 p.m., the railway operator known as JR East found an electric cable broken off near Urasa Station in the prefecture. The service resumed both on the Tokyo-bound and Niigata-bound tracks at around 5:35 p.m.

The outage halted the Niigata-bound Toki 323 from Tokyo between Urasa and Nagaoka stations, leaving the about 550 passengers without air conditioning.

After runs on only the Tokyo-bound track resumed, the train operator dispatched a train from Nagaoka Station to get the passengers on Toki 323, who were forced to change trains in the middle of the track at around 3:20 p.m.

The incident caused 16 bullet trains on the line to be canceled and 16 other trains to be delayed for up to three hours, affecting a total of about 8,000 passengers.

Bullet train operations on the same line were suspended for nearly five hours between Echigoyuzawa and Niigata stations on Dec. 22 as part of an electricity outage in extensive areas as power cables suffered a short circuit when they were blown close together by strong wind or due to adhering snow.
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