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Japanese bullet train locomotive to be displayed in Britain.

OSAKA, March 8 Kyodo

A Japanese bullet train locomotive is to be shipped to Britain for permanent display at the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York, northern England, officials of West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) said Thursday.

The locomotive car of the first generation model of bullet trains is being donated to the world's largest railway museum by the Modern Transport Museum of JR West, and will be on display from July. It will be the first time a Japanese locomotive has been exhibited at the museum, the officials said.

The two museums concluded a sister pact last April, and the NRM later sounded out JR West about donating a bullet train car.

The locomotive, known for its curved and streamlined appearance, is expected to be put on permanent display in the high-speed railway section of the museum, according to the officials.

The first bullet trains made their debut in 1964 when Japan started services between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

They ran at a maximum speed at 200 kilometers per hour, but were later replaced by faster versions and very few of the initial type now remain.

The first locomotives were built and run in Britain in the early years of the 19th century. The NRM has a collection of about 300 locomotives on display.

''It is great honor for the bullet train car to be displayed there as representative of Japanese trains,'' a JR West official said.

The locomotive will be shipped on March 16 from Hataka port in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan at JR West's expense.
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Date:Mar 12, 2001
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