#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The first Series N700S was dispatched from Tokyo on Nozomi 1 to Hakata at 06.00 on July 1. (Photo: JR Central)zoom inzoom outJAPAN: Central Japan Railway officially launched its first Series N700S high speed trains into revenue service on the Tokaido Shinkansen with a ceremony at Tokyo station on July 1.‘This is the best Shinkansen, which offers the finest-ever quality of seats and a comfortable space’, announced JR Central President Shin Kaneko before the departure of Nozomi 1 to Shin-Osaka and Hakata at 06.00. The N700S is ‘full of our technological achievements’, he explained, adding that ‘I’m sure passengers will feel comfortable to take a ride on the train’.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# JR Central President Shin Kaneko said the N700S was ‘full of technological developments’ to give Shinkansen passengers a high-quality service. (Photos: Kazumiki Miura) zoom inzoom outDesignated N700S for Supreme, JR Central’s first new high speed train design for 13 years has been developed as a successor to the Series N700 and N700A sets that currently operate on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen at up to 300 km/h. According to the railway, the N700S has been ‘completely redesigned’, while retaining elements from the earlier Series 700, N700 and N700A trains. A pre-production prototype has been undertaking trial runs since March 2018, and will be retained as a dedicated test unit ‘to propel the development of new technologies’.Introduction of the N700S follows on from a third build of N700A trainsets, which enabled the withdrawal of the last Series 700 units earlier this year. JR Central has an initial four production trainsets available for revenue operation, and expects to receive a further eight by the end of the current financial year in March 2021. The N700S fleet is expected to reach 40 trainsets by the end of end of fiscal 2022.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outThe N700S driving cars have a more aerodynamic profile that their predecessors, helping to reduce noise and vibration. Raised sections forming ridges on each side are intended to reduce the sonic boom effect in tunnels. All passenger seats are equipped with power sockets and an improved reclining mechanism, while indirect illumination is intended to provide a relaxing atmosphere.The N700S sets are fitted with lithium-ion battery packs for catenary-free operation at low speeds, enabling them to move to a safe location in the event of any overhead line failure, whether caused by an earthquake or human error.While the Tokaido Shinkansen sets are the same 16-car formation as their predecessors, Kaneko said the N700S has been designed to operate in eight or 12-car configurations for possible domestic or export applications, adding that ‘we aim to be the global standard’.
Medeama rallied from a goal down to beat Mighty Jets 2-1 on Saturday in the Glo Premier League.Abubakar Sidi drew first blood for Jets at the Accra Sports Stadium a minute before the break.Medeama returned from recess much stronger and drew level through Kwabena Adusei in the 66th minute.With both sides looking like settling for a point apiece, Hans Kwofie in the 89th minute scored the decisive second for Medeama as Jets pushed to force a draw but after four minutes of added on time, the Tarkwa side finished winners.
Tom Wilson has been suspended the next three games in the 2018 NHL Playoffs for an illegal check to the head of Zach Aston-Reese. Aston-Reese suffered a broken jaw and a concussion in the hit. Wilson was suspended twice in the preseason this year. The NHL Department of Player Safety handed down this suspension this evening. The injuries and the fact that Wilson is a repeat offender are the reasons for the suspension. Wilson will next be available to play in Game 7 of this series if necessary.Barry Trotz will have to change up the lines for the next few games. The likely replacement for Wilson will be Travis Boyd. Trotz could also look to rookie Shane Gersich or recently called up Nathan Walker, as replacements as well.This ruling is definitely controversial and is going to put the NHL Department of Player Safety in a tight spot for future cases.Game four is set for Thursday night at 7pm in Pittsburgh.Please follow and like us: