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This looks expensive...
Bullet trains submerged by typhoon-related flooding at Nagano Shinkansen maintenance depot
Sheeeeyyyiiittt. I know when conventional locomotives get submerged, the #1 issue is traction motors needing to be replaced... and IIRC, the bullet trains have traction motors on EVERY AXLE... so, yeah, $$$$$
/r/ is of course full of flood pix and discussions, with one poster predicting that the Hokuhoku Snow Hare will sprint again.
– One of the Snow Turtles currently found on the Hokuhoku line.
They just need to put a big laser on the front and run the trains inside a bubble of temporarily evaporated water.
The way Japan seems to operate, they'll instead add robotic legs to have it rise above the incoming Tsunami.
Looks like it will be expensive, indeed. The last estimate I saw was that they will have to scrap ten entire trains.
update if i'm reading this right: 8 trainsets will be scrapped