An effect of typhoons

One of the effects of a typhoon in Japan is train delays.  There’s a storm going over Japan right now that was a typhoon, but is now a tropical storm.  As I was coming home, I couldn’t take the Tokaido Line, as it was stopped or delayed.  I wasn’t sure.  So, I took the Yokosuka Line, which travels in the same direction.  The train was absolutely packed.  It was so full that many people were unable to get on the train, so they had to wait for the next train.  On the train of 15 cars, there were probably more than 2000 people on board.  When I arrived at my station, I saw the Tokaido Line and Shonan-Shinjuku Line schedule board in the station, and noticed the backup of 9 Tokaido Line trains.  That’s 1 1/2 hours behind schedule, and none of them were running.  The Tokaido Line had been stopped for quite some time.  Unfortunately, that line frequently stops for weather related issues.  I took a picture of the schedule board, which is below.  The orange ones are Tokaido Line on platforms 1 and 2.  The green one is the Shonan-Shinjuku Line on platform 5, and it had a time listed.  Notice that it’s 13 minutes behind schedule.  Weather like this really makes the normally very punctual Japanese train system into a mess.

Tokaido and Shonan-Shinjuku Lines schedule board

The orange is all Tokaido Line. There are no times listed for them, so it's stopped, and 9 trains behind schedule!

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One response to “An effect of typhoons

  1. Sharon

    It sounds like you got around OK. Glad you made it home.

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