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The Southern Manchulia Railways (SMR) which Japan operated in Northeast China had this streamlined, high-speed train service from 1934. The limited express connected Dahrien and Hsingking (701 km) in 8.5 hours. (Picture Source: Kawasaki Heavy Industries)

The "Paci-Na" style locomotive shown here recorded about 120-170 km in the scheduled service.

One of the project team member of the SMR limited express service, Yasujiro Shima, was later involved in another project to introduce a similar high-speed train service in Japan, which had to be abandoned because of the war. Later, in 1964, Japan finally launched the high-speed train service, Shinkansen. The project leader was Hideo Shima, Yasujiro's son.

I will become a patissier, God willing.

by tuasfait on Mon Oct 10th, 2005 at 11:08:04 AM EST

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