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Thursday, 16th February 2012
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Japan says sayonara to Series 300 bullet train

The iconic Series 300 bullet trains are to make their final journeys next month as the Central Japan Railway Company, JR Tokai, withdraws them from service.

Travellers wanting to say sayonara to the Series 300 rushed to snap up tickets for the trains' ultimate voyage this morning (February 16th), with all of them selling out within a minute of going on sale.

To say thank you to all of their customers, the rail operator is running a message on two of the famous 16-carriage trains, the Mainichi Daily reported.

From tomorrow, travellers will see a message that reads "Arigato. Last Run 300 2012.3.16" along the nose and body of the trains.

First launched in 1992, the trains have a top speed of 270 kmh, some 50kmh faster than their closest rival when they made their debut.

A farewell ceremony is to be held at the Tokyo and Shin-Osaka train stations ahead of the final run on March 16th.

Japan Airlines recently announced that it is to order ten of the new fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliners as it begins expanding its fleet of aeroplanes.

Written by Susan Ballion