Train station staff chew on Kitakata ramen signage error
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--Train station officials here are using their noodle to determine why an electronic signboard erroneously flashed “Kitakata ramen,” a renowned local delicacy, instead of “Sayonara 485 series” train.
The puzzling message on the board, which displays the departure time, destination and platform number for passengers, occurred at JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Station on June 18.
On that day, the express train Aizu, the well-known 485 series, was scheduled to leave the station at 15:25 p.m. for JR Koriyama Station in the prefecture.
The train, very popular among rail buffs, was built before its operator, East Japan Railway Co., was privatized in 1987. The trip was its last run before it was retired from service.
For the run, train station staff typed the correct signage, Sayonara 485 series, the day before, and officials have confirmed that it was still in the system as of June 17.
But the signboard on June 18 showed the wrong signage for about 30 minutes.
“It is impossible to think the mistake was made by the station staff,” a train station official said, adding they have no idea why it occurred.
Kitakata ramen is one of the most well-known ramen noodles in the nation, originating in Kitakata, a city neighboring Aizu-Wakamatsu. It is also exported overseas.
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