Photo/IllutrationAfter pebbles were removed from under the Tokaido Shinkansen Line rail tracks at JR Shinagawa Station in Tokyo, workers install a bridge beam to prepare for the construction of a train terminal for the maglev service at 1:25 a.m. on Nov. 25. (Shinichi Iizuka)

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With a boisterous shout of “One, two, heave!”, work resumed at midnight Nov. 24 to remove rail tracks at Tokyo's JR Shinagawa Station to construct a new terminal for the planned magnetically levitated (maglev) service.

The work by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), unveiled to reporters, continued four hours and a half after the last bullet train service and before the first morning run.

“It's a challenging task as we have to work within a limited time and space,” said Hirokazu Oba, JR Tokai's engineer involved in the construction of the maglev line. The company allotted 100 workers to remove rail tracks.

The much-anticipated high-speed Linear Chuo Shinkansen maglev line is set to start in 2027 and will connect Shinagawa with Nagoya Station.

JR Tokai will operate maglev trains 40 meters below the rail tracks of the current bullet trains on Tokaido Shinkansen Line.

Work to build a new train station there began in January 2017.

Workers began by scooping up pebbles that lay under the rail tracks before they installed a 12.4-meter-long bridge beam weighing 30 tons with a crane and put the tracks back.

The schedule calls for a bridge beam to be installed each day. So far, six of the 123 beams have been put in place.