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Watch 1,200 engineers switch an above-ground track to a subway in three hours

In March last year, Tokyu Railways spent one night lowering a train track at Shibuya Station to connect it to a subway station.

Screenshot by Aloysius Low/CNET

You've probably heard about the fabled Japanese efficiency, so it shouldn't be a surprise to find out that 1,200 Japanese engineers took just three hours and 25 minutes last March to lower an above-ground train track to link it with a nearby subway station.

Starting right after the last train of the day left the station at 1 a.m., Tokyu Railway engineers at the Shibuya Station in Tokyo worked feverishly to beat the deadline of 5 a.m., when the first train service would begin.

The plan required engineers to use a proprietary technology called STRUM --
"Shifting Track Right Under Method" -- to lower the original tracks to connect it to the Daikanyama Station.

Screenshot by Aloysius Low/CNET

Unsurprisingly, these engineers pulled it off with nary a hitch, with time to spare for testing out the new connecting line before the arrival of early morning commuters.

The same can't be said for the company's video editors, however, since the YouTube video of the feat from March was only released a few days ago.