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This Japanese sleeper train is stunning

Discussion in 'transport' started by salem, May 1, 2017.

  1. salem

    salem Well-Known Member

    It's more a train cruise ship then a sleeper train but the design is stunning. I'd kill for a trip on it.




    Japan’s new luxury sleeper train is the ultimate travel experience

    East Japan Railway’s new luxury sleeper train providing a cruise experience with a modern Japanese taste debuts May 1, with operator JR East on Wednesday giving members of the press test rides on the brand-new “Train Suite Shiki-shima”.

    The dome cars, located at both ends of the 10-car train and the inside of which was shown to the media for the first time during Wednesday’s rides, have large windows in the sides and ceilings and sofas allowing passengers to relax and enjoy the view as the train travels through mountain and coastal scenery.

    [​IMG]At both ends of the 10-car train, there are large windows for taking in the scenery

    “We hope we can contribute to establishing a railway of a new era” through the new sleeper train service, said Atsushi Takahashi, a JR East official in charge of sales.

    JR East, which serves Tokyo and other areas in the eastern part of the main island of Honshu, will offer from May to November a four-day trip on the train covering Hokkaido and parts of northeastern Japan and a two-day trip around Yamanashi, Nagano and Fukushima. The fees range from 320,000 yen (HK$22,400) to 950,000 yen per person when two people share a room.

    The train’s 17 rooms – two large suite rooms in different sizes and 15 smaller rooms – can only accommodate 34 people in total. A lottery for seats on the service launch day was oversubscribed 76-fold, according to the railway operator.

    [​IMG]Japan's new luxury sleeper train by JR East debuts May 1



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    With JR East President Tetsuro Tomita saying the company will provide “a high-grade space” unseen in existing railway journeys, the train lavishly uses top-quality goods and traditional craftworks.

    The stylish champagne-gold-coloured train was designed by designer Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama, and traditional materials such as wood, “washi” Japanese paper and Japanese lacquer were used in its interiors to add a Japanese taste.

    [​IMG]Japan's new luxury sleeper train was designed by designer Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama



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    Tatami mats were introduced to the Shikishima suite room, while cypress bathtubs were made available in the suite and the smaller deluxe suite room to offer a fragrant bath-time experience.

    The diner car offers food collected from areas the train travels through, and they will be served with nickel silver cutlery all created by Yamazaki Kinzoku Kogyo, known as the maker of cutlery used at a Nobel Prize award ceremony banquet.

    [​IMG]Japan's new luxury sleeper train guests will be served with nickel silver cutlery all created by Yamazaki Kinzoku Kogyo

    The sofas at the lounge car use bentwood, made using the traditional technique of bending wood with steam, while carpets from Oriental Carpet Mills , known for its works at the Vatican Palace and Kyoto State Guest House, are used inside the train.

    [​IMG]Japan's new luxury sleeper train has carpets from Oriental Carpet Mills

    While sleeper trains as a means to get to destinations are disappearing in Japan, luxury cruise trains, such as the Seven Stars, a service offered by Kyushu Railway on the main island of Kyushu, have been gaining popularity in recent years.

    West Japan Railway, which serves Osaka and other areas in the western part of the main island of Honshu will launch its version of the luxury sleeper train called Twilight Express Mizukaze in June.
     
  2. Ponyutd

    Ponyutd Greebo likes this....r.i.p.

    That's all very well...but where does the driver sit?
     
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  3. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Looks like the driver sits above the cabin:

    [​IMG]
     
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  4. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    Looks very snakey from the outside

    [​IMG]

    It's double deck, so presumably the driver is downstairs from the observation saloon.
     
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  5. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Spunky Slug

  6. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Do they take Oyster cards?
     
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  7. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Sleeper train? Bah. I went to sleep on the Waterloo and City line this morning and ended up travelling to Bank AND back again to Waterloo all on the same trip. Bet this sleeper train can't manage that.
     
  8. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Nope - its an elevated cab. Visible here from 2:05-in



    Am I right in remembering that Japanese railways use elevated cabs on quite a lot of their trains?
     
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  9. Cid

    Cid Degenerate Scum

    No.

    Well, I don't know really, but I'm pretty sure all the main Shinkansen varieties don't. And most of the local services are pretty mundane. The NEX service (Narita express) looks like it might but, as the name implies, it serves Narita airport.

    I may be completely wrong, that's just on the basis of 4 weeks there.
     
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  10. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    Wow. It's beautiful. Very Hunger Games, though.
     
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  11. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Surprised by the lack of 'just an executive toy for overprivileged cunts' comments, tbh... ;)
     
  12. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad usage breakfast sausage breakfast sa

    Mind, read.

    Fucking love trains ATM.

    Can't get past this basically being Dubai airlines exec class seven star billionaire arse wiping, on rails.
     
  13. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad usage breakfast sausage breakfast sa

    £2,222.50 starting price.

    Is it.
     
  14. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Song and Sable

    it looks like the Bolshevik train that Tom Courtney hangs about on in Dr Zhivago
     
  15. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    [​IMG]

    The Italian Settebello of 1952 with the ultimate first class lounge at the front with the cab above. Smart.
     
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  16. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    I think part of the confusion is that the pictures in the OP are renders that don't bear that much resemblance to the finished product, at least as far as the observation cars go.
     
  17. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    For comparison, here's an LNER 'beavertail' observation car of 1937 vintage:

    IMG_1774.JPG

    Of course, in those days the most fun you'd probably have would be playing 'spot the turd' in the four foot.
     
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  18. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    ...when i clicked on this thread, i was expecting a 'sleeping' person
     

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