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Twilight Express Mizukaze
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 Posted: Wed Mar 1st, 2017 11:42 pm
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New passenger train in Japan:

https://imgur.com/gallery/qZpv2

While the train itself maybe (ahem) aesthetically challenged the concept and interior views are really nice.
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Makes you wonder how much a ticket on that would cost, as very little in Japan is inexpensive (as many citizens travel to other countries to vacation due to how much everything costs in Japan)...
The front end looks like a football helmet to me!



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A one-night tour with a room for two people costs ¥270,000 ($2,400). The price for a suite starts from ¥750,000.
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You wouldn't want to do too much sleeping at those prices  :)



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Would say I wonder what lens that bedroom photo was taken with but will wager it and the dining area are digital renderings.



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Hi Forrest and all,
probably not a digital rendering, but maybe some "fisheye" used.


Don't forget this is on 3'6" gauge...Only the bullet trains lines run on standard gauge in Japan. This train is in direct competition with South Africa's "Blue Train" and Rovos Rail for "high roller" tourist dollars. 
If you have to ask the price, then you can't afford to ride it  :bg: 



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I'm still convinced digital renderings.
Especially dining car and dome car here
http://twilightexpress-mizukaze.jp/en/about/concept.html



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the way that three layers of windows double decker a bit down the page is rendered that car is 20 feet tall.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/travel/starlight-express-mizukaze-and-train-suite-shiki-shima-japans-in/



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It works within the limits set by:
Japanese Loading Gauge
Japanese national network operated by Japan Railways Group employs narrow gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) and has maximum width of 3,000 mm (9 ft 10 in) and maximum height of 4,100 mm (13 ft 5 in)

Last edited on Fri Mar 3rd, 2017 08:03 am by Helmut



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Hi all,
the restaurant car aslo has a dropped floor between the bogies allowing much more headroom and a more spacious "feel"


The "visor bars? are handrails for the observation decks at both end of the train. This is probably more of a nod the the Japanese shogun warrior helmet than a gridiron helmet. 


Also I note that the train claims a "hyrbrid drive". I wonder if it is like a Prius and gets away with a smaller prime mover than if it was a standard diesel-electric design, I couldn't see any pantographs on the roof of consist and in the video there appeared to be some significant stretches of track without overhead wires.  


The comfort level would have to be better than good - it is competing with this one - The Seven Stars of Kyushu  http://www.cruisetrain-sevenstars.com/seven-stars/#about have alook under the same tabb for the carplans - Deluxe Suite 701 has the best view in the house. The eye-watering prices are under the "Journeys" tab .

As I said previously - if you have to ask "how much?" then you probably can't afford it ;)

But it is sure nice to dream... 



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