WAKASA, Tottori Prefecture--Wakasa Railway Co. has unveiled the design and other details planned for its sightseeing train, the Showa, which is slated to start running on March 4, 2018.
The semi-public railway operator, based in the town of the same name, has been working since April on redesigning three of its four train cars at a total cost of 70 million yen ($616,000) to introduce the Showa.
It will be operated as a chartered train on Sundays, offering passengers a package with lunch for 9,980 yen, including tax, and other travel plans. The train will also operate in coordination with buses to take passengers to the Tottori Sand Dunes and other popular spots.
The company said the Showa is targeted at older rail fans in the Keihanshin region in central Japan. It will be operated as a regular train on other days.
The train was named after the scenic landscapes along the tracks that conjure up images from the Showa Era (1926-1989), according to Wakasa Railway.
The company commissioned industrial designer Eiji Mitooka, who is known for Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu)’s luxury sleeper trains and other works, to come up with the Showa’s classic look. The exterior is painted in blue, symbolizing rivers and the sky, while the interior features an abundance of wood to create a retro look, according to the company.
Wakasa Railway will take reservations starting from January.
For more information, visit the official website at (http://www.wakasa-railway.com/showa/).