14 December 2007
Incredible indeed
Brian Micklethwait

From the capital letter hating but otherwise superb deputy dog, a piece appropriately entitled ever been on a train this nice?:

with the results looking nicer than most nurseries, the japanese have taken the idea of ‘child-friendly public transport’ to the next level with these 2 beauties, both designed by eiji mitooka. he was the artistic force behind ‘omoden’ (toy train) and ‘ichigo ec’ (strawberry train), a couple of regional trains which travel on a daily basis on the 14.3km kishigawa line in japan. the japanase are intent on making train travel a more comfortable experience for everyone, women and children especially, and the results are incredible.

both trains contain hundreds of toys, tv screens showing cartoons, immaculately clean wooden flooring and cots for younger children. call me cynical but i can’t imagine anything like this emerging in the uk unless it was an attraction at a theme park.

On no account refrain from following the above link, because the photos have to be seen to be believed, and even then you may not believe them.

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I am told that the Japanese behave very well in public places.  Call me cynical, but the reason you’d never see this in the UK is that UKers as they now are would rip the place to pieces inside a week.

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