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Stumbled randomly upon this annoucement : a new Fuji Express train will make its debut on the 23rd of april this year. Annoucement : http://www.fujikyu-railway.jp/news/info.php?no=132 (JP) Dedicated page : http://www.fujikyu-railway.jp/fujisan-view-express/ (JP) Article with a bit more details : http://hirota2015.blog.jp/archives/52919379.html (JP) Random article in english : http://www.japanstation.com/the-new-fujisan-view-express-to-make-spring-debut-this-april/ (EN) More pictures : http://response.jp/article/img/2016/04/06/272997/1037946.html More pictures of the interior : http://www.sankei.com/life/photos/160406/lif1604060021-p1.html Designed by the infamous Eiji Mitooka, it seems to be a JR 371 series given the Fuji Tozan Densha treatment : wood inside, red and gold paint outside. I'll replace the former 2000series Fuji Express which was withdrawn from service on the 7th of February. What are the chances that it'll be released as an n scale model ? Anyone in Japan willing to get to the debut ride and take pictures ?
In connection with the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station, JR East is running a one-day only revival run of the Blue Train Fuji, which was at one time the longest distance overnight service in the nation, and which was discontinued in 2009. The train will run on Dec. 19, from Tokyo Station to Ito Station in Shizuoka Pref., one-way only. The train will be a 6 car consist. Tickets will not be available through the usual ticket windows midori no madoguchi, but rather through travel agencies. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/20140903-OYT1T50166.html Fuji in happier, JNR days: