Saturday, March 6, 2010

Trains for children

The Kishigawa train line in Japan has about 14.3km and two trains that are different from any other train: the Omoden and the Ichigo Ec, the 'Train of toys' and the 'Strawberry Train', repectively. The idea was to promote the use of this comfortable and safe means of transportation among children. And, as it seems, results have been surprising...

The concept for these two trains was in the hands of Eiji Mitooka, who made them attractive enough in the eyes of children and filled them with hundreds of toys, TV screens with cartoons and other artefacts for the young travellers. As was to be expected, the carriages are immaculately clean. Interesting detail: the station master is called Tama and is famous for being... A cat. Only in Japan!


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