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Alps express
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300: Alps express

In the Meiji era (late 19th century) Japan decided on a narrow gauge rail system, because this allows tighter curves in the difficult mountain terrain. Now the Shinkansen ("Bullet train") network is progressively replacing the old lumbering trains - "expresses" by name only, since the lines are too tortuous to achieve high speed. This 183-series in its smart red and cream livery passing below Mt. Yatsugatake is a nostalgic sight, as it was phased out in December 2002. The train bears its name "Kaiji" on the front; it is an L tokkyû: a "limited (i.e. faster) express", though no-one seems to be sure what the "L" stands for.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: Y03582 (03-582 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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