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Shinkansen Max Yamabiko (Omiya)

Posted by
timothy sullivan (Tokyo, Japan) on 6 July 2009 in Transportation.

Day two of a quick Shinkansen series. The double-decker cars of Max Yamabiko do some serious people-hauling along the Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Each Shinkansen has a unique name, and Max (an acronym for Multi Amenity eXpress) is no exception--yamabiko in Japanese translates as "echo", a rather fitting name for a train that shoots through the mountains.

Now, if you're like me, you might wonder: What the heck does "multi-amenity" mean, anyhow? According to JR, Max was designed around two base concepts: with an exterior that's "grand and dynamic" and an interior that's "high quality with amenity". Then they decided: well, that's quite a mouthful; let's give it a cute pet-name: Max.

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Name: Max Yamabiko (E4 series)
Top speed: 240km/h
Capacity: 817 people
Manufacturer: Kawasaki Heavy Industries / Hitachi

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