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Seibu Railway Co. dropped a half-century-old name and instead called its new 001 Series express train “Laview,” which will debut in March on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and Seibu Chichibu Line.
Hisashi Wakabayashi, president of the company, said the familiar “Red Arrow” will not be part of the new name of the express train.
“We hope everyone will like it as a new flagship train,” he said at a news conference on Oct. 29.
Architect Kazuyo Sejima was in charge of designing the new 001 Series express train, the first major upgrade in 25 years.
The company wanted a concept that “fits softly in the scenery.”
The roundish silver body of the train features large windows--1.35 meters high and 1.58 meters wide—that extend from the seats to the overhead baggage racks.
Seibu Railway’s first express train was the 5000 series, whose debut coincided with the opening of the Seibu Chichibu Line in 1969.
The train was called “Red Arrow” after the red line on its body.
The 10,000 series train that started in 1993 also had a red line on its body. It currently operates under the name of “New Red Arrow” for commuters and sightseers in Chichibu and Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture.
All seven express trains now operating on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and Chichibu Line will be replaced by the “Laview” by the end of fiscal 2019.
For the Seibu Shinjuku Line, the five express trains will continue to operate as New Red Arrow.
This article first appeared on www.asahi.com
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