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Inside Look at the Future of Travel: The New Yakumo Express

OSAKA, Feb 11 (News On Japan) - The much anticipated preview of the new "Yakumo" limited express train was held at JR Osaka Station on Saturday, mesmerizing enthusiasts with its futuristic design.

On February 10th, rail enthusiasts and curious onlookers were treated to the first public viewing of the 273 series, the first new model for the Yakumo, which connects Okayama with Tottori and Shimane, in approximately 40 years. This event, organized before the train's official launch in April, saw an overwhelming interest, with about 22,600 applications for the 350 available spots—a testament to the public's excitement about the new rail experience.

JR West reported that the lucky attendees were delighted with the fresh seats and interior design. "It's so spacious! I love how big the windows are," one visitor remarked, capturing the airy and open feel of the train's design. Another attendee expressed admiration for the comfort levels, saying, "It's just amazing. The ability to stretch out like you're in a sleeper car is pretty rare."

Adding to the anticipation, JR West has planned to have a select group experience a test ride in March (note: applications for this event have already closed).

Source: MBS NEWS

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