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Dec 29, 2015 | Japan’s Star Wars train

It turns out there is a Star Wars train in Japan. Unfortunately, it isn’t the interstellar kind. At least not for now.

The train, which runs on the Nankai Railway line between Namba station and the Kansai Airport (KIX), had been painted black with Star Wars characters emblazoned on its side, in anticipation of the movie release. The interior has been redecorated as well.

It was unveiled on November 21, 2015.

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The characters on the carriages are as follows:

Cars 1, 6: Kylo Ren, Rey, BB-8
Cars 2, 5: Finn, Captain Phasma
Car 3: Poe Dameron, Storm trooper
Car 4: C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca

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This is what the Rapi:t train looks like without the Star Wars decoration. According to the railway, the unique design of the train was meant to “fuse strength and speed”, though others spotted a similarity with Darth Vader’s helmet.

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It’s expected to continue running until May of next year.

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The particular train with the decoration is the 6-carriage 50000 series which can seat up to 252 individuals and can go up to 130km/h. It covers the distance between the airport and Osaka’s central district in just under half an hour.

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It’s not the first time it’s been redecorated, however. Two other special paints have included one for Gundam (red) and low-cost-carrier Peach (purple and white).

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Nankai 50000 series 201405040809 Neo Xeon” by Rsa.

The inside of the train is meant to look and feel ultra-modern as well:

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Nankai50000Series Rapit04s4s3104” by 663highland.

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Hardcore fans can look up the schedule for the train here. You can buy specially themed tickets for the regular or express starting at 1,020 JPY.

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