Friday, June 21, 2013

Scenic Train in Izu Peninsula, Part 2


Set number R-3 of the EMU Izukyu 2100 series, Resort 21, stands at Atami Station

This website received many hits when I introduced the scenic train in Izu Peninsula last time (see my blog on April 9th, 2013). It was set number R-5 of the EMU 2100 series, "Resort 21" on the Izukyu Railway. Today, I am going to show you the other scenic train, set number R-3 on the line.

Look at the top photo. It is set number R-3 of the EMU 2100 series. The R-3 was manufactured in 1998, five years earlier than the R-5. The R-3 keeps an original style of the Resort 21. In particular, the body design of the R-3 is more angular than that of the R-5.

The passenger services of the R-3 are the same as those of the R-5. To enjoy gorgeous views, sloping tiers of seats are equipped in the front of the train. The passengers can enjoy a front view through the cockpit. Furthermore, the scenic seats are equipped facing the Pacific Ocean in the other parts of the train. They are very exciting attractions for passengers.

I have got on the R-3 several times and enjoyed scenic views of the Izu Peninsula. The R-3 used to have a Green Car (first class) "Royal Box", which had a starry ceiling in the cabin. The ceiling shined like a starry sky, while the train passed through tunnels. The passengers could enjoy beautiful scenery on the surface track; meanwhile they could see the beautiful planetarium in the tunnel. Unfortunately, this Green Car has already been scrapped.

Side view of set number R-3, the EMU Izukyu 2100 series