August 30, 2010

Twainthz

Seen in Sendai Station....





The new E-5 series Shinkansen is not yet in service. Although capable of 360kkph it has been downgraded to ~300 due to noise pollution and wear on the overhead power cables. One result of the attempt at dealing with the noise is that the shinkansen tracks between Omyia and Sendai have much higher sound barriers, which makes for a very limited view of the scenery.

There is a way around this unpleasantness which I availed myself of on the way back from Sendai, and again as I took the Nagoya line from Omyia.....



Previously on this trip, I'd assumed these new double decker bullet trains were, like the Nozomi, not open to users of the JR rail pass.

This is not the case.
The JR Rail pass works just fine and the second deck  is available in  the non-reserved cars as well. If you can get a second deck seat, go for it!

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