Japan's new Pikachu train is positively electrifying
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Japan’s new Pikachu train is positively electrifying


If you aren’t on the Pokémon train yet, now you can literally jump on one.

Japan’s JR East railway company has designed a Pikachu-themed train, in collaboration with The Pokémon Company.

The new train is the latest in the Pokémon with You disaster relief project, that was launched to cheer up children hit by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. That effort launched an earlier Pokémon train in 2012, but this one is all about the series’ main star.

JR East released [PDF] concept photos of the new train, revealing its rosy cheeks that can rival Pikachu’s own:

Image: JR East

The sides of the train are patterned with the adorable electric rodent, and the two-car carriage will see a lot of yellow and brown within:

Image: JR East

Image: JR EAST

The company aims to have the train’s yellow and brown bench seats facing each other, in the hopes that families sit with each other during the ride, SoraNews24 reported. Kids can also have fun in a special play area filled with large Pikachus. 

Like its predecessor, the Pikachu train will continue to ply the Ofunato Line from Ichinoseki station to Kesennuma station when it begins service on 15 July this year. 

You can pre-order tickets for the Pikachu train here

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June 1, 2017
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