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2021

GOOD DESIGN|グッドフォーカス賞 [地域社会デザイン]

Award-winning item
The Long Distance Train [WEST EXPRESS GINGA]
Business Owner
West Japan Railway Company
Category
Railway, Shipping, Aircraft
Company
West Japan Railway Company (Japan)
Award Number
21G100945
Outline of Good Design Award winners
Outline of Good Design Award winners 2021

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Outline

In order to meet the demand, "I wanna go somewhere far away" that everybody has, the train has various space such as a seat for lying down while viewing, a seat with elegance like the classical sleeping car Pullman, a seat with pleasure like the couchette as European style, a space for joining with the local people and so on. We are proposing and designing a new way to spend time on the train now.

Producer

West Japan Railway Company

Director

Yasuyuki KAWANISHI, ICHIBANSEN Co., Ltd.

Designer

Yasuyuki KAWANISHI, ICHIBANSEN Co., Ltd. + West Japan Railway Company + WEST JAPAN RAILWAY TECHNOS CORPORATION

More information

https://www.jr-odekake.net/railroad/westexginga/

Already in service/use
2020/9/11

Evaluation

This is a brilliant design of railway cars and travel plan that enables people to enjoy long-distance rail travel, which is the opposite of travel in a luxury sleeper train only wealthy passengers can use. Renovating a 40-year-old rapid-transit train, the train has several classes of seats which are not overly luxurious but also comfortable. In addition, we could see various efforts to entertain passengers during a long train ride, and to improve the mobility of passengers in the train. As for the design of the travel plan, they provided a new concept that deliberately set travel time to a half day, and allowed a stop of approximately an hour around the destination so that passengers can see local people and purchase local products.

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