New high-speed train to feature Japanese cartoons

ALL ABOARD: Taiwan’s high-speed rail inaugurated a new theme train and is planning to have 30 percent of its materials and parts manufactured in Taiwan by 2022

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 15, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter, in Kaohsiung

The Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) yesterday officially launched a new theme train from

A Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corp train decorated with two popular cartoon characters created by Japanese illustrator Kanahei waits at Taipei Main Station yesterday.
Photo: Cheng Wei-chi, Taipei Times

Taipei, with the train’s exterior featuring two popular cartoon characters created by Japanese illustrator Kanahei.

The company said that the train, featuring Piske (P助) and Usagi (粉紅兔兔), is to operate until September next year, adding that all high-speed rail passengers would have a chance to ride the new train in the next 10 months.

The company and Kanehei also released 14 co-branded items related to the new train, including pull-back trains, belt bags, stuffed animals, ticket holders and key chains.

Piske and Usagi are also appear on the uniforms of train conductors, on-board service personnel and station crew, THSRC Spokesperson Johnson Sun (孫鴻文) said yesterday.   [FULL  STORY]

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