Japan Plans to Build a Luxury Train Worthy of 'Snowpiercer'

Japan Plans to Build a Luxury Train Worthy of 'Snowpiercer'

Jul 18, 2014

Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer tickled everyone’s postapocalyptic happy place when it hit theaters recently (read our interview with the director). Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, the film is set on a massive train powered by a perpetual-motion engine that circles the globe. It's also the site of a violent class war. Think: 10th circle of Hell. The Verge reports that Japan’s JR East railway company has commissioned a very Snowpiercer-esque train that will cost upwards of $50 million. The website states:

The train will consist of five suites, one deluxe suite, two glass-walled observation cars, a dining car and lounge. The five normal suites will each have a private bathroom with a shower with a toilet. The deluxe suite will feature a top sleeping space on the split level with a traditional Japanese dining area, and two double beds on the bottom. The observation carriage at the front of the train will allow passengers to see onto the tracks ahead. Bad news: No pool or aquarium cars on this version of the Snowpiercer.

The group hopes to have the train running by spring 2017. Tilda Swinton’s crazed Minister Mason not included. Here are a few pics.

 

 

 

 

 

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