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Odakyu Romancecar
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The first Romancecar, 1957 world-record-holding 3000 series SE
The first Romancecar, 1957 world-record-holding 3000 series SE

The Romancecar (ロマンスカー, Romansukā) is Odakyu Electric Railway's name for its limited express luxury tourist services south-west of Tokyo, to mountain resorts such as Hakone and Gotemba (Mount Fuji), and beaches such as Odawara and Enoshima. When the service started in 1957 with the 3000 series SE trainset, it broke the world speed record (145 km/h or 90 mph) for a narrow gauge train. This record gave impetus for the design of the first Shinkansen, the 0 series. The 50th anniversary of the Romancecar's narrow gauge world speed record was celebrated September 28, 2007.[1] Some of the latest designs incorporate regenerative braking.

Name origin

The name comes from romance seats, two-person seats without separating armrests when one-person seats were a norm. Some Romancecars are equipped with standard seats featuring armrests. Other railroad companies also used "romance cars" or "romance seats" (a Japanese portmanteau for "loveseat") for their special accommodation passenger cars, but Odakyu holds the trademark for the term "Romancecar".

Service

Bento meal with food in model train onboard VSE train
Bento meal with food in model train onboard VSE train

Odakyu currently operates the following Romancecar services:

These are classified as tokkyū (limited express) services, requiring limited express tickets and seat reservations. Bento meals are available on the train.

Trainset evolution

In popular culture

References

  1. ^ 50年前の特急ロマンスカーが登場 (in Japanese). Asahi. October 3, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2007.
  2. ^ 「特急ロマンスカー・EXE(30000形)」をリニューアル ~EXEは、「EXEα」へ進化します~ [EXE 30000 series Romancecar to be refurbished - becoming "EXEα"] (PDF). News Release (in Japanese). Japan: Odakyu Electric Railway. October 20, 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 20, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  3. ^ "2007 小田急ロマンスカーオールガイド" [2007 Odakyu RomanceCar Comprehensive Guide]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine. Vol. 36, no. 277. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. May 2007. pp. 10–13.
  4. ^ Ltd. Exp. Romancecar | Odakyu Electric Railway Archived 23 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "小田急50000形ロマンスカー「VSE」の定期運用終了" [Regular operation of Odakyu 50000 series "VSE" Romancecars has ended]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. March 12, 2022. Archived from the original on March 12, 2022. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  6. ^ 小田急電鉄、新型ロマンスカー70000形デビューへ 高さ1mの側面窓や展望室 [Odakyu Electric Railway to debut new 70000 series Romancecar with 1 m high side windows and observation saloon]. tetsudo-shimbun.com (in Japanese). Japan: Tetsudo Shimbun. October 20, 2016. Archived from the original on October 20, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2016.

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