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What Are These Stickers....
What are the stickers representing on this 1988 train? Big Sneaker ANA? Isn't ANA an airline?

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(02-13-2020, 02:36 AM)Super Wrote: What are the stickers representing on this 1988 train? Big Sneaker ANA? Isn't ANA an airline?
ANA = All Nippon Airlines. The train is the KiHa 84/83 Furano Express. In 1987 JNR and ANA operated the Furano Express as the "Big Sneaker Train" for ANA tour passengers, presumably due to a supposed resemblance between the front / rear cars and a sneaker, which is understandable; the livery was changed to one resembling the ANA colours, the stripes in the two shades of blue.
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3 things I must let you know:

1. TOMY introduced 3 versions of Furano Express.
  1 is the Furano Express with Furano Express headmark. (Most common Furano Express)
  2 is the Furano Express with ANA headmark (believed to be error product, based on our group research)
  3 is the Big Sneaker Train which has only blue stripes and the ANA headmark. (Not error product) (Same in video)
   All 3 versions are still known as Furano Express today.
2. Any set with Furano Express are extremely rare, these Furano Express are still in research. One yellow box set is a phantom gem, Tomica World big box is currently found on
3. Sticker in video is positioned incorrectly. Supposed to be higher than the blue stripe and should be horizontally aligned.
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Thanks Chrisjo and Vio for the info. I am always curious as to why some words used in Japan are in English and not Japanese. Could it be because they don't have a character for 'sneaker'? Wounder if, when designing this train, the creators where actually drawing it up to look like a sneaker or was it discovered to look like one after it was put into service?
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Sneaker in Japanese has no direct kanji but is always in hiragana and katakana. It was discovered to look like it, not really sure how the story went.
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Thanks Vio.
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On page 37 of your 2019 book, with stickers correctly applied.
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