Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Latest Threads
Product Numbering & Bar Code Verificatio...
Last Post: Vio
Today 01:10 PM
» Replies: 7
» Views: 186
Amtrak Set
Last Post: Muddy Poppins
Today 12:26 PM
» Replies: 6
» Views: 81
Vio's YouTube Videos
Last Post: Super
Today 08:07 AM
» Replies: 41
» Views: 1073
Muddy Poppins YouTube Video's
Last Post: Super
Today 12:04 AM
» Replies: 555
» Views: 143110
3D Printed Outside Double Curved Rails
Last Post: Super
Yesterday 09:28 PM
» Replies: 12
» Views: 197
thomas and friends mini series
Last Post: mikedaws
Yesterday 03:32 AM
» Replies: 3038
» Views: 1639658
My Enoden Plarail
Last Post: Mister No
02-23-2020 11:32 PM
» Replies: 88
» Views: 2817
Trackmaster Revolution (TMR) New release...
Last Post: rekp
02-23-2020 09:03 PM
» Replies: 666
» Views: 320939
"Backdating" Bachmann's Thomas the Tank ...
Last Post: DalaGStanator
02-23-2020 07:24 PM
» Replies: 30
» Views: 5054
Last Post: Super
02-23-2020 09:58 AM
» Replies: 5
» Views: 113
Human Powered Custom
Last Post: Super
02-23-2020 03:13 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 45
Cardboard Coaches
Last Post: leylandvictory2
02-23-2020 12:23 AM
» Replies: 7
» Views: 160

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

[Image: super-smiley-emoticon.gif]
(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.
[Image: image.png]
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.
[-] The following 1 user Likes Vio's post:
  • chrisjo
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?
[Image: super-smiley-emoticon.gif]
[-] The following 1 user Likes Super's post:
  • Vio
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.
[-] The following 1 user Likes Vio's post:
  • Super
Thanks Vio.
[Image: super-smiley-emoticon.gif]
[-] The following 1 user Likes Super's post:
  • Vio
On page 37 of your 2019 book, with stickers correctly applied.
[-] The following 1 user Likes chrisjo's post:
  • Super
[Image: super-smiley-emoticon.gif]

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)
You have to register before you can post on our site.



Private Messages
Please login or register to use this functionality.

» Members: 651
» Latest member: doper
» Forum threads: 3,498
» Forum posts: 36,357

Full Statistics

Online Staff
There are no staff members currently online.

Who's online
There are currently no members online.