A REUNION WITH THE ORIGINAL NEX

Changing trains to the limited express of the Nagano Electric Railway line at Nagano Station. The NER is operating the original Narita Express train, also known as the former JR East 253 series, for this limited express service. I had always taken this train to Narita Airport until the newer model was introduced, so I enjoyed an unexpected reunion. The silver train behind it is also a familiar face: the ex-Tokyu 8500 series which I often rode on the Toyoko Line when I was a teenager.
長野駅で長野電鉄の特急に乗り換える。その車両は初代の成田エクスプレスだった元JR東日本の253系。新型が導入されるまでは成田空港へ行く時に必ず乗る車両だったので、思いがけない再会を楽しんだ。後ろのシルバーの電車はかつての東急8500系で、こちらも十代の頃によく東横線で乗っていた懐かしい顔。


The ex-NEX train is now called Snow Monkey. Unfortunately Green Car seats with a spacious 1-2 abreast configuration were taken out. (Do you remember it was originally 1-1?)
旧NEX車両の今の名前は「スノーモンキー」。残念ながら、ゆったりとした1-2列の座席配置だったグリーン車のシートは取り除かれている。(最初は1-1だったのを憶えていますか?)


Heading for Obuse. It's a beautiful day.
小布施へ向かう。いい天気。

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