Overview of “fifty two seats of happiness”
April 17, 2016
52 series (Remake of the 4000 series four-car set)
Four-car set / 52 passengers total
Ikebukuro to Seibu-Chichibu Station; Seibu-Shinjuku to Seibu-Chichibu Station; Seibu-Shinjuku to Hon-Kawagoe Station; etc.
Days of operation
This is a special train line that has around 100 days of scheduled service per year, focusing primarily on Saturdays and holidays.
Train car layout
These car exteriors dynamically express the four seasons of Chichibu, one of the most prominent sightseeing areas along Seibu train lines; as well as the water of the Arakawa River that flows through nature-rich Chichibu and Musashino.
*The above diagrams are conceptual illustrations and differ from the actual cars' appearance.
The designs of the car interiors are based on nature themes such as valleys and ravines. Traditional handicrafts and local timber from the areas along the train route are also used for parts of the interiors. Chichibu-Meisen silk is used to partition the car interiors and the deck (Car No. 2 and Car No. 4).
Kakishibu-washi Japanese paper is used for the ceiling of Car No. 2. Nishikawazai cedar/cypress lattice is used for the ceiling of Car No. 4.
Google Street View
(This service can be used to view the interiors of all cars.)
Seibu Travelling Restaurant: fifty two seats of happiness
The name “fifty two seats of happiness” expresses the relaxation and the sense of specialness / exclusiveness that characterizes the time spent in this sightseeing train, which has a capacity of 52 passengers. Another reason for the name is its originality and memorability. Meanwhile, the catchphrase “Seibu Travelling Restaurant” serves to support the more distinctive “fifty two seats of happiness.” This catchphrase was decided upon in order to easily communicate that this is a Seibu Railway sightseeing train as well as a restaurant car on which to enjoy a delicious meal.
Beginning with the number “52,” this logo design renders the rich natural features of Chichibu, the prominent Seibu sightseeing location, as suits of playing cards. This achieves a usage of color that harmonizes with the train’s exterior.
The spade represents water, the diamond represents autumn leaves, the four-leaf clover represents both greenery and happiness, while the heart represents the space and time in which we and our customers understand one another’s feelings…
The “on-board melody” that plays after the train’s departure and before its arrival was composed by music producer Minoru Mukaiya, who has worked on many chimes that play on-board trains or when trains depart (at Seibu Railway, Mr. Mukaiya was also responsible for arranging the departure chime for Nerima-Takanodai Station).