Japanese toy company Takara Tomy has released a new Plarail train set featuring the unique Doctor Yellow Shinkansen test train. Based on the 700 Series Shinkansen ( also known as the bullet train), the Plarail Class 923 Doctor Yellow train includes working lights , which light up in different colors depending on if the train is moving forwards or reversing. The train set also features a characteristic yellow paint job with the distinct blue stripe running on the side of the train cars. The Takara Tomy Plarail Class 923 Doctor Yellow Train set is now available for ¥4000, or roughly $40.00.
Special instrumentation on the Doctor Yellow allows for it to monitor the condition of both the track and overhead line. The Class 923 Doctor Yellow (pictured above) is used for such testing purposes by railroad companie’s JR Central and JR West in Japan.