”Dr Yellow”. Rumor has it, just catching sight of it will make you happy!
I have some exciting news! For the first time in my 40 years of train spotting, I saw the “Dr Yellow” Shinkansen for real! It was at Shin Osa-ka station!
About “Dr Yellow”
“Dr Yellow” is the nickname given to a diagnostic Shinkansen. It operates at high speeds just like other Shinkansen but while in operation it tests overhead wires and the train tracks for safety. It's called “Dr Yellow” because it “diagnoses" the systems used by the Shinkansen trains just like a doctor and the body is painted yellow instead of the usual white.
Japan Rail(JR) doesn’t make the train’s schedule public. That means nobody knows where and when they may see "Doctor Yellow" . In the train geek world it is definitely a rarity to spot one so it's said “if you happen to see one, you will be happy”!
I will “share” the image of the rarely seen “Dr Yellow” with you guys. “Be happy” !?
I hope for your happiness from the bottom of my heart.