The Anonymous Widower

A Design Crime – Class 395 Train Platform Interface

I took these pictures of the step you need to ascend to get into a Class 395 Train.

All of these pictures, were taken on platforms that were specifically built for the trains and no other train type calls at these station.

Perhaps my biggest gripe with these terrible doors, is that there is no wide door, which you would need for a large wheelchair.

These trains may have a high top speed, but they’re not designed for quick safe stops.


The Class 395 trains were built in Japan around 2009 and the Class 378 trains for the Overground were built around the same time.

Compare these pictures taken on the Overground with those above.

Note that the first two pictures were taken in a platform used by other train, so the access isn’t quite as good.

Perhaps Japanese railways don’t allow people in wheelchairs to use trains.

If they do, how come we get trains as wheelchair-unfriendly as the Class 395 train, which need a ramp to get the wheelchair on and off the train.


December 28, 2016 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. They are bad, I agree. It would also be a problem with a baby buggy, they tend to have rather small wheels and one could fall down the gap. A double buggy would be impossible. Another case of things being designed by people who haven’t used a wheelchair, scooter or buggy!

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 28, 2016 | Reply

  2. On the Wirral and Northern Lines in Liverpool, I think they are rebuilding the platforms so they exactly fit the current forty year old trains.

    They are then buying a fleet of new trains that are the same size as the current ones.

    In other words, these two lines in Liverpool will have some of the best, if not te best, step-free access in the world.

    Comment by AnonW | December 28, 2016 | Reply

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