I viscerally remember the 1979 NBC show Supertrain: more so than any TV show or movie I’d seen before, it showed a tantalizing vision of the future that I could get behind. A train with a swimming pool: imagine.

Nothing in the real world had ever come close to Supertrain until I saw this tour of the E001系, an amazing Japanese luxury train that features two-level suites, fireplaces, and an observation car that puts VIA Rail’s dome car to shame.