Plarail 60th Anniversary Exhibit to Open at Railway Museum

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Saitama, July 18 (Jiji Press)--Japanese toy maker Tomy Co. <7867> will hold an exhibit to mark the 60th anniversary of its Plarail railroad toy at the Railway Museum in the city of Saitama, north of Tokyo, from Friday.

The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 1, will introduce the toy's history with displays of the "plastic steam train and rail set," the precursor to the Plarail series, released in 1959, and over 100 models of Plarail trains currently on sale.

At the preview of the exhibition Thursday, the company, better known as Takara Tomy, revealed a diorama of Plarail tracks arranged to resemble the front car of a Shinkansen bullet train.

"We will continue creating new products in step with the times," Kantaro Tomiyama, chairman of the firm, said.

The company has sold over 169 million units of Plarail toys in the 60 years.

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